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Is Dog Breeding Emotionally Hard? Yes.

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Published on
Friday 16 January 2015
Last updated on
Tuesday 9 May 2023
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Dog breeding is hard work. You have the parent dogs to care for, the birth while hoping nothing goes wrong, the vaccinations, the claws, bathing puppies, taking care of any who might have problems, cleaning up after the puppies, feeding puppies which leads to more bathing and mopping the floor, whining and barking. It’s a lot of time, money, and worry. But the hardest part is how to handle that tearing, shattering emotional bond, especially when it is time to say goodbye to your lovely pups.

Emotional Bond

As a breeder, there are the dogs you have for life, and there are the others that you…well… sell. No more no less. You will carefully select a champion or amazing Sire to mate with your Dam, support her through her whole pregnancy and gestation, and then assist her during whelping. After few seconds, you will already feel attached to these beautiful tiny little puppies, and at that moment, you are far from realizing that, within a few weeks, you will simply sell them and perhaps never see them again. One by one, they will all disappear and cause a trauma that with experience, you will learn to master and handle.

How To Say Goodbye To Your Dog(s)?

The best way to say goodbye to your dog(s) is to actually not say goodbye. Uh? For your own good and also to support the client who is know owning your dog, you should try and see your pup again a few days or weeks later and stay in touch with the owner to receive pictures and updates about how your little monster is evolving, its results in competitions and its temperament. It is a relief to know what the puppies you produced and had to leave are behaving and evolving. And, it is practical also.

Having updates lets you prove to your future customers the great quality of the dogs you produce and the wonderful bond you have with your clients. You are not a puppy farm, you are a responsible breeder who takes the time to be interested in how the dogs evolve to then improve the future litters.

Don’t Leave Your Dogs, Hand Them Over

Although you are technically leaving your new dogs, you do not want to approach the situation and the deal in such a cold-hearted, business-obsessed manner. Instead, you should visualize it as passing the baton, hoping that the new proprietary will care more and look after better than you. This is why an important number of dog breeders will handpick their customers and try to meet them agreeing on anything. Sure, someone may offer you more money but will you sleep reassured if you sell it to that bidder? You do have to know yourself and surely come across a few mistakes to then handle those situations perfectly.

3 comments on “Is Dog Breeding Emotionally Hard? Yes.”

  1. janetlee

    What I have read so far has been so helpful and I would like more insight!!!

  2. Jessica

    I loved this. I’m passing off my favourite little lady today and I am keeping in touch with the owners but my god it’s so hard haha never felt this attached to pups before. I am excited for their new journeys and cannot WAIT till the grow up and I hear all the stories.

  3. Mi

    I’m not a breeder, but my dogs had 5 beautiful healthy puppies. My 3 puppies went to their new home yesterday. All 3 went to a same home (a friend) so I am grateful for that. I know they will be spoiled and loved…but I miss them so much already! One in particular, the little runt.. I miss her so much and I want her back 🥺😭 I didn’t think it was going to be this hard, but it’s a lot harder than I thought.

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