Visiting Your Puppy
We allow people to visit our home and dogs and encourage you to do so. For newborn puppy visits we please ask that you wait till the pups are 3 weeks of age.Everyone has a right to see where their beloved companion is coming from. We have a visitation area in our office located in the large grey building adjacent to our home. Please park by grey building. We try to watch for people driving up, but if you do not see anyone call 812-661-8543. We will bring any puppies and parent dogs into the office to meet you. There are windows for you to view the adults and their housing. To control diseases we do not allow people to walk around inside the housing area, maternity ward, or puppy building. Anywhere people walk requires us to sanitize after you leave. Puppies start their immunization shots at six weeks old, followed by nine weeks, and their third and final puppy immunization vaccination at twelve weeks old. Puppies are not fully protected from viruses until one week after their last vaccination. Keep in mind when you take puppy home at eight weeks old you need to hold the puppy the entire time at the Veterinarian’s office, except when the Vet is examining the puppy of course. Keep your puppy in your own yard or designated potty area until one week after the three vaccinations. Puppies do not need to go for walks until they are four months old. Playing with toys and people is enough exercise. Long walks can start at seven months old. Running and hiking at one year old after bones and muscle are fully developed.
Visitation is by appointment only as this is our home not a pet store. I stay home full-time with the dogs and puppies and will gladly be available to show off the puppies and dogs. Visitation is available weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Sunday is our time with family, friends, and relaxing. Please limit your visit to less than one hour; puppies usually need a nap after 45 minutes of activity. Please try to arrive as close to appointment time as possible and notify us if you will be more than 15 minutes late.
Picking Up Your Puppy
The day you pick your puppy you need to pay for your puppy if you plan to pay by check, so it has time to clear the bank before puppy goes home. You are welcome to pay cash at anytime. Indiana residents and those people taking possession of their puppy in Indiana pay 7% sales tax. Personal check only if there is a full two week time frame before the puppy is going home; I am not a fan of cashier checks as someone has given me a fake one before. Credit Card is better. I warn you my credit machine here is dependent on a good wifi signal and I will have to leave you in my Visitation Room and walk around my house for a good wifi signal. The best process to follow if using a credit card is to pay on the Pay Pal link on my website prior to picking up the puppy; if the amount owed does not display on the website send me an email and I can send you a Pay Pal invoice.
For preparation a supply list is below.
Don’t forget to order your puppy the NuVet Plus Wafers to extend the length of your pup’s warranty and use as training treats; which is tracked through Hilltop Pups’ tracking number at www.nuvet.com/43002.
It’s almost time for your puppy to come home, and there are so many things to get! Are you ready? Before your pup arrives.
- Puppy Food: Chicken Soup for the Puppy Soul. You can order at Chewy.com which ships quickly.
- Food and Water Bowls
- Slicker Brush with wire bristles. There are great videos on brushing Goldendoodles on You Tube.
- Crate: You’ll want a crate that your puppy can grow into; we prefer the black wire crates that have a moveable divider wall.
- Poop Bags for cleaning up after your pup on a walk
- Flea and Tick repellent (check with your vet about recommended the necessity, brands and options)
- Chew Toys: a necessity while your pup is teething at about 4 months old
- Puppy Shampoo: Read labels as some types cannot be used on puppies less than 4 months old. I like using conditioners as well.
- Floor or carpet cleaner in case of accidents (we recommend Nature’s Miracle)
- Variety of toys: Your puppy may prefer soft toys, hard chew toys, or even dog puzzles. Test out different options and see what your pup enjoys
- Doggy Seatbelt – to keep your pup safe during car rides
- Pee Pads – if your pup will be spending a lot of time indoors, pee pads will be particularly helpful while they’re still potty training
- Child gates / dog gates – useful if there are particular areas of the house not ready for puppy exploration.