Frequently asked questions
How to I reserve a puppy from Sweethaven Kennels?
The process is very simple.
We ask that you fill out the short application so that we understand what you are looking for, and get to know you a little bit.
You can find that here.
We then respond; typically within 24 hours to one week, depending on how busy we are with puppies.
If approved, we will let you know more details about the available or upcoming puppies, including how long the potential wait might be.
We then accept a $150 reservation fee via Zelle or Cash app and can place you on up to TWO master waitlists of your choosing (Master lists are catagorized by size and color).
The reservation fee is not refundable if you choose to not follow through with the purchawse, but will come off of the final purchase price.
After we have received the reservation fee, we send out a Reservation Agreement for elctronic signature through Docusign. You will also get a completed copy for your records.
Can I make payments on my puppy?
We accept payments in any increment or amount via Zelle and Cash app.
We suggest starting very early, as the puppy must be paid for in full before it goes home at 8 weeks old.
What is "Puppy Culture" and "ENS"?
Puppy Cuture is a program developed with the first 12 weeks of a puppy's neurological developement in mind.
We being by doing Early Neurological Stimulation, also know as the Super Dog program, originally developed for dogs being trained to work with the military. We do this every day from days 3-16. Puppies raised with proper ENS protocols are more resiliant to stress, more easily trainable and even healthier than their non-ENS counterparts.
Puppy culture is a series of protocols based on the ongoing development of the puppy. We take into account each induvidual puppy, as not all develope at the same rate.
Can I come to your home to pick out my puppy?
Sadly, like so many things, a few bad apples ruins the whole bunch. We used to allow this, and honestly, it was a liability disaster.
A few examples of the experiences that caused us to change our visitor policy:
~ People bring over extending family without asking (like 8 + people)
~Children leaping off of furniture
~Having people come in to see puppies while someone else "cases" our property
~People coming despite being obviously ill
~A man demanding to go into my bedroom to see "where my dogs live"
~A toddler wandering into a closed off area with ONE WEEK OLD PUPPIES!
I could go on, but hopefully this shows the extreme lack of boundaries and dangerous situations we have experienced to change our policy. Not even mentioned is the fact that puppies are very vulnerable to outside germs and viruses.
We are an OPEN BOOK, though, when it comes to the care and living space of our dogs! We are happy to VIDEO CHAT to show that we are not only "real people", but also that we have the puppy under discussion!
Puppy pick-ups are always here at Sweethaven!
What makes you puppies different than my neighbor whose pet dog just had a litter?
This is a bit of a loaded question, but one that we get in various forms from time to time.
The honest truth is that most dogs who have been bred "just to get a litter", shouldn't have been bred at all.
Professional breeder spend a lot of time going to seminars, reading up on the latest research in health and puppy developement. In addition, they start out with only the best dogs interms of health, genetics and temperament, and carefully consider these things and more when chosing who to pair together for puppies.
We have no doubt that the mother dog in question is a sweet girl, but that is only one of many pre-requisites for a quality breeding dam. Sadly, poorly bred doodles are heavily contributing to the shelter crisis for this very reason.
How much do your puppies cost?
As of 2021, our puppies range from 1900-3800. The wide range is due to the fact that we have three different sizes and many different color and coat paterns in our genetics.
These prices are for an 8 week old puppy.
We reserve the right to have the puppy spay/neutered for a small additional fee if being purchased at pet-price. We DO sell breeding rights on occasion, so please just ask. We appreciate honesty and love to work with other breeders.
There are added fees for the "pick of the litter", breeding rights and additional training.
You seem to have a lot of dogs. Do they live in a kennel or cages?
At Sweethaven, our dogs are family. We love each and every one of them, and their happiness is incredibly important to us. We believe that happy, healthy and well adjusted puppies start with happy, health and well-adjusted parents.
We have a small number of dogs in guardian homes, where they are family, and only come back to have puppies at Sweethaven. The rest are just part of the "Sweethaven Pack".
They spend their days lounging on furniture, playing outdoors and getting plenty of good scratches!
Please see our many photos on this website and photos and videos on our Facebook page for a glimps of the cushy life our pups live!
How long is your waitlist?
There isn't a good answer for this. Our reservation system is a bit different than most breeders.
Once you place a small reservation fee with us, we allow you to get onto TWO different "master lists". We have a master list for each size/color that we plan to have available in the next 18 months or so. So for example, you may choose to be on our mini-medium apricot list AND the mini-medium chocolate list. This way, you not only have options, but also may potentially get your puppy faster.
You have the right to "pass" on a puppy in favor of another litter as well. We don't feel right making people place a large deposit OR feel locked into a certain color or size.
Our waitlists are typically between 4 weeks and 12 months. It largely depends on the size, color and gender you are looking for.
While that may seem like a long wait, it is fairly typical for reputable breeders to have a wait of even up to 2 years. During that time, we encourage families to learn as much as possible about puppy training and development.
We also often have "suprises" where someone passes ona puppy for personal reasons, and someone else gets that puppy, who wasn't expecting one for many more months!
We do occasionally have puppies available that we DON'T advertise ahead of time. This is usually because we are not sure exactly what to expect fromt he pairing, and want to see the puppies first, ourselves.
What do you feed your puppies?
We feed several different foods here at Sweethaven.
Our adults get a combination and/or rotation of Specialty Feeds "black label", PawTree and Raw (primal).
We raise puppies on PawTree. If you purchase a puppy from Sweethaven, you will be sent links to order this food for your puppy. We do NOT require that you keep your puppy on this food, but you will have to purchase at least one month worth to switch your puppy over.