I think the rescue said they would be willing to take the last two if she cannot find homes for them. Frankly, I see nothing wrong with her talking to people and getting a small fee for each pup to cover all the costs of raising this litter. This wasn't her fault, it is not like she is going to go out and breed her again. There are costs involved. And people who understand that, are more likely to understand that their dog needs to go to the vet, go to training, etc.
People in my neck of the woods would think I was crazy if I created a contract with requirements on an unregistered or mixed-breed puppy. I think sometimes you have to trust people. If while you are talking to these people, you get a feeling that they would not make a good home, do not give them a puppy. Put together a list of questions to keep next to you on the phone, that will spur them into talking about themselves. People LOVE to talk about their past pets. You just need to nudge them and listen. Give them enough rope and the bad ones will hang themselves. E-mails are fine for things that can be easily described, brindle female, 7 weeks old, first shots. And then to give them your phone number and have them CALL you. Don't give an address until it is a done deal, until you approve them for a puppy. Don't let them know this is an interview. It is. It is a phone interview where you listen and nudge, they talk. There is nothing wrong with letting them know how you have a litter, and that is why you really want to make sure these pups go to good homes who will make sure they won't ever be in that position, but 90% of the conversation should be coming from the buyer.
As for vaccinating, I like puppies to be at home for at least a couple of days after their vaccinations. I wait until seven weeks, give the health certificates to the new owners and tell them when the puppies should have their next set of vaccinations -- between 10 and 11 weeks. I tell them to take the record with them to the vet and explain that the shots were given by a vet, that way the vet cannot discount those vaccinations. The pups should have 1-2 sets of parvo-distemper and then rabies -- the new owners should give these, unless you still have two pups at ten weeks, then give them their second shots.
If it was me, I would tell the vet that I want him to worm them with strongid. The pups need to be weighed and given an amount appropriate to their body weight. Worms can lie dormant, and some worms do not shed eggs constantly. Strongid or strongid-T or nemax are safe wormers for puppies and are often given from 2 weeks and again every two weeks. I think I would get some and worm them now, and then have the vet worm them at 7 weeks, after that they have a good start, and the new owners can take over. The vet shouldn't have a problem with this.
They are a cute bunch.
Some questions you might have ready to ask or nudge people with:
1. Is this going to be your first puppy?
Listen how they talk about them -- "No, I've had plenty of dogs" -- no warm fuzzy feeling there. No, I have raised three puppies before, 2 yorkies and a spitz.
Listen how they talk about their dogs, their names. Ask them if they had any problems, do they talk about health or behavior, etc.
2. What kind of dogs were they/have you ever owned shepherds or working dogs?
3. Do you have any good trainers out where you are?
4. Where do you go to the vet -- make it sound like maybe you are interested in a new vet, are they good? What do you like about them?
If they have never raised a puppy before, ask questions about whether their yard is fenced, what they are planning on in the way of training, if they have chosen a vet and how they chose the vet, ask if they rent their home or if the own. If they rent ask if they can get a copy of their landlord's pet policy, or contact information for you to contact them concerning their pet policy.
If they have never raised a puppy, they may not know that there may be a problem with the size or breed of dog. They may have never considered it. And in the rush of buying a puppy they may tell you what you want to hear on that score. You really ARE looking for reasons to turn people down. That is sad, but it won't do these puppies any good if they go to a home and grow to be 48 pounds, 62 pounds? And the pet policy is 40 pounds. Now you have a 7 month old pup that may or may not have been trained and socialized (because they don't want anyone to see the dog), and the people are too embarrassed to bring it back because they lied about this. So the puppy joins the ranks of puppies that get dumped at the age when puppy cuteness melts into adolescent-dog-insanity.
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
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