how to PURCHASE a puppy
Choose a Litter
The first step in selecting the perfect puppy for your needs is to understand the unique traits of the parent dogs so that you choose a puppy from the right breeding pair. We have included a lot of good information about our dogs on this site, but we always welcome calls or emails. We love to talk about our dogs and look forward to helping you make the right decision.
Get On Our Waiting List
If you would like to be added to our waiting list, just let us know which litter you are interested in. We will contact you as soon as the puppies are born and let you know how many males and how many females we have available. At that point, you can decide if you would like to place a deposit to reserve a puppy in your name.
Place A Deposit
Once the puppies are born, we will begin accepting deposits on a first-come, first-served basis. A nonrefundable deposit is required if you would like to reserve a puppy in your name. Deposits are $250 per puppy and will be credited toward your final purchase price of $1,500. We take cash (in person), checks (up to 10 days before pickup), or Paypal, which many people find to be the most secure and convenient way to transact business with us. If you would like to use Paypal, please send your payment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that, when you use Paypal, you will be asked to choose “sending to friends or family” or “paying for an item or service.” If you choose “sending to friends or family,” we are not charged a fee. If you choose “paying for an item or service,” please add an additional amount to cover the fee Paypal charges: 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction:
For a $250 deposit, this would be an additional $7.55.
For a $1,250 transaction, this would be an additional $36.55.
For a $1,500 transaction, this would be an additional $43.80.
After you have paid your deposit, you can reserve the male or female puppy of your choice. It's important to note that, when puppies are newborns, we cannot yet assess their personalities, so the only criterion you can use to select your puppy at the newborn stage is sex and the attributes of the parents that we expect will be passed down to their offspring. German Shepherd puppies will have some indication of coloration as newborns, but their color and markings will change significantly with time. To see an example of these changes, visit our "Watch Me Grow" page.
Have You Chosen the Right Puppy?
As the puppies mature, we will be able to assess their temperament and unique personality traits. While you are waiting for your puppy to be ready to come home with you, we will send you regular updates so you can see how your puppy is growing and changing. If you are looking for a particular trait in your puppy, be sure to tell us ... we will watch as the puppy develops and let you know if the one you have selected will be a good match.
Complete Your Purchase
Trusted Guardian puppies are $1,500 each. If you have already paid a $250 deposit, that deposit will be credited toward your final purchase. If we are shipping your puppy to you, shipping costs will be separate from the purchase price (see below for more information on shipping). Payments - including shipping - must be made in full before puppies can be released or shipped to you. We accept cash (in person), checks (which must have time to clear before pickup or shipping), or Paypal. If you would like to use Paypal, please send your payment to email@example.com.
Shipping Your Puppy
We strongly encourage you to pick up your puppy in person whenever possible. Trusted Guardian is located in Pomona Park, Florida (zip code 32181). If you cannot come in person, we will ship puppies, weather permitting, anywhere within the continental U.S. If you live outside the continental U.S., contact us to discuss possible shipping arrangements. Shipping costs will depend on the airline selected, but generally run around $350 per puppy. We will give you an exact shipping quote after we have confirmed prices with the airline.
Your shipping price will include a health certificate from a local Florida veterinarian, an airline-approved shipping crate, airline shipping costs and transportation to the airport. We do not mark up our shipping costs - we charge actual costs only and will provide you with an itemization of those costs if you like.
Note that there are some shipping regulations that are beyond our control - weather being first and foremost among those. If it is too hot or too cold at any point along the route, airlines may refuse to accept live cargo until temperature conditions have changed.
Prefer To Buy In Person?
If you prefer to pick out your puppy in person, simply contact us to schedule a visit. Please note that we do not allow any visitation until puppies are at least one month of age since their immune systems are not fully formed as newborns. And, we do not send puppies home with their new families until they are at least eight weeks of age since they need the time between weaning and eight weeks for proper socialization.
After The Purchase
Trusted Guardian deworms puppies at two, four, six and eight weeks of age. We will also take them to our own veterinarian for an examination, first set of shots, and to start them on heartworm prevention before we release them to their new homes.
When you purchase a puppy from us, we will provide you with a shot record to share with your own veterinarian. We suggest that you take your puppy to your vet within 48 hours to ensure that all is going well with the transition to your home and to determine when the puppy's next set of shots will need to be administered. We also encourage you to work with your vet to keep your puppy on a reputable and safe heartworm preventive as well as a flea/tick deterrent made for puppies.
While temperament is very important in how your puppy will develop, training is also key. If you are not an experienced dog handler, we also encourage you to connect with a local dog trainer who can help you along the way.
At Trusted Guardian, we take the health and soundness of our puppies very seriously. That's why we offer a one-year health guarantee. We will not accept responsibility for any medical bills or treatments, but we will offer you a full refund or a replacement puppy in the event that a serious and life-threatening congenital condition arises within the first year of life.
We Are Here For You
Feel free to contact us at any time during your dog's life to give us updates or ask questions. And please ... never send a Trusted Guardian puppy/dog to the pound. If for any reason - ever - you cannot keep your dog and cannot find a suitable home, we will welcome its return to us - no questions asked.
If you would like to use Paypal, please send your payment to firstname.lastname@example.org.