Welcome to the Frequently Asked Question's page. We have compiled a list of questions that we are asked from the very beginning of your Open Range process all the way to the end! Please read through this and let us know if you need any help
Where are you located?
We are located in beautiful Cedaredge, Colorado. We live on 30 acres out in the country with our 6 kids and dogs. We have a small orchard and our dogs are raised in paradise 🙂
How much are the puppies?
All Sheepadoodle pups, it does not matter the size, are $3250 and come with a 4 year genetic health guarantee.
Do you use ENS?
We do! Early neurological stimulation is essential to raising healthy, happy and well adjusted pups. But we don't stop there! We use puppy culture protocol during the 8 weeks the puppy's are at the house to help reduce the fear instinct and raise well rounded pups.
How do you socialize the puppies?
Our Puppies are raised from day 1 with our children. There are six kids and they are all in love with each puppy. The kids have their friends over and we have puppy parties and let the puppies learn about the children and others. They learn to play with other dogs that are not in their pack and are handled daily.
Where are your puppies raised?
We have a puppy room in the house and my living room often becomes a place that the pups have a play pen set up to be around the family noises.
Where do your big dogs live?
My husband has spent a lot of time building me a beautiful 8 ft privacy fence so the dogs can have as much room as they want to roam and play. We do keep them in packs because they are dogs, and do not always get along. So each pack has an area set out to play in during the day and then into the house at night so they can sleep and be still and quiet.
Do you health test?
Short Answer...yes! We use Embark Vet to test for over 160 genetic disorders in each of our big dogs before they can be considered for the program. We also use the OFA for hips and elbows and even another vet called Evet for hips and elbows as well!
Do the puppies come vaccinated?
Yes! At the 8 week mark they will have their first shots and been wormed at 2,3,4,6 and 8 weeks!
What kind of food do the dogs eat?
We feed Fromm Gold to both puppies and big dogs. The puppies eat the puppy chow and the big dogs just eat the standard food.
Do you have an application?
I don't like the application process. It is too hard to get a feel for my families and what they need through basic questions on a page. I would much rather call and chat with each family so I know that we are a good fit for each other. The breeder relationship should be a calm and easy fit! I am a super communicator and will always keep you informed of every situation at the house through out the whole process. If you are ready to put down a deposit but we haven't talked I would love it if we could schedule a phone call so you know I am and in turn I know who you are.
Your deposit for an Open Range Pup is $500. We do have the ability to process that online but charge a fee of $25 for credit card processing. The extra $25 does not go towards your puppy price. The $500 is used to hold your spot and when you get on a litter list can go towards the price of your puppy. Deposit's are non refundable. Having a puppy is a big choice that will impact your life for the next 12-15 years, so be sure before you put a deposit down that this is what you want.
Once you are checking out online, a contract will pop up for you to sign. This contract just states that you understand that you are now on a waiting list for an Open Range Pup, it is not a litter list and does not guarantee the exact time in which your puppy will be born.
At Open Range we use facebook as a tool to keep up with our families. Once you get on the waiting list it is a good idea to go on facebook and like our page @OpenRangePups. There is no easier way for me to keep up with all my clients. Facebook is updated daily if not more.
You will know when your momma comes into heat, is bred and birth all based on facebook. So please follow along!
Puppies are born! What to expect:
When puppies are born you can expect to see pictures and videos. We do not do individual photos and try to leave mom and babies together so they can bond. You can expect to learn litter size and boy girl count by the time the first week is over. At 2-3 weeks you can expect much more pictures and getting the watch the puppies grow. As we come into the picking process on weeks 3 and 4 you will get much more information and learn about each pup.
How does picking work?
We pick in order of deposit, so getting your deposit in as soon as you have decided on Open Range is very important! Picking is started at week 3 with a survey that we send out to each family. It is important that you pay attention and answer all the questions so that we can match you up with the right pup. You have the opportunity to tell me what you want and which puppies are your favorite as well. Then at the 4 week mark we do long video's and more photos and we add a character analysis of each puppy to help each family with their choice. Picking day is set and I make an appointment every half hour of the day to sit down and talk with families and make their pick. If you are not ready when your appointment comes or I cannot get a hold of you with in that half hour you will be moved to the bottom of the list and I will try again after all my appointments are over for the day. There are no exceptions to this rule, it is the best way that we can all be respectful of each other and the time it takes to put this day together.
When are payments due?
Final payments for the puppies are due 5 days after picking. If you cannot make the payment at this time or need other arrangements just stay in communication so we are both on the same page.
Shipping, delivery and meet up:
At Open Range we are happy to work with a variety of options to make sure we get your puppy to you in the easiest and safest manner. My favorite option is to use Sue Murphy. She is our flight Nanny and also drives a group of puppies to the Denver area each litter. She picks the puppies up from my house and takes them to hers. She rides on board the plane with puppy on her lap, this is the best way to do it!
I am also happy to meet at Grand Junction Airport or Montrose Airport and bring your puppy to you so you can fly home with it on your lap!
You are welcome to pick the puppy up at the house. For in state clients I always offer to meet you in Glenwood, Gunnison or Grand Junction as most major highways run through those towns.
Lastly, we will ship cargo. This is not my favorite option but I do make sure that the puppies receive kennel training for a week before they fly. This ensures that they are comfortable in the kennel and it will not be a foreign place to them.
After Puppy is home?
I really like to keep in touch with my clients as much as is comfortable. I am readily available to answer any training questions you may have and get to see the pups from time to time. I don't force this on people but do appreciate when people keep in touch.