I agree with what Joy has shared. My response was "We only accomodate visitors with an application/deposit on file.". With that, the lookies go elsewhere. Those with a commitment will pursue. I used to schedule an open right after I confirmed pregnancy. I would do a weeknight evening and a Saturday afternoon...period.
If your sales are slow, I encourage you to start having scheduled open houses...like once per month. Ask locals with your pups to come for your opens. Word of mouth from owners is the best advertising you will find.
however, we are a small program with 2-4 litters per year. I've advertsed alot--not locally in newspaper--folks won't pay price, so we rely on website---but still slow--we have lovely fully tested... more
because you take the time to sell people on the breed first and THEN find out their requirements, clearly you need to switch that around. Pre-qualify your customers. Don't let them steamroll you with ... more
If they have not met you or your dogs? I wouldn't, which is why I do allow visits. I do requrie a puppy application as stated above. I can see how an active family with kids etc that visits would be... more
I inform them that the deposit is refundable if they come here and do not think we are a good match (for any reason). I have never shipped a dog, so I have met all the families who have purchased... more