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Finding a Quality Breeder
(Part 6)

Golden retriever mother feeding her puppies that will be service dog candidates
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Puppy Buyer Etiquette

Finding a Quality Puppy has two sides to the coin. Just as you are looking for some specific things from the breeder, they are also looking for some specific things from you. A reputable breeder wants to know the people their puppy is going to spend his life with, and in what environment is will be raised and what you will be doing with the pup. Here is a list of questions breeders often ask. Be prepared to answer them.

They may even have a form for you to fill out on their website before they will talk to you. This is a good sign. Check out their form for the types of questions asked. Are they similar to this list? How do they differ?

Where do you live (city, state)
Where will puppy live? house, apartment, acreage
Do you rent or own?
Will the puppy live indoors/outdoors/spend time in both?
How many people in the home?
What are their ages?
Do you have many visitors? 
What are your plans for your puppy?
Are there other animals in the home? Which ones?
Do you have a fenced yard? Height?
What is your activity level?
How do you plan to exercise your puppy/dog?
How many hours a day will the dog be at home alone?
Where will the dog be when you are away from home?
Do you travel?Do you move around much?
What training approach do you use? 
Do you have trainers available locally?
What do you plan on feeding your dog? Are you open to other options?
Who is your vet? Who takes care of your dog when you go away?
Have you had a similar breed before?
What features do you like about the breed? Dislike?
Describe your knowledge level of dogs.
What types of equipment will you use on your dog? What dogs have you previously owned?
How long did they live?
What happened to them?
Do you plan to crate training?
They will ask for references. A veterinarian, a trainer, a groomer etc. 
Anything else that may be relevant to your situation. (Do you have an assistant to help train, family support etc).  

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