What is a Guardian Home? 

In an effort to continue to expand our breeding program, and to ensure all of our breeding dogs live a pampered life with their very own forever family, we have implemented a Guardian Home Program.  Here at The Doodles, all our dogs live in our house as our family dogs.  In order  for us to continue with our breeding program, all future breeding dogs need be placed under our Guardian Home Program. Our Guardian Home Program allows for local families to have a “pick of the litter puppy”, or top notch adolescent/adult breeding dog for just a fraction of the price. The Guardian Home puppy or dog is part of the Guardian Home’s Family forever, while the breeding rights are retained by The Doodles. Once the Guardian Dog has completed his/her breeding career, he/she will be spayed or neutered at our expense and the dog will remain a forever pet of their Guardian Family!  We do not just give our Guardian dogs or pups away. History has proven that this may attract some people wanting to be guardians for the wrong reason.  The cost of a Guardian Home dog/puppy requires a deposit of $500.00 regardless of the gender, color, or size of the puppy/dog. If the guardian dog is a female, you will be paid a stipend for each successful litter born.  If the guardian dog is a male, you will be paid a stipend for each successful breeding with all females that are not owned by the breeder.  When the female Guardian puppy/dog has completed its breeding career for us, we will refund the entire deposit back to our Guardian Family as a way of saying “thank you” for participating in our Guardian Home Program.  The guardian family is responsible to spay/neuter the dog immediately upon it retiring from our program. The guardian family of our female guardian dogs will also be given the option of receiving one of their guardian dog's puppies (spayed or neutered) as a pet in lieu of the deposit refund.

 

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 one hour of Provo, Utah.

  • Must reside within a 1 hr drive of Provo, Utah and be willing to do all the transporting of the dog to and from the breeder's home. No anticipated job transfers, family needs, etc that would remove the dog beyond this drive from Provo, Utah while the Guardian Agreement is in effect. 

  • It is necessary that you have physical fencing to provide a safe and secure environment for the Guardian dog/puppy.

  • All dogs and pups placed in Guardian Families must be indoor dogs, and never be left outside unattended.

  • Willingness to feed a high quality pet food product of breeder's approval.

  • No intact male dogs (not neutered) should be residing on the premises to increase a risk of an unwanted mating (for females only).

  • A willingness to provide regular exercise and socialization.

  • A willingness to enforce basic obedience.

  • You must have a willingness to accept and follow breeders recommendations for the dogs basic health care and veterinarian care, such as vaccine schedules, the use of certain medications, flea and tick prevention, heart worm prevention etc.     

  • A willingness to maintain an open line of communication with The Doodles with any matter related to the dog.

  • A willingness to allow us to visit your home (on occasion) and be able to visit our home so the dog and us stay familiar with one another.

  • The primary care giver must have a schedule that will allow for your dog to not be left alone for extended periods of time.

  • Most importantly… all the love and care and attention possible!!

  • Finally, it is imperative that your puppy/dog become a member of your family and not a backyard dog. We are looking for happy, well adjusted mothers and fathers who will pass on their good traits and happy lives to their puppies. Grooming is an important part, whether you decide to clip her/him yourself or take it to a groomer, it should be consistent and she/he should be free from mats and debris in her/his coat, as much as possible. 

 

Any “breeding related” medical costs for the Guardian Dog are the expense of The Doodles. Our Guardian Homes are responsible for routine maintenance and medical care just as they would if they had their own dog. Female Puppies placed in Guardian Homes would have a maximum of 6 litters.  We realize guardian families have a tremendous sacrifice to make, given the female breeding dog must be returned to us to be bred, deliver and wean her babies before being returned back to the guardians (approx. 5-6 weeks). When the female 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 to 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 5 days before her due date (generally day 57 of the pregnancy). At that time, the Guardian dog will come back to stay with us throughout the remaining of her pregnancy, and will be returned once her pups are fully weaned approximately 5-6 weeks later. You would be notified when she was in labor so you could be here with her when she is delivering her puppies, if you'd like. While the guardian female is nursing and raising her puppies, you will be able to come visit her once a week as well. Almost all of our dogs/pups available for our Guardian Program will be females, but occasionally we will have a male available.

 

If you are a guardian home for a male, we will be using the dog for breeding which with close proximity will be about an hour or two in a day - likely every other day for  up to 3 ties with each female he breeds. If the male is located out of the immediate area it will mean 1-2 weeks away from home. If for any reason you will be away, please contact us ahead of time so that we can make alternate arrangements. If for any reason you must move - please contact us immediately so that we can help to facilitate a solution that will work well for both of us or to receive the dog back into our home. Males placed in guardian homes only require that we be able to access them for either a natural mating and/or sperm collection.

 

If you are receiving a Guardian Home Puppy, we ask for monthly photos and updates during the first year so that we can watch him/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. 

 

If you are interested in being considered for our Guardian Home Program, please contact us for an application at heather@thedoodlespups.com or call/text (385) 208-1667 and we will be in touch with you.  Please know that not all applicants will be fulfilled as we only home a a handful of Guardian Home puppies a year.  Thank you!!