we will be picking up our puppy in June. I have seen the puppy a number of times ( she lives just 10 min away) The breeder is very accomidating to my family and i, she wants us to come and bond with our puppy. I love it because not only does she get to know us, but we get to know .her. she also said she would like to have a picnic for the people that bought her puppies. she also said her would watch our puppy if we go on a vacation, so he won't have to get boarded. It took us awhile to find what we wanted, but iam so glad this seems to be a good match. We will also send her pictures and anyone else that wants them ha ha
I think that you are totally rite to have a questionnaire. I know that if I was buying a puppy I would have no problem filling one out. If I was a breeder I would be very skeptical of anyone who refused to fill out or were offended by having to fill out a simple questionnaire. As long as the questions on it are relevant (if you ask them when the last time they went to gyno was- I could see how that would be inappropriate) but anything having to do with their credibility, level of responsibility or suitability to be a pet owner if totally fair game.
If there are questions that you want to ask that seem irrelevant (even though they are actually important for you to judge their suitability as a dog owner) you could just write down (or verbally communicate) why it is relevant and why it is important for you to know.
Even though my last two puppies came from a Shelter, one Shelter called me about a month after the adoption to see how the puppy and I were doing, and I ctually thought it was wonderful on the Shelter's part to call and check on the welll being of the animal after the adoption.
If your husband is husband is still upset about your questionnaire, let him know that when one adopts from a Shelter, they must also fill out a questionnaire, , answer some questions, sign a contract and and be approved before any adoption takes place.
You, as a abreedeer are only loking out for the well being of the animal and I see nothing wrong with what you are doing, and I say to continue as you have in the past. If the people are bothered by it, then they obviously aren't that interested in having a new pet as a memer of the family and the dog may end up up having an unhappy home life.
***Edited By: harlee29 on 5/28/2005 10:05:54 PM*** Reason: **
When I was selling my pups, I had several people one lady inperticuler that was emailing me on a Thursday and wanted me to send the only male out by Saturday. I sent her the application, and keep asking her to fill it out. After about 5 emails she finaly emailed me back that she would just find a pup closer to her home. But she never filled out the application. I think it weeds out the weridos, and really helps you get to know someone..When you are talking to them in person you always forget to ask some thing or forget what they said, at least with the questionaire you can't forget.
I do not use written questionaires for puppy inquiries. My reason is simple....people write what they think you want to read, things which may or may not be true. Instead, I speak to people on the phone several times and take notes. I ask alot of questions but I do it in the form of a conversation, not an inquizition. During the conversation, I can interject commentary about my breed's idiosyncracies, discuss health issues, and give hints on rearing a puppy. The more personal you are with your buyers, the more likely they are to keep in touch after they take the puppy home.
I agree with Yodeldogs. I don't have a questionairre, but I do speak with them in person. I agree with your husband that you may be losing good buyers with the form. As silly as it seems, the questionaire may be intimidating for perfectly nice families that may be intimidated to fill one out but would be happy to speak with you and answer questions. Plus it is easier to lie writing a form than in person (or over the phone). You can tell hesitations when they have to think of what you want to hear. I also have a 4 page health warrenty/puppy contract that goes over literally every negitive puppy situation I can think of and no one has a problem signing that AFTER we are comfotable with eachother.
Here's how I see it. IF a breeder asks me questions, I feel they are very concerned with the puppies they place. I always have my future homes fill out an info request form before I will place them on my waiting list. If something shows up that I'm not confortable with, I can visit with them about it before I even have a potential puppy for them. It saves me a lot of headache when people want a puppy for breeding or they don't want to spay or neuter it, as I know that up front and can deal with it before they chose the puppy and get the contract. It also helps you have all the info you need to do your paperwork.
It also helps weed out those that are not as serious and are too young to purchase a puppy legally as well.
I've received several that have told me they've surrendered pets to a shelter. It had this problem, it had that problem, etc, then I can tell them what they may encounter with this breed and why or why it wouldn't make a good fit. Have lost several because they say it's their choice and they've seen other dogs that haven't done that before. IE-my cairns-many think they are on off leash, very obedient dog that likes to be carried in baskets-like Toto, don't dig and are quiet. I have had many visitors that after they've seen a real cairn in action have changed their minds-and mine are pretty well trained.
***Edited By: myshadow on 5/29/2005 9:51:49 AM*** Reason: add
In my house hold and with our pups we produce..I DO the deciding who get a pup...Not my hubby...he isnt as far into it as I am and has a different point of view..Although he wants the best for the pup...he doesnt ask any thing and just thinks money from this guy would be ok...I have tried to catch him up to speed as to what to look for and he conceeds to hand me the phone or I deal with the emails..And although i dont have a questionare..i bet i discuss every topic on there with new people..I call them lots of times and check the things they say against it self. If I dont feel great about a person...they dont get the dog...simple..I dont hear any thing from my hubby...he leaves that part up to me and my disgression. I could "unload" a litter in a matter of days if I didnt care who they went to..But i price them so millers dont want them...they are too expensive for them to deal with...and I did that on purpose. I dont care if I have to keep them longer but I have placed the last 2 litter i had since last summer all by the time they are 9 weeks old..and didnt have to compromise on any one except for the pup with the heart murmer...so I feel I did a great job...and the pup with the murmer i tried to be a as fair as possable to the family who originally wanted the pup and had a deposit on her..and they still wanted her when they knew what she had...so honesty was the best policy...so..i say work it out with hubby and decide who will be doing the screening..you or him..and if they dont move as soon as you think they should...ask him if you really have to compromise your values in order to place a pup...I know I wont..i just wont breed as often if they get to the point I cant seel them fast enough...Just my opinion...good luck at your home front..
I am a questionnaire breeder. :) I use the questionnaire to initially weed out the serious adoptive families and the window shoppers. I then call them to respond to the questionnaire so we can discuss their answers and I can answer breed specific questions. I'm not wasting my time talking on the phone with someone who can't be bothered to answer 10 very simple questions (basically looking into what they know about the breed, grooming, training, etc...). I don't veto people based on their questionnaire UNLESS I see something like "I've put several dogs to sleep because they wouldn't housetrain" or "I've lost 5 dogs to being hit by a car and still don't have a fenced yard or use a leash". I like to talk with them in person as well.
Here's my insight - if a questionnaire scares people off, they aren't going to want to sign a contract, aren't going to want to stay in touch, and are probably not going to do any research into whether the breed is the right one for them. This is bound to mean that the puppy is more likely to end up turned over to a shelter or hit by a car, or run away.
Yes, people can write what they want you to read. They can also say what they want you to hear on the phone.
If you lose a "sale" to an irresponsible pet owner isn't than better than selling to them? My Dad grew up in a farming community and we still have to hit him over the head when he asks why the dogs can't just deliver on their own? Why do we help them? He also thinks that it would be better to give puppies away to people we know than to place them with families that will actually feed them a good quality food and take the puppy to the vet. (some of my Dad's friends are members of the "stupid people who shouldn't breed" club)
I probably turn away more people than I "sell" to. Oddly enough I still don't have problems selling/placing my puppies and run a lengthy waiting list of people who are willing to answer my questions.
It is a good thing to show your families that you are as concerned about where each pup goes as they are about where it came from. This means that the puppies are well cared for while they are with you - and it shows in how actively you screen homes.
Requiring photos is hard to inforce. We probably get pictures of 60% of our puppies, and that's better than most. :) If you explain to your families that having photos of older puppies helps to show future families then they tend to be more willing. With us, the folks that got to see pictures from other people were especially more willing. I agree it really is helpful. :) Putting it in your contract probably won't make it happen more though. Stick with the important stuff in your contract.
Didn't read all of the responses because my opinion is unwavering on this. Do not give up the Questioneer!! Tough, if people don't like it, can't be worse or longer than doing taxes or Friday afternnoon paperwork at 6pm!! The breeder I adopted my Dogue de Bordeaux practically wanted to know my rectal temperture last 7/17/04..LOL!!! Seen some questioneers...some basic..some very involved, but questioneers nonetheless and well-intentioned. Not every breed is for every person, family, living situation, exercise routinue...etc. Question away my friend!!!
Huronbreeze I know what you mean my husband is the same way. He just feels if the people have the money and want to buy the puppy we should let them (on one hand)
Then on the other he says the breeding is all up to me. I get final say on who gets a puppy and who doesn't. When people call he always hands the phone to me.
So he just really makes me made when he then comes in with this.
The man can never make up his mind. He is a typical BYB.
I try to educate him, but it goes though one ear and out the other. He will listen for one litter, but then when the next one comes we go though the same things again. He acts like he thinks its funny and always says the same thing. I'm new at this your suppost to educate me. Well people are being educated and what to learn then they usually retain at least some of the info from year to year.
Plus his other thing is just because AKC says they will register puppies out of females until they are 8 and males until they are ten. He thinks we should breed them until then.
Anyway I am going to keep the questioner, but maybe just use it over the phone then to wait for the people to come and fill them out. That might weed them out sooner and I won't have to subject the puppies to them at all.
Most people around here don't like to leave deposits they want to come and pick out their puppies and take them home right away. They don't like to wait.
I always start out with a waiting list, but by the time the puppies come then either no one is interested at that time, they all ready got one, or they decided they don't want one after all.
So this waiting list went from 6 to 2 and one is still looking at other breeders too.
He thinks the price is too high. Yet one place he is looking is even higher. He also wants the puppy sooner then I am willing to let it go. So we will see how that one goes.
Thanks for all the help once again I really do appricate it.