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Sydney and Paisley are still not in season. We have closed our list until one of them is ready to be bred. If you are interested in a Summer Brook puppy, periodically check our puppy's page for updates as to when we will open our list up again.
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We have 3 planned litters. All three will be with our Jake. London's litter has been confirmed by ultrasound and is due on January 20 and ready for new homes at 10 weeks around March 31 and at 12 1/2 weeks in mid April.
We are still waiting on Sydney and Paisley to come in season. Our best guess is that Sydney and Paisley's puppies will be ready for new homes in early summer.
Which litter(s) are you interested in?
I'd like the first available puppy.
I'm only interested in a London puppy ready in the spring.
I'm only interested in a Sydney puppy ready in the summer.
I'm only interested in a Paisley puppy ready in the summer.
I'm interested in a summer puppy but would be happy with either a Sydney puppy or a Paisley puppy.
Male or female puppy desired (being flexible about the sex does not hurt your chances of getting your preferred sex). We are currently not adding anyone to our list that wants a female only.
Prefer a male but would be happy with a female if there aren't enough males
Prefer a female but would be happy with a male if there are not enough females
The base price for puppies is $5000. Our next litter will have a 10 week option with focused leash walking (not heeling as we've done in the past). The cost for this program is $2500 for the training to 10 weeks for a total puppy cost of $7500 for non-pick puppies and $8000 for pick puppies. See the next question for details on training fees if you want training to 12 1/2 weeks.
Pick puppies are an additional $500. There will be one pick puppy if there are 1, 2, or 3 puppies of a sex. There will be two pick puppies if there are 4 or 5 puppies of a sex. There will be three pick puppies if there are 6 or 7 puppies of a sex. There will be four pick puppies if there are 8 or 9 puppies of a sex. There will be five pick puppies in the very unlikely event that there are 10 or more puppies of a sex.
Pick puppies are chosen by families in the order of when deposits are received. However, we are available to help you to pick the best one for your needs. We can help as much or as little as you like. The majority of families want our pick puppies even though all of our puppies are nice.
Our non-pick puppies are matched to families by us based on family dynamics as well as by listening to what families want. All families' needs are equally taken into account no matter the length of training or the order of deposit for non-pick puppies.
Do you want a pick puppy should one be available or would you prefer the less expensive price? See our puppy selection page for details on the process.
I am interested in a pick puppy but I understand that these are usually already spoken for. I also understand that the first pick boy and girl will be reserved to someone wanting one of our 12 1/2 week puppies if offered.
I am interested in a less expensive puppy.
How much training are you interested in for your puppy? See our expectations page for details. A summary of costs is below.
The price of our training program depends on when you pick up your puppy and starts at $2500 if puppies are picked up the day they turn 10 weeks or up to 2 days early. Puppies picked up early will have their obedience training doubled up on as well as having the same amount of field trips, socialization, and environmental desensitization. However, early pick ups will miss out on the extra day or 2 of house and crate training that cannot be done early. The total cost of a 10 week old puppy with training is $7500 if a non-pick and $8000 if a pick puppy.
If you want your puppy to stay for our 12 week 3 day program (focused leash walking), the training fee is $5000 making the total cost of a 12 weeks 3 day old puppy including training to be $10,00 for non-pick puppies and $10,500 for pick puppies.
If you want our heeling training along with the stationary exercises, there is an extra cost of $1000 making the total cost of our 12 1/2 weeks puppies with our heeling program to be $11,000 for non-pick puppies and $11,500 for pick puppies. Puppies are still picked up between 12 weeks 1 day and 12 weeks 3 days. These puppies will have extra training starting right after puppy selection (around 7 1/2 weeks of age). Our 12 1/2 week old puppies can also be picked up a day or 2 early with puppy pick up days being between 12 weeks 1 day and 12 weeks 3 days.
There must be a minimum of two puppies in the 12 1/2 Week programs and at times there will be a maximum number as well. There might also be times when we are unable to offer this program and all puppies will need to be picked up at 10 weeks.
Our 16-week Heeling Program is $14,000. This option will be offered on a very limited basis.
I want to pick up my puppy at 10 weeks.
I would prefer to pick up my puppy at 12 1/2 weeks, but I understand that there might be limits on the availability of this program. I do not need the heeling training.
I would prefer to pick up my puppy at 12 1/2 weeks, but I understand that there might be limits on the availability of this program. I would like to get the heeling training.
Have you read our page on the changes to our training program? We have not had the time to include these changes on all the pages on our site. Until that time, all changes are detailed on this page.
Have you read our payments and policies page which you can get to through the website and do you understand that if we don't receive your payment in full on time you will loose your deposit as well as your opportunity for a puppy? We need to focus on the puppies themselves the last few weeks that they are here and don't have the time to be pursuing late payments and more importantly we want our puppies to go to responsible homes.
Have your read our contract and do you agree to do everything that is under the buyer section? Click on our Contract page to open another tab and read now. Do you understand that you cannot breed this dog, that minimal vaccines are required, that late spay/neuter is required, and that high quality food is required.
Have your read our page entitled "Is a Summer Brook Puppy Right for You? In addition to our contractual requirements, we also won't place our puppies in homes where puppies will be left alone all day or in homes with an invisible fence or in homes without a safe place for puppies to run, exercise, and play off leash or in homes where people are too busy to meet all the needs that a growing puppy has. We understand that we have more requirements than most and that some people for differing reasons are just not able to meet these requirements.
Have your read all of the questions about Summer Brook on our FAQ page?
How did you hear about Summer Brook Acres?
How many people will be living with the puppy? If any of these people are there only part time such as kids in college, mention that here also. Do you have children? If so, how old are they?
Please give us detailed answers to the next several questions. The answers to these questions are all very important to us and in order to place a puppy in a particular home, we need detailed answers. Thank you for giving your time to this questionnaire!
I will answer all parts of each question honestly and accurately and completely.
Please tell us about your experience with dogs. Do you currently have any dogs? If so, please list each one’s breed, age, if they are spayed/neutered, and how you think he/she would adapt to a new puppy. Have you had any dogs in the past? If so, describe your experience with them and tell us what happened to them.
Describe your typical daily routine and what the typical daily routine for your puppy will be. Please be very detailed in answering this question telling us if everyone in your family works, how much the puppy will be left alone, how the puppy will be cared for while he is alone, where he will be left, etc. We won't place a puppy in a home unless we can feel assured that he/she will be well cared for and that he will get plenty of love, exercise, and training.
Where will the puppy/dog sleep?
What percentage of the day will this puppy/dog be kept outside and inside?
This is the most important question to us on the questionnaire. Do all adults in your family work full time? If so, what is your plan for the puppy while you are at work? If no one will be home during the day, what provisions will you make for your puppy at that time? Please tell me if your puppy will be left in a crate or loose in a room or e-pen or outside, if you'll have a dog walker or friend come and how often, if the puppy will have another canine friend, etc. Can you fulfill our requirement that this puppy will not be left in a crate for more than 2 hours straight nor for more than a total of 4 hours per day (not counting overnight)?
Do you have a fenced yard? If so about about how big is the enclosed area. What kind of fence is it? ie. wood, rod iron, etc.
Do you have a pool? If so, is it fenced separately from where the puppy will be spending its time outdoors? If not, How do you plan on keeping the puppy safe until he/she learns to swim and learns to get out at the correct end?
About how many hours will the puppy/dog be without people each day? Please answer this question with an approximate average number of hours instead of a vague answer such as "not many".
If you currently have a dog, what do you feed?
If you got a puppy from us, are you willing to feed this puppy either a food that is listed on our our website or a food that is rated at 4 or 5 stars on the website www.dogfoodadvisor.com that does not contain pea protein or an approved raw diet? See our contract for full details. Are you willing to change your current food if necessary to comply with our contract?
Do you own or rent your home? If you rent, does your landlord agree to your having a dog?
About how many stair steps are there to get inside your house from where your puppy will be pottying?
Are you willing to keep your puppy off of any inside flights of stairs until he/she is at least 16 weeks of age?
Our home only has one level so this is no problem at all.
We have 2 levels but keeping the puppy off the stairs is no problem. We have no plans for the puppy to ever go upstairs.
We have 2 levels and want our puppy to be able to go upstairs. We will, however, keep the puppy off the stairs until he/she is over 16 weeks of age.
It is important to us that our puppy do stairs as soon as he/she gets home with us but we understand that this will void any guarantees on hips/elbows.
What type exercise do you plan on providing for your new puppy and how will your puppy get exercise when he's over 6-8 months. This is a 2-part question. The exercise needs for puppies is very different from the needs of dogs over 6 months.
Is everyone in the family wanting this puppy? Who will be the puppy's primary caretaker?
What vet do you plan on using? Please give their name and number.
What will be your plan for your puppy when you travel? Will he/she always go with you? Will you have someone come to your house? Will you board your puppy?
How would you describe your dog training abilities?
I have successfully raised more than one puppy and feel confident in my abilities.
I have raised a puppy but it has been awhile.
Some in my family are skilled at raising puppies, but there is at least one in my family (including young children) who need to learn from scratch how to treat and raise a puppy.
Though I may have grown up with dogs, this is our family's first puppy.
The next two questions are to help us in matching puppies to families. Though we do a good job in matching puppies to families with a high success rate, what is actually born is out of our control.
If there were only two puppies in a litter, which of the following puppies would you choose? 1. The puppy that was more active, confident, and outgoing. With proper training, this puppy would be the best obedience dog or working dog and could probably even be trained to be a good therapy dog as an adult. However, without good training, this puppy could be a handful. This puppy isn't so active that he/she couldn't be trained to be a calm, well-mannered adult with a good "off-switch". He/she would need more exercise than the other one.
2. The least active, least confident, and most submissive puppy. This puppy would prefer to be at home. He/she is not so shy that if taken out a lot while young and desensitized to the things scary to him/her, he/she could be trained to be a confident adult.
Almost all puppies are scared of some new things but some need more work getting used to them than others. Also, almost all puppies are somewhat active and like to play but some need more work developing self-control than others.
I would prefer the more confident more active puppy.
I would prefer the calmer, less confident puppy.
I would prefer a calm and confident puppy but confidence is more important to me than calmness.
I would prefer a calm and confident puppy but calmness is more important to me than confidence.
If there were only two puppies in a litter, which of the following puppies would you choose? 1. The puppy that was most independent. Every puppy we've ever bred has loved people, but the more independent ones are happier being alone, not as needy, are usually easier to crate-train, and less ready to come to you when called when there is something better to do.
2. The more "velcro" puppy that always wants to be with you, the one that will tend to follow you from room to room. This dog as a puppy and until trained might tend to cry when left alone in a crate. He would be happiest with someone who wanted a constant companion. Also, these more dependent velcro puppies are easiest to train in the sense that they are more eager to please you.
I would prefer the more independent puppy.
I would prefer the velcro puppy.
Are you willing to make the necessary sacrifices that raising an 10 week old puppy will require? Though we will have given each puppy a good start in training, at 10 weeks there is still much to be done. The training must continue. Further, young puppies need to be taken out and exposed to many new situations, new people, and new environments. They will need to be taken out to potty about every hour in the daytime unless they are crated. They will not sleep for a full 8 hours at night. 10 week old puppies like to chew and they must be trained as to what to chew and what not to chew. (We start this training with puppies leaving at 10 weeks but it is by no means solid.) They need outside exercise several times a day.
Even 12 1/2 week old puppies are not fully trained. Most will sleep almost a full night. However, they still will need taking out often. We give them a fantastic start in obedience training. However, they will still need to practice on their obedience training on a regular basis. There is still work to be done.
In short, for at least a few weeks or maybe even months, raising a puppy will be almost a full time job. Are you ready for this kind of responsibility?
I'm not sure and would like to discuss this further with you.
No, I'm hoping my puppy will be an easy puppy. I don't remember my last dog being this much work.
How would you get your puppy? Will you drive to our home in Alabama? Will you fly and carry your puppy back with you in the plane? We don't ship our puppies. You must come to our home and meet us, our dogs, and our puppies. However, more than half our puppies leave us by flying in the cabin with a member of their new family.
If you respond here that you will likely fly to pick up your puppy, please tell us your alternative plan if COVID-19 (or anything else) prevents your flying. Will you drive if this happens or will you cancel and accept our cancellation policy?
Here is our last minute cancellation policy: If you cancel after full payment for your puppy is received when puppies are 5 weeks of age, we will refund $2500. We consider that the puppy is yours at this point. This means that you will loose $2000 if your puppy is a non-pick puppy and $2400-$2500 if you have a pick puppy depending on which pick you have. Please read our payments policies page to understand why and for full details. All training fees that have been paid are refundable for any cancellation.
You are responsible for transporting your puppy home. We're sorry, but we won't ship a puppy for any reason and we are not staffed for personal delivery.
Is there anything else that would be helpful for us to know?
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