How can I make sure my puppies get a good home?
They were born June 24th. We arent giving them away just yet, they are eating regular food and everything, well we put water in it and they seem to be doing fine, but I was just wondering, what can I do to be sure they are going to a good home? I love all of them soooo much, I wish I could keep them all lol. and YES my dog is going to be fixed soon so please dont say anything about that its getting pretty old. We are already planning on charging 10 dollars because we hand fed them and it was REALLY expensive, considering she had 9 puppies, but we are sending a bad of purina puppy chow with each one of them also, just to get them started. What else can we do?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I'm having the same trouble with my kittens. I would just ask questions .. ask .. ask .. ask.
Questions to ask:
1. Do you have a house/apt/ or condo?
2. Do you have a fenced in back yard?
3. Do you have any small children?
4. Have you owned dogs before?
5. Do you currently have any dogs?
And remember .. this all depends on what kind of puppies they are. If they are good apartment dogs then no worries if the people live in an apartment. But i wouldn't worry too much. Just make sure they look like good people who will take care of your pup.
If the people live somewhere where they can't have animals, and they say they ARE aloud .. honestly, theres no way around that unless you are part of an animal shelter or animal rescue program .. you do not have the right to call the apt. complex where they live and ask.
But if its an aggressive dog MAKE SURE you let them know not to have it around small children .. things like that. If you don't know too much about the breed then google your dog .. get some info about her breed .. that will help a lot.
If you have anymore questions, just email me.
When my fiance and i got our australian shepherd the lady said she wouldn't let him go to anyone living in an apartment .. well, we knew in about a year we would be moving out of our apt. into a house so we just lied. We really liked him and we have seen NUMEROUS people around our complex with bigger dogs then this.
So i honestly wouldn't be too picky. I would get them into the vet for their first shots and everything. I wouldn't of purchased my pup if he hadn't.
If they look like they are good people, loves dogs and show that they really like the animal .. let it go :)
- 1 decade ago
What sort of puppies are they? I would suggest charging a little more for them, even if they are cross breeds. People are more likely to look after an animal better if it costs them money up front. I would check out each potential buyer thoroughly. Maybe ask for addresses and go for a drive past there house to check the state of there yard (especially if the dogs will be large) to make sure they have a good fence. You could also check with the local council to see how many dogs they have had registered in the last year to ensure they don't just get puppies and then not want them once they get older (this happens a lot) You could also maybe talk to your vet and see if they have a record of previous pets. Ask around. Watch the way they treat the puppies when they come to view them. If they seem genuinely nice to the puppies or not. Above all TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS, if you don't feel comfortable with them taking one, don't let them. You have the right to say no to them taking one of your babies!
Hope this helps!
- 1 decade ago
you could get a generic puppy adoption form from a local shelter and have each potential home fill one out. Ask them a lot of detailed questions about their homes. Do they have a yard? Is it fenced? What type of food do they plan on using? What vet will they use? Have they used that vet before? Do they plan on fixing their new pet? If they name a vet that they've used before, call the vet and make sure they really do go there. If they lie about using a vet you know they're no good and a vet can release whether or not a person has had an animal with them in the past just not anything else.
Other than that use your gut and pay attention to mom. If mom is usually really good with people around her and the pups she can give you good clues. If she acts uneasy or unhappy around certain people you should do extra research before you give them a pup.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I think you should charge more than ten dollars and make sure they get their first two sets of shots and worming started before adopting. I'd charge at least 25 dollars for them and here is why: Some people go around and adopt pups that are real cheap so they can take them and sell them to medical labs. Keep records of their shots and worming to give to the new owners with the due date for their next set of shots and rabies shot.
Start interviewing people now who want to get one. If they select a pup, take half the money for a non-refundable deposit, in case they change their minds.
Have them sign a written contract that states they are paying a 15 dollar deposit that is non refundable and it is their responsibility to have the puppy checked with a Vet within the first few days of getting their pup to guarantee their health.
If you want, you can put a clause in there that makes them promise to spay or neuter their pet.
You can also put a clause in there that if for any reason they cannot keep the pup they are to return it to you (so you can be sure it is re-homed properly). They might not do that either but you will feel better knowing they have that ability rather than taking a dog to the pound because they thought it was cute but found it too much work to train. This would, of course, be without refund.
You can also ask them if they rent their home and if so, does their property allow for them to have the pet. Get the number of the property to check and be sure.
Yeah, that is a lot but that is basically what the SPCA does with the animals they adopt out.
I like the idea of offering a bag of food to go with them, though some will change their pups diet wanting to feed their own brand. For that situation, you might want to have a little flyer made up to go with the pup that tells them how to change the food gradually to prevent the pup from getting sick.
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- sunshineLv 51 decade ago
Put a sign out in your yard, ot make signs to take to the vets and pet stores. Make sure you read the interested people though make sure they are lovers!!!
- Nekkid Truth!Lv 71 decade ago
I would charge a little more than $10.. at least $25-50. Its a little exta security to assure you that they wont be used for dog baiting or sold to testing labs.
Screen each applicant, ask for vet references. Ask teh vet about current pets.. are they spayed or neutered? current on shots? kept on heartworm preventative?
- Anonymous1 decade ago
the OP is right, if you charge a little more, you are more likely to get legit pet buyers, not somone with a more horrid thought of getting a hold of the pups.
there is nothing stopping you from asking them lots of questions before they go to their new home, in actual fact it is to be appluaded, because you are decreasing the likely hood of them going to a bad home.
Questions like, what sort of housing do you intend for dog? how are you going to train it and what training methods do you use? have you owned a dog before?what training methods did you use with that dog? why do you want one of these pups? are you going to microchip and desex?
These sorts of questions will not completely filter out a potentially bad owner completely, but if you ask them lots and they are not prepared they will trip up somewhere.
do you mind me asking, what cross breed are your pups, because even if you ask potential new family things like do you know about the nature of this breed? things like that too.
good luck hope your babies find a good home.
- Kiki BLv 51 decade ago
I would charge a minimum of fifty. That will pay for the first shots and worming, if you charge 75, then you can put the "leftover" towards fixing your girl. I would not give them a bag of food, just a ziploc full of some better food, like proplan or eaglepack...
sorry you can't keep them, I know how that is....
- 1 decade ago
you really don't have a right to "visit" their home. especially if your just in a residential home. only animal shelters can do that. and people who are licensed. i would charge whatever you feel is best.