Adoption Process

Purchasing a Puppy

When you have made the important decision to become a puppy owner you will first need to fill out the puppy application .  You may wonder, “When should I fill out an application?”  We would strongly urge you to fill out an application as soon as you can!  Many reservations are made 4 to 6 months before the puppy can go home.  In other words, do not delay!  If you think you may want a puppy in 6 months, start now by getting on our reservation lists.

Once we receive your online application, we make every effort to contact you within 24 hours to further discuss your selection and answer any questions you may have about our doodles and their puppies. After that conversation, and once you are ready to move forward, we ask that you send in two things: 1) the signed contract – which we will email to you, and 2) your non-refundable $300 deposit – which we will invoice you for.

Then we will officially begin the process of matching you to your puppy. We encourage clients to return these items to us in a timely fashion as reservations are held by a received deposit.  When we receive both your signed contract and deposit, we will place your name on the reservation list for the litter of your choice. Half of the remaining balance will be due when your puppy is 4 weeks old, and the remaining balance is due when your puppy is 6 weeks old.

We know how excited you will be to see your puppy growing! We will take photos of the puppies within the first few days, and then every two weeks, and post them on our Facebook page. Of course, we’ll probably post more than that–puppies are so cute!

Visiting and Pick-up

We’ll be working to socialize your puppy with the many children in our families, but we also know you look forward to visiting this soon to-be member of your family. As the puppies grow, we do our best to keep them healthy by limiting their contact with new people. But, families who have paid their remaining balance will be invited to visit when puppies are 6 weeks old.

Puppies will be ready to go home when they are 8 weeks old, so we will schedule your litter for a going-home day after the 8 weeks have elapsed (usually a Friday, Saturday or Sunday). The puppies must be picked up on their going-home date.  In the event that you have extenuating circumstances, we may consider boarding your puppy at a cost of $20-a-day for a maximum of 7 days. All arrangements must be made well in advance of the home-going day.


We prefer to deliver your puppy if you cannot make arrangements to do the pick-up in person.  If you are less than 100 miles from us, we may be able to deliver your puppy for $1/mile for the round-trip mileage.  The cost of flight delivery does vary, but in many cases, we are able to hand deliver your puppy (riding in-cabin with us) for about the same price as shipping him in cargo.  We prefer this option as it gives your puppy a much less traumatic arrival, and we love to be able to hand him to you in person!  

If this option does prove to be cost prohibitive, we may agree to ship your puppy.  Shipping prices may vary, but you can plan to pay at least $400 for this option, in addition to the price of your puppy. Shipping costs may include the following: an additional veterinary visit for a travel certificate, boarding and care through the shipping date, an airline-approved travel crate with bowls, and a delivery charge for airport transportation. 

Puppies ship after they are 8 weeks old and will arrive with their “Going Home Packet.”  Please indicate if you need to discuss delivery or shipping options with us when you fill out our online application.

And So much more…

It is our pleasure to walk with you through the next few months as you await your Crossfield Doodle!  We send you updates when breedings occur, when pregnancies are confirmed, and when moms are about to give birth.  Each puppy born is a beautiful surprise of color and personality. We want to share those moments with you as much as you want to join in them. 

We also email checklists and timelines to clients to help with things like frequently asked questions, purchases, toys, and training. You name it, and one of our clients has probably needed help with it, so we’ve tried to compile these things to help make this process as easy as possible for everyone.

Adoption Process July 29, 2015