Rafter V Puppy Program-
Puppies will be ready for their new homes after 8 wks of age and will come with:
AKC Registration Papers (not an application) in your name.
Paid Petlink Microchip. The puppy will be chipped and you can register to your name.
1 year Breeder Health Guarantee against Congenital Defects. Contact us to request a copy of the Health Guarantee
Native Performance-Level 3 Puppy Food (there is a link on our Resources Page)
Lifetime Breeder Support
The puppies tails and dew claws will be done between days 3-5. They will be wormed with vet grade wormer at 2, 4, 6 and 8 wks and first round of shots at 7 wks. They will be very well socialized with children and handled daily. Our puppies are born in a climate controlled building. They will be trained to a doggy door and started on crate training. We feed our puppies twice a day until the mother weans them, then we will feed 3 times a day. I strongly believe that the last 2 weeks before the puppy goes home is critical in their disposition. Their temperament is a combination of nature and nurture but from my experience the puppies learn their place in the pecking order during this time. We do not send puppies home before 8 wks of age. The last two weeks (6-8) also gives them time to develop a better immune system. Our puppies are taken for walks through the pasture and introduced to different environments and stimulants. They will be taught basic manners and exposed to ponds, trees, rocks and different types of terrain.
We do temperament testing at 7 weeks to learn more about their personality and try to match each individual puppy with the right family. We have found that it is better for us to help you select a puppy based on our daily interaction with them and an understanding of what your goals are. We welcome you to come see our kennel and meet our family and our dogs.
Our puppies are sold with limited AKC registration. The difference in full and limited is that with limited you have no breeding rights. You cannot register a litter of puppies out of your limited registered dog. If you wish to breed in the future we will gladly work with you and help guide you in breeding responsibly to promote the breed as well as our bloodline. We do not charge extra for breeding rights and we can discuss the details if you plan to breed or show.
We do not ship puppies in cargo but we will fly with your puppy and meet you at your airport for a face to face meeting to deliver your puppy. The cost for hand delivery runs around $500 depending on the cost of the ticket. Many of our buyers that choose this option use their accumulated miles or points and the ticket is free. You may also fly to Will Rogers World Airport in OKC and we will meet you there at no additional charge. Puppies can fly with you in a carry on bag and the price for flying with a pet is $100 for most airlines.
Pick-up Dates and Additional Fees-
We completely understand that you may need time to finish a job or vacation or it may be easier to wait until you can take a few days off of work to bring your new puppy home. We are happy to work with your schedule with a fee of $15/day after the puppies are 9 weeks old. This is not because we want them gone and we are tired of them but it helps compensate us for our time involved in their training. We will continue to work on socialization, obedience and potty/ crate training. Those early weeks are crucial in forming a solid foundation in their training.
If you choose to visit our kennel to pick up your puppy we have a local Bed and Breakfast that we recommend for lodging. Country Mannour, or as we know it, Miss Pat's house, is located 5.5 miles from the kennel and they provide excellent service. Miss Pat's house is an old 3 story farmhouse that has been restored with much of the original wood and it is something to see even if you don't stay the night. They give tours and hold an Open House during Christmas that draws in a large crowd. Their guests are all by word of mouth and Miss Pat gives out hand written business cards. She is not a fan of modern technology so staying with her is like taking a step back in time to a simpler life. It is worth staying with her for the food alone! My favorite story of the house is that the first time Miss Pat brought her mother to see it after they bought it there was a drunk man asleep in one bedroom and a cow in the living room. The house had sat empty for years and they spent 14 years fixing it up. You can call Rafter V for their contact information. Rates run $125/night for one person and $25 for each additional person.