Not a lecture but letting your dogs breed whenever they want sounds pretty irresponsible, especially mixing whatever with whatever not really caring about the thousands of dogs that are out there getting euthanized daily. You didn’t state these are show dogs or some special breed, your just doing it because the dogs want to and it’s cool and fun, and your doing it at cost. Perfect example of back yard breeder. One step up from puppy mill, would you like to take In one of my 17 abused, beaten, neglected, once starved rehab dogs I currently have in my home because a few someone elses thought the same thing, or they wanted their dog to experience motherhood before they spayed her, or they wanted their children to experience the dogs pregnancy, birth and delivery...(of which the kids are usually 8n school snd miss th event so the end up breeding the same dog six times, having around 50 more pups). Yes they f8nd homes, then the pups grow up and the people get tired of them, have no clue they need training, dog food, vet care, grooming... the dogs soil the floor because they don’t housebreak themselves and get a steel toed boot into the ribs, ormpicked up and thrown on the floor or beaten after making the dog eat their elimination. So far I’ve sucked, rehabbed and rehomed over 250 dogs and still counting simpl beause people wanted to let their dogs have the right to breed, or experience birth or whatever. You are not being responsible to your dogs nor their pups, nor the pups your pups will hsvr, purebred or not. I’m not ragging just pointing out a simple fact. There’s such a problem with irresponsible dog breeding and over population, why add to it? Please take the time to visit a few dog kennels, tell them your a breeder and ask to see the neglect and abused cases or the pictures then say your being responsible. I started out wanting to breed dogs until my mentor showed me the horrors of puppy mills
As for the boyfriend, serious question,... do you follow and worry about all the puppies you breed? Do you call and follow up, suggest and educate all the owners and follow them through the pups life into adulthood, even then follow up adult dogs, or is this in particular just a distrust issue for your boyfriend?
You started at zer o, got your first dog and figured things out, people are not born with he knowledge of dog care, even the best meaning people thet are kind and don’t know about vetting, brands of food, what’s good and what’s not for the dog, are clueless of training, groom8ng and dog care, don’t know about schedules, routines and need to be told theywork have to board, their dogs when the leave for weekends, or make arrangements. The dog just can’t stay nside for 3 days to a couple weeks, they don’t self feed, go out and toilet on their own (except a fenced in yard and dog door) and they need toys, dishes, exerceise and structure.
Get your boyfriend a basic book on dog care, either generic or dog breed specific. Also a book on dog trw8n8ng or take some time and put a few YouTube addresses down for him to watch the trainers teach housebreaking, how to sit, down, stay, th8ngs like that and ask him to take the t8me to watch. Suggest puppy kindergarten classes to help the pup with socialization and follow through etc, basic obedience. Small dogs are notorious for door dashing and cannot be seen by people driving on the street. Many small dogs are killed daily because of that. Larger dogs are seen and drivers do attempt to stop but even then results are usually bad.
Rather than lecturing the boy friend you can ask if there are any questions, hows the pup doing, has he learned his name? Any tricks? Housebreaking trouble? What are you feeding? Been dewormed and to the vet? Microchipped? How much time a day does he spend with the pup. Where does he keep the pup when gone so it’s safe?
Also don’t forget to make a suprize visit or two to his place, check to see if everything’s okay, pups got a good bed or pen to stay in to be safe, has good safe food, toys, treats and then leave him alone as far as the dog goes.
Pups are a lot more work then people think they are. We usually take 3 weeks off work to get a new puppy settled in, housebroken, trachea the name, toys, start obedience, training way areas that are off limits and make sure the place is puppy proof. U fortunately they are like a newborn human infant, they need 24/7 supervision so the6y don’t get stuck, choke on something, fall down stairs, don’t soil the house and learn what’s proper to chew on and eat wnd what’s not. They are quick learners but still babies and their exploring and curiousity gets them into trouble.... teething also adds to it and wires, furniture, clothing, electronics and anything theupy can wrap their lips around is subject to damage by them.
Then you have to worry about what they ate, If it’s toxic, if it will burn their mout, break their teeth, if it causes a blockage and have the $2000 to $7000 emergency vet surgery for a blockage and then more money for aftercare, that is if the dog survives the stress from the blockage and surgery.most people are clueless until the dog collapses, has a seizure or is constantly vomiting and refuses to eat or drink. Usually several days have gone by making the dog weak and the surgery more dangerous. If the object punctures any internal organs it may not be repairable.
Just things to think about running a breeding program of whatever crossed with whatever for “fun” because you think your dogs want to have dozens of litters. Not very responsible and giving your boyfriend a pup is nice but unless you follow up with each and every dog home, how do you know they re really any more knowledgeable than your boyfriend? Do you take the time to thoroughly screen every owner? Do you do home visit and adopt or just sell and make some profit?
The breeders I know spend about $5000 per litter with prenatal care, vet visits, food, genetic t st8ng snd they are out to improve the breed and breed a so7nd better temprementrd dog. They would never think of letting their dogs breed whenever they want to to eh9me ever they like. They charge about $50 over what it costs for the pup, but the pups have been declawed (breed specific) been dewormed, had their shots, been socialized and been handled, traveled in cars and have been exposed to many things by 8 weeks old. The breeders also have contracts eith the buyers and agree to return the dog should they loose interest or if they don’t like its temperament for any reason rather than see it thrown in the street abandoned or in a high kill shelter. Shelters don’t care about purebred, cute digs, age or anything other than trying to find a home for them in 10 days before they hit death row.