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The guardian program allows us to grow our program and continue to better our breeds, without sacrificing any of our dogs happiness and need for love and attention. While we want to keep all of our dogs with us, we understand that they will be happier with more one on one attention than we can give them.
As a guardian home, you are the permanent home for one of our breeding dogs while they are in our program. Once they are retired (and spayed/neutered at our expense), full ownership transfers to the guardian family and they get to keep the dog forever.
By offering the guardian program, we are able to ensure that our dogs get to live the best possible lives in a loving, caring home where they receive as much one on one attention as possible.
Guardians are responsible for all “regular” dog care including providing food, treats, toys, etc. They are also responsible for normal vet care that is not breeding related. The dog must be kept UTD on all shots, flea and tick meds, and heartworm meds at guardians expense. Guardians are also required to pay for grooming unless they opt to do it themselves.
WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORTATION?
Guardians are responsible for all transportation to and from us. If you have a female, then you will also be responsible for taking her to the vet for an ultrasound if you are not able to bring her for us to take her.
WHAT IS THE BREEDER RESPONSIBLE FOR?
We do not require you to keep a specific groom or cut, but we do require that the dog’s coat is well maintained and does not get matted. This includes regular brushing and grooming.
While the dog is with us, we reserve the right to groom and bathe the dog to ensure cleanliness, especially after whelping.
Our dogs are ambassadors for our breeding program. They should be well maintained as we will likely be taking pictures of them while they’re with us. We also love to receive updated pictures from our guardian families that we can share.
We do not require a specific food to be fed, however, we do require it be a premium food such as Royal Canin, Science Diet, etc.
For treats, we do not have any specific requirements, but they should be high quality. For example no rawhide treats.
If your dog is deemed unsuitable for breeding by either us or one of our veterinarians, then the dog will be retired from our program. You will not be required to pay any fees, but you will be required to pay for spay/neuter at your expense. After that, full ownership will transfer over to you.
For males, the timeframe that they’re gone is much shorter. Females will be generally be with us about a week during the breeding cycle, then again for about 7 weeks when they have puppies. This may happen up to two times a year.
As mentioned above, if you already know that you may be moving within the next few years, then the guardian program may not be the right fit for you.
One thing that separates us from many breeders is that we try our best to treat our guardian dogs as part of the family. This means that they will live in our home while they’re with us. While we do move our litters to our puppy area around 3 weeks to start the weaning process, they are always invited into our home.
To be able to do this, all dogs must have obedience training. At a minimum they should know how to sit, stay, lay-down, “no”, quiet, and leave it. Along with other basic manners (ie no jumping up, proper door etiquette (not bolting out), no counter surfing