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How to Advertise Your Puppies For Free

Updated on June 6, 2012

You shouldn’t have to undersell the competition or pay out of pocket money to sell your cute puppies. There are many free and effective pet classifieds where the puppies will be viewed by many people. Begin advertising your puppies early, at six weeks of age, so that they will have responsible owners by eight weeks of age. A few key components will make your advertisement stand out from the competition. First draw viewers to your listing with a cute puppy picture. Now spike interest by including text with descriptive adjectives, and finally be sure to charge a competitive price. You can gather ideas for adorable puppy images, locate phrasing to emulate, and determine a fair price for your dogs breed from English Bulldog to German Shepard by simply searching dog classifieds.

Below you will find resources for free pet classifieds. You also will want to post your listing on your facebook page. You also can set up a free website on wordpress.com. If you have listed your puppies on the recommended websites and are not having success after the first week then it may be time to pay for a listing in the local newspaper, purchase a yard sign,or utilize the free flyer that ebay classifieds offers.

Key componets make your listing standout

1. Be a matchmaker and create instant “puppy love” with photographs. Spotlight puppies with a background. You may use stylish printed blankets or fabric as backdrops, use lighter colors for darker colored pups and darker colors for lighter pups. If you are skilled at using photo shop or a similar program you can create a unique background. You can also use prompts to draw attention, emphasize size, feature personality, and breed.

2. Use your description to create excitement about your puppies. Use adjectives like adorable, lovable, tiny, rare, athletic, AKC, and silky to describe disposition, breed, size, color, and coat. Don’t fail to brag when pointing out what makes your dog special.

3. Search similar dog classifieds listings to set the amount that will be charged for your puppies. Take into consideration, papers, vaccinations, champion blood lines or any other attributes that add value or can be recovered in your pricing.

What to do when you are contacted about your listing

Now that you have placed your listing, here are some suggestions of how to handle phone calls and emails to make your puppy selling hassle free. When responding to inquiries, encourage people to come make a selection, that you will hold for them until the puppies are old enough to leave the mother. Also let them know the amount upfront that you will need in a non-refundable deposit to hold the puppy and the date the puppy will be available. When the guests arrive present a clean environment, have both parents bathed and on sight to see if possible. If you are selling purebreds have the papers available. To spare confusion show only the puppies that are available. You do not want people falling in love with a puppy they can not have.

Free Pet Classifieds

dogs.oodle.com
ebayclassifieds.com
puppiefind.com
puppyFinders.com
livedeal.com
petsunlimited.com
facebook.com/marketplace

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      4 years ago

      How about spaying and neutering all of the irrespobsible breeders and brainless buyers who look at these puppy advertising websites? Disgusting. I used to love reading your hubs but you just lost a fan

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      Random Viewer 4 years ago

      Craigslist will not allow puppies but I found a website that is almost the same called www.craigspets.com and it is free.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      You've outlined some good ideas for advertising puppies or maybe showcasing would be a better word. Of course you want the best for them but here is a good start at looking for homes.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Some great resources there! Will share in case any members have some cuties to give away or sell ...

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Apostle Jack: Thank you!

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      Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      Very interesting.Thanks for sharing.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      dwachira thank you and I have also shared one of your amazing articles!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Great hub, i love dogs as pets and i wouldn't imagine living without them. Voted up and shared.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Thank goodness, I had 10 times as many people that wanted them as I did puppies and found amazing homes for them! I was afraid it might be difficult and I would end up keeping them all! LOL

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      When I was younger I did have some puppies to find homes for and must admit that I didn't do it in the most responsible manner, taking them to Walmart and handing them over to any adult who would take one. As I grew up and matured a bit, I realized that the best thing for me to do so that I wouldn't have little babies that needed someone to adopt them, was to get my juvenile pet spayed or neutered before they became old enough to procreate. I agree with you that it is important to find good homes for them if you do allow them to have a litter, and this hub is filled with good tips to help one do so.

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      Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

      Not at all. :) Anything to ensure puppies, or any animal, is sold to a happy, safe and permanent home.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Would you mind if I included that in the article? Great suggestions and I am sure I basically have done that but, did not include it! Thanks

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      Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

      Great tips! As a breeder of rotties, I also suggest that you only leave a cell phone number for them to contact you by. When you make the call back, interview them and screen them BEFORE you decide to allow them to see the puppies. Have a list of questions ready when you call them. This single step will "weed out" the window shoppers and the ones who are not serious "forever home" buyers.

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Angela, Thank you for writing an article that shows care in regard to the disposition of puppies! The devoted, diligent, discerning puppy-owner wannabe will appreciate a stand-out advertisement and puppy-sale procedure such as you outline.

      Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing as well as a big Welcome to HubPages, Derdriu

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I am a big believer in spaying and neutering animals. There are so many that are euthanized each year and the shelters are overrun with animals...even purebred ones. If I had puppies, I would take them to an animal shelter. Puppies are almost always adopted compared to the older dogs which have a harder time finding good homes. They also have trained interviewers there who can better determine if the puppies will get a good home. Just a suggestion! :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Recently my German Shepherd has given birth three puppies. I'm looking for the ways to sell them. Your hub is an eye opener.

      useful and informative! Voted up!

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      wow..very nice hub! This is very useful for people who wanted to ad their puppies. i have a puppy once, his name's cyclops.. but he died..after that, i don't want to have another again because it hurts so much. :)

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I like how you adde all of those free sites to advertise puppies for sale! Lots of good ideas here! Voted up!

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      *curls eyebrow & leers*

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      You should get one to play corn hole with! LOL

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      This makes me want to go out and buy a puppy... *grins*

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Yes I have noted that craigslist does not allow posting of puppies. Yes and four children later I am not certain that I prefer the one planned one.:) LOL Just kidding!

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      DoItForHer 5 years ago

      Some people post on Craigslist, but that is a violation of their tos. No stud servicing is allowed either. Even if your pet accidentally has a litter, you cannot post them on there.

      Breeding is breeding no matter if the litter was planned or if the litter is free.

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      Lyudmyla Hoffman 5 years ago from United States

      Nowhere in this post do you advocate responsible breeding. How about asking potential buyers what their plans are for training the dog they are about to bring home? Vet references? History with other pets? How will small children fit into this picture? What research about the breed they have done? What is the level of exercise the family can handle? How many hours a day the puppy will be spending in the crate?

      So many shelters are overflowing because people breed dogs for money. I disagree with this approach to breeding and selling.