Originally Posted by Marty
I challenge each person who posts to also say whether they would place a dog with someone who was just like themselves when they got their first pitbull .
Yes I would, however I would be there to make sure this person was properly educated on these dogs and not just left with a pit as I was. Everyone has to start somewhere.
Originally Posted by Marty
Now that we've seen posts on how people pick out a pup from a litter, I'd like to see how you all evaluate a potential owner for your dog as the survival of our dogs may hinge upon correct placement of them by each and every breeder, rescue, etc. No one wants to see a story on how a pitbull at large did......fill in the blank OR the pitbull's owner was arrested for.....fill in the blank. How do you size up the person you are placing your dog with, do you have different requirements of people taking a puppy versus an older dog, etc.
I am very big on first impressions. I think you can tell a lot about people just by a good hour of "dog talk"
I ask people what dogs they have had before and what happened with those dogs. I myself am very understanding that occasionally $hit happens even though you are a good person because I have had my fair share.
I don't really have a play by play its all about the feeling and vibes I get from a person.
Laura for a great example ( Mrs. APBT
America) came to get a free blue female on a spay contract. She was not a puppy I bred by was out of and accident litter with dogs I formerly owned and still held papers on. I had put up an ad for the puppy and was contacted by several people and even had people coming to meet her,( of course free blue female) then I got lauras EMAILS!lol She emailed me about the puppy, then about her, then about her lifestlye and everything she could think of that would make me feel secure about meeting her about this puppy. Well I told the other people they would have to wait and met with Laura first. Within an hour of meeting her and talking with her I knew she was perfect! I sent Neveah off with her 2 towns away and trusted that she would spay her. I never even did a contract with her. Just me meeting her and talking to her and seeing her interact with my dogs I can see the kind of person she is.
However this can't just work with everyone. I have been in customer service since I was 13 so I really know how to read people so It works for me.
The only mistakes with homing I have ever made where with homing dogs with family in law when I knew better but didn't want to offend family. It came back to bite me in the face.
I ask the people what their intentions are for the dog.
Have they owned this breed before.
I recommend gopitbull now a days
I find out what these people know about the breed.
Usually my puppies are spoken for every early. This gives me way more time to get to know these people.
We had a guy named Gus come to pick out 2 males. He picked out his pups at 3 weeks old and then 2 times a week came for an hour or 2 to visit with them and us. The lived about 1 hour from us but still made the trip just to come play with his puppies till they where 8 weeks old.
I have sent off very few dogs to people I didn't already know ( small town and I am just about the only one with quality dogs). Most people meet me way before I have a litter. They see me walking one of my dogs and the conversation begins.
Course I have had 15 puppies in almost 10 years so I don't often get to pick owners lol..
I don't think I answered this very well lol but I don't really have a code I go by just feeling.