Being A Guardian Home
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The basics of the Guardian Program:
In order for us to give our dogs the best possible home, it is important for us to limit how many dogs we keep at our home. To be a good breeder of quality dogs, however, we need to keep, evaluate, and add quality bloodlines to our breeding program. We like to keep a few of our pick puppies to monitor their growth and development. Some will eventually fit into our breeding program. We prefer to place these pick puppies in guardian homes. A Cavapoo/Miniature Goldendoodle/Miniature Poodles/Cavalier King Charles Spaniels needs to be a part of the family to develop their full potential. That is why we have a guardian dog program.
We are giving the dog to the guardian family for a small deposit to raise and love and keep as a member of their family. This program allows local families an opportunity to own one of the best Cavapoo/miniature Goldendoodles/
Miniature Poodles/Cavalier King Charles Spaniels available for a low cost. The family must be approved as guardian parents and agree to abide by our contract of care.
As a guardian puppy grows up, we monitor his/her temperament, drive, and health. If the dog is exceptional, it will be used in our breeding program. Before any dog is bred we will x-ray it’s hips (Goldendoodles ONLY) (at our expense) to verify that it does not have hip dysplasia. We will have eyes (Miniature Poodles ONLY) and heart and patellas tested (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Cavapoo ONLY). If the hips are not good enough to breed, we require the guardian parents to have the dog spayed and ownership is then signed over to the guardian family. When a female has passed health tests, she will come back to our home when she comes into season. After getting bred she will go back to her guardian home. Then, one week before whelping she comes back to our home and has her babies here and stays until puppies have gone to their forever homes (at 8 weeks). The Guardian will also receive $100 per puppy up to 5 puppies. This is a thank you for your time you have given to this puppy/dog. Females come into season once or twice a year. We may not breed each female every season. It depends on the health of the female. Timing of the breedings is at the discretion of the breeder.
Male guardian dogs will need to visit us periodically to be bred with a female. This usually only requires a few nights at our home. The guardian home program is an excellent deal for the dog, it’s a good deal for the guardian parents, and it’s a good deal for producing an exceptional Cavapoos/Miniature Goldendoodles/Miniature Poodles/Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Breeding program. It’s one of those “win – win” situations for everyone involved. The family receives a quality, top pick dog. I am able to improve the breed by using only the best for bettering the breed. And the reason we instigated our
guardian program, the dog lives in a home as a spoiled pet and gets lots of attention.
Who Qualifies for a Guardian Dog?
We are very selective of who we choose to become a guardian family. Our primary concern is that our dogs go into safe homes where they will be well taken care and loved as a family member. They must be in a home where they are not able to escape or get bred while in season. We expect the guardian parents to allow the dog to be a part of the family (a house dog). We look for people who are experienced dog owners.
Guardian families should live within 1 1/2 hour of our home. Everyone in the household should like the guardian arrangement. Guardian families must be willing to have us stop by on occasion.
Families that are interested in breeding dogs are not good guardian
families. We are placing dogs in their permanent family home, not in a
breeding home. We do not split litters with Guardian Parents. This is
not a program for someone who wants to be a breeder, but a guardian
program in order to provide good forever homes for our dogs.
What are the Guardian Family’s Responsibilities?
While the guardian family pays only $800 for the Miniature Poodles, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Cavapoos, Miniature Goldendoodles, they must agree to purchase a dog crate, and all necessary items for pet care. They must also agree to feed PawTree dog food. PawTree is a high quality dog food and is the same as feeding raw food. They are also expected to strictly follow feeding instructions during pregnancy. NuVet supplements must be given. I have all information on how to order that. The guardian family must have a secure fenced in back yard for regular exercise.
The guardian family takes care of all the pet type fees (food, heart worm preventative, vet bills, vaccinations and care). We take care of all of the breeding expenses and extra health screening expenses (OFA hip, heart, eye screenings).
The guardian family must also have pet insurance (usually only about $25-$30 per month). A friend of mine had a guardian dog swallow a sock recently and it cost them $4000+ for surgery and sock removal. The cost for that surgery would be the Guardian’s responsibility so I highly recommend getting it. I recommend Trupanion Insurance. I have information and can give you a discount code as well.
How long do we share the dog?
Females are in guardianship until they are 5-6 years of age…possibly less. After that Luv A Doodlez will issue a written agreement to have dog fixed and the guardian family will get her spayed and ownership papers will be signed over to guardian family. Cost of the spay will be split with the Guardian and Luv A Doodlez.
Males are in guardianship until they turn 8 years of age. At 8 years of age, after a written agreement is signed by Luv A Doodlez, the guardian family will get him neutered and ownership papers will be
signed over to guardian parents. The cost of the neuter will be split with the Guardian and Luv A Doodlez
After the guardian dog’s last litter, the $800 deposit will be returned to the guardian family. This is only if the Guardian has abided by everything on the contract.
Guardian homes should have the following:
• Own their own home
• Have their own car to transport the dog.
• Prior experience dog ownership is a must
• Be willing to crate and house train the puppy. Teach the puppy basic obedience. This can be accomplished in training classes with an accomplished trainer, or at home using the K9 Good Citizen and taking the dog for testing after training. I also work with some people who do an online training for dogs. It is a good program. Please feel free to ask me about those programs.
• Feed PawTree as well as regular vet checks and vaccines and monthly heart worm medication and NuVet Supplements.
• Fenced in backyard to contain the puppy/dog.
• Be available to drive dog to and from our home for breeding and whelping.
• Keep us updated on the dog’s progress via email. When in heat, we must be notified via phone and email. Pictures via email every few months for us to follow the puppy’s progress.
• Be willing to socialize the puppy by taking it everywhere possible and showing him/her life in general.
•It is the responsibility of the guardian parents to make sure the dog remains in good health. Pet health insurance must be purchased by guardian family (Trupanion Pet Insurance). (this is usually around $25-$30 per month…sign up as mixed breed if not a Miniature Poodle or Cavalier King Charles Spaniel). The guardian parents are required to keep the dog current on routine veterinary care, shots, rabies, heart worm meds and good grooming. Luv A Doodlez will cover the cost for health screenings associated with breeding. We cover medical expenses incurred during breeding and whelping.
•The guardian parents must keep us informed of the female’s cycles. Females come into season (heat) once to 2 times a year. When a female starts to cycle or drip blood we expect to get an email. Repeated attempts to contact us should continue, until confirmation is received from us that we have heard from you. If we plan to breed the female we will inform the guardian parents at this time. They will stay with us 3-8 days at this time.
What If I Have Another Dog Already In My Home?
We will not place a female puppy in a home where there is an intact male. We would need to meet all other pets as part of the application process. Guardian family agrees to not have unaltered animals in the home during the Luv A Doodlez ownership period of the guardian dog.
Who Owns The Dog:
Luv A Doodlez owns the dog until breeding obligations are met. We sign a contract with the guardian family clearly identifying that we have full breeding rights and can breed the dog when we choose. The dog remains registered in our name until breeding obligations are complete. The guardian family will assume all liability for the dog at time of guardian agreement and are responsible for the dog for his/her entire life. Once the breeding obligations are met and a written consent is given by Luv A Doodlez, the guardian family agrees to neuter/spay the dog and the expense will be split with Luv A Doodlez. Guardian must provide a letter from the vet confirming the spay/neuter was complete. At this point we will transfer ownership of the dog to the guardian.
If at anytime the guardian family can no longer care for the dog, they agree to return her to Luv A Doodlez. The dog may not be sold or given to any other
party without prior written permission from Luv A Doodlez and registration transferred to guardian family’s name.
Training Requirement for Guardian Families
We REQUIRE that our guardian puppies be taught basic obedience and prefer that the dog be taken to at least one set of obedience classes. This is NOT difficult to accomplish and will give your puppy/dog the good behavior skills needed to be an asset to your family and the community for a lifetime. I also partner with a good online training program. It is called Baxter & Bella Online Puppy School. Please let me know if you’d like to get some information on that. I also have a discount code I can give you.
Under What Circumstances Do We Remove a Dog from a Guardian Home?
There are very few reasons that we would ever take a puppy out of a guardian home unless one of the follow occur: The dog is allowed to run loose when there is no supervision, the dog gets bred by accident, the guardian parents do not tell us when a female comes in season, the dog is neglected or abused (according to our discretion), the guardian family moves before informing us personally, the dog must be rescued from an Animal Control facility.
These reasons will be discussed in detail before any puppy is placed in a Guardian Home. The Guardian Parents must agree to all terms with the kennel and sign a contract with the breeder.
If the puppy dies from a careless accident or neglect on the part of the Guardian Family, they agree to pay Luv A Doodlez worth of the dog. The breeder will not be held liable for any reason by the guardian family.
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