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Pre-Purchase Checklist

Please review this checklist prior to making your reservation to ensure that you are familiar with
the requirements of a puppy, and with our procedures.

  • Contract & Warranty- Please review our puppy purchase contract/health warranty (available
    on our "Pups" page).  Puppies are sold to most homes on a CKC non-breeding agreement
    unless otherwise agreed in writing at the time of reservation. Be sure that if you are even
    remotely considering breeding, that you indicate this on your reservation form so we can
    discuss it in advance.

  • Responsibility - The first few months of puppy ownership can be very busy. Ensure that you
    have the time, patience, and facilities to properly house and care for a rambunctious lab
    puppy. There may be sleepless nights as the puppy adjusts to your home and routine. Be
    prepared to provide constant supervision and/or a safe place for the puppy to be while
    unsupervised (crate, outdoor kennel, etc). You must have a securely fenced yard and
    someone (you, a friend, or a dog-walker) will need to be available during the day to exercise
    and potty the puppy.    Labs are slow to mature and will remain 'puppyish' for up to three
    years or more! You will need to ensure that you have the financial ability to take care of
    extra 'puppy' expenses such as vaccinations and vet checkups, spay/neuter, puppy classes,
    chew toys, high quality food, day care or dog walkers,etc as well as any emergencies that
    may come up. You must  be sure that at the time the puppies are ready to go to their new
    home, you will personally be available for your puppy's pick up (from our place or from the
    airport in Vancouver, BC- if you are a US resident you WILL need a passport to get into
    Canada). You should not be planning any vacactions for at least the first few months.
    Puppies who are not fully vaccinated (ie - less than 16 weeks) can NOT go to a
   boarding kennel and will find changes to their new routine very disruptive.


  • Support - We will do our best to provide any answers or information you need prior to or
    after your puppy arrives at your home- we don't know everything but have a lot of
    experience finding answers to questions and can almost certainly help in some way with
    most problems. This includes our comprehensive health warranty which you can see on our
    "Pups" page. We can also help you find a good vet and trainer in your home town.  By
    buying an Eromit puppy, you will become a part of our extended family - please be prepared
    to send us lots of updates!

  • Travel arrangements - please let us know how/when you plan to get your puppy. They are
    ready to go at  8 weeks of age and NOT ONE DAY prior (we are firm on this!)  Starting
    January 2013, we will no longer be shipping puppies unaccompanied by air cargo - but can
    plan to meet you at an airport or pre-designated major Canadian city in exchange for travel
    expenses.  Please inquire if you would like more information about this option and what
    costs may occur. We always prefer to have you come to Eromit Acres for pickup if possible,
    so  that you might meet the rest of your puppy's family too.

  • Your deposit is non-refundable once accepted, except in the case that a puppy matching
    your first or second choice in color/sex is not available, there are no puppies with a suitable
    temperament/structure for what you require, or the litter doesn't take at all.   Please confirm
    your preferences at the time you place your deposit. If no puppy is  suitable for you, based
    on our assessment of structure and personality, you may choose to have your deposit
    refunded, or move it to the next available litter. We do reserve the right to refund a deposit
    for any reason at any time at our discretion.

  • Payment - a $250 deposit  (CANADIAN FUNDS ONLY) is required to hold a puppy (as well as
    our completed & approved reservation form). We accept Cash, Certified Cheques, Money
    Orders,or  Email Transfers.  We can only accept personal cheques for puppy deposits and
    will NOT accept them for a final balance payment. Purchase price includes taxes (the
    specifics will be posted on each litter page). Please see full payment terms and conditions
    here.


  • Puppy Availability: We can not  promise how many puppies will be born in each litter, or how
    many of each color and sex will be born. We take advanced reservations/deposits based on
    typical litter averages and prefer to 'under plan' slightly so that no buyers are disappointed
    if at all possible.... however, we can't control nature and sometimes do end up with smaller   
    litters or missed breedings. If you are planning to reserve a puppy from a breeding that has
    not yet occurred, then please note that we can  not guarantee when exactly the puppies will
    be born or available for pick up, but will provide our best guesstimate. If getting a puppy is
    quite dependant on the timing of the litter, please indicate this on the  reservation form -
    we always do our best to make sure a breeding is successful and as  planned and we will
    keep you informed as each milestone occurs  (female comes into season,  is bred,
    ultrasound confirms pregnancy, babies are born, etc.) By submitting your reservation,  you
    indicate that you understand as living creatures,  sometimes our females delay their cycles,  
    come into season early,  or have litters that are smaller, larger,  or with a different
    proportion of male/female/color ratios than we would have expected,  and that we can not  
    control these things.  If at the time of reservation, we think that your odds of getting  a
    puppy  of the color/sex from the litter you desire is low,  we will let you know so that you
    can  make an informed decision,  but please do not make a reservation if you are still puppy
    shopping with other breeders or are not fully ready to commit.  


  • Puppy assignments - will not be made prior to 6 weeks of age (usually matches are made
    closer to 7 weeks).  We will make puppy selections based on your preferences for color,
    sex, and personality/training goals and the observations we have made during our 24/7  
    interactions with the puppies.  You will not choose your own puppy. Visit this page to see  
    how puppies  are matched to their families.

  • Training- We highly recommend puppy kindergarden and basic obedience classes for your
    puppy.  These will help teach good manners and provide opportunities for socialization,
    which are crucial to your puppy's well-being, and allow you to develop a special bond with
    your puppy amid distractions. All retriever puppies go through a phase of barking,
    mouthing, chewing, jumping up, etc.  No puppy is born perfectly well-mannered - you must
    train it to behave. If you do not want to deal with these types of behaviors, you may be more
    suited to an older pup or adult dog, or should ask about our Puppy Headstart training
    program (although we do recommend that graduates of the headstart program continue
    their training with group lessons). We can help you find a trainer or classes in your area if
    needed.  You should expect to spend time each and every day training your puppy
    throughout his life. This will in addition to the time you spend exercising, grooming, playing
    with and socializing your pup.

  • A puppy is a life-long commitment.  You should be prepared to care for, train, exercise and
    love this puppy each and every single day, for better or worse, rain or shine, for at least the
    next 12-15 years. Please ensure that your lifestyle is suitable for such a commitment prior to
    reserving your puppy. Think about the long term - will you be moving? changing jobs?
    adding a new baby? How will these changes affect your dog ownership ability? Do not
    commit to a puppy unless you can commit for the dog's entire life.  We understand that
    sometimes life brings unexpected changes.... in the unexpected event that you can't keep
    your puppy (or adult dog)  we have a lifetime return policy - he or she may be returned to us
    at any time during it's life. As part of our Eromit purchase contract, your puppy will ALWAYS
    be welcome home with us. This is our pledge!