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Our Adoption Process - Central Illinois Doodles

Providing Families With Loving, Healthy, Superior Bernedoodle & Goldendoodle Puppies

Many people want to know how the adoption process works when they fall in love with a specific puppy. Our adoption process is simple and straightforward to take the stress and hassle out of your search for the perfect pet. Here is A to Z's process of how to adopt a Bernedoodle puppy or Goldendoodle puppy from Central Illinois Doodles.

Step 1: Research!

Picking out a puppy is like picking out a new family member. As reputable Goldendoodle breeders & Bernedoodle breeders, we care about each of our animals, and we want them each to live a good life with a good family. We encourage all our customers to do their research and understand the different breeds and their specific traits, and take time to get to know us, the breeder, what we offer, and whether or not it’s the right fit for your family. 

Click on the breed to learn more about our special Goldendoodle puppies or Bernedoodle puppies.

You’ll find information on all our available puppies here. We take pride in keeping our website current, with available puppies and sold puppies always up to date. Therefore, if you see a puppy you like, and the website says “available,” you’ll know that it is! When you fall in love with one of our puppies, the next step is to contact us by email or phone. 

Step 2: Get in touch!

We at Central Illinois Doodles believe in the personal touch and getting to know all our customers to ensure that your puppy is a great fit for you and your family. That’s why before placing a deposit, we ask that you please get in touch with us and let us help you find the perfect puppy.

See a puppy you like? Reach out! We can’t wait to meet you!

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Step 3: Reserve your puppy!

Once we’ve answered all your questions and discussed your puppy to ensure it’s the right one for you, the next step is to reserve your puppy with a non-refundable deposit of $300 for Goldendoodle puppies and $500 for Bernedoodle puppies.

To reserve your puppy, click on the available puppies page and find your specific puppy. Click on the profile of the puppy you wish to reserve. You will then be taken to that puppy’s own profile page. From here, click on “Make a Deposit” to pay your deposit fee through PayPal. 

Why PayPal? We prefer this method because it offers buyer and seller protection to have peace of mind about your purchase. 

Once you place your deposit, keep an eye on your email inbox because you’ll receive a receipt for your payment that shows the puppy you’ve reserved as well as the remaining balance due for your new Goldendoodle or Bernedoodle puppy. 

Our goal is to work with you and ensure a happy, stress-free experience. Rest assured, if any issues come up during the process, we’ll do our absolute best to work it out together so that you come away happy.

If all our puppies happen to be reserved, sign up to our email list to be the first to hear about new litters! We never send spam and keep all your information confidential.

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Step 4: Watch your puppy grow!

Once our puppies reach a minimum of 8 weeks old, they are ready to leave our home and make their way to yours! Until then, we’ll be in communication with you as they grow. We’ll upload bi-weekly posts to their profiles to keep you posted on your puppy’s growth, health, and development.

During these 8 weeks, it’s a good idea to begin readying your home and preparing to have a new puppy with you and your family. You can email or call us anytime to go over what specific things we recommend to have on hand when welcoming your new Goldendoodle puppy or Bernedoodle puppy to your home.

On some rare occasions, our puppies are not quite ready to leave their nest at 8 weeks, and for their health and wellbeing, we reserve the right to hold them longer than this should they need it. Should this happen in your case, rest assured you will be kept in the loop on all aspects so you know when you can expect your puppy to come home. 

Step 5: Bring your puppy home!

Picking Up Your Puppy
If you live within driving distance and plan to pick up your new puppy in person, we’ll make arrangements for you to arrive at our facility on an agreed date and time so you can plan. 

Your puppy comes with all the paperwork, health records, a small bag of food, plus a basket of welcome gifts, toys, and treats carefully hand-picked for your specific Goldendoodle or Bernedoodle to help your new puppy settle into their new home with you. 

Your final payment will be due at the time of collection. The preferred payment method is cash, and we regret that we cannot accept checks, debit, or credit at this time. In some circumstances, we can accept PayPal, although a 3% processing fee will imply. Hence, we encourage all our families to arrive prepared with the correct amount of cash to ensure a smooth transaction. 

Shipping Your Puppy
If you don’t live near us or would prefer to have your puppy shipped to you, we can make the arrangements, no problem.

Many people worry about the potential risks of flying a young puppy to his or her new home. We at Central Illinois Doodles want you to feel comfortable with our process and handling your puppy. We have shipped puppies all over the USA and have had 100% success with this due to our rigorous health checks and high standards. Of course, puppies can and do catch colds and minor illnesses while in transit, whether they travel in a car or on an airplane. Before your puppy is shipped, they must undergo an additional wellness check with the vet to confirm they are fit to fly. Rest assured, your puppy will be 100% healthy when they leave our kennel. 

When your puppy is shipped from our facility, he or she will travel safely in a crate with food, water, and paperwork attached to the exterior of the crate. We regret that airline travel security prevents us from including our special goodie basket at this time. 

Our preferred payment method for shipping is PayPal, and payment of your balance is due 5-7 days before we book the flight for your puppy and arrange the transportation.

Step 6: Settle in with your new puppy!

The first few weeks of having your new puppy home are important. Establish a routine, help your puppy settle in, and start implementing some light training. Remember that your puppy will need time to get used to you and their new environment. At just 8 weeks old, they have a lot of growing, learning, and socializing to do, so be patient and in time with the right care and lots of loving your Goldendoodle or Bernedoodle will become the most loyal, loving, and wonderful friend you could ask for.

At this time, we do not offer specialized training packages. We are very interested in providing professional training services to our customers, and we are looking into formally offering this in the future. For now, we do highly recommend that you find an experienced trainer in your local area. 

We are happy to microchip your reserved puppy upon request. There is a $45 fee if you would like to have your reserved puppy microchipped. Please contact us to arrange this.

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