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    The other day I stopped in at one of my clients shops, and had my dog crates in the back. We got into conversation about how I had labs, and he had a golden/lab mix. I said very cool and left it at that. He then says ya I want to breed her because I know they would be awesome dogs! Again I just said ya I'm sure they would. Then his reason for knowing they would be great dogs is that he threw 5 treats in his back yard and his dog found all five! Being the nice guy that I am, I nodded my head and said very cool.

    Instead of being an ass and drilling him about all the things I do, and health clearance, and on and on I just told him a story. I shared him the story of "Brooke" I believe her akc name is Citori's Accept no Substitue and how they almost lost her to put a little 2nd thought in his mind.

    How else would one go about dealing with this? I'm not saying I'm better, or my dogs are better. So dont take this the wrong way.. Would most of you just leave it at right on, sounds like a nice dog, or would you say something to change his mind?
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    A delicate situation to be sure, especially with this being a client. I'll be interested to see what others say. One thing that I might say is just that the animal shelters are full of mixed breed puppies/dogs and that it is hard enough to sell an entire litter of purebreed dogs to responsible owners. Then mention the potential health risks and costs associated with breeding.
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    That's a tough one, Jeff. It's hard for me to see my sister's shitzus have free run of the house to chew up all their stuff, bite each other and people, and bark, bark, bark. I have mentioned our local kennel club a few times, suggesting that they take a basic obedience class. They can't even catch their own dogs half the time.

    People will only hear what they want to hear.

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    Invite him to a trial or hunt test or HRC event. Say little, just let the dog work unfold before his eyes. He will be either in wonder or dismissive. If he is the latter ask him he would like to try running his dog "out of contention" at the next club event.

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    Ask him if he knows what PRA is and tell him about the possibility of producing pups that will go blind.
    Ask him if he has homes for 12 puppies. (Surely he wouldn't want any of his precious babies to end up at the pound.) You might also mention that 12 puppies can really crank out a mess of poo before they leave for their new homes.

    I find that some...not all will, will become slightly more concerned when all of the potential health problems are discussed.
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    Ask if he has all the health clearences on his dog, he likely will not and just tell him your not interested in breeding a dog without any assurance that you would'nt produce puppies with health problems! That will likely get the point home without telling him he's a iresponsible backyard breeder. If by some sort of starnge act of god he has clearences on his dog think fast!
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    Since he is a client and not a serious dog person, agree and let it go at that.

    You are not going to change his world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Perry View Post
    Since he is a client and not a serious dog person, agree and let it go at that.

    You are not going to change his world.
    thats my thought and so far all i have done. i hate to see more "muts" possibly be brought into this world, but i can't change the face thats what he wants to do. I know I wont be offering my boy for stud to a half golden retriever/half lab though.
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    Jeff,

    People are going to do what they want! Not everyone finds what we find important. I agree that they shouldn't be bred but, they will do as they want. What you have done is all you really can do. There is no sense in worrying about ignorant people. What type of client is he? We all know what is best and that is why it is bothersome but....some people are blinded by the love of their animal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duckster View Post
    Jeff,

    People are going to do what they want! Not everyone finds what we find important. I agree that they shouldn't be bred but, they will do as they want. What you have done is all you really can do. There is no sense in worrying about ignorant people. What type of client is he? We all know what is best and that is why it is bothersome but....some people are blinded by the love of their animal.
    He's a client that I make about $500 a week off of. Enough to make me go WOW nice dog!

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