People have a weak spot for animals. Admit it, you do too, if you are a pet owner. Being a pet owner can be a wonderful experience. And having a puppy, regardless of the breed can be rewarding, because they take away your stress after a very tiring day. However, there is so much more to getting them than just looking forward to play time in the front yard. You may also see Contract Templates.
If you are a movie fan, you surely remember them and their heroic feats with their masters. Some breed of puppies may not be as bold when they grow to be dogs but they can be just as sweet and loyal. When you decide to buy one from a breeder or a pet shop, there’s one simple thing you can do to avoid issues and problems in the future. Get it in writing, which means you should have a sales contract with the following elements:
1. Health: The seller should set out any health problems the dog has or may have, as well as guarantee that the puppy is otherwise in good health. Has the dog been taken to the vet? Are you going to be able to return it in a couple of weeks or get a reimbursement for your vet bills if the vet finds something wrong with the puppy or say that it needs treatment? Those are the questions you need to ask.
2. Vaccinations: If you’re the seller, write down the vaccinations the dog has completed and the date they were given. While you’re at it, indicate other vaccinations the dog should have and when they should be done. Also provide the name of the veterinarian or clinic that gave the vaccination in case you need documentation, which is usually the case when it’s time to get a dog license.
3. Training: If you want a puppy with the intention of training it for a specific purpose such as obedience to its master, some pretty impressive tricks for competition or for hunting, you should ask for a paperwork indicating the extent of training the puppy has had or whether or not it can be trained.
4. Pedigree: Some people are very particular about the breed and a puppy’s lineage. In this case, you can attach a copy of a document stating the parent’s pedigrees on the contract.
5. Quality: If the dog is purebred but of only “pet quality”, this isn’t up to the competition in dog shows. It needs to be specified well in the contract.
6. Price: Cost typically differ by breed but the contract should also spell out whether or not the price includes vaccinations, or spay and neutering.
7. Warranties: As a seller, what kind of guarantee can you make for the puppy?
No matter how reliable you think the person you’re doing business with is, in any transaction that involves money, it is very important to spell out understanding on both sides. A written contract protects both parties and ensures that they have the same understanding of the sale being made. Here are a few steps to help you draft your puppy contract or improve the one you might already have:
1. Make it simple: Write the contract in a language that is still professional, clear and can easily be understood by your average Joe. Many contracts are rife with legal jargon that few people don’t understand or find confusing. You don’t have to include the use of extensive legal terminology just to emphasize its importance. The main goal of a puppy purchase contract is to map out the terms and conditions under which that bundle of fur is being sold. If the buyer can’t understand what you wrote, chances are, you’re gonna lose him to another breeder.
2. Include an information section about the puppy: This section should be detailed with information such as breed, sire and dam, colors, registration numbers, distinctive markings, etc. If it is micro-chipped, write the chip manufacturer and chip number in this section to help in recovering the puppy in case it is ever lost or stolen.
3. Purchase date and price: The complete purchase price of the puppy should include a breakdown, listing any deposit or installment payments made in cash, check or credit card, depending on what you have agreed with the buyer. This is also why you should include payment terms in the contract.
4. Delivery: Details of the puppy’s delivery should be outlined well. Many breeders only agree to sell a puppy for future owners who are willing to pick them up in person with the date and time of picking up stated in the contract. If the puppy is shipped from another location, you have to indicate complete details of the shipment and the name of the carrier, expected delivery date and crate number to make sure that the puppy reaches the buyer without any trouble.
5. Sign it: End the contract with spaces for both the buyer’s and seller’s signatures and dates. Have the contract notarized after it is signed, and give the buyer a copy for his own personal records.
People who are in the business of breeding, buying and selling dogs ma have drafted their own contracts and developed it over the years since their terms and conditions are bound to change as they stay longer in the business, covering all important aspects. If this is your first time buying or selling a puppy, here are a few tips that can help you regarding the sale contract:
The content of your contract depends on why you are buying the puppy if you are the one who wants to purchase it. It also depends on which of these contracts you want to write:
A puppy sale contract would count as a legal or business document. You should, therefore, print it in U.S. letter size which is 8.5 x 11″
Some breeds are smaller than most dogs and they can be very fragile in their early weeks and would usually require to stay with the breeder past 8 weeks. Aside from that, most states also require puppies to be left with the breeder before they can be sold.
If you want a purebred puppy which you can register with the American Kennel Club, you need that information included in the contract. If you’re fine with a healthy mixed-breed puppy you need not worry about pedigrees.
If you’re adopting a rescue dog, you aren’t technically making a purchase, but you’ll still want to make sure you have answers to the same questions which an ideal puppy sale contract answers. You also have to make sure you can be a responsible owner and would make the time and effort to give the care that the puppy requires while it’s with you until it becomes a full-grown dog.