What it’s really like to get a puppy during COVID-19
As a breeder under the current nature of the pandemic I have seen a major upswing of puppy inquiries. Why is that??
Most families are thinking to themselves ”I’m at home right now, what better time will I have to raise a puppy “. In all actuality it can be quite difficult and solely dependent upon your experience, but due to social restraints it makes socializing your puppy much more challenging.
How to Socialize your puppy during COVID-19?
As I would tell anyone considering a puppy, impulse buying is probably one of the worst things you can do. We understand the convenience of being at home, but the reality is, in order to get a well bred, well thought upon puppy as well as a experienced breeder, it has to be planned. Most breeders have a pretty well mapped breeding program, in which reaching out 6-12 months in advance of when you’d be ready to bring a puppy home is ideal.
When I plan a breeding I am planning for “health, purpose, type and temperament ” therefore, I’ve been stewing over it for quite some time. If your searching for a companion pup, that’s ok- not every puppy in every litter will be chosen to do “show or field” or both! We expect to have availability for homes looking for a companion. Companion homes are just as important for us!
So how does it work, you ask? Upon initial conversation and receiving your puppy application, I’ll have a understanding of what your looking for and when, I’ll provide some information such as what breedings I have planned, when the breeding is set to take place. Depending on our conversation I will either stay in contact with you so we can get to know each other a bit more, or I will refer you to another breeder that may better for your needs and timing. Female dogs are pregnant for approximately 63 days and we can confirm pregnancy about day 35. I know it’s a waiting game, but with the purpose of preservation, we too would be disappointed if the plans fall through.
The most important thing when you are making a life-long commitment such as purchasing a puppy is considering your current situation, as well as what it will be like when all resumes back to normal. As breeders we do a pretty good job at establishing that In our initial conversation. We absolutely enjoy hearing your plans in our first contact, it shows us you have thought about it..
On average based on my conversations with fellow Reputable breeders, most of us are seeing double if not triple the amount of inquiries.. we certainly are not breeding to fill a demand. That’s something to also pay close attention to. Finding a well bred, Fully Health tested, proven Weimaraner you can at the very minimum regardless of COVID-19 expect a 6-12 month wait time. I’d encourage higher scrutiny on the buyers behalf if a breeder has immediate availability.
We are happy to refer you to fellow Breeders if we do not have a fit. That will also be a telling tip on wether you have found someone reputable. We prefer to guide you in the right direction, verses being unhelpful. However, we are all in the same boat right now.
So as we all try to get through 2020 together, please know we enjoy hearing from you, learning about you as well as giving you the information we can to make it easier for you to find your new best friend.