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What to do while waiting?

Well I have only talked to three breeders about puppies and they all have told me to wait and see if there were any puppies available when it was close to the birth date. I have just been waiting patiently and reading books and website learning more about the golden retriever and how to train them. I don't know what I should do in the mean time.

Should I keep talking to the breeders everyday so I can keep a good relationship.with them? When do they usually contact back of there are any puppies available?
Has anyone ever been in this situation when your just waiting for a response?
I feel like I should be doing more interacting with the breeder, but yet do not want to bother them.
Im not on any of the waiting list I believe. I guess I'm just on the side list, though there could be hundreds of people on the side list like me waiting. So I don't know what I should be doing? Do I contact more breeders or do I just stick it out?
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I would try to get some more information and get on a waiting list. It doesn't sound like they've given you a lot of info.


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I believe they have, I have talked with 2 of them already. They have both told me about their dogs and about themselves. I have got lots of information from them and they have also learned about me personally. They both just told me to wait until the puppies were born and then they would contact me. Don't know if I should be worried if they will ever contact me back.
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I meant about the waiting list situation. Did they tell you how many people were in line for a puppy? Or when the pups will be born?

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If it were me, I'd decide on a breeder I was ecstatic with, agreed with his/her breeding practices & puppy rearing and had goldens that I'd want a pup from, then if there is a pup available from the current litter that's great, but if not, wait for another litter. I would place more emphasis on forming a relationship with a breeder as opposed to finding the first available puppy.
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I think that you should not wait for the estimated birth date before you get on a list. Most breeders have a waiting list and some litters are completely sold by the time they are born. Did you ask either breeder if you could make a deposit on a puppy? If they would not accept a deposit I suspect they were giving you a "soft" no.

Find a breeder that has dogs you like and all of their health clearances and get on their list for a pup that fits your needs.
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How soon is the litter due, that you are waiting on?
Has she been bred?
Is pregnancy confirmed?
If pregnancy is confirmed then you typically only have about 4 week at the most to wait until they are born.
MANY breeders do NOT take a deposit before the litter is born because they don't want to be in a position of refunding deposits should the litter not provide what the buyer is looking for.
I would ask the breeder how many people she has on her wait list. If the answer is 2 and you are one of them, then you are good. If the answer is 10, then keep shopping.
It's OK to look for breeders while still on other waiting list, just LET THE BREEDER KNOW you are looking for backup just in case.

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Thank you for everybody response I really appreciate it! I have been on good terms with the breeders and been getting along with them. 2 of the breeders puppies have been born and the other one is coming up soon. I'm surprised that I never asked 2 of the breeders how many people were on the waiting list. I guess if anything I would have to go back to square one.
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I would be patient. Sometimes they are waiting to see what puppies evaluate to be show quality, that may impact whether or not you will get a puppy if they have show homes waiting as well. I think it's good to show interest, but I would not email any breeder daily ...it may be well intentioned, but that seems a bit excessive to me. If they have puppies on the ground and also have the rest of their non-dog life going on (including the holidays, etc) it could come off differently than you hoped. I think it's reasonable to expect an answer from a breeder if the puppies have been born, but just be aware that the answer may be "I will know for sure in a couple of weeks once the puppies are evaluated."

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Waiting is so hard! And the 8 weeks after the puppy is born is really hard!

Many breeders will have you fill out an application before you even get on the list, to make sure you're a good candidate for their upcoming litter. Have you filled out any applications?


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