100% of my older dogs/puppies are donated as Service Dogs to Pawsibilities Unleashed in Frankfort, KY. NONE ARE AVAILABLE DIRECTLY FROM HERE. Please Google this organization and contact Liz Norris if you are interested. Thanks for you interest.
SOME FACTS ABOUT GETTING AN 'OLDER' DOG
If you are a true 'doggie' person then you should realize
that an older, raised as a kennel dog, is generally more
difficult to train and socialize than a new puppy!!
In general you may assume that an older dog will take a minimum
of one month, for every year old that they are, before they
will acclimate and accept a new owner as theirs'.
I have older dogs that I have placed that have gone
on to do therapy work and to actually read from cue cards!!!
But, this same dog (that now works in schools, and reads cue cards) would not come out from under the couch
when strangers or children came around for the first
6 mos in her new home!! But, trainer knew what she
was doing, and brought her along slowly and correctly.
Most of you assume that you can take a kennel dog into
your home and it will naturally fit in and be easier than a puppy
to live with....this is just not true!
They are not house trained, not trained to not chew, not trained
to not get into trash cans or surf countertops.
Most can and do learn these things VERY fast but there is no
shortcut when getting a new dog to the training that is necessary.
My dogs are very happy, doggy socialized, and love people that they already know,(like the grandkids, etc) but, they have not been exposed to strangers, due to risk of infection to my breeding dogs/new litters.
They will be need to handled delicately, and intelligently, so that they can reach their full potential in a 'New World', to them.
2.Are the older dogs placed with long, show coats.
NO, all older dogs will be clipped very short for maintenance and due to the
fact that they will be shaved for surgery. Can be fully coated in 9 to 12 months.
3.Can I bring my other dog/s, cat/s to meet before we decide?
NO, absolutely not, due to the same reasons you can read about on my kennel
visit page. If you have any doubts about current pets then I suggest inviting
several other dogs over to visit/stay with you to see how your dog is going
to react 'before' committing to one of my kids.
4.If they don't work out can I bring them back and get money back or another dog?
This is probably also a NO but will be considered on case to case. You will first
be required to try professional help in socializing/training. Also can't have dogs coming
from outside my kennel due to above health concerns. We do want them back
if they do not work out and we are working on some foster homes to accomodate.
5.Are dogs guaranteed?
All dogs will be placed 'as is' as far as health and temperament, but, I will
be vetting, surgery, most are health tested already for my program and I will
also be spending two weeks living with them underfoot.
6.MY NEW DOG IS SHYING AWAY FROM HANDS IN HIS FACE AND YELLING/LOUD NOISES, HAS HE/SHE BEEN ABUSED?
NO, your dog is just nervous and is shying away because he has probably NEVER been yelled at or hit and it is terrifying to him. Most abused dogs get used to it and hardly react, opposite to what most people think!
7.Has my dog had puppies/been used for breeding?
Duh, retired breeding dogs!! All my females have had 2/3
litters and then are retired while still young to adapt
easily to a new life!
8. Is my dog registered and come with papers?
Yes, once dogs have been spayed/neutered and paid in full you will receive
registration papers...except on a Puli cross Aussiedoodle.