From the time you apply for your puppy to the exciting moment you first take your puppy home, we are with you every step of the way. We welcome your questions and offer a lifetime of support as you raise your poodle puppy. You can always email us at heartsongstandardpoodles@gm
The first step to adding one of our Standard Poodle puppies to your home is to fill out a Puppy Application. Before applying, we recommend browsing through the sections of our website to better understand the Standard Poodle breed in general, our philosophy, and how a Standard Poodle might fit into your family.
Once we receive your application, we will call you to discuss your preferences and our upcoming litters. We like to get to know our puppy families so we can carefully match a puppy to their needs. We discuss family members, household activity levels, your home and the goals you have for you new family member.
Waiting List or Purchase an Available Puppy
After the phone interview, the next step is to be placed on our waiting list. Once a litter of puppies is born, we will contact approved individuals on the waiting list. Those still interested in a puppy at that time are moved to our reservation list. A non-refundable deposit is then required to reserve a puppy. The deposit secures the position in which you will be matched with puppies that meet your family's needs and be able to select a puppy.
Once the puppies are born, the fun begins! We send photos and videos to our puppy parents-to-be so they can watch the development of the puppies. Our puppies are loved, cared for, and raised as part of our family from birth until they head off to their new homes. Prior to leaving our home, each puppy will be vet checked, given their first vaccinations, microchipped, and administered de-wormer. A puppy packet will be sent home with each puppy that includes the puppy's health record from our vet and other important information. We also offer a health guarantee on all puppies.
Standard poodles in general are an active, intelligent breed. Most of our puppies do well in a variety of situations. However, there are certain puppies that are likely to fit better with your family, home, and lifestyle - you wouldn't want a whirlwind agility puppy if you're looking for a service dog. Additionally, some puppies may require special homing considerations. A quiet puppy is unlikely to be happy in a family with boisterous children.
Matching puppies with families is an integral part of our process. Our puppy matching process is one thing that sets us apart. Many breeders allow families to select their puppy in order of deposit. We hope to better serve each family and puppy by selecting based on "best fit." There are usually multiple puppies in a litter that will fit your needs from which you can choose.
We are proud of the work we've done to match puppies with their forever families. While it does take a lot of trust from our families, we believe that playing matchmaker benefits the puppy and their new family and will help our puppies find lifelong homes. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of our puppies to any person, at any time, for any reason. Deposits are refunded only if we refuse to sell you a puppy
We know that families are excited to meet their puppy and are happy to have visitors when it is safe for our puppies. Due to the risk of disease transmission, we do not allow visitors until puppies are weaned and have had their first shot. Visiting is by appointment only. On the day of your visit, we ask that you come in freshly laundered clothes in order to reduce the chance of disease transmission. The day you visit your puppy, we request that you do not visit any other kennels, pet stores, breeders, veterinarians, or other places where there may be unvaccinated dogs.
While visiting the puppies, we will ask that you take your shoes off at the door and wash your hands. Children should sit on the floor when holding and playing with the puppies.
All puppies must be paid for before leaving Heart Song Standard Poodles. Buyers are responsible for picking up their puppy when they are 8-9 weeks old. If our schedule allows, we may be able to meet you within a reasonable distance. Driving times are:
Puppies are sold on American Kennel Club (AKC) limited registration. Limited AKC registration allows you to compete in all AKC events except conformation. AKC limited registration does not allow you to breed and register the offspring. You are responsible for spaying or neutering the puppy at an appropriate age. Proof of spay/neuter is to be sent to Heart Song Standard Poodles. On occasion puppies may be sold to show and performance homes with an option to breed once all health testing is complete. Puppies come with a 2 year genetic health guarantee.
Puppies go home after an examination from our veterinarian and with age-appropriate vaccinations and de-worming. Your puppy will need several more vaccinations spaced 3 weeks apart. You must take your puppy to a licensed veterinarian within 72 hours of receiving the puppy to have the puppy examined. If you fail to take your puppy for an exam within this time frame, the health warranty is null and void. We do not dock tails or remove dewclaws. Please read these articles to understand our philosophy on tail docking and dewclaw removal: Tails, Dew Claws.
We understand that on rare occasions families need to re-home a poodle. It is our intention that no Heart Song Standard Poodle will ever be placed in a shelter. Our contract states that if you ever need to re-home your poodle you will contact us first and we will assist in the placement of your poodle.