The puppies whelped at Trout Creek are gently handled and observed many times each day from birth until they leave for their new homes at nine weeks. Our family and friends handle the puppies for the first three weeks and by the fourth week, they are meeting several new people each day. Beginning at four weeks,they are exposed to different locations in our home and on the farm, meeting and interacting with our other adult dogs, walking on several different surfaces and spending some time each day in a play area with tunnels, hanging toys, a teeter-totter, boxes to climb on and open crates and many developmental toys. I spend time each day observing and handling each puppy and making notes. At five weeks, the puppies begin their twice weekly outings to visit neighbors, friends and our dog friendly local stores. These outings allow the puppies to meet many new people and be exposed to new environments. By nine weeks, they have been introduced to a wide variety of sights, sounds and are well prepared to make the transition into their new homes.
My puppies are temperament tested at seven weeks and are evaluated for structure at eight weeks. I consider the results of the temperament test, structural evaluation and my observation of each individual puppy from birth to eight weeks, then make my placement decisions. I always try to make the best match between each puppy and adopting family.
I encourage those who are considering a GSMD to contact and visit with as many breeders as possible and not limit themselves to local breeders only. After visiting with several breeders, choose one or two that have the priorities you are looking for. It is important to work with a breeder that you are totally comfortable with and that will be available to you for the life of your Swissy.
I interview prospective puppy owners to determine if my priorities and what I strive to produce are what they are looking for. If not, I refer them on to other breeders. I encourage those who are interested in obtaining a puppy from my breeding program to stay in contact. Continued contact and conversations help me to determine if I have the right puppy for the specific home.
Occasionally, I am in need of a co-ownership home for show/breeding quality puppies or young adults that I plan to use in my breeding program. I am very selective when choosing this type of home and will only consider families with prior dog experience who reside in Southwest Washington or the Greater Portland Metropolitan area within two hours driving distance of our home. Co-owning a show/breeding GSMD is not suited for everyone however if this unique type of ownership is something you may be interested in learning more about, please contact me.
Once again, thank you for your interest in a puppy from Trout Creek! I welcome all inquiries and will do my best to answer any questions that you may have.
To be considered for a puppy I must meet you in person and be advised puppies will not be shipped.