Hello, my name is Dannette Hermeier, and my family and I love doodles. I am a registered nurse by trade and work full time at our local hospital, I also work part-time teaching at a community college. I have three kids, the twins are in high school, and my oldest daughter is in her third year of college (GO IOWA HAWKS!). We are big into football, love the outdoors, and are definitely dog-people. We're an active and busy family who makes time for what's most important. We live in northeast Iowa in a small town called Waukon on a farm of over 200 acres where our dogs can run and play year round. We only have a few breeding females, so the number of puppies available year round is kept small. We partner with guardian homes and co-own many of our dogs to ensure they receive the attention they deserve. We raise miniature, medium, and standard Labradoodles and English/Non-English Goldendoodles. I also have a breeding partner that raises amazing Borderdoodles, we list those here on our webpage for her. Our priority is healthy, family friendly, puppies that go through life confidently and eager to learn. My breeding partner and I raise our puppies the same way. No matter if your puppy is at my house or my breeding partners house, the puppies outcome is the same. Our puppies come in a wide range of colors including chocolate, blonde, apricot, black, blue and chocolate merle, red and everything in between. We raise solid colored and parti-colored dogs. I love doodle breeds and put 100% of my effort towards giving families a dog that I would want in my own house. Our dogs are all health /genetically tested and kid/temperament tested to make sure we are getting you a family member that is going to be healthy and loving for many years to come. Our ENS program, temperament testing, sound desensitization, and our potty-training program have helped many puppies transition smoothly into their new home. It has taken us years of raising dogs to find a system that I think produces our best puppies yet! All of our dogs are family dogs and remain active year round. Don't let their fluffy clean coats fool you.
History: We have been raising dogs for twenty years. It all started with our wonderful hunting Labrador Retrievers. We raised a couple of litters a year with a focus on bird-hunting dogs in Northeast Iowa. Then, I developed horrible allergies to our wonderful Labradors (and their abundance of hair). The solution was the Labradoodle. Labradoodles are a versatile breed, and we have raised hunting dogs, therapy dogs, and some of the best family dogs. We really take pride in our dogs and want to continue bringing high quality puppies to their future forever homes. We raise our puppies on our Iowa farm where they enjoy being wet all summer in the pond and playing in the snow all winter. They run with our horses and cattle and see and smell many different things. They sleep with our children and lay on our couch's. They are seen as part of our family, not as an income. They are incredibly healthy and never over bred. We want healthy easy to train puppies from healthy uncomplicated moms. Having such few dogs allows us to really focus our attention on each puppy. They all receive unlimited amounts of affection and love, and are somewhat spoiled. I hope you enjoy our website and feel free to contact me with ANY questions. I can assure you that you'll love doodles just as much as I do with your first visit. I have developed a great relationship with a number of my customers. We have numerous repeat customers. Check out our testimonials page for more reviews. I will go out of my way to get the right family the right puppy.
Updated- March 2020
Our dogs and puppies are raised in a clean environment where their health and happiness remain the utmost priority.
HermeierDoodles is an ethical and state licensed Doodle breeder. We want to ensure you understand several different aspects of our program that potential families/buyers have typically expressed were their own concerns when searching for a humane doodle breeder before they found our program. Family Dogs vs. Breeding Dogs: To begin, our dogs are viewed by us as family dogs, not breeding males and females. We typically keep 5-7 adult dogs on our property (a 200+ acre farm) at a time. Our dogs come into our home, spend constant time with our family and friends, and spend time outside in our GPS fenced in yard. They go on frequent unleashed walks around our property, enjoy swimming in our ponds and creeks, and going on runs with myself and my kids. The adult dogs sleep in our beds or in their kennels in our heated garage. Female dogs are never overbred and have 2 litters of puppies a year or less. Litter frequency is very dependent on a females heat cycle, but her health would never be compromised in order to ensure a breeding takes place.
Our Property and the Dog's Environment: To continue, we also have a fully heated outdoor dog building with plumbing. In the dog building there are 5 individual 200 square foot kennels (half indoor/half outdoor) where the dogs can sleep inside but potty outside by going through 1 of the 5 doggy doors. The outdoor half of the dog building's kennels is covered to keep out the rain and snow. We also have two large outdoor dog runs that are about 400 square foot a piece and connected to this building. We pride ourselves in keeping these kennels and outdoor runs clean so that our parent dogs and the puppies are NEVER having to sleep or play in their own messes. When we have a litter of puppies outside in the kennel, their pen is cleaned at least twice a day.
Our Property and the Puppy's Birth Environment: This brings me to where are the puppies specifically born and raised. Our doodle puppies are nine times out of ten born in our home in a whelping box that is in a private room to give the mother and her puppies a relaxing environment. I have found privacy is important for mother dogs to help them relax and focus on their new puppies, especially if they are first time mothers. The puppies are typically born inside our home so that I can provide more constant check-ins on them and mom. If a litter is born in our outdoor dog building it is definitely the summer months and the mother is more comfortable in the private dog kennel, which tends to be quieter at times when our home is busy. I am with every female throughout their labor to ensure safety and support. No female dog would ever be put in danger to produce a litter of puppies, and if there is ever any sign of a difficult labor or problem the female would be taken straight to a certified veterinarian. During a female dogs pregnancy she receives at least one veterinarian check to ensure the health of herself and the puppies.
The Puppy's Environment and Health Soon After Birth: Once puppies are born they remain in their whelping box in our home for the next 2-3 weeks. During this time, the mom actually cleans up any puppy mess because the recycled nutrients are beneficial to her. Puppies are weighed daily to ensure they are growing promptly. Any puppy not gaining adequate weight is given supplemental milk formula. All puppies dew claws are removed at 3 days old and vet checks and shots follow in our veterinarian's recommended timeline. Female dogs with puppies are not kept locked with their puppies and can be let outside at any time. We frequently let them outdoors during the day (5-8 times) so that they remain happy and healthy. Not surprisingly, I have to persuade our female dogs to take more potty breaks than they would like to because they love laying with their new babies in the whelping box, a very natural mothering instinct takes over, even for first time moms. Mother dogs that are pregnant or nursing are fed diets consisting of raw meet, a high concentration of healthy fats, and dog food formulated for mothers.
The Puppy's Environment and Health Cont.: Once puppies are more mobile and they open their eyes, they move from inside our home to the separate dog building on our property. At this point, keeping the puppies environment clean becomes more our responsibility and the floor, dog beds and blankets they spend their time on is cleaned daily. From week 3 to week 5 the puppies are allowed to move around freely in a 100 sq. foot kennel. Their mother is allowed to move around this kennel as well as use a doggie door, which the puppies cannot yet access, to go outdoors in another 100 sq. foot area. Puppies older than 5 weeks gain access to moving between being inside and outside as they please by moving through the doggie door. They also have access to one of the two large outdoor dogs runs (400 sq. feet). Puppies are updated on their vaccines and wormed as necessary by our veterinarians requirements. Puppies are introduced to water and are free to eat the constant supply of puppy chow as they please around 5 weeks of age. Mother dogs are always let out to stretch their legs and relax from caring for their litters several times a day, no matter the age of the litter.
The Puppy's Socialization: To ensure that our puppies are socialized well, we are constantly spending time with them. My kids and their friends are some of our most frequent puppy "socializers." Puppies are checked several times during the day. A puppies health would never be put at risk for any reason. We do often take puppies on outings to either the local hospital or school I work at. We do temperament test every puppy. We also practice ENS training.
THANK YOU FOR READING!- Dannette
The Hermeierdoodle Process:
THE PARENTS- The first step in our process is to have the best dogs ever as parents to these puppies (and usually our parents are not for sale. Sorry).
THE INTERACTION- From the moment the puppies are born, there are at least 2 children holding and socializing with them, which is very important. As I've discovered from raising puppies, being a mom, and a nurse; Nurture always beats nature.
HEALTH- Healthy puppies are happy puppies. They get their dew claws removed around 3 days old and are vet-checked at 3 days old and 7 weeks old. They receive all their vaccinations. My vet comes right to my house so these pups are not exposed to anything.
POTTY TRAINING- Potty training is one of the top reasons people don't want a puppy, which is why we try our hardest to start them on potty training while we still have them. I have narrowed down my potty training technique over the years and it even involves fake grass.
MORE INTERACTION- Socialization is important for all the little kids getting one of our puppies and it so happens that I have three children and all of their friends to get these puppies used to kids. Our puppies are great therapy dogs and wonderful for young children.
THE VISIT- The last step is to let your family visit our farm and choose your perfect puppy. We live in Northeast Iowa on a 300 acre farm. We love visits and some families come two or three times to experience those early stages of a puppy's life no one ever gets to see.
HermeierDoodles 10 Main Goals:
To match puppies with forever homes suitable to their personality first and foremost.
Educate puppies to be confident and sociable with people and other animals of all ages.
Develop a foundation to build on for pottying outside and doggy door training, making the transition to their new home as easy as possible. Click to read about potty training.
Vet check and vaccinate all puppies to ensure healthy dogs with long lives ahead of them.
Satisfy customer's preferences for breed, color and gender.
Desensitize puppies to common dog' fears such as fireworks, gunshots, crying children, cars, etc. through our sound desensitizing program. Click to read more.
Prepare puppies for careers in service, therapy, hunting and tracking work. Click to read more.
Keep puppy's home for his first 8 weeks of life clean and always spacious to encourage play time during the day and sleeping through the night while letting puppy learn to differentiate spaces for sleep and play and spaces for pottying and eating. Click to read more about birth to 8 weeks of age.
Ready puppies for specifically young children and discourage playful biting or nipping towards people, as well as jumping up on and barking at. More Pictures of puppies and their young best friends.
Provide the best care for our female and male adult dogs, who remain the most important piece while breeding and raising wonderful puppies.
BONUS 11: Educate first time dog owners, beginners, and even young, fearful children on how to care for and make a puppy a successful member of the family.
Frequently Asked Questions
What puppies do you have available currently? Go to our available puppies page to check, I update there and on our Facebook page most frequently. Some families join a waitlist for a specific litter before it is born, this way once puppies are born and ready to be chosen, they get to choose earlier on in the process.
What types of doodles do you have available? Currently we specialize in English Goldendoodles and Non-English Goldendoodles and Labradoodles. We also have minimal litters per year of Borderdoodles and Bernedoodles. What size of doodles do you have available? We breed from Miniature to Standard Goldendoodles and Labradoodles. Mini's are typically 20-35 lbs., Mediums are 35-50 lbs., and Large dogs are 50 lbs. and greater. The term "Moyen" is used to describe the medium sized doodle.
What coat colors do you have available? We will be including dogs with different coat colors this year in our lineup, we currently have blondes, reds, chocolates, blue and chocolate merles, phantoms, and parti colors.
How do I contact you? The easiest way to contact me, Dannette, is by cell phone 1-563-568-8611. You can call or text, if I don't answer feel free to leave a message and I will call you back as soon as I am available.
Spay and Neuter Contracts? All of our puppies are sold with spay/neuter contracts unless prior arrangements made. This means HermeierDoodles puppies will not be used for breeding or breeding programs in the future.
How do you decide on breeding pairs? I pride myself in the genetic diversity of our paired dogs. I have only one stud dog of my own (Simon), with several females. Simon is not bred to all of my females, in fact, I only breed him to one of my females. We most frequently reach out to other breeders in the area with stud dogs to breed to our females. We focus on pairing dogs based on their health, temperament, and conformation. Less value is placed on the cost of outsourcing male dogs.
How do you foster the growth of well tempered puppies? Our breeding dogs are selected based on their genetics, confirmation AND their temperament. We have the sweetest mama dogs who nurture and groom their puppies to become sweet caring dogs in the future. And socialization from day one with children, adults, other animals and unique environments builds puppy's confidence and teaches them about their place in the world.
Do you breed working dogs? We pride our dogs in their trainability and many go on to become service and therapy dogs or to homes looking for bird and shed hunting dogs.
Is this your full time job? This is my full time job, however, I am a nurse and nursing instructor part time. I love the doodle breeds and have chose to bring this breed of dogs into the homes of families I think can be enhanced by the love of a dog.
What is your address and can my family come and visit? Type 1274 Parsley Drive Waukon, IA 52172 into any GPS or maps system to arrive at our home. Families are allowed to visit as long as a visit time is pre-scheduled and arranged. I request families who are currently sick or currently have a sick dog to refrain from visiting. What's an F1B, F1bb, F1, etc. Labradoodle or Goldendoodle? Visit our Generations and Shedding page for more information on the naming of certain generations.
Are Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Borderdoodles and Bernedoodles good for kids? Yes! Actually they are fantastic for families of all ages. I would consider them to have a great balance of energy and calm. Doodles are great for a couples first dog or a retired couples new best friend, they work for families with little kids and families with rambunctious teenagers.
What is the difference between a Goldendoodle, Borderdoodle, Labradoodle and Bernedoodle? A Goldendoodle is a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle, a Borderdoodle is a cross between a Border Collie and a Standard Poodle, a Labradoodle is a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard poodle, and a Bernedoodle is a cross between a Bernese Mountain dog and a Standard Poodle.
How do you get Miniature doodles? ...By breeding a standard doodle with a Miniature Poodle. I have a fellow breeder who is experienced in AI-ing (artificially inseminating) dogs. Due to the size difference a natural pregnancy cannot take place. Artificial Insemination is safe and commonly practiced with "designer" dogs and is what allows us to breed miniature and medium sized dogs.
How old must a puppy be before they can come to their forever home? My vets recommend for the doodle breeds that puppies leave at 8 weeks of age. I will typically allow a few days short of 8 weeks and up to a few weeks after 8 weeks for pick up if that works best for a certain family and as long as the puppy is on a healthy growth track.
What should I bring with when I come to pick up my puppy? First and foremost please remember to bring your final payment. I cannot send a puppy with any family who has yet to pay the full amount because of experiences I have had with people trying to avoid payment. Bring some towels for the car ride just incase puppy would get sick (car sickness is common). A lot of people plan to hold their puppy on their lap for the drive which is fine, but I would recommend a kennel in the car if your drive is longer than about 2 hours.
Ethical family breeder of Labradoodles, English Goldendoodles, Bernedoodles, and Borderdoodles. Located in Northeast Iowa.
HermeierDoodles | 563-568-8611 | 1274 Parsley Dr, Waukon, IA 52172