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Hi, i live in Sydney Australia and I'm ready to get my first golden puppy. Just curious how many of you guys got house checked by the breeders.
 

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I have done "house checks" with potential owners of a couple of retired show dogs I needed to place. It is not required, but after we talk at my house and if they are open to it, I like to take the dog in question to the potential new family's house where we can see how the dog likes it, sit in "their" space to discuss any questions (people seem to feel better talking in their own home) and I get to watch the people react with my dog and my dog's reaction to a possibly new home. I have only placed two dogs, but luckily to couples who lived within driving distance. I hope it made the couple more at ease and I, who know my dogs the best, could observe not only the family, but where my dog would live. Made me feel much better and helped me make my decision if this family would love him as much as I do, but must admit, I am horrible and keep all, so why I still have 9 dogs!

Perhaps this breeder just wants to be sure in her hert and feels seeing the pup in its new home will give you time to ask more questions and assure herself the pup is happy and well cared for??
 

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I strongly encourage a good relationship with the breeder before you get the puppy. In my view, you are the one that does the "house checks" on the breeder before you get the puppy and then the breeder is the one that does the "house checks" after you get the puppy.
If you develop a good relationship with the breeder the term of "house check" becomes visit from a friend.
Rose's breeder stopped by one time. I was on the phone with her and she was in the area and I asked her to stop by if she had time. She did.
 

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I've only adopted from a shelter (once) and a rescue (twice). There was no home visit before our shelter adoption ($3 fee :)), but the rescue, per their long-standing policy, did one home visit before we adopted the first dog from them. We are thinking of a breeder puppy at this time and if the breeder wants a home visit I'm perfectly fine with it as I have nothing to hide about our home, our lifestyle or how our dogs live. I will gladly videotape a virtual home tour for any breeder that is considering us, since we are fortunate enough to search within the continental 48 states. :)
 

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I was scheduled to get a pup from a breeder in VA. and she required a home visit. She was going to travel up to me to check us out. I told her she was welcome to come. I am very active in the local Golden Club (past president multiple times among several other board positions), obedience club and field club. By no means "famous" but none the less "known" of. As it turned out do to other circumstances I backed out of the pup and she never did come. Not sure if she was really going too come or not.
I think a lot of breeders who insist on these checks are breeders who either were lied to about the home setups (no fenced yard, additional pets, etc) or know someone that was. If you have been honest with the breeder I see no harm in them visiting you before they allow you to have one of their pups.
 

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My breeder didn't do house checks, but she was 2 hours away and we made the drive to visit the puppies every other weekend as they grew. Had she wanted to come visit, I would have been more than welcoming. In some cases maybe it might be more comforting for the breeder to know where their puppies would end up? In our case the breeder might have thought we were a little crazy. We have a finished basement family room that is not furnished as of yet so that has become Sawyer's play room filled with piles of toys, his crate, and lots of room to run and chase balls! - at least the breeder would have known he'd be spoiled! (I think she knows anyway based on all the pictures I send her!)
 

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I have had a breeder come to the house, she drove 4 hours, brought some puppies to socialize with my kids, we had lunch and had a great time. We still email and talk on the phone occasionally. I've had another breeder ask for references from two neighbors. In addition to making sure they could answer questions about me and my home and family she also wanted to make sure the neighbors had her contact information. She wanted them to be able to contact her if ever in the future the dog was being left to live outside or was chained outside. To be honest, I'm impressed with the level of concern from these breeders and am more than happy to provide whatever information they require to feel comfortable sending a living, breathing creature to my home to live.
 
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