Puppies are selected by pictures only if younger than 6 weeks of age. If a puppy available to purchase, it must be seven weeks old and have had its first puppy vaccine before it can receive visitors. If there is more than one puppy available the most you will be able to interact with is two and of the same gender. You must be coming to visit a puppy with full intention of placing a deposit/taking the puppy home if it is vet checked and ready to leave our care. We do not want families here out for a Saturday afternoon just trying to find something to do/window shopping. Visits are only on a Saturday mornings only. The health of our Cockapoo puppies is our first priority. Parvovirus and other disease(s) are always a concern as the immune systems on puppies is not yet developed and can render a puppy (and others in the nursery) ill or worse, dead. Random, "checking out the facilities" visits are discouraged. I understand your desire to "check things out" and do your due diligence. You are only trying to be responsible. However, my responsibility is to my puppies and to the families that have already placed deposits on puppies. Only serious buyers, "we are interested in a particular puppy and would like to view that puppy/place a deposit/take the puppy home with us" visits is allowed.
If you wish to visit the Cockapoo Puppy you have placed a deposit on you are more than welcome to do so the Saturday morning after your puppy turns 6 weeks old only. This visit will only be allowed if no other puppies are going home that week end and no other plans with family have been made.
Puppies are seen in my home and not the puppy nursery. I used to allow families into my nursery to see moms/puppies, how puppies are raised but someone inadvertently I am sure, brought in parvovirus. I lost 19 puppies in about 4 weeks' time. It was a devastating time for me not to mention the families that had placed deposits on these puppies. I closed myself down for almost three months. My vet and I worked diligently to try and save each one to include blood transfusions from adults, IV's, hospital care, testing, special diets, holistic remedies, more and nothing could save them. I took puppies to the Clemson University for necropsies as we thought maybe I had more than just parvo but it was nothing more. The Pathologist and I sat and discussed things that could have changed in my routine and the only thing was that a family visited and brought in the disease. Before I could have any more puppies in the nursery everything had to be removed, burned if it could be or soaked in bleach. The room was sprayed with bleach every day. My husband made troughs so I could soak all the crates, my crate floors and other doggie equipment. It was heartbreaking and an experience I do not care to repeat. Therefore no visits are allowed until a puppy has had its first puppy vaccine, DAPP.
Parvo is very virulent, contagious and dangerous to puppies and most do not survive it. If you step in the same spot that I have stepped and I had previously stepped in feces of a dog shedding parvo, then you will be carrying the virus on the bottom of your shoe and wherever you step after that point, could now have parvo virus. Parvo can live under a blanket of snow for up to 7 months and about the only thing that will destroy this virus is bleach (I use a lot of bleach on a regular basis. I keep a spray bottle full and use it liberally and often.) I must try to protect all my puppies. While puppies should have some immunity provided by mom, you can never be certain of their level of immunity until after they have had a series of vaccinations.
For more information regarding the causes, spread, diagnosis and treatment of parvovirus, please check out the following sites:
Also, please be advised that due to insurance and liability requirements, our adult dogs will likely be secured away at the time of your visit. When we purchased our home and obtained insurance, the insurance required this despite the fact that we have not had an aggressive incident. Also an adult may jump up to welcome a visitor and inadvertently scratch an arm. Some would pass it off as an excited, happy dog others would perceive it to be an act of aggression and sue.