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Below is an example of a typical contract or agreement we have with new owners of German Shepherds from Eagle Hill.  We can fine tune these agreements to meet your needs.  The first part of the agreement is based largely on the suggested contract of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America; the second part of this agreement contains "Special Notations" that we have found helpful to give guidance to new owners.  Other breeders are free to copy and paste any or all of this.

Eagle Hill Kennel

 WHEREAS, Peter and Rhonda Cacioppo hereinafter called "Seller" are the owner of a Companion

(Show, Showable, Companion) (For definitions see below) German Shepherd “Dog” (Dog or Bitch); further described as: (Registered Name)

Eagle Hill’s ______________, Call name of _____________

Color: Black and Tan_____                                                         

Litter Registration No. _DN110424 or _____Coming for puppy_____(AKC Number)

Name & Regis. No. of Sire:  3X Select Excellent US & 3X Select Canadian Champion Pinebuck’s Kidd Carson, ROM, OFA Good Hips and OFA Elbows, AKA Carson; registration number DL77194604

 Name & Regis. No. of Dam: Eagle Hill’s Sail Ahead, OFA Excellent  Hips and OFA Elbows, AKA Hedy; registration number DN03267202

 and WHEREAS,                                         , hereinafter called "Buyer" are desirous of purchasing the animal described above: NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the sum of $1,4000.00 Dollars, the Seller hereby conveys one _Companion_ German Shepherd _Dog under the following warranties and conditions and no other warranties or conditions either expressed or implied.

1. That the above described animal is a purebred dog, registerable with the AKC, and that a registration application or individual registration has been given to Buyer as of the date of purchase, or will be sent by the seller to the AKC within ten calendar days.  Companion quality animals are sold under a limited (non-breeding) AKC registration and buyer agrees to neuter the dog by the age of 12 months, or within one month of ownership if animal is over 12 months of age.

2. That the above described animal may for any reason be returned prepaid to Seller within 48 hours, or as otherwise agreed in writing, at the time of receipt.  Buyer shall assume full responsibility for the health, anatomical make-up, appearance and temperament of the above described animal during said 48 hour period. If the condition of the animal has changed in any of the categories mentioned in the previous sentence, the Seller is relieved of obligation to return the full amount of the purchase price, otherwise the full purchase price will be refunded. Any claim of change in the animal by the Seller must be communicated to the Buyer within 24 hours.

3. (Showable or Show, only). In the event disqualifying faults for showing as listed and defined in the Breed Standard are found to be present in the above described animal, on or before one year of age or within 45 days of the date of this agreement, in the case of animals of more than one year of age at the date of this agreement, the Seller

agrees to  _________________________________________________________

                                                         (replace, refund)

to Buyer  _________________% of

the purchase price of the animal and the animal shall be
(a) returned to Seller or
(b) retained by Buyer (circle one).

4. In order to receive an adjustment, under the terms of this Sales Contract, Buyer must return signed AKC papers to Seller before any adjustment hereunder, if animal is to be returned under the contract’s terms.  Buyer must make animal available to Seller or designee for appropriate examination, in all cases.

5. This writing including  pages called special notations constitutes the full agreement of the parties.
WHEREFORE, the above named Seller and Buyer have executed the foregoing contract of

sale at ___________ (am/pm)

on this ___________Day of _________, 2005 at , State of _California____


Peter & Rhonda Cacioppo

1350 Bollinger Canyon Road

Moraga , CA 94556

Home: 925-377-6416

Peter’s Cell: 925-360-5570.

Web: _

Seller, Address , email address & Phone #s.)        (Buyer, Address, email address & Phone #s.)                     

Special Notations:

We are supplying a multi generation pedigree with more details and generations than the AKC available pedigree, including all the OFA certifications and other titles of ancestors.  We will send in and pay the $15.00 fee for the AKC registration papers for you; you should receive your papers from the AKC within 30 days.  We are also supplying a copy of The Standard of the German Shepherd Dog, as required by our Parent Club’s Breeders Ethics pledge.

Puppy has been wormed with Pfizer’s Nemex 2 Liquid Worm medicine at age 2 wks, 3 wks, 4 wks, 6 wks and 8 weeks, as suggested by Pfizer.  We recommend that you also now worm using Panacur (a vet prescription item) three days in a row,  two weeks apart.  You will need to discuss this with your vet.  We feel that it is better to worm instead of relying on a stool sample.  Puppy should also be started on the “Heartguard Plus” wormer (a vet prescription item) chewable tablet, which should be given once a month, after the Panacur treatment.  Notice we stated “Heartguard Plus”, not just “Heartguard”.  Puppy has always and continues to have firm poops so the puppy should be free of any worms or bacteria; however, the digestive system may take a few days to get used to new home.

Puppy has had the multi shot:  DHHP Vaccines at 8 wks.  Your vet will want to give one or more of these multi-shots at latter weeks.  Please bring this agreement with you when you go to your vet so he will know what the puppy has received already.

You should talk to your vet about the possibility of a lepto shot (a lot of vets are not giving this), also a lyme shot if the puppy will be in an area with a lot of ticks, and also a Bordetella treatment right before you might put your dog in a boarding kennel.  If you do decide to give your puppy these treatments it is best to wait until the puppy is a lot older, perhaps 6 months old.   We believe it is best not to give treatments unless they are necessary as it may affect the puppy’s immune system.  Your dog can be flown in an airplane without any problems; do not tranquilize him before the flight.  

Once a month you could give your GSD a topical application along his back of a pesticide to eliminate fleas and ticks, if he is exposed to fields that have ticks.  There are numerous products on the market.  One of the best and safest is Frontline (vet only) but pet stores sell others, such as Bio-Spot, which does work.

Your puppy has been on puppy dog food and we recommend you continue that until he is 16 weeks old.  He has been on Pro Plan’s Puppy kibble (along with a bit of wet canned dog food, raw ground beef and at times raw chicken meat (no uncooked bones until he is an adult; no cooked chicken bones for either puppy or adult), and Dr. Kruger’s).  At 16 weeks, we strongly recommend changing to Pro Plan Adult (the Turkey/Barley variety, but the other varieties can be used also) as our bloodlines do very well on that. (thus, do not feed your puppy “puppy” food after he is 16 weeks old, as it makes them grow too fast in their leg bones, a reason for GSDs developing the temporary condition called Pano, a limping condition).   Right now the puppy is getting 1 cup of kibble (1 eight ounce cup!) in the morning and then in the afternoon and then in the evening (thus being fed three times a day).  At 12 to 16 weeks you could change to feeding twice a day and continue that for the rest of this life.  As he gets older, he will eat more food each day, thus increase the number of cups he is fed.  However, when he is one year or older you will have to cut back on his food or he will gain too much weight.  For instance, our older GSDs eat only 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup in the evening.  Please do not let your GSD get heavy!!  Petco and Petsmart among other pet stores carry Pro Plan (you may have to ask them to order the Turkey/Barley variety).  However, our dogs have also done well with many other premium kibbles on the market.  If you do use Pro Plan, please save the weight circles and give them to us as it will help us and also the German Shepherd Dog Club of America will receive a rebate from Pro Plan every year.  In 2004 they gave the club $20,000.00, which we used for health and educational programs.  German Shepherd Dogs are subject to toxic gut that is a fatal condition; Dr. Kruger’s Supplement has been very, very successful in eliminating this condition in Shepherds that are fed this, according to the breeders we know.  Our web site has more information on this.  Thus, we urge you to use this (hint: shake the container once a week as the multi-ingredients settle separately) and will offer it, the High Performance Formula version, to you for $82.95 (it will last 4.5 months for one dog, at the dosage we recommend as opposed to the higher dosage the container states); future containers are available from Dr. Kruger’s web site or us (we can hand deliver if you are near us, as that allows us to see the development in your dog as the years go on, and to easily answer any questions you may have).  Also, if you purchase from us we do receive profits and a rebate back.   Sprinkle on the puppy’s food and then add some water to mix it in.  We have found that only one “blue (supplied)” teaspoon in the morning and one “blue” teaspoon in the evening is sufficient.  If you want, you can add a tablespoon or so of wet dog food for a little more flavor.  Also, it is very healthy to add some uncooked beef or uncooked chicken (never give cooked chicken bones to your adult dog) to the kibble.  Ask us about this if you are unfamiliar with this “raw diet” method that a number of people now use.  When you give dog biscuits or snacks, the puppy will appreciate small pieces as much as large pieces and this will help keep the weight off.  Small pieces of beef hot dogs are good for training purposes.  Limited human food leftovers are OK to use, as a treat for your dog.

You should give your dog new cold, clean water when you feed in the morning and the evening.  Use of clean, cold water like this has proved to be one of the items that make for healthy dogs.  We have found over the years that large, good, heavy-duty stainless steel dog bowls will last forever and are very easy to keep clean and sanitary (they are cleaned very well by your dishwasher).  The dog catalogs are usually best to order these.  We recommend .  

All puppies chew even up to the age of 12 months!  The secret is to direct the chewing to items that are OK to chew.  Thus, if they are chewing something one should just tell them No or AHH! and then give them a chew toy immediately.   Obviously you can not leave a puppy alone in a room where there are items he should not chew since you will not be around to correct him as just stated.  Another technique for your arsenal of dog training items is to get a “Toy Box” that is used just for the puppy’s toys.  It can be any type of container that holds around 10 toys (no more or they get confused) and that he can reach into to get a toy anytime he wants.  The procedure is that every 3 days you should pick up the toys that have been scattered around the house and put them back into the box; that way he will quickly learn that he should only chew items that have been so designated as his toys.  If you notice the puppy has started chewing on furniture, purchase some Grannick’s Bitter Apple at or Petco or PetsSmart and spray it on the furniture, as we have found they will not like the taste of the furniture then.

You should clean your GSD’s ears once a month with the liquid version of R-7 ear cleaner, available at the pet stores or pet catalogs; we recommend you purchase the 16 oz container as it will last a long time. Pour some cleaner in the ear; massage the ear, let the dog shake the bulk out, let it alone for 2 minutes, then use a Kleenex with the tip of your finger to take out debris from deep in the ear.  This will prevent your dog from getting any ear infections and thus trips to the vet.  If you ever notice your dog shaking his head, the dog probably needs you to clean its ears!

Once your puppy has grown a bit and has an adult’s coat, at around 6 months, you should brush it every 3 days with the special GSD rake/brush we are giving you (before that use a normal dog brush).  We have found this double rake, offset, metal brush the best to handle the double coat of a GSD to keep it looking good and to keep the coat healthy.  Before brushing it is best for the coat and for efficiency to lightly spray the coat with water using a spray bottle.   Please don’t press hard though since that could be painful to your dog.  This will cut down on the hair in the house, also!  GSDs normally do not need to be bathed more than twice a year because their coat repels dirt and they will keep themselves clean by grooming themselves.  When you do bathe your dog, the important thing is to remove all the shampoo.  A water hose outside works fine.

You should look at toenails every month or so and trim if they appear to be too long.  Try and purchase a very good quality cutter from a catalog or your local pet store and it should last a long time. 

We recommend that you delay neutering your male puppy until he is 10 to 12 months old as we have found that they may not develop their masculine looks as well if you neuter early.  Items such as a deep chest.  Female puppies can be spayed before their first season which could be as early as 5 months of age.   Umbilical hernias do not have to be fixed; we have never had any adverse health problems because of them.

We make every effort to eliminate hip dysplasia in the breed by using only OFA Certified Sires and Dams but it does still pop up at times.  While it is unlikely that your GSD will ever be affected by this condition, we offer a refund of your purchase price if it should happen and you can keep your GSD.  Some vets are unfamiliar with how top AKC show bloodlines are built and confuse our sloping backline with other concerns.  Our dogs can herd cattle and obtain Agility titles and thus are built like the athletes they are.  Please call us if your vet has any concerns with the dog’s hips.   For the health of your dog, we do ask that you not allow it to do a lot a jumping onto hard surfaces or participate in competition Agility until it is 12 months old as it takes that long for a GSD to grow up to handle such strains.

We cannot urge you strongly enough to keep in touch with us regarding the growth and development of your new puppy.  While veterinarians are useful in many areas of a dog’s life, the Breeder/Exhibitors are the ones who have “been there done that” when it comes to the development of this specific breed.  The German Shepherd Dog is unique, and as such, has unique growth patterns and health issues that many vets are not familiar with observing. 

Immediately contact us if the puppy’s ears are not fully standing at the age of 7 months.  It is the buyer’s responsibility to have the puppy’s ears taped by a veterinarian if necessary, though if you are near we can do it for you, meeting you at your home or a point in-between.   If taping is needed, do not delay the taping as it is much harder to get good results if there is a delay. 

Our puppies are raised underfoot, socialized with other dogs, extensively handled, and exposed to a variety of conditions.  To ensure your puppy’s temperament remains as sound as the day it leaves our home, once your puppy has had a few vaccination shots, take it places as often as possible.  Allow a variety of people to pet your puppy (children, elderly, men, women, ethnic races).  Give strangers small food treats to give to your puppy.  Introduce your puppy to other FRIENDLY dogs of various breeds.  A young dog should be seeing new people and events every few days to be properly socialized.  However, be very careful to protect your puppy from unpleasant or traumatic experiences, such as taunting by children or being assaulted by an unfriendly dog.  These can have lasting negative effects, which can be difficult to overcome.  Good dog parks are very, very beneficial for your dog to be at ease with other dogs; you might start your puppy in the small dog section.  Just protect him from aggressive, intimidating type dogs by standing in front of your puppy if such a dog approaches.

German Shepherd Dogs are very intelligent dogs with high drive.  Responsible owners channel this intelligence and drive in the proper direction with adequate love, attention, and training.  Bored, lonely, and/or neglected GSD’s can become highly destructive and/or aggressive.  The most adjusted dogs are dogs that live in the house with you while you are home including while you are sleeping at night.  We strongly recommend that you put in a “dog door” so that the dog can come and go as needed.  We have found that with a German Shepherd Dog in the house, nothing else will come through that dog door but your dog!  Petco and the catalogs have permanent installations or “dog doors” that can be put in sliding glass door situations.  One hint for your puppy: all puppies chew, chew and chew on things…so protect your furniture and other items!….give your puppy items to chew on….usually best to just leave a few of his chew items out at any particular time so he realizes that just these items can be chewed……all of his other toys and chew items can be kept in a large box in the living room (you should pick up the items and put back into the box every 3 days) and he will take items out by himself as he desires.

We recommend that you enroll your puppy in an obedience class by 4 months of age, or preferably earlier.  We have found that the classes offered by almost every city for a nominal fee (approximately $125 for 8 lessons) work very well, as opposed to expensive private type lessons.  Also, many public libraries and all large bookstores have very good training books available; some libraries have tapes that can be borrowed.    Furthermore, we will supply you with some written information on training and housebreaking.  Never hit your dog.  Remember the puppy is just a little baby right now so the puppy cannot hold his bodily functions very long; the puppy wants to do what you want but it will take him awhile to figure out what you want!

We wish you and your puppy the very best.  Give the love, care, and attention your puppy deserves and you will be rewarded with a loyal, devoted, and beautiful companion for many years!  Please drop us a note and photo (attachments to emails are great, and we will possibly put them on our web page!, ) of your puppy every so often.  We are concerned about and enjoy knowing how puppies from our breedings are developing.  Feel free to call us with any questions or concerns that arise regarding your puppy. (A quick call to your breeder can sometimes save you unnecessary vet expenses!)….Once again, please call us.

When you run across other families that will make great homes for other GSDs feel free to give them our name, phone number and web site!  In particular, we love to place our puppies in homes of retired folks, who have lots of time for our babies!



Companion or Pet: a companion animal purebred and AKC registerable, that is sold as a pet with no warranty that the dog will be show quality or breeding stock.  This category still has the same great personality/temperament of all our puppies and still looks very good. 

Showable: a puppy or adult that goes beyond and above the definition of a pet dog. This animal must be free of all disqualifying faults. This dog is in no way guaranteed to win in the show ring unless this is agreed to in writing in this contract at the time of execution. It is understood that, with proper care on the part of the buyer, in due time the dog should be of acceptable temperament and structure, and should embody the basic standard of the Breed.  In many cases, it is not determinable whether a dog is finally showable until a latter date, as an example all of the permanent (as opposed to their puppy teeth) teeth do not come in until much latter.  Thus, in some cases dogs sold as Companion or Pet at 8 weeks can develop into Showable.  Neutered or spayed dogs cannot be shown in the AKC Conformation ring but can be in AKC Obedience, Herding, Agility or Tracking competitions.   We can refer you to breeders in your area to evaluate your dog after he reaches 9 to 12 months of age.   Also, we urge you to participate in the just named Performance sports with your dog.

Show: an animal that has all of the qualifications of showable plus being one that, with proper handling, can and should win in the conformation ring. If there are any further guarantees they must be in writing.   This is the most difficult to pick out as in our breed the dog does not obtain his final body structure (including his final version of his extended gait and his sloping topline) until much latter, perhaps 12 months.