What we do differently at 406 Bernedoodles
- ~Our puppies have hands-on training, imprinting, socializing, tons of love and attention from the minute they are born both from adults and kids.
- ~Our puppies are well-started on puppy training, they are 90% crate trained, know how to go out the dog door to go potty and/or use the litter box. So they are very well started on house training.
- ~Are learning the basic command of "come"
- ~We use the rule of 7's on our puppies as a general guideline.
- ~Our puppies are exposed to chickens, ducks, cats, horses, cows, water, kids and many other fun things here at our home.
- ~We are always available to contact for the lifetime of our puppies.
You are part of our puppies forever family, and as a member of our 406 k9 Family we offer unique ways of helping you on this new journey with your 406 puppy.
- Private-password web page The 406 K9 Family button is available on this website with tons of extra information to get you ready for your puppy, and to help you take the best care of him/her for their whole lives. (this is a password required, link and the tab is under "406 BD puppies")
- Private 406 Facebook group The "406 k9 fam" facebook group which is a "closed group" FB page. Here you can chat with other 406 Berner and Bernedoodle families, and get tips from others who are in the trenches of raising a puppy. You also might be able to find folks near you that have a 406 puppy/dog that you could have doggie play dates with! We welcome you to 'post' here, share your pictures, questions and stories.
- Instagram Litter Group Each litter has it's own Instagram group just for the families that are getting a puppy out of that litter so that you can communicate with those that have siblings to your puppy. It helps to be able to ask each other questions, learn from each other and support each other while you are at the same puppy stages.
What to look for in a breeder
- Quality pictures (and many of them) of parents and past puppies.
- Breeders who do not list all their breeding dogs, you have to think what are they trying to hide? I don't have a problem with a breeder that has quite a few dogs as long as they have lots of help to care for those dogs and puppies so that they are living a quality happy life.
- Ask for breeding certificates on their dogs, I do not support breeders who buy puppies saying they are wanting a pet then on the sly are breeding them. It's wrong on many levels.
- Facebook/Instagram or updated pictures of the dogs happy “daily lives”
- Testimonials/Reviews & references of previous buyers phone numbers when asked for them.
- Health & Genetic Testing on ALL breeding dogs, just because you are doing a cross does not mean that the parents don't need health testing.
- Full genetic testing that is recommended for that breed.
- Full recommended joint, eye, and heart testing for that breed.
- "Pickiness" - breeding only what should be bred in health, temperament and confirmation, not reproducing unwanted characteristics.
- Be sure you know what you are getting, many breeders in the world of "cross breeding" are very loose on what they are using for parents (not being quality or even pure breds when they claim to be) and what they are naming the offspring.
- Health contract, this just shows that a breeder is willing to stand behind the health of their dogs.
- A spay/neuter contract is very important, I have nothing wrong with new people getting into breeding, in fact I mentor a few, but it is not something to do on a whim. And if dogs are not being fixed then the shelters are getting filled with misfit puppies. Very sad...
- A breeder that is doing this for a living not a hobby is going to take the job much more seriously because they are building a reputation, they are in it for the long haul. They are more serious about the matings they do, the dogs selected for breeding are of a higher standard in temperament, health and confirmation. Some hobby breeders are doing a good job, others are strictly working off of emotions and are breeding dogs that should never be re-produced.
- Always willing to take a puppy back if the family cannot keep him/her for any reason.
- Someone who is available when you have questions about your puppy/dog.
- Asking for proof of weight on their dogs from vet paperwork. Or a phone call to their vet. Many breeders will lie about parents weights. Which can make a big difference on what size your puppy will turn out to be.
- Watch out for puppy mills, sometimes they can be licensed from the state but these dogs still never leave a chain link/concrete pen, this is a sad, sad life for any dog. If they do not have a website, Instagram or Facebook with pictures of the dogs doing life this can be a red flag!
- Someone who LOVES and cares for the wellbeing of their dogs! :)