When you have researched and found the correct breed for you and your family’s lifestyle, please consider these things.
Puppies are all cute, some more than others.Remember that they will mature. Know what your selected breed looks like as an adult and its needs as an adult.
Puppies require a lot of attention, training, nutrition, health care and a loving environment to become and remain a well adjusted dog as an adult. Dogs are basically followers and run in packs, you must be your dog's pack leader in order for your dog to live a happy life.If you do not become your dog’s Pack Leader, the dog will be the Pack Leader and behavioral problems will result.
Dogs are routine orientated animals.If their routine abruptly changes problems may result and you must recognize and deal with those.
Dogs are not impressed by wealth and luxury, but crave the simpler things in life. A spacious, roomy, luxurious home environment is still a jail to a dog that is never let out to explore new smells and people. A daily walk, socialization, discipline, a purpose and exposure to new environments with family and other people is a must.Dogs require mental stimulation and challenges to lead a balanced life.
Invest in your puppy's well being, secure training and correct behavioral issues.
A dog will provide you with unconditional love, friendship and devotion, in some cases laying down it's life for you.Can you commit to being your dog's best friend for life?
While kennel costs are skyrocketing due to onerous regulation, record keeping expenses, fees and expensive inputs (utilities, feed and medical), most kennels are either forced to close or pass on these costs in form of higher prices. We at agreatdog, are also faced with these crucial decisions. We have researched our services and found that we are offering services that many customers do not use. These are currently built into our puppy prices. In order to remain competitive in our pricing, we have decided to offer a base price for our puppies and add services in an ala Carte fashion. This allows customers to have the option to choose the services they want and pay for those separately.
Option a) We now have a base price for the puppy only and offer separate options. The base price for a Shih Tzu Female is $725. This option must be selected when Puppy is 5 weeks old.(no microchip or health guarantee with this option)
Option b) Microchip number and Health Guarantee as outlined under Health Guarantee tab. The microchip is for our internal use in identifying the puppy in order to apply the guarantee. We are unable to identify the breeding origin without a microchip, so this is a Minimum Recommendation and default option. This option Puppy Chip and Health Guarantee is $750 and must be done before pickup.
Option c)Pet Key Protect My Pet Microchip Registration. These services are outlined on our web page which will help your puppy be returned to you should it ever come up missing. These services do work and many lost pets are reunited with their owners as a result of this service. If the microchip is not registered, pet recovery will probably not happen and your puppy may be lost forever. PetKey is the ultimate service for animal recovery and protection (requires a microchip offered in option a). The activation fee for PetKey remains the same, at $50. This option can be added at a later date.
Option d)Many people have no desire to breed or show their puppy in competitive events and do not really need the AKC registration papers. AKC registration papers will be provided at an additional cost of $125 limited registration only. Any puppy with a microchip can be upgraded at a later time by payment of the additional option price, however AKC may assess additional late fees for transfer of ownership. If you plan to breed or show it will be best to do the registration early.
We will continue to offer Paypal services for people using Paypal accounts or credit cards for payment. However, we will now have to add a 4.5% service charge to defray costs of using Paypal and bank charges. We will continue to accept checks, but sufficient time for check clearing must be allowed. Deposits by check for puppies will be ranked in a first come first served basis when check is received by us. No puppies will be released until checks have cleared.
Each puppy we breed will qualify for all of the above optional services.
A $100 deposit is required to reserve a puppy until it is at least 8 weeks old.
If paying by check or money order, use the address on bottom of page. If you have a paypal account you can send payment to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read and understand adoption policies before sending deposit and/or paying for your puppy.View Policy.
Please email your selection of puppy and options and we will create an invoice for you. You can send a Check or Money order to address at bottom of page, or use paypal (fees apply). All puppy sales are subject to Iowa Sales tax of 7%.