10 Steps to Adopting a German Shepherd from us

Our simple adoption process should help guide you through the confusion of GSD types/options and health screening. It will hopefully answer all your questions. We occasionally have pups or partly trained youngsters or adults available immediately who may match your requirements. Not ready quite yet?  Then, join our waiting list - we take reservation up to 12 months in advance. We can also work with our partners to find the right puppy for import into the UK or export internationally if you prefer.

Step 1 - Read this website then complete our online "Contact Us" Form

Read our website information on our screening and training policies, prices and our availability/waiting list.  Like us on Facebook, Watch our Youtube channel videos, check out our images on Pinterest. When you are ready, complete the online CONTACT US Form and we will send you a couple of PDFs so you have more research to help you on this journey towards canine ownership.

Step 2 - Complete our online "Dog Preferences" Form

We have an online Dog Preferences Form which you can submit or we can complete together during our chat. Once we have started dialogue then you will receive a username and password by email so you can tell us more about yourself and edit your criteria for size, colour, gender, age, timing and training. If you are outside the UK then we will need to know your country and address if you need a quote for shipping.

Step 3 - Ready for a Chat?

As you define your requirements then it may be helpful to you, to chat through any questions with us. You will receive a link to our diary so you can choose a time which suits you for an initial chat.

Step 4 - Join the Reservation List

Once you are satisfied that we both understand your requirements and you are happy with our policies then its time to join our list. We run a deposit system (£350 for 8-12 weeks or 50% for partly trained) for reservations. This is taken off the cost of your puppy/dog at collection. We then start working on your requirements - the timescale for this can be immediate availability or it could be that we say 1-12 months if we are having to train or import/export your dog. As a general rule we permit extension of your dates up to your allocated puppy reaching 5 weeks old. Thereafter it is too close to adoption date to simply change your mind so consider future holiday dates. Partly trained and adult dogs are trained specifically so we need a higher deposit (50% usually) before agreeing to grow on and commit trainer time to their socialisation and training. Deposits on partly trained pups and import or export pups (outside UK) are non-refundable as they are chosen, trained and grown on for you specifically including organising the necessary rabies vaccinations, export paperwork etc. As a general rule a puppy deposit is £350 payable by Bank Transfer.

Step 5 - The Wait !

Once the decision to adopt has been reached by our family then the waiting is possibly the hardest part of the process! This can be extremely frustrating and we totally sympathise however mother nature is totally beyond our control and she rarely works to our calender requests. To help with this unpredictability we agree earliest and latest dates as part of our instructions from you. If we can't fulfil our agreed timescales then of course we would let you know and offer to either (a) extend the time, or (b) offer an alternative (change of gender or colour etc) or (c) offer to return your deposit.

Step 6 - Email Notification and photos

If adopting a puppy then we wait until the pups' eyes are open and preliminary vet check is all clear. This is to avoid the situation when we have sent newborn photos and then something is wrong at vet check. We dont want to upset you, your children and us by exciting everyone too early in puppy's development. Our mortality rate is extremely low however occasionally in all living animals there are congenital defects which may not be apparent until eyes open and motor functions develop. Our pups have vet checks at 4 weeks, 6 weeks and then if extended stay with us, at 10 weeks old. You can then opt to have spay/neuter completed pre-adoption if preferred.  We aim to give 4 weeks notice of collection date if adopting at 8 weeks (ie just after first vet check is all clear). We send email with photos or we call you. We then take more photos and send them around 6 weeks old after the second vet check.  You must then give last vaccines at 10 weeks old to start external toilet training at 14 days after last vaccine (so typically 12 weeks old when puppy first enters garden). You can then opt for extended stay, last vaccinations, additional services (rabies, passport etc), lead training etc.

If adopting or importing/exporting a puppy/dog which is already born then we can start work straight away on identifying potential candidates and bespoking their training to your needs.

Step 7 - Preparing for the Big Day

Once our dog is identified, we start diarising collection date and start discussing preparation with you. We are currently working on a resource centre on the site with helpsheets for getting ready for adoption date. All canine goods we recommend are available for purchase at the time of adoption. Even if you prefer to source goods locally, then it may be worth seeing what we suggest before going too mad as we have tried and tested most dog goods and identified the strongest or best! We sell crates, food, toys, collars/lead, groomng products, car crates and we are VMD registered for the sale of flea & worm treatments so we have EVERYTHING! Food can then be ordered online from us in the future and its couriered to your door, postage included.

Step 8 - Which Dog?

In some cases when a colour and/or gender has been specified then we will know which dog is yours from birth! However some times there is more than one dog which meets criteria, in these cases we send photos to families usually around 6 weeks old so you can express any immediate preference. We do this generally in order of joining the list so if there were 3 black males in the litter then the earliest family to join would get a choice of 3, the next a choice of 2 and then the third family on list would have no choice. However before this happens we also try to ensure that we have taken into account personalities. So if there was a family on the list which expressed preference for "lively" and we had a puppy which matched this personality profile - we would prioritise this match on personality before a choice on cuteness. It can be tricky occasionally balancing everyones' wishes however in over a decade of breeding and helping families' select the right puppy, it has always worked out thus far. It is a stress point in the process but try and relax - often we frequently hear the comment "They are all lovely, I could take any of them home and be happy". In our experience, in a week you will have forgotten about the others and simply adore the one you took home. If adopting an older or partly trained dog then you will be invited to meet the candidates socially so we work together to match you and dog correctly.

Step 9 - Collection Day

You will be send directions to our home and we will have agreed a time for collection. Often we have a few families collect on same day especially on weekends. So if you are early please call or text to ask if the family before you has finished. If late please contact us asap as we may be able to swap the order of families arriving. However if outside your allocated time then you may need to wait until the next family have left as they too will probably have travelled a far distance with excited children. We may ask that you  re-book collection if you miss your time - this is because of our committment to other families and also to our 4 children. Please allow 60-90 minutes for collection as we need to chat to you about trainin etc and to go through what to expect for the first week.

Step 10 - Post Adoption

Just after adoption we organise your paperwork so we activate initial 4 week Insurance, transfer your microchip and request to know your chosen name. The Resource centre under construction will also have helpsheets on crate training, toilet training etc to help you through the first 3 months. We appreciate updates and photos and of course we would love your permission to put these on our website and facebook as testimonials.