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How do you get your perfect  Support Puppy from habibi Bears?

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Habibi Bear Tribe

Did you know we've built a whole community on 35 years of love and personal referrals? That's right, we're proud to say we're a 100% word-of-mouth business. Nothing makes us happier than hearing that our Habibi Bear dogs and puppies spark joy and create family bonds that last a lifetime. It's these true stories and heartfelt recommendations that make our tribe unique. We cherish every story shared, every new friendship made with our families,  and the legacy of love it continues to weave. 

What does it take to bring a Habibi Bear into your home?
Welcome to the world of Habibi Bears, where every puppy brings a heart full of love and a call for a special kind of owner.  Are you ready for the joy and responsibility that comes with a new furry family member?

Our Habibi Bears aren't just pets; they become your support, your therapy, and your devoted companions. It’s a beautiful exchange – you provide them with love, training, and care, and in return, they offer comfort and a bond that encourages mutual healing. If you’re looking to welcome not just a dog, but a journey of love and connection into your life, the Habibi Bear Tribe awaits you! 

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When selecting your ideal puppy, here are three things to look for in a breeder:

 Breeding Dogs with purpose!

We start with a vision: to breed amazing, allergy-friendly dogs with healthy genetics. Our Habibi Bears are not just pets; they're companions tailored for modern living, with traits that help them blend into your lifestyle seamlessly.

understand & Support family's Needs

Your success and happiness with your new furry friend matter to us. That's why we're dedicated to understanding your needs and the life you envision with your dog. Our goal is to connect you with a Habibi Bear that's just right for your lifestyle.

Perfect Match

We blend the unique qualities of our puppies with the hopes of your family to create unbreakable bonds. With a 30-year legacy of love and integrity, we're committed to findinTTID:7g the perfect furry friend for you. And if a puppy isn't the right fit, we will let you know because ensuring a perfect match is our highest priority.

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Ready to Welcome a Habibi Bear into Your Heart?

A Habibi Bear is more than just a pet; it's a companion filled with affection and a host of advantages. When you're set to find the perfect one that seamlessly integrates into your family, we'll guide you every step of the way. Once you've made your match, the final stage is to complete your family with the final payment.
Wanting to cut the wait and be first to embrace your new furry friend? Our First Pick Upgrade is your chance to be at the front of the line, choosing from the next available litter. Remember, this exclusive opportunity is for our upcoming litters and cannot be used for puppies that have already been promised to other families.

A Habibi Bear Puppy

 Habibi Method 
Reared Puppy©

Experience the joy of raising a healthy, happy Habibi Method-raised puppy.  Available without training on  the litter's scheduled Gotcha Delivery Day, this is the perfect option for families who want to be fully involved in the puppy training process.

  • Puppy Price before adding training 
  • Allergy Testing
  • Raised on Habibi Method: Advanced Service Puppy Curriculum
  • Habibi University: Foundations Access
  • Unique Selection & Matching Process 
  • Lifetime Support
  • 2 yr. Genetic Health Guarantee 
  • Age-appropriate vaccinations and herbal wormer
  • Puppy Go-Home packet:
    Blanket imprinted with mama's scent snuggle puppy (new upgrade!) Food sample, Puppy instructions, Medical & Litter records, Puppy baby book, Training collar & leash set
$4400 +

Charm School

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Transitional Training 

Skip the initial stress of bringing home your new puppy!  With our relationship-based puppy-raising program, you can bring home a Habibi puppy with introductory transitional training—crate, scheduling, potty training, and clicker training—and learn how to bond with your puppy while guiding them to calmness and healthy leadership the Holistic Montessori way!

  • Trained  with Habibi Method program
  • Habibi University Access
  • FREE Access to our Human's Guide to the Dog Galaxy Holistic Training Course- $695 value
  • New Charm School Workbook with 5-week training plan for home!
  • Upgraded leash- Buddy Leash for Bonding Rituals 
  • Follow-up support Calls & Text Line!

    2 & 4 week programs 
     $650 per Week!


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 Additional Services

Our premium perks are additional upgrades and add-ons. Choose the level of support that fits your budget and lifestyle. 

  • First Pick Upgrade $1000 -for available litters only- spots fill quickly
  • Ground Delivery: $200-$395 (location dependent)
  • Flight Nanny Service $650 + Flight Cost
  • Virtual Summits 
  • Transition Kit 
  • Professional Photo Session of Your Puppy 
  • Upgrade to extended  5-year Genetic Health Guarantee for families who maintain Health insurance through Trupanion!
  • Courses - to guide you every step of the way in raising your perfect puppy

Customize Your Package!

Charm School

Montessori for your puppy!

At Habibi Bears we are here to serve our families and meet their individual needs. Our Puppy Training Program is the perfect fit for families who desire to have a head start to crate training and scheduling but feel the importance of being part of the Socialization Period with their puppy.  We created this new program with your family's needs in mind.  We will get your puppy off to a wonderful start and into your loving arms within the Socialization Period so you can bond and imprint with your puppy!  

Your puppy will come home with access to
our new training program:

 The Human's Guide to the Dog Galaxy!

This Course was developed for our clients and is complete with videos and handouts and scheduling, so all you need to do is follow along, and feel relief knowing you are giving your puppy exactly what it needs!  No more worry of mishandling things- all the tools are in YOUR hands and YOU have the power to create the most beautiful life with your new Habibi Bear!

What's Included:

  •  This intuitive method begins at the foundation with Management FIRST before teaching commands (unlike most training that has an emphasis on commands and obedience that only stresses out new puppy parents.) 
  • Puppy-led protocols - guided by pup's progress so you always have success!
  • Clicker Introductions with fun games!
  • Enrichment activities to keep puppy super engaged in their pen
  • Routines to allow pup ample time for rest and play 
  • Learn how to make the crate and pen their most desired locations!
  • Prevent separation anxiety from even taking root in your puppy with these tried and true protocols! 
  • flow charts to guide you through:
    • crate training sequential work
    • puppy biting protocols for each biting phase
    • house training guidance 
    • introducing puppy to its new home & a bonding practice
  • Establishing your relationship FIRST through the Power of Three Rituals
  • A focus on transitions and how to ease transition stress with compassion!  
  • Three Main Areas of New Puppy Handling that everyone asks about the most:
    • Puppy Biting Phases & protocols to identify & manage them 
      • We share extensive research about why puppies bite, what YOU are doing to make it worse, instead of better-and break it down into flow charts for you to manage each phase.  No more lame vague advice, this is the ultimate puppy biting management protocol!
    • House Training success protocols
      • We created a super fun new routine for new puppies in homes, your kids will love it!  And it will train YOU on how to be consistent and establish routines.
    • Compassionate Crate & Confinement Training 
      • This is a gentle sequential acclimation process that takes the stress out of transitions with our puppies and guides us so we feel confident, too.  This is not the typical trainer's advice of let them cry it out.  We help you guide puppy in a compassionate way that respects their feelings!  Their feelings matter! 
This Stand Alone program is  $695 and is included for FREE with every puppy in Puppy Charm School!

Course Value: $695 

With Buy-Now/Pay-Later options, adding a Habibi Bear puppy to your family is now more convenient. 
Adoption balances and training fees are refundable until your puppy is matched and begins training. Once in training, the puppy becomes yours, and money is non-refundable, considering it a rendered service. If you opt out during training, the puppy will be donated in your name to a family in need through the Hannah's Heart foundation.

Why Habibi Bears 

We are your puppy matchmakers™

We wholeheartedly believe there's a perfect Habibi Bear for every family. Achieving that joyful union takes our expert guidance and years of experience. Consider us your go-to for all things puppy and training related. We're here to offer top-tier support, knowledge, and to find the ideal puppy for every home. With three decades of creating happy families, we have the know-how to turn this dream into your reality!

ready to join the habibi bear family?

 Let’s make this dream your reality!

The best way to start the process is with the puppy application. There are no right or wrong answers. It's designed to help us better understand what you are looking for in a dog, so we can align you with the perfect puppy for you!

how does selection work?

Choosing your Habibi Bear is an experience to cherish! It's not just a day—it's the start of a new chapter with a lifelong furry friend. Our families always look back on their selection day with warmth and excitement. And guess what? It's almost your turn! We're thrilled to have you join in on this beloved Habibi Bear Tradition. Get ready for a day you'll always remember.

Our Puppy Selection Process

  Puppy Application 

Please fill out our puppy application, this is the first step!
Check your email for a response, with info  on how to secure your place on the waiting list. 

Deposit & Contract

After connecting with Julie, we will send our contract agreement and info on how to submit your deposit ($1,000).  Once these items have been received you will be added to the Master Reservation List.

Added to Waitlist

Once you have put a deposit down, you will be able to select the Litter/Pairing Wait List that you would like to be assigned.  Your placement on the Waitlist is based on your

placement on the Master Reservation List by deposit date.


Selection Day

Pick day will happen right after temperament testing, usually at 6 weeks.  Paid Waiting List families will be notified via email/text that puppies are ready to be matched.  Let the fun begin!

It's a Match

Puppies are matched to their family in the order of deposit received and our staff will email confirmation and your delivery/flights/pick-up will be added to our itinerary schedule!  If a family's puppy is attending Puppy Charm School, we will confirm the details and the puppy will transition to training.

Gotcha Day!

Yay, we made it! You are an official Habibi Bear parent! Delivery (if required) is scheduled on designated Gotcha Days; dates will be listed for each litter.

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We are all about family and we are excited
to connect with you!

Feeling overwhelmed about where to begin? Rest assured, it's perfectly normal, and I'm here to ease your mind. As your Puppy Parenting Coach, I take joy in sharing my expertise and leading families from chaos to calm through our step-by-step puppy preparation process.  When you join the Habibi Tribe, you are family!
Trust me, it's going to be amazing!

Virtual Visits:
A peek into puppy paradise!

Our  Habibi Home is not just where we live, it's a retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life—a sanctuary for my family and our precious animals. We offer virtual visits for all our families to preserve this peaceful atmosphere and give you a glimpse into your future puppy's early days. It's a wonderful way to bond with your new Habibi Bear before they even arrive at your home.

Come Join the Habibi Family Fun!

At Habibi Bears, family and fun intertwine at our Habibi Tribe Reunions and Hannah's Heart Fundraisers—unforgettable events to celebrate and strengthen our bonds. Bring your Habibi Bears, join our extended family, and let's make memories while making a difference, together.

It's Live - At the Habibi Hub! 

At Habibi Bears, we love sharing our days with our families and friends. Watch for live broadcasts and ongoing summits about puppies, training, and our relationships with our dogs! 

Preparing for your puppy

Feeling overwhelmed about where to begin? Rest assured, it's perfectly normal, and I'm here to ease your mind. As your Puppy Parenting Coach, I take joy in sharing my expertise and leading families from chaos to calm through our step-by-step puppy preparation process.  When you join the Habibi Tribe, you are family!Trust me, it's going to be amazing!

what to expect

Raising a puppy can be one of the biggest changes in your life! 

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Have you joined the Waiting List? Awesome! Now we can begin to set up your puppy’s layette.


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Receiving Your Puppy

At Habibi Bears we provide the ultimate concierge service to make the transition as seamless and simplified as possible! Whether you are local in the PNW or long distance, We have three safe and stress-free options available to our families that ensure their puppy is handled with care!

From our hands to yours, your puppy is NEVER shipped via cargo, or delivered using third party services.

Join the Wait List

We are small and exclusive. Our waiting list fills up quickly! If you are visualizing a future with a Habibi Bear in it, reach out today to get the process started. 

Caring for Your Puppy

From grooming to veterinary care and everything in-between,  we have all the bases covered so you are prepared for the care required of a new Habibi Bear. .


Download our grooming guide to learn how to trim your puppy in the Habibi Bear standard style.

Puppy Charm School

Add training  to your package and we will get your puppy started on scheduling and crate training, beginning clicker training- and send it home ready for you to take the reins with our Habibi Method Program.  Get ready to experience the Habibi Bear magic!  


At Habibi Bears, we offer continued support for the lifetime of your puppy. Our Habibi U area houses our courses and continued education, and we also offer energy healing sessions and consults for any issues that arise. 

Frequently  Asked Questions

How do I acquire a puppy?
We typically work on a referral basis from our previous clients and therapists. For those that are new to the breed, please be sure to read the site to familiarize yourself with our breeding program and practices. Referrals always receive priority in approval of the waiting list. 
The first step is to introduce yourself and fill out our adoption application on the site.  At this time, a NON-REFUNDABLE reservation fee will be required to reserve your place on the waiting list. Then we will stay in touch with updates via our email list, and you can begin to prepare for your puppy by going through the modules in Habibi U-Foundations.
How much are the puppies?
For current pricing, please reach out to us! 
How are your puppies raised?
Our puppies undergo an advanced service puppy curriculum, incorporating Early Neurological Stimulation, Early Scent and Sound Introduction, targeted Exposure Activities, age-appropriate socialization, potty box training, exposure to doggy doors, appropriate outings, and holistic care following Schultz vaccination protocols. This dedicated approach is a labor of love, laying the foundation for their success as exceptional family companions.

Renowned for their suitability for therapy or service work, our dogs are meticulously prepared for such roles. However, it's crucial for families to take charge, offering the right environment and training for their puppy's growth and success. Embrace the opportunity to nurture your puppy into a thriving, well-rounded companion!
Do you take deposits on upcoming litters?

Certainly! We carefully plan our litters in advance and offer a Wait List for interested families. To secure your place on the waiting list, we accept deposits. Please be aware that we won't assign a specific puppy until after completing temperament evaluations and ensuring a thoughtful match with your family. While reservation fees are non-refundable, we allow one transfer as a courtesy if needed, recognizing your commitment to us, and reciprocating with our commitment to you. 
Where are you located, what if I'm not local?
We're located in the Pacific Northwest with two sites – Spokane, WA, and the Northern Oregon Coast. Our presence in either location varies with the season. If you're not local, we offer diverse options, including nationwide and international puppy placements. We can arrange airport meetings or use a puppy nanny service for convenient deliveries!
How do I meet the puppies?

To meet our adorable puppies, please contact us to arrange a virtual meet-up. We'll provide videos and photos of the available pups you're interested in. To ensure the best match for your home, we request that you wait until temperament evaluations are completed, which gives each puppy a voice in their placement. Once you've identified your preferred candidates from the puppies that are best suited for your home, we can schedule your virtual meeting!
Should I choose a boy or girl for my family?
Choose the PERSONALITY and temperament that fits with your family! You will have a wonderful, loyal, and happy fur kid if you spay or neuter!

This question is asked more than any other! There are many confusing answers to this question, and just as many different opinions! Here is our answer. Both males are females are wonderful companions—there is no difference between a neutered male or spayed female dog. If you have them spayed/neutered at 4 or 5 months of age—before the hormones come in, you will have a perfect companion.

The most common complaint about male dogs is the territorial marking, or lifting their leg in the house. This is completely eliminated by neutering at the age of 4-5 months. The male pup will continue to squat to urinate, just like a female, and will not start the naughty habit of lifting his leg in the house. The female doesn't have the hormones to cause heat cycles, which also eliminates the territorial behaviors, fear of pregnancy, and messes associated with an un-spayed female. So you ask which sex do I prefer? I say either!
How do I select our puppy?
Our  Adopt Page on the site explains the process in detail!  It's a fun process!

Our focus is on temperament, our unique assessment is very telling of who the puppy is and where it’s gifts lie.  I’ve developed my own algorithm to properly assess their strengths and recommend which home would best suit the puppy.  The percentages are from over 30 years experience in developing sound puppies and placing them in the appropriate home for them.   
One Puppy or Two?
This question is asked second to which sex is best. We feel two dogs is wonderful for the dogs, but bringing home littermates has its own challenges. It isn't out of the question, as we have many seasoned pet owners who insist on adopting two litter mates.  We have a course to help families in raising two puppies (littermates or same ages) to avoid "Litter mate syndrome". But for those inexperienced, it is always advised to adopt one and then bring a second home later.

I thought I would answer that question right here on the site for those considering adopting two puppies. This is a complicated question and really is a case to case basis on which route is best to take.  Two puppies can keep each other company during the day, which means less destructive behavior while you are away.  Not to mention, they don't get lonely.  It is a fact, that if you bring home two puppies at the same time, they will be bonded and you won't have the integration issues you find when adding a puppy to your family at a later date, however it comes with an additional responsibility to train them separately and being aware of sibling rivalry that is very common with litter mates. Litter mates play rough and be prepared to break up the scuffle sometimes.  Time apart is always good for them to bond individually with the humans as well.  Litter mates need to have separate sleeping quarters, so separate crates is a must, to ensure they develop their own autonomy and don't become reliant on their sibling for their security.  We always want to empower our puppies to find their own courage and ability to self soothe.   Be sure you have time, or if you have a family—everyone spends one-on-one time with each dog.

Here are some more pros about owning two dogs:
• Two dogs keep each other entertained and exercised—they are less likely to exhibit destructive behavior due to boredom, such as chewing furniture 
• The first day in their new home is a breeze—they brought their litter mate with them! 
• We hear from our families that it's easier to train the puppies because they burn off all that playful energy with each other and are more focused when they are with their humans.  Making a calmer easier going companion. 
• Dogs housed together have a companion, and are less likely to develop weight issues, they play! 
• The extra dog doesn't require much more work than just having one, and they learn together. 
• They provide social and mental stimulation - not to mention they are a blast to watch! 
• Dogs will live longer and remain youthful and playful with positive interaction with a house-mate. We feel in the case of dogs—two is better than one and depending on your personal situation, the  deciding factor is if you are experienced in raising dogs and have the time to dedicate to training them separately so they learn to bond to their humans as much as they are bonded to each other. If not, then we recommend adopting one and when it is the dog you want it to be, bring home the second.  

FACT: An anti cruelty law was passed in Switzerland requiring citizens purchasing dogs and cats to buy two, instead of one. They realize the importance of stimulation for these animals, maybe we should too. We are more than happy to help you choose the best puppies for your family, and if you are bringing in a second dog, please let us know the personality as we do personality and temperament testing and can recommend the best fit for YOUR home.
How can I receive our puppy?
We organize a special delivery trip for families in Western WA and Northern OR on Gotcha Day. Alternatively, families can visit us for pick-up. It's a way to ensure the puppies' safe journey and allows us to meet our families. For those at a distance, we offer a puppy nanny service or coordination  of meeting you at nearby airport for pick up, too. Scheduling can be discussed closer to the delivery day!
Can I let my puppy go on walks or go outside right away?
Can I take my puppy outside?

Absolutely not. Until your puppy attains full immunity, it remains vulnerable to diseases. Avoid public places like dog parks, rest stops, dog walk areas, pet stores, groomers, etc., during this period. When venturing out, keep your puppy in secure carriers, strollers, or crates to ensure their safety. While still in this phase, they can benefit from socialization experiences from a safe vantage point—remember, practice "four off the floor" until 14 days after the 16-week vaccination and a titer test confirming immunity.
Vaccines are not 100% guarantee your puppy is immune, only titer tests reveal this information.  
How long is the typical wait for a puppy?
The short answer is typically 2-6 months.  The long answer is; upon receiving your application, we'll provide information on current availability and wait times, which vary due to the unpredictable nature of breeding. Patience is key, especially when awaiting a puppy that suits specific service needs. Occasionally, families decide to wait, and we notify the waiting list when opportunities arise, potentially expediting the adoption process. Opting to waive your selection preference may prolong the wait, as factors like litter timing, size, and colors are beyond our control. While we offer estimated timeframes, we're subject to Mother Nature's timeline, which can be affected by factors like late heat cycles or unsuccessful breeding attempts. Joining the waiting list implies acceptance of these variables, and we appreciate your understanding and patience, as nature operates on its own schedule. Rest assured, the wait is worthwhile!
What do I get with my puppy?
You'll get a comprehensive health guarantee for your puppy, protecting against congenital defects. Additionally, your puppy comes with 30 days of FREE Trupanion health insurance (to be activated on go-home day). The package includes temperament evaluation results, health records, a spay/neuter contract, Vet Wellness Record, Going Home instructions, puppy raising information, trackers, Schedule for Success, a sample of food, a scent cloth from the litter, and lifetime support.
Do you offer any puppy transition training?
Skip the initial challenges of bringing home your new puppy by enrolling in our exclusive Puppy Charm School program. Your furry friend will seamlessly progress through introductory transitional training, covering essential aspects such as crate training, scheduling, potty box training, and an introduction to the clicker, all within our relationship-based puppy raising program!
Experience the best of both worlds as you forge a lasting bond with your puppy while mastering the art of guiding them towards a state of calm and establishing healthy leadership—the Montessori way! Our Power of 3 Ritual Program is at the core of this transformative journey.
By joining, you gain access to:
  • Habibi University, providing a comprehensive educational experience.
  • The Habibi Method Training Guide & Handbook PDF
  • Follow-up training support through Zoom Q & A Calls, ensuring continuous guidance.
  • Lifetime Support, assuring you're never alone on this exciting journey with your new companion.
Choose the Puppy Charm School program for a holistic, relationship-focused approach that empowers both you and your puppy, setting the foundation for a lifetime of companionship and harmony. Enroll now and unlock the secrets to successful puppy parenting!
How many shots will my puppy have?
At Habibi Bears, we adhere to the Schultz and Dodd's protocols, ensuring your puppy receives age-appropriate vaccinations before joining your home. The Parvo/Distemper shots are administered at 8, 12, and 16 weeks, but it's crucial to note that full vaccination status is achieved 14 days after the 16-week shot.
During this crucial period, confine your puppy indoors or limit them to your yard for potty breaks. To foster socialization, employ carriers, strollers, and crates, providing a safe and controlled means for them to explore the world around them. Your commitment to these guidelines ensures your newest family member's healthy and resilient start!
Will my Habibi puppy be potty trained at 8 weeks old?
Your new Habibi Bear puppy is already making strides in potty training. We've diligently employed an incremental approach, introducing them to indoor potty usage. Weather permitting, they also get exposure to a doggy door leading to our secure outdoor puppy area, aligning with their developmental phases. The puppies come with a well-crafted schedule for you to follow.
For an in-depth exploration of potty training, consider enrolling in our Puppy Parenting Course - The Human's Guide to the Dog Galaxy! Uncover valuable insights into effective puppy care and training techniques.
Should I buy a crate for my Habibi?

Yes, we strongly recommend crate training for a well-balanced puppy. Your puppy is accustomed to the puppy pens we use in our Habibi Enrichment Center, featuring a crate with the door open. If you enroll your puppy in our Puppy Charm School program, we will initiate acclimation to crate training to ensure a smoother adjustment for you.
How Often should we feed our puppy?
After your puppy has become a part of your home and is comfortably settled, you can provide meals 2-3 times a day, following the guidelines in our Successful Puppy Schedule that accompanies your new furry family member!
How often can we bathe our Habibi puppy 
We bathe our puppies weekly during their stay with us, or as necessary. You can maintain a bathing schedule of every 1-2 weeks until your puppy matures. However, it's important to note that a dog's skin doesn't tolerate frequent bathing like humans, and excessive baths may lead to flaky and itchy skin. We suggest using a waterless spray shampoo for in-between baths and utilizing cleaning wipes for faces, feet, and fannies, in that order!
Can I let my puppy roam free in the house?
Absolutely not! Your puppy is akin to a newborn baby. It's crucial for them to navigate small spaces successfully before granting them access to larger areas. We follow an incremental approach and never leave puppies unattended. When puppies are out and about in the house, a responsible human should actively engage, supervise, or keep the puppy in their secure puppy pen. Allowing them to roam freely poses risks, from potty confusion and accidents to inappropriate chewing. Their curiosity may lead them to explore, taste, and chew on everything, including items that could be harmful. Always ensure their safety by confining them to a secure space using tools like puppy pens and baby gates.  For the best plan of action, we recommend our course, The Human's Guide to the Dog Galaxy, that has flow charts and videos to guide you step by step in raising a perfect pup! 
I'd like a puppy for therapy or service, does it come ready for this when we bring our puppy home?
At Habibi Bears, we've developed a breed with significant potential for therapy or service roles. Our thorough evaluation helps identify puppies with the best aptitude, yet it's crucial to note that it doesn't guarantee your puppy will fulfill these roles. While we provide a strong foundation through our advanced service puppy curriculum, success relies on your consistent training and bonding efforts once the puppy is home with you.

While many assume that dogs will naturally excel in therapy or service tasks, achieving these roles requires dedicated training, milestones, socialization, and proper puppy-raising techniques. We don't provide a guarantee that any puppy leaving our program without completed training and certification will qualify for therapy or service, as the process is precise, and a single event can impact a dog's suitability. Our puppies depart with the potential, but environmental factors outside our care are beyond our control. Fulfilling the requirements with their puppy becomes the full responsibility of the family.

Even with organizations such as CCI,  known for selective breeding and training, only about 35 to 40 percent of their dogs graduate to become full-fledged service dogs. Dogs may "wash out" for various reasons, including "typical dog behavior" such as being distracted by cats or birds, or exhibiting whining or barking in public, or a negative experience that created a trauma.  Does this mean these dogs are failures?  Not at all!  It means these dogs will be amazing family companions and is a reminder that we are ultimately working with a feeling living being, not a machine to be controlled.

We urge families to set realistic expectations and, if interested in therapy or service roles, collaborate with qualified training programs for guidance. Forming a therapy team or service dog partnership is a joint effort between human and dog. Those seeking a dog for this job should actively participate in the training process, recognizing their role as the other half of the therapy/service team holding the leash. Building a strong bond through humane training methods is crucial to avoid damaging trust with aversive techniques. Conversely, expecting a dog to perform these tasks independently is unrealistic—it's a teamwork approach. We can connect you with excellent trainers who offer virtual sessions worldwide or locate a qualified force-free do-no-harm trainer in your area, ensuring effective guidance for you and your dog. Remember, the trust and training relationship with your dog is earned, and it's one of life's invaluable experiences that cannot be bought.

"Money can't buy happiness, except little puppies!" 


Families looking for a therapy puppy for sale, or a service puppy for sale, want nothing less than a healthy, well-bred puppy, from health-tested parents.  Look no further than dog breeders at Habibi Bears in Washington State. Your new Habibi Bear will arrive  trained per your personal needs and ready to become part of your family with minimal effort on your part. Now your family can enjoy all the magic a new puppy brings to your home without most of the early hassles that often accompany these little bundles of joy.

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