Hi I still have 2 of my puppies left from my litter and they are now 11 wks old I want them to go to a good home but I am afraid to sell them over the holiday season since people buy puppies during christmas as presents then get rid of them so I guess what I am trying to say is does anyone think it is a good idea to wait until after the holidays to sell them or should I keep my ads up and wait and see what happens? any suggestions would be great. thanks
Maybe it would be a good time to take down the ads but be open to people who may come to you by word-of-mouth or repeat customers. People that you are already familiar with because they have one of your puppies, and maybe they have a friend that they recommended to you. Then ask lots and lots of questions, explain your contract that requires the dog to come back to you if it must be re-homed, do your usual home inspection and check up often. I guess not that different from usual except without advertising to the general public.
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I wouldn't. Think of the kids out there who REALLY want a puppy for Christmas. I would just simply make them sign a contract stating if the dog is unwanted after being given to them they must return him straight to you.
I am sorry I have to say that your pups are more important than kids wanting one for christmas, that is BS in my opinion, just because a kid wants one for christmas doesnt mean they should get it, if they really want one so bad they can have one AFTER christmas. If someone wants to get a pup for their family for christmas tell them no, they should get all the puppy's things and put that under the tree, get the pup in January, after life has settled back down.
And FYI contracts saying they have to return the pup back to you rarely hold up in court, as dogs are seen as property, nce you pay it is yours. You cant put that stipulation on a car, because it is property, you MIGHT be able to get a first buy back option, but you have to find out they sold it, or disposed of the dog.
IMHO, just the thought of a puppy of that young and tender age running around dodging running, grabbing, non-experienced kids, adult feet in the shuffle and the possiblility of being dropped by said kids is a total nightmare for such a small puppy that does not even know the human giants whose home it has arrived in. But in all the festivities the very thought or possibility of the puppy choking on a discarded ribbon, small plastic toy piece or getting fed from the table food that is definately way too rich and could cause colitis is unbearable. Who has time to pick up puppy poo when guests are trying to sit down and eat or little relatives stepping in poo and tracking it all over the house. The thought of the 'Lady and Tramp' movie puppy gift is all warm and fuzzy, but reality is that a small puppy givin for the sake of Christmas is dangerous for the puppy and just plain idiotic. If the kids want the puppy bad enough, let them want it as bad in January, when they can fully understand the responsibilities and all the chaos and festivities are over.
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Well thank you all for your opinions and I really do appreciate them. The puppies have new homes now. I decided to keep one and my room mate has decided to keep the other. And I know they will be happy and healthy. thank you all so much and have a merry christmas