Why do we use and application process?
The question is raised often as to why we require the formal application be completed. Some people (with the best of intentions) write us mini-novels, so they can show their love of the breed, or their lifestyles. Some write long lists of questions, or requirements. For us, to answer every person who writes would be an arduous task.
The formal application gets us the information we need to consider placing a pup with you. It doesn’t guarantee that we will approve your application. It is a screening process, and during this time we might ask additional questions. Our concern is first and foremost is for the pup’s welfare; secondly, we look for characteristics that make you more apt to succeed with the Weimaraner. How you complete the application, speaks volumes about who you are, and this doesn’t mean a person has to be lengthy. Nevertheless, answering the questions that are asked, and giving us enough detail that we know what you mean is important. Two-word answers are tough. ❤ It is difficult to read between the two words, and to be sure of the underlying meanings. Sometimes fewer word replies work well; for example, I plan to hunt upland game, or my goal is aimed toward waterfowl. Others who are non-hunters, might share they are looking for a family companion; however, additional information would be helpful in this instance. It would be good to know the type of activities you will share with the Weimaraner. All of this information is invaluable in our process.
The Discovery and Placement Test
The second most common question might be which pup is mine? At the six-week mark, we attempt to take an in-depth look at each pup within the litter. We know it is only a glimpse, but it tells us something of that pup’s temperament (as well as their potential). Once we gather, and compile our findings, then we look at the best possible match. We know something of the lineages, and previous pups from the same DNA pool. Nevertheless, the differences can be profound even within the litter. Each person has a different goal in mind; the agility dog cannot be timid, and confident compliance is a must. This is partially due to breeding (and the DNA pool) , but some is what happens along the path to becoming a dog is based in experiences. There are many pitfalls that can besought a pup, and sidetrack them from reaching their full potential. Our goal is to set each pup up in a situation where they can have every opportunity to succeed.
The information we refer to for the matching process is that which you gave us on your application. This is vitally important. We look at every detail again; we note those most important. All we can say is the process works for us. Ultimately, the outcome is what is important. We don’t raise pups to have them end up rescue.
Our relationship is important
We try to maintain contact with each puppy family. Life is busy for everyone. We realize some of you are going to follow through with updates more often than others. Once we have entrusted a pup with you, it is difficult to control their future. This is why the screening process is so important. We hope you remember us (other than when there is a problem). We will be here to try to help you should a problem arise; Cliff is the go-to person for that. Shela is the upfront person, who keeps the social media, email, and whatnot maintained.
We realize that going through our process initially might seem like it requires too much effort. Our thought is that if it is, then the Weimaraner is the wrong breed for you. They will challenge you more than anything we might ask of you. Finally, we know we are just two people. We cannot prevent every bad thing that might happen, or undo every mistake. Our best hope is to prevent them up front, by doing an excellent job at finding the right placements for each pup.
Note: Since I have been through the cancer scenario, things are different. We have to be extra careful about placements. It takes me a bit longer to reply to applications. We cannot do extraordinary things at this time. It is a reality we have to live with for this season. We have also run out of notes, from which to create the blogs. It takes a lot of them to keep going, if you have been going to send one, we would love to get it. Thanks