Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the cost for a puppy?

  • Initial Deposit: $300 (the deposit is applied towards the total balance of the puppy)
  • Merle’s are typically $2,000
  • Red and Black Tris are typically $1500
  • Breeding Rights to approved breeders is $1,000

Q: What is included with the purchase of a puppy from Legacy Ranch?

  • All of our puppies come with their 8 week vaccines and a wellness check from a vet.
  • We will also send you home with a small bag of dog food to get started.
  • AKC paperwork with registration papers and helpful tips for your puppy.

Q: Do you have a puppy contract?

  • Yes, we do. Please click here to view our contract.

Q: What is the process to get a puppy?

  • The first step in our process is to reach out via our website on our “Contact Us” page from our website or by calling us at 303-957-8155. You will be asked to complete an application to learn a little bit more about you and your family. Once that application is completed, we will review it. Once approved, you have the option to place a deposit.
  • Families pick their puppies in the order that deposits are received. We typically invite families to come meet the puppies at 5 weeks old. During that visit you will get to choose your puppy. Then at 8 weeks old, the puppy will get to go home with you and that is when the final payment is due.
  • The initial deposit is $300 and is nonrefundable, however it can be rolled over to any future litters as well.

Q: What are the questions asked on the application?

  • Do you have children?
  • Do you currently have pets?
  • Have you had dogs before?
  • What makes you want an Aussie?
  • Tell us about your lifestyle. Share a little bit about how you like to spend your time,
    your work schedule, family members, activity level, and anything else you want us to
    know about you.
  • What type of home do you live in? (house, condo, apartment, etc….)
  • Who will be the primary caregiver?

Q: What do you feed your dogs?

  • We feed all dogs Purina Pro Plan Sport Performance All Life Stages High-Protein 30/20 Chicken & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food.

Q: What are the best ways for helping the pup settle in at their new home?

Day 1: You and your new puppy

The day you bring your new puppy home is the day you’ve been waiting for. It’s your first day as long-term companions, and you want to begin bonding with your pup immediately. Start off right by staying home, so you can make your puppy feel secure and enjoy every minute of this experience. Here are some tips to make sure the first day is the best it can be for your puppy, for you, and for your family.

  • Limit your puppy’s access. Too many new places, smells, and people at once may confuse them. Instead, let them explore a designated area where you are, too. Then introduce them to the rest of the house, one room at a time.
  • Choose a potty spot. Start by taking him to the outside area where you want them to eliminate. When they does relieve themselves, use a command that you’ll stick to, like “go potty” and reward them with a special treat and praise.
  • Introduce them to their new family. If possible, do this one person at a time. Give them a chance to meet each of you quietly. Supervise young children. Discourage them from picking up the puppy. Let them hold them in their laps with your help so they don’t accidentally drop or scare the puppy.
  • Minimize stress and excitement. Don’t invite friends and neighbors over to meet them  yet. That will be important very soon, but should not start on the first day.
  • Introduce other family pets. Puppies are still developing their communication skills and don’t understand the rules set in place by adult dogs. As long as an adult dog’s behavior is appropriate when correcting a puppy, it’s okay if they growls a little. If the elder dog becomes agitated, separate or redirect the puppy.
  • Don’t interact with dogs outside your home. Because your puppy probably hasn’t gotten all of their shots, he shouldn’t interact with strange dogs or even walk where other dogs do.
  • Start enforcing rules. The puppy needs to learn the house rules from the very beginning. Praise good behavior. Set your rules ahead of time and stick to them, for example: Where do you want puppy to sleep? Is puppy allowed on furniture? Can puppy have food scraps from the table?
  • Make a veterinary appointment. Your vet should give your puppy a check up in the next few days.

Start a routine and stick to it

Structure will help your new canine family member feel secure and understand what’s expected of him. Routine makes it easier for everyone, humans included.

  • Mealtime: Young puppies eat three times a day. Put your puppy on a regular feeding schedule. What goes in on a regular schedule will come out on a regular schedule.
  • Potty breaks: Every time your puppy eats, drinks, wakes up, plays, sniffs around the room — most young puppies have to eliminate at least every 45 minutes when awake. Pick the puppy up and carry him to the designated potty area.
  • Playtime: Your puppy needs exercise and interaction with you. A word of caution: sustained, strenuous exercise (long runs, jumping) is not good for puppies, but playing with toys and with you, mental stimulation with puzzles, and running in the yard are great. A tired puppy is a good puppy.
  • Dreamland: Young puppies sleep a lot; in fact, some will sleep 16-to-18 hours a day. Plan on several nap times during the day. At night, set a bedtime.

Surviving the first night

Some puppies sleep through the night right from the start. Others may cry for a few nighnight trip outside – but this usually ends by age 4-5 months.

  • For many puppies, evening is the “witching hour,” and if you anticipate it by initiating play, he may use up some energy and settle down. An evening stroll gives him exercise and a chance to take a potty break.
  • Put the crate in your bedroom, or a quiet room they won’t be easily woken up. Your pup will feel more secure if they have you or another dog nearby. Bring home a blanket or stuffed toy that smells like your pup’s mother, and keep that in his crate.
  • A set bedtime makes his adjustment and house training easier for everyone. It doesn’t matter if it’s 8 p.m. or midnight, as long as it becomes a routine. Take him to his crate and help him settle down for the night.
  • If your puppy is not yet able to make it through the night, when he whines, quietly carry him out for a quick, boring potty break. Then put him back in the crate. Do not expect him to walk after you, he won’t be able to hold it that long and will have an accident. Also, don’t initiate any play just let him
  • If the pup cries, do not put him in your bed unless that is where you want him to sleep. You can put the crate right next to your bed and put your hand inside to reassure him that you’re there. A crate is like a den, where a puppy won’t eliminate.