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Chapter 14 

 Contracts



ContractsIt is always going to be important to have contracts when you are dealing with puppies.

You want to make sure that you have a good owner contract that you can refer to, which will outline what the new owner should be doing with your dog.  You might include things such as a puppy back system, where if the new owner breeds the dogs, you have the right to get a puppy back if you would like.

Also, you might want to consider a clause that states that the puppy should be returned to you if the new owner can't keep it. This will help you be responsible. Remember that this isn't just an item that a person is buying from you, it is a life – so you need to make sure that you contract states this and that your contract is done correctly. 

There are several things to include in puppy contracts. 

Puppy Back?

What happens if an owner can't keep the dog?

Can the dog be shown?

Does the dog need to be neutered/spayed?

How should the dog be treated?

Can the dog be kept outside or does it need to live inside?

How much does the puppy cost?

Is the breeder responsible for anything during the puppy's life time?

What is the new owner responsible for? 

Creating a contract can help you make sure that you have enough information and can give you the peace of mind that you need to assure yourself that the puppy is going to be well taken care of.

The contract should be signed by all of the parties that are involved, and you want to be sure that you are notarizing the contract. Remember that no matter how nice the transaction might seem to be, there might be problems that develop, so a contract is always a good idea, no matter what.



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