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Did you just buy a puppy but for some reason or another you want to sell it?
It might prove to be difficult to take care of a puppy especially if it’s your first time owning a pet. Taking care of a new dog is usually challenging, especially the first few weeks of a very young puppy’s life, which might cause some anxiety to newbie owners.
This will make some owners get discouraged and think about selling the dog to a more experienced individual.
But before we get into the selling part, what is the exact reason why you want to sell the pet? Answering this question will make it easier for you to know your starting position in front of a buyer that would be interested in the puppy.
So what made you consider selling the puppy?
- Lack of Time
- New Owner Anxiety
Although it might seem tough, this might still be the smart decision if you think you’ll be an unfit owner.
If keeping the puppy is too difficult for you and both you and the animal would suffer, then it would be better to just hand it to a more experienced or more prepared owner. The pup might become a wonderful dog in the hands of someone that has the necessary skills to keep it in check.
Continue reading to find out what to avoid and what to focus on when trying to sell a pup.
Tips On How To Sell a Puppy You Just Bought
1. Talk to the Old Seller
Before you start a selling process, try to sit down with the old seller and talk about the dog and the sale.
You should try to keep a strong relationship with the initial seller even before you consider selling the puppy but if you didn’t, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to get in touch with them. You can get a lot of valuable information about the pet and any issues that might arise from a second sale of the animal.
While you talk, make sure you ask about these important things and anything else you might find important for a proper sale of the animal.
- Their Recommendations for moving forward – They already sold the pet to you so they surely have more experience than you in selling dogs
- Potential Legal Issues – Are they OK with you selling the puppy you just bought, do they want to be the first ones to have a shot at buying the pet?
- Their Selling Requirements – Do they have any other requirements after a successful sale?
- Any additional information or papers they might have regarding the puppy that would be helpful to the next buyer
Getting all of this information sorted out before you list the puppy for sale can help you avoid some unpleasant situations with the old seller and might even make finding a new buyer faster.
Some sellers might even accept the puppy back for a full refund, but in this case, you will have to ask about any set amount of days you have to wait before you can return the dog. Some are even going to accept taking the pup back and return the money while keeping a small fee, no question asked.
This is why it might be in your best interest to contact the old seller before thinking of any other ways in which you can land a new buyer for the pet.
2. Read the Contract, If You Know You Made One
Was the initial sale associated with a contract? Most of the time, if you signed a contract when buying a puppy (and most experienced breeders will offer some kind of contract), this document will contain all of the needed information about what you are allowed when it comes to reselling the puppy.
You will find that most professional breeders will want to prevent their pups from ending up in a pet store, a thing clearly stated in the contract. If there are points you don’t agree with from the contract you should contact a professional before going forward with reselling the pup.
Most contracts will stipulate strict requirements the breeders have for the new owner and these should never be ignored.
3. Set a Reasonable Price
Did you consider a price you want to sell the puppy for?
Of course, you don’t want to lose money, so the lowest price you should have in mind should be the one you paid for the pup. Although, if you are in a hurry to sell the pup, you might not be able to find a buyer willing to spend what you spent for the animal, so going for a small loss is also a possibility.
Although a reasonable price will be very important when looking for a fast sale, you should set a price that is slightly above what you’re willing to let the animal go for, so there is a small room for negotiation.
Don’t even think about selling it for more than what you paid for it unless you took the time to have it trained by a professional or you bought a lot of accessories that would be sold along with the puppy.
4. Don’t Rush the Process
One of the most common issues pup owners will have when they want to sell their pets is a lack of patience.
If you allow enough time for the buyers to come, usually, they will. There are generally a lot of people just like you that want a puppy and are willing to spend on it just like you did.
You will also get a lot of low-ball offers, especially at first, so make sure you don’t take the bait and wait for some serious offers instead.
If you’re rushing this process you will not only get a lot less for the pet, but it might also end up in the wrong hands and have a miserable life and you surely don’t want this.
I have gone through some of the most important aspects you will have to keep in mind when trying to sell a puppy you just bought.
It might seem hard for you to find a new buyer, especially if you’re not the merchant type and you are looking for a fast solution, but with enough time you might at least get most of your money back. Always talk to the initial seller first, because they might even help you sell the puppy faster.