About Our Guardian Home Program allows for local families to have a wonderful dog, for just a fraction of the price. The Guardian Home dog will be a part of Darlin Doodles breeding program. The breeding rights are retained Darlin Doodles for a specific time to be determined by us. Once the Guardian Dog has completed their breeding career, they will be spayed or neutered at our expense, your Guardian adoption deposit is returned in full, and the dog will remain your forever pet.
The cost of a Guardian Home dog/puppy requires a deposit of 1/2 of the standard pet price. When the Guardian dog has completed its breeding career for us, we will refund the entire deposit back to you, for participating in our Guardian Home Program.
Our Guardian Home Families are responsible for the general routine veterinary care and wellness of the Guardian puppy/dog placed with them. This means annual vaccines, feeding a high quality dog food, grooming, monthly heartworm prevention, flea/tick prevention, training, regular exercise and socialization, and most importantly all the love and care and attention possible :-)
Any “breeding related” medical costs for the Guardian Dog are the expense of Darlin Doodles. Our Guardian Homes are only responsible for routine maintenance and medical care just as they would if they had their own dog.
A Guardian Family gets the very best that Darlin Doodles has to offer! This means that we choose our breeding stock based on the best qualities that are outlined in our breed standard with temperament of course coming first. Another wonderful benefit to our Guardian Families is that their Guardian dog or puppy will be completely health tested by 12 months of age (some tests may be done as early as 16 weeks of age) at the expense of Darlin doodles prior to entering our breeding program at no cost to the Guardian Family. Our Guardian Families get to enjoy the excitement of being a part of our breeding program, and seeing the offspring of their very own Guardian dog be placed with families across the country bringing others the same joy and happiness that they have received from their Guardian Dog!
What Are The Requirements to Become A Guardian Home?
To be considered as a Guardian Home for one of our breeding dogs, we require that you live within 60 miles of our home. It is necessary that you have physical fencing to provide a safe and secure environment for the Guardian dog, and have a schedule that will allow for your dog to not be left alone for extended periods of time. All dogs and pups placed in Guardian Families must be indoor dogs, and never be left outside unattended.
When the Guardian dog is in season, the Guardian Family is required to contact us immediately. An intact female usually has a heat cycle that will last between 14 and 21 days. During this time, we will need access to her for breeding related appointments. Once she has been bred, she will remain with her Guardian Family until one week before her due date. At that time, the Guardian dog will come back to stay with us throughout her pregnancy, and will be returned once her pups are fully weaned. Guardian Families are welcomed and encouraged to visit with scheduled appts while their Guardian Dog.
If you are applying for a Guardian Home puppy, she will come to you at 8 weeks of age. During the first year, Darlin Doodles will have her health testing completed. Once we receive all of the results from her health testing, we are then able to assess whether or not she will enter our breeding program. If for any reason we decide not to breed the Guardian Puppy placed with you (this is a decision solely made by us) we will then pay to spay the Guardian puppy at no cost to you, and she will remain a forever family pet with you.
If you are receiving a Guardian Home Puppy, we ask for monthly photos and updates during the first year so that we can watch her develop, and update our website. We also will require a visit to our Guardian Family’s home every few months during the first year to assess the Guardian Puppy, as well as build a relationship with her for the future. Occasionally, we will ask our Guardian Families to bring the puppy to us for a visit so that she can get comfortable with our home for when she will be here with us in the future having babies.
Most of our Guardian dogs will have between 2-3 litters for us. The health and well being of our breeding dogs is a priority to us.
If you are interested in applying to be a Guardian Family please take the time to fill out adoption application first, and we are happy to contact you to discuss Guardian Home opportunities available!
Thank You for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you!
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