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Does WillowTree Schnauzers accept time payments?

Yes, we're glad to do so!  This allows you to reserve your special puppy, and make financial adjustments. However, you must reserve your puppy as soon as possible, and place an initial down payment of at least $25.00.  We will hold the puppy for you while you make payments. The last payment must be made, and the puppy taken home by the time the puppy is 8 weeks old, unless you've made arrangements for crate-training with us up to the 16 weeks of age required.  There is an applicable fee for the extended training and boarding of the puppy.  If payments are not made, the puppies are re-sold.  You may make appointments to come and visit your puppy to bond with your special friend. This is a great way for young children to get to know a new puppy and to begin learning how to treat their new puppy.

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Is WilloActive ImagewTree able to help crate-train my puppy for me? 

Yes, we are!  Most miniature schnauzers are easily house trained, as well as crate-trained,  and we actually begin working with the puppies at age 4-5 weeks to begin that process for you.  This benefits senior citizens who would like to be exempt from the early puppy-training stage, as well as others who need their puppy crate-trained by the time they bring it home.  WillowTree will be glad to assist you during this stage by keeping a puppy up to 16 weeks of age. The fee for crate-training is $50 for every 3 week increment of age past 8 weeks.  This covers the boarding, grooming, and training of the puppy until you take it home. Potty training is not the same as crate training.

What is crate-training?

Crate-training is teaching your dog to live happily in a kennel-crate during the hours you are asleep, or away from your home.  The dog learns that the crate is his safe and quiet place to go when he wants to rest.  Since schnauzers and other dogs do not like to soil their beds, a crate helps train the puppy to only relieve itself outside.  A smaller puppy must be taken outside frequently to potty. But as a puppy ages, it also learns to hold its urine for longer periods of time until you can both sleep through the night!  This is also good for those who work outside the home during the day.  A crate-trained dog of appropriate maturity will be able to wait until you get home from work!

Does WillowTree Schnauzers accept PayPal payments? (Credit cards taken by PayPal only.)

Yes, we will make arrangements to do that for you.  However, you may also use a money order for payment. Money orders may be purchased by credit card at your bank, the Post Office or at your local Wal-Mart.

May I purchase an "all-natural" schnauzer from WillowTree?

Yes, you can!  All-natural miniature schnauzers are becoming more popular, and we will be glad to leave the tail long, ears floppy, and dew claws in place for pre-reserved puppies.  All of our puppies are sold with uncropped ears.  We do stub tails, but do not remove dew claws. Ear cropping is your choice once you take your puppy home.  Remember, ear cropping should be reserved for a trained veterinarian.  Ear cropping is a delicate, surgical, cosmetic procedure, and should not be performed until a pup is at least 4 months of age, and 30 days beyond all of it's booster shots.   Active Image

How do I pre-reserve a puppy from the WillowTree waiting list?

Just send us an email. Tell us your contact information, and we'll be glad to let you know when a litter is born which has a puppy that meets your needs.  If we have a puppy for you, then we'll make arrangements with you at that time. To have pick of a litter, we strongly recommend you place an initial deposit with us for your particular puppy.  Most our littlers are pre-sold now..meaning they are selected within the first 72 hours of birth.


What will I need to bring my puppy home?

When you pick up your puppy from WillowTree Schnauzers, you should have a collar and leash.  Most cities and counties in the United States have leash laws.  We'll discuss food supplies, bedding, and grooming with you before your puppy leaves our care.  Plus we'll send you home with a packet of information and food samples to make your pet's transition healthier. If you selected to crate train your puppy, you'll need to have a crate waiting for it at home. And, we strongly encourage you to have an appointment with your home-town veterinarian within a few days of picking up your new pet. 

Tell me about the Miniature Schnauzer.  I've never had one as a pet companion.

The breed originated in Germany as a ratter or a Terrier type dog to hunt vermin and to be a companion animal.  They are normally healthy, long-lived dogs, many of them reaching 15+ years old.  Shedless, they are a pet that many people with pet dander allergies are able to enjoy.  Eager to learn and easy to train, they often take prizes in agility trials, but they are also able to be active around the house which enables them to be good apartment dwellers and companions for the elderly.  Once you've identified the breed you'll see them out and about playing with children, jogging with their humans, or traveling in the car. And if a mouse invades your territory, your schnauzer might come to your rescue!  

Walking and running with a dog on a leash makes you safer. Schnauzers make terrific companion animals and watch-dogs. They also make great foot warmers while you work on your computer!



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