A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER PLACES PUPPIES WISELY
As you can imagine, once it becomes time for those little beasties to go to new homes, you've invested a lot of yourself in them. Now comes the hard part: letting go and making sure they go to owners who will provide for them the kind of home for the next 10 to 15 years you've given them in the first 6-8 weeks. It's like being an adoption counselor!
There has been times that my husband Jay had to peal me off the front door after a new customer left my home with their new puppy. I love the new parents but letting my babies go kills me.
Responsible breeders are also familiar with AKC rules and regulations concerning the sale and registration of AKC-registerable dogs. Before you even breed, you should contact AKC or your Country s dog registration to make sure you've got all the right paperwork, understand what you need to do, and are able to provide the right documents to your buyers.
Responsible breeders learn to ignore the financial realities in order to find just the right home for each puppy.
A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR LIFE
Now comes the best part of being a breeder. (No, it's not putting away the newspapers and puppy food!) It's having those great families you selected call you with news of puppy's first tooth, first vet visit, first birthday party. It's getting letters. It's getting holiday cards. It's getting family portraits with your puppy (yes, he'll always be yours!) smack in the middle. What's not to love about being a breeder at these times?
But now can come the worst part, too. It's the 15th phone call asking how to cut toenails. It's the nice young couple getting a divorce and neither one can keep the puppy. It's the distraught owner calling from the vet with news of an unforeseen hereditary illness. It's the devastated mother telling you that the dog that you encouraged them to train bit their child's friend. Be there for your customers
Responsible Breeders are there for all situations -- both good and bad. They know that they were responsible for this puppy being born so that they are responsible for him until the day he dies. They are willing to answer as many questions as they are asked, provide resources and information and always be concerned about their puppies. For many breeders, their puppy owners become a new extended family..."dog in-laws"!
Oddly enough, responsible breeders know that the best phone call is the one they receive 12 years later telling them that the dog died of old age...because they know that they were responsible for bringing years of love and joy that they experience from their dogs to someone else's home. And, in the end, that's exactly why you wanted to breed your dog, isn't it?
I've made so many wonderful friends thought out my years of breeding. Some people who bought pups from me years ago are returning to buy another. I have gotten so close with my buyers that we have had poker parties, and gone to Jamaica together. You know you are a good breeder when you get return buyers. When people are happy with your pup that you sold them, they pass your name onto friends, family and neighbors.
Many of the pups I sell are word of mouth. This is the highest complement that can be given to a breeder