Castlerocks English Springer Spaniels
What you can expect from Castlerock
When buying a puppy from Castlerock’s Special Assisting Canines you continued support throughout your dog's life. We love to keep in touch with our families and hear updates often. We continue to provide support and a source for any questions you may have as your pup grows.
Along with your Castlerock’s English Springer Spaniel, you will receive the following:
- A week of our Puppy Preschool training
-A copy of their vaccination & worming record
-A new travel crate if flying
-A 2 year health guarantee for genetic disorders
-A sample bag of puppy food
-A bag of treats, and a toy
-A Birth Certificate or AKC registration papers
-A scent blanket
-Lifetime Breeder support
From day one...
Our puppies are delivered in their own whelping box inside their dog room. At this stage, we expose the puppies to early- neurological stimulation daily. You can find more information on this procedure on our Links Page. Our mothers are wonderful about keeping their area clean and tidy and let us know when they need to go outside. At first our girls stay very close to their puppies, wanting to keep an eye on them at all times, but when the puppies are around 2 weeks old, the mothers also enjoy break times periodically running around the house.
At this age, the puppies are beginning to show their own personalities and are starting to explore their world as their eyes open. This marks the beginning of the socialization process. The puppies learn from their mother about boundaries and respect, and their siblings teach them how to play nice and understand what is too rough. It is also critical to have as much human interaction as possible to develop confidence with many different people and many different situations. We continue to handle the puppies daily, and encourage many people including our grandchildren to cuddle with them. This encourages a love of people and sets the foundation for that strong bond Springers are known for. During this period, we also introduce food and water to the puppies while their mother is enjoying a break. They pick this up quickly from watching their mother eat and drink.
The puppies also begin to spend some time in our puppy play area in our Nursery at 5 weeks of age. This area is set up for the puppies to have a play side with lots of toys, a comfy bed of blankets, and a litter box potty area. The puppies are already aware of the difference between a bed area and potty area from their whelping box and within a week know to use the litter box for their bathroom. The puppies also spend some time outside if the weather permits.
At 6 weeks, the puppies are weaned completely and are eating dry food. Over time, we are able to increase the distance between the potty and bed areas while they are still in the Nursery play area. This process greatly aids in our ability to crate/house train when the puppies are in their 7th week. We also are starting to transition the puppies into spending some alone time in a crate at different points in their day, by first grouping them into pairs and only for short duration. We find that by doing this process gradually, the puppies are more likely to succeed quicker at crate training and learn to enjoy it, making their first nights home with their new family a more joyous experience for all. We also introduce treats during this time to strengthen the puppies' drive to please and promote eye contact, setting them up for success during our next puppy phase. Some puppies at this time are already sitting for a treat or before feeding time.
Puppy Preschool Begins...
At 7 weeks our puppies all receive their own collar, crate, and leash. We do have the option to receive a puppy package at the time of pickup with everything that has been used with your puppy and that he/she is comfortable with. During their training period, the puppies go outside regularly to potty and play with our cats and other dogs. The puppies are completely integrated into what life will be like for them in their new families with rules and basic training before entering the arms of their new owners. For more information about what our puppies learn during their last few weeks with us, please visit our puppy preschool page.
A deposit of $400 is required to hold a puppy until they are ready for their new homes. We accept payment in the form of cash, check, postal money orders, pay pal and wire transfers. We will not take checks as a final payment unless there will be enough time for them to clear.
Pet price for English Springer Spaniel puppies range from $900-$1500 depending on color pedigree, registration of ESS and training.
Families needing to board their puppy at Castlerock after 9 weeks of age will be an additional $50 a week fee. This boarding fee does not include advanced training. Speak with us about our continued training opportunities.
Puppies are sold on a spay/neuter agreement. Breeding rights are available to approved breeders for an additional cost. Breeding requests must be made at the initial contact and time of purchase. Just let us know in your puppy application if you would like breeding rights for your puppy.
All puppies will be sold as "Pet Quality" and will hold no guarantees pertaining to breeding or show conformation or performance use.
How ever Seller will try and match the buyers "wish List" for desired conformation and temperament as close as possible. Puppies will be graded as to the AKC conformation and temperament with possible show prospects in mind.