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 a ton of questions. *You* interview *them* -- what's your background with dogs, what personality are you looking for, what size dog do you think is right for your family? Once you have determined that they probably want a dog in the size that you have, *then* you can sell them on the breed.
People love to talk about themselves. I have never had trouble with this approach. "Well, why don't you tell me a little about your family and what you're looking for first..." always gets them started. Find out what kinds of dogs their family had when they were growing up, or what dogs their friends have, and how they think that size dog will or won't work with their own family.
Your time is valuable. It will be better spent if you pre-qualify the people you are sharing it with. If they aren't sold on the breed yet, let them do more research and then come back to you with more specific questions.
local folks that are interested in Labradoodles and just want to come and "look". They say--see how the breed is---see Mothers and Fathers. I'm sorry--I realize I should accommodate this, but I... more
the I am in town people who rarely would buy anyway. I at least know they are serious as they filled out an application. We do not require a deposit but they don't know that and usually assume we... more
people like this, they come, stay for 2 hours (and it takes me time to get my home and dogs ready for visitors) and they fall in love with the breed and don't want to wait for my litters so they end... more
folks to come in and "see" our dogs. As impressed as they always seem, they either buy from someone else due to timing or some other issue. So, I flat out do not allow visits for any reason unless I... more
good thoughts---I replied to one lady thismorning and she wrote back: oh, I completely understand! We are going to Seattle to help my brother move and are going to visit several breeders there, so I... more
in the spring and in the fall. that way you can schedule it in advance and work your schedule around it. It's really hard when you have kids and their activities trying to work around visitors coming ... more
I also live out on 8 acres. I have the time, am an empty nester, but families must come when I allow it and I only give out my address after I have spoken with families and have a puppy application... more
is, first I insist they fill out an application. It seems that step makes people who are really just looking for a way to spend an afternoon uncomfortable. They basically have to give me all their... more
I do confirm what they are looking for in terms of gender and colour and if I don't have it, then I discourage a visit. If they genuinely seem open to consider other colours and genders, then I would ... more
I've had people tell me that they are just beginning their research and have not decided to buy yet because they want to see adult doodles first. These people apparently(so they tell me) have never... more
I require a signed visitors form with instructions on how to meet us safely. I make them park down the hill and clean their shoes and hands before coming thru my gate. About 1/2 of my visitors buy in ... more
If you are able to place your pets in a timely fashion without offering "lookey-loo" appointments, then why inconvenience your family time? If you are not selling your pups quickly, then consider it... more
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
if you are losing sales to other breeders Amy G. - Sound Labradoodles - WA,Sat May 12 22:20
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... 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