|Frequently Asked Questions
|Can we come visit to see your dogs and puppies?
Families often ask to visit Apple Creek and meet our dogs. There is no easy response to this request because we understand your
desire to see, first hand, where our dogs are housed and how they are cared for. We know that you would like to meet the
puppies before you bring one home to become part of your families. However, our visitor policy is limited to those with deposits
who have reserved a puppy. Due to the prevalence of and easily spread Parvo virus we are no longer accepting visitors to our
home except for the families with deposits and only when they come to pick up their puppies at 9-10 weeks old. At this time you
will be able to meet mom and dad and will be welcomed into our home where the puppies are raised. If for any reason you are
not happy with the puppy, the parents or the environment in which they are raised then we will offer you a refund and in no way
should you feel obligated to keep the puppy.
Where are you located?
We are located just NW of Port Huron, Michigan. It is about 1 hour 30 minutes from Detroit Metro Airport, 2 hours from Ann
Arbor, 2 hours 45 minutes from Mt. Pleasant, 3 hours from Grand Rapids, 4 hours 20 minutes from Traverse City. We are
about 5 1/2 hours from Chicago IL, 2 hours from the Michigan/Ohio border, 4 hours from Fort Wayne, IN and 5 hours 45
minutes from Indianapolis, IN.
Do you ship your puppies?
Please contact me about our shipping options as these have changed.
Do you have an application form that I need to fill out?
Yes, you will need to fill out this form only if you are reserving a puppy.
How do I reserve a puppy?
It's easy. Fill out my application form and then you can make your $500 deposit using paypal to reserve a pup from a current
or planned litter. You can also send a personal check for the deposit if you don't want to use paypal. Paypal fees do apply. Your
deposit will only be accepted if you plan to pick your puppy up when they are ready to go. I no longer keep puppies once they
are ready to go to their new families.
Is the $500 deposit refundable?
It depends - #1 No, the $500 deposit is not refundable. We do this because some people will put their names on several
breeder’s lists and take the first available puppy. From very early on we begin looking for the characteristics and personality
traits in our puppies that are best for each family on our list. When there is a non-refundable deposit involved the chances are
a lot higher that the party will be dedicated to picking a puppy from us and will not make an impulsive decision to buy the first
puppy they see. Your deposit is made to hold a puppy for you and to reserve your pick spot. #2 - The deposit is refundable if
once you've come to see the pups, if the selection left is not what you want or like then your deposit will be refunded in full.
Also if when you come to see the pups and you don't like me, the parents or the pups then your deposit will be refunded and you
will have no obligation to purchase a puppy.
How does the picking process work?
I don't have people come pick their puppies until you come to pick them up at 9-10 weeks old. This has been working very well
for me, it also is great for those that live far away but do plan to drive to pick their puppy up, this way they don't need to pick
by picture and can pick in person. The puppies will be more grown than picking at 4-5 weeks old and they will have much more
personality and coats at that time. This process works great but it does mean that if you reserve a puppy from me you will need
to pickup on time so you can pick your puppy in order of deposits. First deposit gets first pick and so on. If you can't pickup on
time you will need to wait for a later litter as I no longer keep puppies once they are ready to go to their new families which
begins at 8 weeks old. Keep in mind that if you are first pick you will need to come early in the day to pick up so I can get
everyone scheduled after you for that day. Pick ups will start at 9-10AM on the go home day. Standard pups go home at 8-9
weeks old and petite pups stay until 10 weeks old. If a litter has multiple colors to choose from, pups will be available for
immediate reservation and the deposit list will be grouped by color and genders.
Will you keep puppies once they are ready to go?
NO, I am no longer keeping puppies once they are of age to go to their new families. I feel the early age is very important for
you to bond with your new puppy. I will only accept deposits from those who plan to pick up when the pups are ready to go.
Otherwise you will need to wait for a later litter or find a breeder with a litter better suited for your schedule. Typically
deposits are received way before litters are even born, that gives you plenty of time to plan for when your puppy will need to
be picked up and you can spend those special first days bonding with your new puppy.
Will I be able to choose my puppy?
Yes, you will be able to choose what puppy you want. Since we are around the puppies from birth and are aware of their
personalities we can suggest which puppy will fit into the lifestyle of your family but ultimately you will choose which puppy
you want based on my opinions or yours.
Are your parents health tested?
YES, we have worked very hard to make sure we are only breeding the healthiest of dogs. All parents health certificates will
come with each puppy in their custom made folders. We are very proud to have only quality health tested moms and dads so we
can have the best doodle babies possible.
Do you offer a health warranty?
Yes, all of our doodles are sold with a 24 month health warranty against genetic hip, elbow, eye and heart defects. You do not
have to return your doodle to use this guarantee. To read our complete health warranty click here...2 year warranty
Are your puppies spayed/neutered before they go?
No, but we do require spay/neuter be performed by the time your puppy reaches 8 months of age. Spay/Neuter prevents
breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer in females and testicular and prostate cancers in males. A neutered male does not have the
sexual tendencies of a non-neutered male such as running off for females in heat, humping, frequent marking of his territory,
etc. Spay/Neuter is also the only way to guarantee the prevention of unwanted litters.
We want to breed our doodle, is that ok?
For the sake of responsible pet ownership, all our puppies are sold with a spay/neuter requirement in our
Purchase Agreement/Health Warranty.
This helps us do our part in fighting the problem of pet-overpopulation and irresponsible breeding practices.
WE NO LONGER SELL PUPPIES FOR BREEDING PURPOSES, WE SELL TO PET HOMES ONLY.
Does a male or female make a better pet?
The wonderful personality of the labradoodle and goldendoodle is not sex specific. Males and females are equally great pets.
Many people have various reasons for preferring one sex over the other, most of which are stereotypical. Both males and
females are affectionate, playful, intelligent, trainable, and loyal. A neutered male is likely to squat to pee instead of hiking his
leg, and if he does hike his leg he’ll pee all in one spot instead of in several different places to mark his territory. A neutered
male does not have the tendencies of a non-neutered male such as running off to look for females in heat, humping, aggressive
toward other male dogs, etc. Spayed females do not have a heat cycle so you do not have to deal with bothersome bleeding during
their cycle or personality changes that can come with the hormones. Spaying and neutering prevents breast, uterine, and ovarian
cancers in females and testicular and prostate related cancers in males.
What is the difference between a F1 and F1B? or a labradoodle and a goldendoodle?
See our page on this topic here....F1 vs F1B
What is the difference between an American and English Doodle?
See our page on this topic here...English vs American
How much are your doodle puppies?
See our prices here...Pricing
I've never seen a doodle before, can we come see what they look like?
Sorry, I don't allow visitors just to "see" what a doodle looks like. I have tons of pictures and videos of my dogs available for
you to view on my site. This will give you a great idea of what a doodle looks and acts like. I only allow those that have a deposit
on a puppy to visit and only at the time they are picking up their puppy.
Are your puppies born in your home?
Yes, all of our puppies are born in our home and I am with each mom as they are delivering. I often pull each pup from their
birth sac once delivered and cut their cords. I get them pre cleaned for mommy and she does the rest after that. Pups are taken
outside for playtimes, weather permitting and to give them a head start to potty training. Our puppies are very well socialized,
including adult dogs and a cats as playmates. I spend a lot of time with my puppies, my website is updated with new pictures
weekly (or so) and a video once older. We do have a new nursery for the puppies that is not in our home, the puppies may be
moved there once older (6 weeks), it's easier to get them outside and have playtimes too. As puppies get older they get messier!
This cuts down on the amount of puppy smells in our home :) They are still brought inside to run around and play.
Will my puppy be potty trained when they come home?
No, we do not begin potty/house training the puppies before they come to you. It would be impossible for us to potty train a
litter of 7-12 puppies! Our puppies are very smart and with proper diligence I've been told they can be trained in as little as a
few weeks....but most pups will not be fully potty trained until 4-5 months old. The potty bells you hang on the door work great
to quicken the potty training process.
Will my puppy be crate trained when they come home?
It really depends on the litter size, I typically will put a large crate in their sleeping area that they can go in if they want. I
don't close the door but it does give them some idea of what a crate is. If I have a smaller litter, when they are older I may
close them in the crate at night to get them use to it. This doesn't crate train then fully but it will cut down on the amount of
protest they will give you come time to take them home and put them to bed at night.