Policies & Health
Our hope here at Grace Wood Farm is that you will find a family dog to love forever and that you will feel like you are a part of the family!
More Puppies than Deposits in a Litter
Every week we receive dozens of requests for currently available puppies and our litters are full many months in advance. We take a limited amount of deposits per litter. Sometimes a litter can have more puppies than we have deposits for. If this is the case, we will make an open announcement on our social media accounts that we have extra spots to fill. This is the only way that we will announce extra spots in a currently born litter. We do not take an additional "interested" list, as it would have hundreds of people on the list and would be unmanageable. If you would like to try and get in one of the extra spots, you will have to watch our social media announcements after a litter is born notice that extra puppies are available and contact us right away. Extra spots are usually gone immediately, so you would have to be on the lookout!
Here at Grace Wood Farm, we have a strong policy that if you want any puppy from us, you better be 100% ready to train it! Every puppy needs training and to not be willing to do this disqualifies you from owning a puppy or dog. A dog may have the best genetics, parents with the best temperaments, and the highest level of socialization from birth. But that dog can turn into a bad doggie with no training! If you want "the perfect pet" you must be willing to put in the time, money, and effort to train your dog once they are home. If you put in the training, you will reap the benefits!
When you buy one of our puppies to come and be in your home you get a 1-year health guarantee, but you also sign a contract that you will NEVER sell your puppy! If the sad reality comes that if you do have to re-home your baby, you are agreeing to give the baby back to Grace Wood Farm so we can find the dog a new forever home.
Why do we require this?
1) We do not want to see our babies in shelters or kill shelters!
2) We do not want to see our babies going from home to home and having no idea what then happens to them.
3) When you buy a baby from us you are welcoming a family member, and they are not to be rehomed in a non-ideal situation.
This is our way of trying our very best at keeping our babies in good homes and not in shelters. When you sign that contract you are agreeing to pay a $5,000 legally binding contract fine if you do ever break it. Please understand we just want our babies to be safe, loved, and in good long term homes. This also gives everyone the comfort to know that we here at Grace Wood Farm cares about our sweet babies!
Here at Grace Wood Farm, we are confident that our puppies will be healthy when we send them home with you so we offer a one-year health guarantee. For a period of 12 months after birth, we guarantee that your dog will be free from any inherited diseases which impair long life, good health, and full function as a pet. The puppy must be checked by a vet within 5 days of taking them home. We will provide you with all the details when you purchase a puppy or upon request.
The deposit is $500. Deposits are non-refundable, and refunds will not be issued for any reason.
Litter Timing and Size
Grace Wood Farm does not guarantee any timings of future litters, as dogs can go into heat earlier or later than predicted. Additionally, we do not guarantee specific litters, as sometimes the mating does not take. These are living creatures and we are working with their bodies and time schedules. We do not run a puppy mill, therefore we work with the mama's and daddy's that we have on their own schedules. If a litter does not take, we will move you to the next litter of the breed you picked. We also do not guarantee litter size, as this is 100% up to God. If your litter is smaller in size than slotted deposits, we will move the spot holders who can't get a puppy to the next litter of the breed you picked.
Gender and Color
We cannot guarantee the gender and colors of puppies that will be born and based on your spot in line you may have different choices.
Location of Litters
Standard and Mini Sheepadoodles may come from either our Ohio or South Carolina locations, depending on the litter. Micro Sheepadoodles and Poochons all come from our South Carolina locations.
Picking a Specific Litter
Once you place a deposit, you will be assigned to the general waitlist. Waitlist spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. As our parent dogs successfully mate, we notify our deposit holders of the potential upcoming litters. After the puppies are born and we know how many spots we have for a litter, we contact our deposit holders to give them the option to join that specific litter based on their spot on the deposit waitlist. You may choose to join the littler, or choose to keep waiting. If you choose to wait, you will retain your same spot on the waitlist.
Picking a Puppy
You can pick out your puppy when they are 5-6 weeks old. You will be emailed when the puppies are born with a date schedule of days for payments, pick out, and pick up. You pick your puppy based on the number in line of your deposit. Your deposit holds your spot in the reservation line and goes towards your overall cost. If mama does not have as many babies as to where you are in line, your spot in line will move to the next available spot we have in a future litter. There is no way for us to know how many puppies will be in a litter, and when paying a deposit you are agreeing to these terms.
Forfeiture of Litter Spot on Pick Day
After you have chosen to get on a specific litter, we will have a pick day when the puppies are between 5-6 weeks old. On pick day you may find that if you have specific gender or markings in mind that you may not have your exact requirements available depending on the litter and your spot in line for picking. You are welcome to decide that rather than picking from what is available, you can forfeit your spot and return to the general waitlist at the end of the list. Note that prior to choosing a specific litter, if you choose to pass on an entire litter initially there is no reassignment of your spot on the waitlist. Reassignment of your spot on the waitlist only occurs if you leave the waitlist and join a specific litter, then at Pick Day choose to leave that specific litter and re-join the waitlist.
Right to Breeder's Pick
There is always a breeder's first-choice pick and we can decide at any time that we may choose to keep any puppy. The first deposit will always be after us if we were to choose to keep a pick of the litter.
At 5-6 weeks, you can pick your puppy based on where you are in-line and at 8 weeks you can pick up your puppy or arrange for the puppy to be transported to you.
Puppy Transport & Shipping
We do not transport puppies ourselves but can make recommendations for both air and ground transporters. You are also welcome to find your own service and arrange transport.
We have some ground shippers that we love and trust that will pick up your baby from us and bring your baby straight to your door. We can provide their info so you can call for a quote to your location. We can also make recommendations for air transporters. We do not provide transport to the airport for free, and if the air transporter requires the puppy to be delivered to the airport there will be a delivery fee.
For the health and safety of our location breeders and their families, parent dogs, and puppies, we are not offering in-person visits to our locations. Because of things like COVID-19 and parvovirus we are taking extra precautions to protect our locations.
However no need to fret, click below on your location and you will get a full tour of our homes and nurseries where the puppies are born and raised.
Grace Wood North - F1 & F1b Standard Sheepadoodles and F1 & F1b Mini Sheepadoodles in Ohio
Grace Wood Crape Myrtle - F1 Mini & Moyen Sheepadoodles in South Carolina (Coming soon!)
We do not offer breeding rights for any of our puppies. You will be required to spay or neuter your puppy at the appropriate age along with keeping up with their shots. This prevents unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, removes the possibility of your dog contracting a canine STD, and eliminates the chance of a fine for violating our contract by unapproved breeding.
All this is in place to give you the best puppy you can get!