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Old 10-26-2016, 02:39 PM
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Thanks for the current and fast amount of feedback. Wish there were some sort of "easy" button!
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Old 10-26-2016, 03:00 PM
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OP, not sure if my PM went through or not, sorry, I don't use this site very often

Figure out what you want to do first. If you can't return the dog. PM me your city. We have a guy in our club who is very active in PSA, I will ask him if he knows of any good PSA trainer/decoy around you or if anyone is interested in purchasing a dog with PDC.
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Old 10-26-2016, 03:49 PM
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Thanks San. If I can't get things worked out, I will send you a message.
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It sounds like keeping the dog is not a viable option. If I were in your same shoes, I would sent the seller an email and phone call stating that you intend to return the dog on a specific day & time and as per your verbal agreement you expect to be refunded to full amount. If they refuse to accept return of the dog then I would find a suitable home for him and take them to court for the difference in cost(if I was able to sell him) or the full purchase price(if I could only give him away). Regardless of trying to recoup costs I would make sure whomever took him was a suitable forever home. It's terrible that the seller has put you in this situation, but you do have to give them the opportunity to take the dog back if you intend on recouping any of your costs from them.
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Old 10-26-2016, 04:48 PM
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AnimalCracker. I feel like it is no longer a viable option of keeping the dog. The odds are against me in my home. I'm at the point that I'd be willing to even take a small loss and reimburse the seller for any vet/transfer/paperwork fees (costs associated with the sale). Or sell him at a loss. It was a few hours drive, but picked him up directly. It's just been tense trying to discuss this option with them.
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I'm glad to see @San responded - I just saw this thread and was going to tag. @San is an awesome resource for a Mal owner!

It does sound like this dog is not the right fit for your family.

Please, please be careful who you sell this dog to. Putting an ad on Craigslist for a Mal is an accident waiting to happen. In order to responsibly rehome this dog, there is a chance that you do not get any money back. You should be prepared for that scenario.

The person who sold you this dog clearly does not have the best interest of the dog or the buyer in mind. That is a shame. If there is somewhere that you can report their business practices, I would do so.

Good luck.
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Old 10-27-2016, 08:44 AM
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Have you tried to return the dog back to the seller and not get a refund? I'm not clear if the dispute is about the refund or just taking the dog back.
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:11 AM
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Aspen726 - Yes, San has been a big help! I plan to be responsible about rehoming the dog. I'm prepared to take a loss and plan to contact a few local PD offices about the possibility of sale/donation. The dog has good training and good potential as a K9 police dog. We just aren't a good fit.

Aspen726 & KateBren - Yes, I now see that the seller appeared to only be interested in selling; and did not necessarily have the best interest in the dog or buyer in mind. To their credit, they did offer some advice, but they refused a refund. I even offered to sell it back for less and credit certain expenses. Only way they would return the dog was to board it until sold at my cost...I take that as a method to get more money. I know realize the transaction and their practices were poor; and I do take partial responsibility for being able to see that.

Again, the dog is a good dog, but just not a good fit for our family. He needs a job that we cannot provide! I'm trying to do the responsible thing and also learn from my mistakes.
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Again, the dog is a good dog, but just not a good fit for our family. He needs a job that we cannot provide! I'm trying to do the responsible thing and also learn from my mistakes.
That's really all you can do at this point. Please keep us posted!

Once he has a new home, what are your plans for another dog? Waiting or getting one? What breeds are you considering?

No judgement. Just curious because maybe we can help
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Old 10-27-2016, 09:54 AM
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Oh wow, yeah, not cool of the seller.

Sounds like you are doing the responsible thing now. We all make mistakes with dogs, I have made plenty. And you're right, all we can do is learn from them.
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