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Guardian Home Program

We feel strongly that every puppy deserves the best possible start in life and that each is given plenty of love, affection, and socialization. The number of dogs we keep on our grounds is limited in order to ensure that each doodle mom and their subsequent litters receive enough one-on-one TLC when litters are born. For that reason, occasionally a puppy from our litter, or a dog we've purchased for our breeding program, may be available to go to a guardian home. If you're chosen as one of our guardian homes, you will receive one of our top pups at a greatly reduced rate. Please read on to learn more about this opportunity! If you think you'd be a great fit for our guardian home program, please complete the application below.

What is a Guardian Home?

Guardian Homes are for one of our breeding males or females who needs a permanent place to live. When you become a Guardian Home, you'll be able to adopt one of our "Pick of the Litter" puppies. We do everything we can to assure the puppy's happiness and give them the best start by placing them in an everlasting household that will be able to give them all the love and undivided attention that a pup needs.

People frequently ask us questions regarding the guardian program. Questions and answers below represent our best efforts to answer all inquiries upfront so that no one is left with the impression that they are in the dark about how the program operates. As dog lovers, we hope you can see how this program benefits families as well as our four-legged friends. Thank you for your consideration.

What are the rules that I must follow?

The following standards must be satisfied in order for our guardian home dogs to be eligible for our guardian home program:

  • You must live within an one hour driving distance from us and you cannot move away from the local area during the guardian contract. 

  • Pet guardians must feed a dog food that has been approved by our staff. We are proponents of feeding foods that will not cause health problems for dogs and that will promote good nutrition.

  • Regular health and veterinary care, including annual checkups and vaccines, must be provided by you.

  • So that we can be part of any treatment decisions for the dog, we need to be notified as soon as the family becomes aware of any illness or injury.

  • You must stay in touch with us and allow us to visit you at your home.

  • When the dog isn't in a fenced yard, it must be leashed.

  • We request that the family familiarize themselves with proper dog handling techniques. If you are not home, don't let your dog out to play. No transporting your dog in an open pickup truck bed. Leash your pet when out and about. To ensure that your dog has good manners, start with some basic obedience training. These are precautions you should take to keep your dog safe.

  • Pups must be properly socialized.

  • You must maintain a grooming schedule and style that BJD approves. 

  • When a dog is wanted for breeding, littering, or health testing, the guardian is responsible for transporting it to us. 

At what age do you start breeding your girls?

We typically start to breed our girls on the second, third, or fourth heat; but this ultimately depends on your dog's age and maturity. So, we can make an informed decision about when to breed, you must tell us promptly if your dog begins a cycle or goes in heat. How many of our girls are cycling and producing a litter will influence this decision, as will the age and circumstances of each dog. Scheduling has to be done to arrange breedings so we need to know when your puppy's first cycle occurs, (which is usually between 9 and 12 months old), so we can make an educated guess as to when she'll have her next cycle.

When you breed, how long do you expect to keep her?

We'll make arrangements with you as soon as you let us know the dog is in heat so that we have her by days 5 and 7 of the heat cycle. She'll be with us for approximately a week. 

What is the average time it takes for a dog to give birth?

Dogs are pregnant for 63 days. 

Approximately how long will she be with you when the litter is born?

A week or so before she is set to give birth, she will visit us. This gives her some time to get acquainted with our house and the whelping box before she goes into labor. In order for her to feel safe in our home, she must spend as much time as possible with us there. We don't want the mother to be alarmed by us as she prepares to give birth. As soon as the pups are weaned, she'll head back home.  This usually occurs around 5 to 7 weeks. However, all of this is ultimately determined by the mother and the development of the pups.

Can we come to see her when she gives birth to her puppies and spend some time with them?

We don't allow guardian homes to visit until puppies are at least 4 weeks old to decrease the risk of disease in newborns. You should also know that no handling of puppies is allowed to reduce the risk of disease in newborns. If the guardian dog is doing well with leaving her puppies alone for brief periods of time, you are welcome to pay a visit and spend some time with her. We do our best to keep this visit to one hour because our time is limited, and puppies should not be separated from their mother for an extended period of time.

Is it bad for the dog emotionally to go from the owner's house to the breeder's house?

No. When you first bring her to us, she's a little confused and asks, "Where are we going?" However, after an hour or two, she appears to be comfortable and doing well. We make a concerted effort to make the first couple of days with them as pleasant and pleasurable as possible. This is crucial because everything a mother feels affects her body in ways that have the potential to have an impact on her offspring. It's important that you don't show any signs of being worried, anxious, or sad about leaving her. It's critical that you bring her and spend some time with her in our home as if it were any other visit. We try to have guardians slip out of the house without the dog noticing.

Suppose your dog becomes ill or injured while with its guardians?

Any illness or damage that occurs to the dog while it is in the guardian's care and custody is the guardian's financial responsibility. However, while we must be involved in treatment plans, the guardian family is responsible for paying for those costs. Having health insurance is a good idea.

What are the guardians' expenses, and what does the breeder foot the bill for?

Regularly scheduled veterinary needs and supplies are covered by the guardian home. Examples of what a guardian covers are: medication for heartworm, fleas, and ticks, toys, food, and supplies for grooming. This is not a complete list but some things you'll need to provide to keep your pet healthy and happy. A dog's guardian is basically responsible for paying for any medical expenses linked to the dog's health that aren't caused by pregnancy. The breeder is responsible for all costs associated with breeding including health tests and litter veterinary costs.

Prior to retiring the dog, how many litters do you breed?

Since our #1 priority is the health and welfare of the dogs in our program, we will cease the breeding program with her if we discover that she has delivery issues or that it would be unhealthy for her to breed again. We contract for up to 5 litters; however, we may only breed for 2-3 litters. Each situation is different, but if this occurs, we will sign over her papers to you, have her spayed, and she's all yours. 

Who is responsible for the cost of the spay/neuter procedure?

After the girl has recovered from her last litter, we pay for her spay procedure. Our veterinarian will take care of this.

Is there a particular method you want the dog clipped when it comes to grooming?

We request that the puppy's coat be kept in a standard cut by its owners. We want them to look their best when they visit us for our website. We do ask that you keep your dog well-groomed and free of matting. If you can't keep the coat looking great on your own, you'll have to pay a groomer to do it for you. Our dogs who serve as guardians are a representation of our organization, so it's critical that they're kept clean and free of mattes.

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