All About The Rottweiler Puppy
Feb 3 2012
Responsible Rottweiler puppy breeders have a lot to gain by networking with other breeders. As Rottweiler puppies have grown in popularity a great deal of backyard breeders have started breeding and selling Rottweiler puppies. Over time, the number of classified ads and cardboard signs advertising Rottweiler puppies for sale has dramatically increased. This is not good news for honest, trustworthy Rottweiler puppy breeders.
Networking with many other Rottweiler breeders will allow you to better educate your community about what to look for Rottweiler puppies for adoption. By educating your community, you can put backyard breeders out of business. Not only does this help you professionally, but it helps to maintain the Rottweiler breed. Classes, posters, and flyers can be used to educate the public.
Many breeders believe that networking with other breeders is like sending business to your competition, but the reality is that the benefits of networking far outweigh the costs associated with it. When a client contacts another breeder looking for a Rottweiler puppy, and the breeder doesn’t have any puppies available, that breeder will refer the client to you if you have a litter of puppies ready for homes. In return, the breeder will expect the same courtesy.
Overall, the clients you gain are typically greater in number than those you lose. In general, clients will develop a deeper respect for you as a reputable breeder because you are willing to refer them to other reputable breeders when necessary. Rottweiler puppy breeders also have professional contacts that they often share with one another. These contacts include veterinarians well versed in the care and treatment of Rottweilers, dog trainers who specialize in Rottweiler puppy training, and quality boarding facilities. Although you may already have these important contacts, it is invaluable to have additional resources available should your vet, dog trainer, or boarding facility be unable to accommodate you at some point in the future.
Information that reputable breeders share with each other is invaluable. Some groups of breeders meet weekly or monthly to discuss new developments and share information, while others prefer to keep their networks entirely Internet based. Whether the breeders you network with choose to meet in person or online will likely be influenced by a variety of factors, including their work schedules, locations, and personal preferences. Both meeting venues have benefits and drawbacks. Meeting in person allows you to share skills in addition to knowledge.
For example, if another breeder has a question about administering a vaccine to a puppy, you can demonstrate the procedure without using a needle to explain to the other breeder how to perform the vaccination. However, meeting in person requires all of the breeders to meet on a specified day and time. This can be quite inconvenient and can result in a smaller network of breeders you may find in an online network. Whether you choose to connect with Rottweiler puppy breeders online, in person, or a combination of both venues is completely up to you.
As you start to get to know other breeders, it is likely that you will develop several friendships. Like any other sort of friendship, these friendships can be mutually beneficial. No one knows what is required to care for Rottweiler puppies better than Rottweiler puppy breeders. When you need someone to talk to because you’ve been up all night watching over the whelping box, another breeder is the most likely person to offer a compassionate listening ear. Additionally, if you ever find yourself in a position in which you need help caring for your puppies, breeders you have networked with are the most likely candidates. Don’t ever under estimate the usefulness and necessity of networking with other breeders.
In the event of emergencies, other breeders can be incredibly helpful. If you aren’t able to reach your veterinarian, call a breeder you have networked with. It is very likely that the other breeder has previously experienced the problem you are facing and can provide you with some valuable advice. At the very least, the breeder may help you to be able to determine if you need to rush your dog or puppy to the emergency veterinarian or if you can wait until you can reach your regular veterinarian to obtain care.
Rottweiler puppy breeders often help each other when one of the breeders has a litter that was not accepted by the mother. This can occur for a variety of reasons. When it does, the most ideal course of action is to find a currently nursing mother to act as a surrogate parent for the puppies. By networking with other breeders, you greatly increase the likelihood that your puppies may have a surrogate mother available in the event that their mother is unable or unwilling to properly care for them. This is one of the biggest benefits of networking with other breeders.