Puppy Policy

At Gold Creek Ranch Border Collies, we do our best to match the right puppy with the right owner/family. The addition of a puppy to your home should be a joyful experience for everyone, including the puppy. If you have an interest in owning one of our puppies, we would like to learn a bit about you, your lifestyle, and what your plans would be for the puppy. We like to start by having you fill out our Puppy Questionnaire, and usually follow up with a phone call so we can get to know you, and you can get to know us. Our puppies are sold to approved homes only. Please don't take offense when we request references, this is a due diligence step on our part to help ensure our puppies are going to the best of homes.

We receive puppy questionnaires daily and I respond to questions posed, request a phone call if more information is needed by either party and then the new contact questionnaire goes into the appropriate file for existing or future litters. 

The Breeding Has Happened

When the litter is confirmed, I contact you from the list to get a commitment and update for clear info from you on what is the final and most significant criteria you are looking for from sex to color and most importantly job. We have seen these criteria change many times while on a list so clarity at this point is essential to ensure everyone receives the perfect pup. At this point you can verbally commit to have a place held until the litter is born and we know what we have.

 

Puppy Selection - The Actual Process

The ranking for choosing is based upon the date we receive your completed puppy questionnaire and secondarily, priority goes to veterans, competitors, and breeders. Once the pups are born and we know sex and colors, if you haven't already paid your non-refundable $200 deposit, it is due immediately to guarantee a pup from the litter.

This is the way we can measure the success of our breeding choices and the needs of our priority buyers are very specific to their purposes.

We sell to great companion homes every litter and I assure you that you are free to contact every owner we have ever sold a puppy or dog to, they all feel they received the perfect pup for them. Many are on both our website and our Facebook page. Also, please feel free to call and ask me for contact info for our references.

Puppy Pricing

Each Gold Creek Ranch Border Collie - regardless of sex, color, or parentage - is priced the same. 

Puppies: $900 each with $200 non-refundable deposit

Regarding both the $200 non-refundable deposit and final $700 payment. I prefer a wire transfer, however some countries and banks have huge fees for wire transfers so I give people who need to mail an additional five business days for three day delivery. 

I call in order of request date but deposits that do not come in within the stated time frame drop lower or off after the list is full by those who paid their deposits in a timely manner. I am always willing to work with our clients if special accommodations need to be made. My number one responsibility to this process is to be the advocate for our puppies and ensuring, to the best of my ability, that our pups get the perfect home and to my clients, that they receive a new family member who will bring joy, love, and be a great partner in all of the plans the family has for them.

QUESTION:

What if I sent a deposit on time but there is not a puppy in the litter that I want or if something unavoidable comes up in my life and I have to back out of the purchase? What happens to my deposit?

ANSWER:

We will apply the deposit to a future litter of your choice. Should you or an immediate family member be injured, become ill or some life altering event happens that would prevent you from being able to provide the financial, physical, and emotional support a puppy requires, we will certainly consider a 50% refund. Once a puppy is chosen it goes off the market for a new home. When, at the last minute, we have a puppy available that is ready to move to his/her new home, this critical time for the puppy to be bonding with his/her new family is lost and we have to start from scratch to secure the perfect situation for the pup.

It's Take Off Time

QUESTION:

When can the puppy come to its new home?

 

ANSWER:

Your puppy has been chosen, their baby education has produced a sweet, calm, and charming new member of your family. They have had time to be comfortable in crates, driving distances, meeting lots of people and been exposed to different situations. Now they are ready for the trip to their forever home.

We allow pick ups at 7-1/2 weeks. We encourage up to eight weeks but we also have to consider your availability for travel, weather conditions for shipping and situations that come up that we will try to accommodate if possible.

If planning on having your puppy transported, we need destination location and date options as far out as possible but no later than week five. I take care of airline reservations if the puppy is shipping air cargo or by ground transport and I assure you we have never had a problem with the condition of the puppies when they arrive be it a quick direct flight or 18 hours to Puerto Rico, the wilds of interior Alaska, or a long drive with a dog ground transport.

If transportation is required, full payment for the puppy is due at week 6. Finding the best flight takes time and the airlines are great to work with. There is quite a bit of paperwork, photos, and good communication between myself and the new owners, plus purchasing the airline-approved travel crate and accessories, and finally transporting the puppy to the airport for arrival 2 1/2 hours before departure to meet airline regulations. Payment for travel is due one week prior to departure. One good thing about air cargo is that the dates can be changed at no additional fee. This is to accommodate weather and other issues that make a change necessary at both ends. 

I will provide current health records, information on the food and various needs your pup will need from day one, and I'm happy to answer any questions and concerns you might have.

When The Puppies Arrive at Their New Home

The consistency of my breeding program allows me to send off puppies to their new homes knowing that the basics of what we all want - a great attitude for learning, loving, exploring, calm and sweet, silly and ready for fun but most of all the traits mixed together - to have the potential of great citizens in any environment. How they are developed from then on is the key to how they turn out. 

If as a now owner, you are not dedicated to investing in mind development with three-minute games (Absolute Dogs), with calm and caring teaching, consistency in all rules from day one i.e. if you don’t like dogs on the furniture or bed, don’t start putting them their while they are little and cute then you need to rethink owning a pup/dog. I am asking for a lifetime commitment to your pup and for you to be open to new ideas, suggestions and to act on them if appropriate. One reason I like to interact often with my buyers prior to actual purchase is to listen for that "putting the puppy first over self" that is the key to what all pups deserve and certainly what I require for my pups.

Puppies and dogs do NOT understand rule changes and it is so much harder on you and them if you change the rules.  Remember these kids will be puppies in their development until about 24 months. At six months they are nearly full grown and too many people associate size with mental and physical maturity. Both the physical and mental development of your pup need the full 18 to 24 months to reach that status. Allowing or worse yet encouraging jumping up on you while a puppy will ensure jumping up on you full grown, dirty paws and all. Too much of the "inappropriate for age" physical activities, especially jumping on and off of anything of any height until cleared by your vet is horrible on hips and joints. Stairs are hard on dog's bodies at any age, terrible on growing  bodies.

It is important never to react in anger, with a loud voice, or physically with any pet. With a Border Collie it is the worst possible reaction as they have hundreds of years as partners in the fields and mountains and in the cottage always trying to please. They can read your expression, they can smell how your body is reacting, they can tell the slightest inflection of your voice the truth of where you are mentally at any given moment. We have had many pups purchased for companionship that end up being service dogs as at 8 weeks they were reacting to their owner's impending anxiety or physical changes. The Border Collie is exceptionally intelligent - both for learning and for having an innate sense of reading us.

I highly recommend the book Control Unleashed: The Puppy Program (click on name of book to be directed to Amazon) that explains how puppies speak to us. If we understand that then we can better speak to them in a way that helps them figure out what their person needs from them. Additionally, the resource www.absolute-dogs.com is worth every penny as it makes teaching and developing so much fun for both you and the puppy. Ditching the food bowl and playing a 3-minute game seals the bond between family members and their pup and adds consistency to all handling in the family. 

When Do You Have Puppies Available?

We live in the farthest southwest section of the Rocky Mountains, called the Bitterroot Mountain Range, a huge swath of high peaks and limited access in to the various wilderness areas and National Parks that divides the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains. We encourage flexibility for shipping around weather constraints any time of the year depending upon both our Rocky Mountain weather as well as the connecting and destination weather. However, we have successfully shipped in every month of the year and never had any health or stress issues regardless of length of time in the process. 

We will have multiple litters in 2020. All four ladies will have litters each year. Please refer to our breeding protocol to understand our policy and what litters can be expected each year. The girls determine the breedings, lately they are stacking up one coming in to season within days to weeks of another. Keeps us hopping.  

 

We will be evaluating the puppies from these litters as all will likely be sired by our BCW Texas. His first few litters have exceeded all of our expectations and we need to see how he does on the three younger dogs with their first litters. Each female in our program has some shared top bloodlines yet also many new excellent lines as well. Being able to evaluate the puppies from the different mothers will allow us to determine what strengths are produced from the pair and are there any less than desirable traits we will not want to continue. We love all of our dogs and have carefully chosen them however it may be that one of the other wonderful males we have access to might be a better cross for one of the girls. We also breed outside dogs to allow us to keep a pup from one of our females to breed to Texas and keep her lines in our program when she is retired by the end of age 6. Knowing what she and Texas will produce will help us pick the right stud to sire her replacement in our breeding program down the road.

NuVet Plus - Supplement 

All of our dogs are fed a supplement from NuVet Labs called NuVet Plus. The product is amazing and while there are many benefits, the number one is boosting a strong immune system from conception to throughout their lives.  When the puppies are receiving their shots, this product has found to boost the immunity by nearly double the strength over puppies without the NuVet Plus supplement.

 

We encourage our clients to continue this supplement from the day their new pup goes to your home until the day they depart this earthly realm.


Due to the quality and high standards of production, this product is limited in production and sold only through qualified professionals in the pet industry. For more information about this excellent product please go to their website or call 800-474-7044.  To order you will need the following Order Code 11726.

 

What about Color?

 

I do not breed for color, however both Mia and Grace carry the red gene and three of the studs we breed to are red so there will be occasional red puppies. I plan to breed Jen to either Cinch or Red Rover in the spring of 2020 to keep a replacement pup for when she retires. Jen will produce black/white and tri. Mia and Grace will give us red/white and some tri as well as red merle when bred to red dogs. Skye is a blue merle and she will produce black and white/ also tri and blue merle.

 

What do you do with your dogs?

Our stud dog BCW Texas is with a pro trainer on sheep and qualified for the 2019 National Sheepdog Championships in Carbondale, CO. He will continue to compete in 2020 in Open competition. Skye will be going for some training in 2020 as well, not sure if on cattle or sheep just yet. Jen has had stock dog training on cattle and sheep, she now works cattle on our ranch. Grace is currently in stock dog training on sheep and cattle and will join Jen to work cattle on our ranch in 2020. The younger dogs will be attending puppy clinics in herding as they continue to mature and again, will be helping with the cattle on the ranch and possibly some sheep that may join us next year.

We breed for genetic and physical soundness and quality, athleticism, solid and calm dispositions and of course herding as that is the foundation of the breed.  We have pups in service with PTSD and other mental health issues, search and rescue, herding of course, also doing very well with national level trainers in agility and various dog sports.  We also are blessed with wonderful companion homes with active owners who are committed to the mental and physical development essential to a happy Border Collie.

Thank you so much for considering GCRBCs as a source for your new family member,

Suzy Foss

 

suzy@goldcreekranchbordercollies.com

406-360-1344

Puppy Deposit

I recently experienced a long term loss of internet service, almost three full months due to faulty provider lines. Over that time frame I had so many wonderful potential homes that had submitted questionnaires and messages that never received a reply from me as I only recently received their requests, some many months late. Also, I just learned that the responses I did send while having windows of internet service were never delivered, just held in cyber space until this recent actual repair.

 

To protect people who know they want a puppy from a particular breeding, or any breeding and just want to secure a puppy, we are now accepting $200 non-refundable deposits on our puppiesWhen I say non-refundable, if a person has me hold a slot for them and then after the litter is born change their mind, I will not refund their deposit. Backing out at that point leaves me with the task of finding a perfect home for a puppy in a short period of time. I do not advertise except rarely to keep in front of ranches in the west. That said, I am blessed to have an excellent new client list on an ongoing basis and to be fair to those who contact me long before a breeding, the deposit is an insurance policy for getting a puppy. I will limit the number of deposits so that I do not oversell the litter. I know how many pups my dogs average and so as an example Jen has between 8 and 11 puppies every litter, average is 9. I will take up to 4 female and 4 male deposits. After that I will put names on the list in the order that they came in. If she should have 3 females and 6 males I will return the deposits to the buyers who missed out on a puppy or at their request put their deposit towards another current or future litter of any dog if so desired.

 

I know that this is common practice among professional breeders, I have always felt uncomfortable taking money prior to puppy on the ground however recent events and the enormous numbers of new buyers has convinced me this is the only fair way to protect people who wish for a puppy that is not yet conceived.

 

After you read through our website where all of the most pertinent questions are answered, please fill out the puppy questionnaire and call me at 406-360-1344 to ensure I received it and we can discuss in depth what your goals are for your new puppy and how can I help you meet those goals.

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