"PUPPY PLACEMENT 101" By: Jamesa Maulden
I have organized the following into specific categories for easier reading. However, the order in which this is presented does not necessarily mean that this is the order in which these questions should be asked nor does it signify the importance of one question over another. This is not meant to be a complete list of questions or considerations, just a starting point to assist you in selecting good, long-term, quality homes for your puppies. I. Questions that the buyer should ask and have a general idea of the expected answers (this shows that they have thought this out and have done a little research prior to deciding to buy). A. What are some of the common characteristics of the breed? B. Are there special grooming, housing or feeding requirements for this breed? C. What are the common hereditary problems in this breed? D. About the parents & grandparents: 1. Temperament 2. Have they been checked clear of hereditary problems? 3. Results of prior breedings (if any) E. About the puppies: 1. Health record 2. Environment they were raised in (home vs. kennel) 3. Describe an average day in the puppy's life at age 6 or 7 weeks. It is important for them to be familiar with the puppies daily routine prior to taking one home. 4. Anticipated temperament of each puppy 5. What is the difference between breeding quality vs. show quality vs. pet quality 6. How long have you (the breeder) owned this breed? 7. How many litters have you raised (or how long have you been breeding)? II. Questions you should ask the buyer A. Why do you want a dog? 1. Breeding 2. Showing 3. Pet 4. All of the above B. Are you aware that this is at least a 10 year commitment? C. Remember: This puppy will be an adult longer than it will be a cute puppy--do you like the adults of this breed? D. Have you considered rescuing an older dog rather than buying a puppy? E. Have you researched this breed and what do you know about the breed's characteristics? F. Were will the dog be kept? Indoors or outdoors most of the time? In a kennel, the back yard or staked out? G. What hours do you work? If married, does your spouse work? H. Do you have children? If so, what ages? I. Do you have other pets? If so, what are they? J. Describe a typical week day at your house now. Weekend day. It is important for me to learn about the daily routine for this household. K. Project a typical week day at your house after you get the puppy. Weekend day. This shows whether or not they have considered the impact of a new puppy on their daily routine. L. Project a typical day once he is an adult. Once he is no longer a cute puppy, will they still pay attention to him? M. Have you ever owned a dog? One of this breed? N. What happened to your last dog (or pet)? O. Where will the dog go when you go on vacation? P. What would you do if you could no longer keep this dog? Q. Will this dog be spayed or neutered? R. If you intent to breed this dog, why? 1. To show the children? 2. To recuperate the money you are spending to buy a purebred dog? 3. To attempt to produce puppies better than their parents? 4. If you do breed this dog, outline the process you will follow--from choosing the stud to whelping the litter. S. You should ask the buyer to sign a contract stating specific terms and agreements of the sale of this puppy. III. Actually showing the puppies to a potential buyer A. Have only the puppies that are available for sale (and that you feel will fit their family environment) available for immediate viewing. Don't show them something you know won't fit their needs or lifestyle. No one likes to get their heart set on a puppy only to be told that they cannot have it. Also, it is too confusing for people to try to look at seven puppies and remember which one you said is sold and which one is available. Also, they will compare the puppies to try to figure out what is wrong the ones that haven't sold yet. You may show them the entire litter AFTER they have made a decision on the puppy(ies) offered to them. B. Show them the parents and any relatives of the puppies you have on the property and pictures of as many relatives as you have available. If they do not like the adults (either the temperament or their appearance), don't sell them a puppy. C. Your time is valuable--don't waste it trying to "sell" people on a puppy. If you have to work that hard to "sell" the puppy, it isn't the right home. Remember-- we aren't trying to "sell" these puppies, we are trying to place them in the home that is right for them and for the new family. D. Watch the interaction of the puppy with each family member (ask that as many family members come out as possible when viewing the litter). It is important that the puppy relate well to all family members. E. Also, I truly believe in the gut instinct method of selling puppies. If either you or the puppy feel uncomfortable about the potential home, don't sell the puppy. F. After a decision is made whether or not to buy a puppy (or which puppy to buy) you may then show them the remainder of the litter if they request. IV. Sending the puppies to their new homes. A. Be certain that they have all of the necessary equipment for a new puppy prior to sending the puppy home. B. Personally, I require one visit to choose the puppy and a separate visit to pick up the puppy. In other words, a minimum of two visits to purchase a puppy. This gives them time to think through the decision and to purchase any additional equipment needed. C. Send the puppy home with the following: 1. A copy of the contract you both signed. 2. If paid in full, the blue slip and instructions on how to complete it and file it with AKC. 3. A complete health record. 4. A list of upcoming shots/worming needed. I recommend that they take in a stool sample when they go in for their third or fourth puppy shot just to be certain that all is well. 5. Daily feeding routine the puppy is used to. 6. And any general information you can give them regarding surviving the first few nights with a lonely puppy. 7. Always follow up within the next two days to be certain that all is well. 8. Pictures of any ancestors you may have available. 9. A copy of the puppy's pedigree. D. Invite them to a Siberian Husky Club function. E. Recommend a few general interest dog books, Siberian Husky books, obedience books or puppy raising books. I use this section if I know that the people would like to breed this dog at some point. Also, by asking these questions now, you can often determine if this home should receive a breeding quality animal or not. I. If you do breed this dog, have you considered the following: A. Choosing the stud or criteria to approving bitches. B. Check for hereditary defects C. Attend shows and ask breeders' recommendations for stud choice. D. Shots current before breeding E. Prenatal care, diet of mother, vet care while in whelp, etc. F. The whelping 1. Where will the litter be whelped (may depend on the time of year) 2. Where will you be during this time? 3. Alert your vet when she goes into labor (have more than one vet available if possible) G. Where will the pups be kept (and until what age) H. What care will the pups receive prior to being sold (at what age will they be sent to their new homes) 1. Shots 2. Worming 3. What will they eat (and at what ages) I. How will you sell the puppies J. How will you screen the potential buyers K. What type of follow up will you do once the pups have been sold L. Will you offer any guarantees M. How will you arrive at a sales price for the pups
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