Re: Keeping puppy for new buyers past 8 weeks opinions
I would worry some, most of the time it is the other way around. People want to get that puppy no matter what, even if they KNOW that they have to spend two weeks on a buisness trip. Then they come on asking if it is ok to kennel a nine week old pup for that time!
I guess I would like to know why the timing is so bad and why they want for me to hold the pup for an extra four weeks. They may have something coming up that they cannot change the date for and they do not want to bring the pup home, get it acclimated, and then turn around and send it away for a week or more.
So it may be thinking about the puppy's well-being. We cannot always change the timing of events. Your daughter is having her first child, lives across the country and wants for you to be there for two weeks. It is a very temporary situation.
It will not kill the pup to live with the breeder for a few extra weeks, but the reason has to be good because there truly is an optimum time for pups to go to their new homes, and 12 weeks is not it.
I would definitely call the people on the phone -- not email, and probe the cause of the delay. Dependent on the cause, you can choose not to sell to this person; to sell, but to charge up front for a boarding fee that encompasses the extra vet visit, and so much per day for food and attention (maybe price boarding kennels in your area); to sell and simply charge the extra vet visit.
People do not get it why we charge for our puppies at all. They do not understand that it costs money and time to whelp and raise litters. I probably would not charge $20/day, maybe $25/week though. It would really depend on their reasoning. If their reasoning is putting the pup first, then I would be very accomadating.
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