I recently had someone contact me about reserving a puppy, and after I explained that I do require a deposit and the deposit is non-refundable, they got upset with me. Their reasoning? Because they didn’t want to “commit” to a puppy from me, in case they saw another one they liked while they were waiting. I didn’t bother to continue their interviewing process, simply told them that I didn’t feel one of my puppies would fit their family and wished them luck in their puppy search.
When I consider a family for placement, I do have an interview process. I have a puppy application, I ask questions, and I try to get to know the family. I try not to be intrusive, and my application is not as intrusive as many breeders. But when I am considering placing a baby that we have loved and cared for all its life with a new family, I want to feel comfortable that family can properly care for this puppy and provide it with the love and attention it needs & deserves.
When a puppy is born here, we have committed ourselves to that puppy, for the duration of its life. Not just until it goes to its new family. If a potential new owner cannot commit to waiting a few weeks until a puppy is ready to go home with them, how am I to trust them to commit to this puppy for it’s entire lifetime; Through puppy stages, potty training, vet care, or even as an adult when the “puppy cuteness” has been outgrown?