Visitation Procedures & Visitor Conduct

We encourage you to read the pages in the link boxes below along with reading this page

to explain how our puppies are chosen and about placing deposits.  They will also

explain everything else you need to know in preparation for your visit

to choose a puppy and to pick up your puppy!

Please also be sure to read all the elements on this page!

 

Visitation Procedures:

For all families who have already placed a deposit on a litter to choose a puppy:

~ NO visits will be permitted until the puppies are turn 5 weeks of age! By this time the puppies will have a reasonable amount of immunity to their environment and they will have sufficiently matured to start showing developmental traits, individual temperaments and "personalities".

~ You may see the parents of the puppies and ONLY interact with your puppy or any available puppies if you are visiting to choose a puppy.

~ For safety reasons and out of respect for all families, you will NOT be permitted to touch or play with any puppies that have already been chosen and are ON HOLD for another family.

~ Some of our breeding dogs may be staying with our extended family at various times throughout the year if they are not being bred, so if you want to meet any of our other adult breeding dogs, we ask that you submit a request to us a minimum of 48 hours prior to your arranged visit in order that we can ensure that the dog(s) are at Pleasant Meadows for you to view. The parents of the puppies for the litter on which you have placed a deposit will, of course, always be onsite for your viewing.

FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR PUPPIES, visitation is limited to those on our waiting lists to view a specific litter at an age appropriate time when the puppies have sufficient immunity to their environment and their temperaments are evident. We do not permit visitation for "sight-seeing" or for the "fun of it"! Visitation is permitted as per our Waiting List Procedures for those on our waiting lists to choose a puppy at 5-6 weeks of age, or if there is an available puppy ready to be viewed that is a minimum of 5 weeks of age.  We also want to be able to meet you and help match you to a suitable puppy.  We have these strict procedures in place because this limits the traffic coming and going into our home and helps to keep our puppies safe from transferable diseases! Our waiting list rules are set up in a way that we REQUIRE families to come and choose a puppy IN PERSON or by SKYPE VIDEO CALL which includes seeing WHERE the puppies are raised, MEETING THE PARENTS, and choosing a puppy based upon TEMPERAMENT, ENERGY LEVEL, ESTIMATED SIZE, and GENDER. The risk of disease and parasites being tracked in by a constant traffic of people visiting just for the thrill of it is far too great to allow just anyone to visit. Those on our waiting lists ARE ALLOWED to VISIT at 5-6 weeks of age in the order in which their name is on the waiting list, any ARRANGED TIME AFTER CHOOSING A PUPPY, and of course to PICK UP their puppy.

 

Why have rules?  For the following reasons:

1.  While the idea of visiting your puppy at an early stage may be thrilling, doing so may cause unnecessary stress on the mother dog when strangers want to get too close to her newborn puppies. Each mother dog may react differently, and each will cope with stress in her own way as well. We want to avoid stress in every possible way so that our mother dogs can properly care for their puppies, as even a slight change in routines can cause a mother's milk production to go down.  We have rules in place to minimize stress on our mother dogs and their puppies.  Furthermore, if we allowed regular visitation year round, the risk of diseases and parasites being carried in on vehicle tires, shoes, clothing, etc. would increase dramatically.  Our adult dogs may not get sick because they are vaccinated and dewormed regularly (as directed by our veterinarian), but they could carry the disease or parasite that was tracked in by visitors and then a puppy or an entire litter could be infected and possibly perish all because we let in visitors prior to their immune systems developing.  

2.  We want to give our puppies proper time to build up their immunity to the environment around them before exposing them to anything that their little bodies potentially couldn't fend off -- you can NEVER be too careful when it comes to diseases and parasites!  If you desire to come for a visit, you can arrange to come at the 5-6 week range when it is safer for your puppy (and all of our dogs), as puppies are VERY susceptible to diseases and parasites that you could UNKNOWINGLY carry onto our property and into our home.  And diseases and parasites can also be transferred to adult dogs and carried onto their fur, etc. and then affect the puppies.  Puppies are born without immunity and need time to develop before being exposed to the world and so precautions must be in place to help prevent disasters which could result in death!

3. Please also consider that it is not just your puppy that we are protecting, but the other siblings in the litter, any other litters that may be present, and ALL of our breeding dogs.  It is a costly risk and potentially LIFE THREATENING to allow visitors too soon or to not have sanitation precautions in effect! So, please be prepared to follow the pre-cautions for sanitation listed below!

 
When you visit your puppy you will be expected to comply with the following:

Please Note: The following rules are for the protection of our puppies and dogs! We want to be able to ensure the health of our puppies, and to do so, we must lay down some visitation rules for EVERYONE to follow. We practice BIOSECURITY, which is just a fancy term for compliance with safety precautions against viruses, parasites, and diseases to safe-guard our property and keep our animals healthy and secure!

1. ONE WEEK PRIOR TO VISITATION:

~ To the best of your ability, for 1 week prior to visiting Pleasant Meadows, please avoid going to any places where other dogs or animals may frequent.  

Example: parks, walking trails, pet stores, or homes of friends, family, or neighbours with pets of any kind.  

2.  COMING FOR A VISIT:

~ You must wear freshly washed clothing!  This has nothing to do with personal hygiene so please don't be offended!  Everybody has that favourite over-coat, sweater, shoes, etc. ... but where have your clothes been?  Did you pet the neighbour's dog?  Or wear your favourite jacket or jeans when you went for your daily walk?  You could be unknowingly carrying a parasite or disease on your clothing -- please wear freshly washed clothing!

3.  ARRIVED AT PLEASANT MEADOWS:

~ Once you park your vehicle at Pleasant Meadows, you can proceed up our walkway to our front door and you will see a tray with about half an inch of water.

*Walk through the disinfecting shoe bath before entering our home!

 

The shoe bath contains the following:


[HOT WATER -- VIRKON -- DETTOL DISINFECTANT]   (This is safe for your shoes, but kills bacteria and parasites!)

We will greet you with a warm "hello!" as you walk up to our door, and ensure that you walk through the shoe bath before entering our home. PLEASE do not be offended by the fact that we will not offer to shake your hand at this stage.  Hand washing is required first!

Once inside our home:

*Take off shoes in our front entrance way.


PLEASE DO NOT wear flip flops or sandals as you will be required to remove your shoes!  One alternative option is to bring a pair of socks along with you if you insist on wearing a sandal type shoe.

After you remove your shoes, we will direct you to the washroom to wash your hands!

*Wash hands thoroughly -- a clean towel will always be put out for each arrival of visitors.

Once your hands are washed, you can freely pet our dogs and puppies within the guidelines already listed on this page.

REFUSAL to FOLLOW these requests designed for the safety and health of our puppies and dogs will result in you being asked to leave our property IMMEDIATELY!  We will guide you through the steps as they unfold, so you don't have to worry!

 

Think this is extreme!?! Think again! Following these simple rules is a very small price to pay to help us at Pleasant Meadows ensure that your puppy is healthy and stays that way! Parasites and disease are not something to be taken lightly! Diseases like, Parvovirus, Giardia, Coccidia, Distemper, Kennel Cough, etc. can all be carried on clothing and live on most surfaces for anywhere from a few months to up to a year!

WE SINCERELY THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION 

TO HELP US KEEP ALL OF OUR DOGS HEALTHY!!

 

Visitor Conduct:

We ask that you please enter our home in a calm and confident manner.  Our dogs are very well behaved, but they will read your energy if you are nervous or excited! 

 

After you walk through the foot bath (as outlined above), and we open the door for you to enter, please walk into our home right away and please don't stand in the doorway so that our door is left gaping open and our dogs are left wondering if the door is open for them or for you.

Our dogs meet many strangers on a regular basis and it is hard to regulate consistency in how people respond to meeting them. The best way to enter our home is to walk in with calm confidence and for the first few minutes just focus on meeting us and ignore our dogs until they either settle down if they are excited, or allow our dogs to relax and approach you in a calm manner.

The Cavalier, Poodle, and the Cavapoo are friendly dogs who love to greet people with kisses and excitement! Some of our dogs will put their jump up to put their feet on your legs to sniff you or greet you with a kiss -- if you don't want them to do this, we'll be right there to give them the "stay down" command. We also may have young puppies from time to time that have not learned how to properly greet visitors, and the only way for them to learn is to be an active participant!  Please have patience and self control, and give our dogs time to calm down and if necessary, you may reiterate the "stay down" command.

 

We will introduce the parents of the puppies to you, or any dog that you are meeting, but please just ignore them for a few minutes, unless asking them to "stay down". Most of the time our dogs are very excited to greet new people, but you will get a better sense of their temperaments if you wait until they are calm before interacting with them.

We will REQUIRE you to be in control of your children -- we are NOT responsible if your children act inappropriately towards our dogs! You need to instruct your children to stand quietly and allow our dogs to approach them, so that they enter our home in a calm and controlled manner. This means ... NO squealing or screaming in excitement, jumping up and down, running, or other excitable behaviours!  If you children have a fear of dogs, please let us know beforehand so that we can work with you and make the greeting low key!

 
 
 

IMPORTANT RULES FOR HANDLING THE PUPPIES:

1. EVERYONE must SIT DOWN on the FLOOR to handle the puppies! This rule is REGARDLESS of age! Puppies can wiggle and easily leap from your arms if you are not used to handling them, or simply slip from your grasp because you have a lapse in your attention! PLEASE sit on the floor and we will take the puppies out of their puppy enclosure to interact with you.

2. While puppies are running free on the floor -- please SHUFFLE YOUR FEET if you need to move about -- this will help prevent you from accidentally stepping on a puppy (eg. don't lift your feet too high while walking)!

3. Do not try to insist on interacting with or touching another puppy that is already ON HOLD for another family! Families are trusting us to keep their puppies safe and it is better to be "safe than sorry" when it comes to accidents, diseases, etc.  We will make it clear which puppies are AVAILABLE for you to choose from at 5 weeks of age, and we will in most cases leave the already chosen puppies in the puppy enclosure unless taken out for a specific reason.

 

IMPORTANT RULES FOR RESPECTING THE PARENTS:

1. Follow the guidelines on how you should greet dogs. Here is a quick re-cap:

2. Be respectful of the parents and do not try to force them to interact with you! Cavapoos are extremely friendly with everyone, HOWEVER, it is sometimes DIFFERENT and it is NORMAL for it to be different while the parents (especially the mom) are allowing you to be around HER puppies. Not every mom or dad will want to interact with you because they do know what is happening! You can still see the temperament of the parents without touching them if the dog does not want to be touched. Watch how the parents interact with each other, and how they interact with us. Every one of our dogs reacts to people being around their puppies a little bit differently because they are individual just like people are! Some of our parents will be right there giving you kisses, tail wagging, and others will prefer to stay on the sidelines and observe you. This is nature, respect it!

3. Lastly, please relax. Simply put, your energy will be the deciding factor on how our dogs interact with you. We know that it is exciting to get a new puppy, but practicing staying calm will help you when you bring your puppy home with you! Staying calm will help you to train your puppy faster and more easily no matter what you situation you face!  We know that there are a lot of guidelines to follow, but we will be right there to help!

 

How can you help us?

During the course of our daily routines throughout each year we use countless numbers of sheets, blankets, and towels for birthing puppies and in their puppy enclosures for comfort and texture, as well as, towels for bathing/grooming of the puppies and their parents.

When you come to choose your puppy at Pleasant Meadows at 5-6 weeks of age, or for pick up at 8 weeks of age -- if you think of it -- we would truly appreciate any used towels or sheets which you are no longer using. Small tears, fraying, and fading are fine!  Thank you so much!

 

Please Be Respectful!

After dealing with families literally dropping in unannounced, or being extremely late or early for puppy-pick-ups for our summer 2018 litters, we have concluded that we unfortunately need to add a note about being respectful of our time and allowing our dogs and puppies to have a break from visitors!

We respectfully schedule choosing your puppy time and puppy-pick-ups to be evenly spaced out so that we can give you our undivided attention to explain details about your puppy's care to you and prepare you for taking your puppy home. Sometimes a visit ends up being a bit longer, that cannot be helped if there are lots of questions, etc., but we cannot have families showing up outrageously early, extremely late, or completely unannounced.

Between families visiting for choosing and/or puppy pick ups, we need to have a moment to breathe, perhaps to eat our own lunch (usually we have to eat early or late), our dogs need to go outside for a potty break, the puppy pen will most likely need to be cleaned up as puppy go to the bathroom every hour, and the puppies need to be fed their food every few hours, etc.

We ask everyone for a time of arrival so that you are not overlapping with somebody else, and so that we have time to be responsible breeders and take care of our dogs and puppies between people arriving.

We cannot control traffic, but it is only respectful for you to consider the fact that you may have delays in route and maybe plan ahead to leave home that extra 15-30 minutes earlier to accommodate. And if there is a time change it's appropriate for you to call or e-mail to let us know that you could be late, or call to say that you've "caught a breeze" and will be here a smidge earlier than your original scheduled appointment. Please also consider that you may need to wait if you are too early or too late if it interferes with another family's time-slot or if your arrival would inhibit us from doing our job here -- which is raising happy and healthy puppies!

If you can't give us a date and time for pick-up of your puppy, and take the time to schedule a time with us, this can be very disruptive and we can't attend to our dogs, puppies, and our own personal needs if we aren't allowed to have a break inbetween visitors.

Our home is indeed our home, and we invite you into our home within a scheduled time so that we can have necessary time to run our household and to care for our dogs and puppies.

Thank you to all who have been respectful of our time!

It is sincerely appreciated!

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