Becoming a dog breeder is a significant undertaking. And there is so much more you need to know to be a successful breeder beyond just knowing how to whelp and raise puppies. Dog Breeders Professional Secrets tells you what it takes to be a successful and ethical dog breeder. Topics include networking, financial matters, acquiring breeding stock, kennel design, and many more. Sylvia Smart shares her real-life experiences (both good and bad) and explores dozens of issues that a prospective breeder must consider to build a high quality dog breeding business. This is a practical, educational book with a focus on doing things professionally, with lots of planning and forethought. And you'll learn how to be financially successful in your chosen profession all the while knowing that you have done it the right way.
Learn how to:
· Get started, including selecting your breeding stock for good health and behavior.
· How to build an effective budget and accounting system.
· Network with other breeders and find mentors to help you learn the ropes.
· Draw up contracts that you will need in your breeding business.
· Develop an effective web site and marketing program.
· Involve your family in your breeding operation.
What dog experts say about Dog Breeders Professional Secrets:
You can breed the best puppies in the world, but unless you know how to manage your operation, large or small, from day to day, you won't survive as a successful breeder. Sylvia Smart guides aspiring and experienced breeders dealing with ethical dilemmas, clients both good and bad, paperwork including contracts and coownerships, kennel set-up, foundation stock, financial management and more, using real examples from her years as a successful breeder.
D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D., columnist for Breeders' Notebook and Dog World Magazine
Dog Breeders Professional Secrets, is filled to the brim with useful information for dog breeders everywhere. Whether you are a beginner or a breeder with many years experience, this well-written book will be a valuable addition to your library. It is written in a easy to read, down to earth format that gives dog breeders generous tips, hints and pathways leading to the most satisfying experience possible when breeding your dogs.
Myra Savant Harris, R.N., author of Puppy Intensive Care and Canine Reproduction and Whelping
Sylvia's words of wisdom are the perfect blend of best breeding practices, taking the ethical high road, and being a business professional all wrapped up into one insightful, detailed, and valuable guide for beginner and experienced breeders alike.
Lisa Peterson, long-time Norwegian Elkhound owner/breeder/handler and author of "Ask AKC," the syndicated advice column for dog owners.
Sylvia Smart has owned, trained and exhibited Champion Labrador Retrievers. Sylvia has bred numerous qualifying hunting, therapy, and S&R dogs. She is the author of the DVD Whelping Healthy Puppies and now focuses on mentoring and advising other professional breeders. She lives with her Lab and Poodle in Arizona.
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What reviewers are saying...
THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
There are tricks of every trade, including Dog Breeding. "Dog Breeders Professional Secrets: Ethical Breeding Practices" is a guide for potential dog breeders who want to get into the business and avoid breaking the industry taboos. A step by step guide to getting started, handling the business side of the trade, networking, and other vital elements one would need to get started and stay ethical in an industry where falling off the path is so easy. "Dog Breeders Professional Secrets" is enhanced with resource list, indexes, and more, making an absolute must for would be dog breeders. James A. Cox