AMBer Pines Farm Puppy Process
The first thing in the process of being accepted for a puppy is to fill out the puppy application which is found under the Client Questionnaire tab. Once approved for a Berger American Mastiffs puppy from a given litter, buyers are required to send a $300 deposit to hold your puppy. If something does happen or you change your mind for any reason I will refund your deposit in full up to the time your puppy is 5 weeks old after that time I retain the deposit due to the time and cost it will take to find a new home for the puppy. I will hold a puppy for you in the color and sex you have requested.
*Your puppy will be microchipped with a pre-registered microchip at 6 weeks of age; the charge for this is included in the total price of your puppy. When you pick up your puppy all the information and microchip number and microchip registration information will be in the packet you take home with your puppy or shipped with your puppy if this is your chosen method of transportation.
HOWEVER, at this point, there is no guarantee of a particular puppy from a litter unless you have requested pick of the litter.
* The payment balance is required before the puppy can be taken off Berger property or shipped. Those paying by check will want to allow plenty of time for the check to clear before picking up their puppy. Mailing your check a minimum of three weeks in advance is recommended. You may choose to pay the balance at pick-up; at that time, cashier’s check , money order or cash is the only acceptable method of payment.
Some additional important information:
* I can ship puppies as cargo, so buyers have three options: 1) drive here to pick the puppy up when it is 9 weeks old; or 2) fly to Flint, Michigan (about 35 miles from our house) and carry the puppy back in the cabin of the plane (this needs to be done at 8 weeks old -- by 8 weeks of age there's a risk the puppy will be too big to fly in the cabin), or 3) I can ship them as cargo through the PETSAFE program with United Airlines. The pups are shipped with an attendant in a pressurized and temperature controlled environment.
* I want the puppies I breed to be treated as family members, and as such they absolutely must live in the house with the family. The dog cannot be chained, nor tethered, nor used as a guard dog for any business or non-residential establishment.
-- A good quality diet I recommend is Costco’s Kirkland’s Natures Domain all life stages Beef and Sweet Potato, it is completely grain free and has the correct amount of protein for this giant breed puppy. If you don’t have a Costco by you then Taste of the Wild High Prairie puppy food is also a good pick.
-- Caution is required in order to protect young bones and joints. Your puppy should be kept on secure footing, such as carpet, as much as possible. If you have slippery floors, place several rubberized area rugs in each room to create islands of safety. The puppy must be kept from jumping off anything higher than 4-6 inches for first sixteen weeks of its life, and any high-impact activity should be kept to an absolute minimum for the first 18 months. Rough play during puppy hood with larger, more exuberant dogs is particularly risky. It is very important that puppies have socialization and play opportunities with dogs you know are safe, but supervise them closely so undue exuberance can be discouraged.
Exercise "on the flat" is highly desirable, but the safety of developing skeletal structures must always be kept in mind.
-- Commencing as early as possible, at least 10 weeks of professional basic obedience training must be completed before the dog's first birthday. This training must come from a qualified trainer, skilled in the humane use of a variety of methods and tools, as may be suited to the learning needs of the individual canine. I will help locate a reputable trainer in your area.
Unless you intend to never have your dog outside without a leash, the goal of this training must be off-leash reliability under all conceivable circumstances. Prior to achieving this reliability, the dog must not be allowed outside a suitably fenced area off-leash.
This process was developed based on many years of rescue, training and breeding experience with dogs. It is designed to ensure that each puppy I breed receives a loving, responsible and permanent home, and to give you the greatest possible chance at a happy and long life together. I understand that to some people the requirements will seem excessive. I respect that, and encourage them to contact another breeder.
(a note of caution; We have learned over the years that parents with well behaved children also raise well behaved dogs. Those who have unruly children raise unruly dogs. Please think about this before joining our list. Your dog will grow up with your children and probably behave as they do. You certainly do not want a 200 lb "unruly" dog. This breed is wonderful with children, they love children, but you cannot expect the dog to be bettered behaved than your own children.) I highly recommend an online coarse called Kids & K9’S offered through E-training for dogs, I added theri link to my links page.
Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.
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