Guardian Home Program
What is a Guardian Home?
We do not believe that puppies or dogs are meant to spend their lives in a kennel. Doodles are social animals that adore their families and want to be with them, participating as a loved family member. By placing them in a loving home environment that will be their forever home from the time they are puppies, we are ensuring their happiness and best start in life. This gives Wild Paw Doodles the ability to maintain the highest quality care for our doodles by placing them in qualified homes.
Our Guardian Home Program allows for our chosen families to have our "pick of breeding dog" and become part of the process with us. It creates a great bond between us and our Guardians. Once the breeding dog has had her allotted litters, she/he is then spayed/neutered and soul property of the Guardian Family.
Guardian Families are going to be an important part of our program. We will all get to know each other and become a unit as this journey begins. It's pretty amazing to be a part of bringing in top quality, healthy pups that will make so many families happy.
The Guardian Home puppy is part of the Guardian Home’s Family forever, while the breeding rights are retained by Wild Paw Doodles for a set amount of time (each situation is slightly different so we prefer to work out specific details with each family on an individual basis.)
Once the Guardian Dog has completed his/her breeding career, he/she will be spayed/neutered at Wild Paw Doodles expense, and the dog will remain a forever pet of their Guardian Family!
From the beginning the dog is a member of the family. We encourage bonding activities, such as taking obedience or other dog classes with you breeding dog. Like any well loved pet, they need good exercise and lots of play. Some families can join therapy dog programs and visit hospitals, hospice, schools, and even libraries with their breeder dog.
Guardian Families are responsible for feeding our breeding dogs, PPP Dog food which is a must. We are feeding the most nutrient based dog food. You are also responsible for training the guardian dog. This means that you are teaching commands, enrolling in at least one training program that teaches basic commands and manners. You are responsible for vaccinations, monthly heart-worm and tick prevention, yearly exams done by a veterinarian, proper fencing of your yard, or walked on a leash at all times.
You as the guardian are also responsible for keeping a breeding dog away from any dog that is not neutered or spayed. This is crucial and will break the contract in it's entirety. Our Guardian Family will not have our dogs outside for an extended period of time and they will be strictly indoor pets. You are responsible for the best interests of your Guardian dog.
When the Guardian girl 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 approximately 7-8 weeks later. Guardian Families are welcomed and encouraged to visit with scheduled appointments while their Guardian Dog is here at Wild Paw Doodles.
The female stays with us for 3-10 days during her heat cycle, to be bred. Then, she returns to whelp (deliver) the puppies a week before they are due, staying with us until the puppies are ready to go home. We work with our Guardian Homes using a simple contract and we provide support and guidance all along the way, staying in contact through the year. At the end of the Guardian Home Family contract, the female dog belongs 100% to the Guardian Family.
Most importantly, we here at Wild Paw Doodles love our program and we are hoping for many successes. Our Guardian Families will be chosen carefully through an application. In the event of the program not working for the Guardian Families, the breeding dog must be returned to Wild Paw Doodles and the contract will be voided. Under no circumstance will any dog of Wild Paw Doodles be re-homed, this will result in a law suit.
We created a Guardian-Home Program to grow our breeding program while still providing each of our breeding dogs with a loving environment in a guardian family. By joining our Program, you desire to and will act as a guardian for a dog that is either a female potential breeder or proven breeder or a male potential breeder or proven breeder (“the Dog”), subject to the terms of this Agreement. The following will spell out the Guardian-Home Program, including our requirements for guardian families while the Dog is a part of the breeding program. The obligations we will assume as owner, and how the Dog will become a permanent member of your family.
Contracts / Legalities - 2 - Benefits of the Guardian-Home Program To the Guardian family: The Dog is “pick of the litter” with an estimated value of $10,000 to $15,000. Your initial cost is _________. Breeder will pay all vet costs for health testing associated with the breeding of the Dog. Initial Obligations of Guardian Family In order to be considered for the Guardian-Home Program, we require that you:
1. Live within the greater _____________________ area.
2. Own your own home.
3. Have physical fencing to provide a safe and secure environment for the Dog. This also protects the Dog from any unplanned, unwanted pregnancies and is crucial!
4. Never leave the Dog off leash in an unsecured area. NO dog parks allowed!
5. Have reliable transportation and willingness to bring the dog to us when needed throughout the year for breeding purposes (i.e. testing, breeding, litters, etc.). All health testing, routine and emergency vet care is to be done by:______________________________________
6. Maintain open lines of communication with us concerning any matter related to the Dog.
7. Keep the guardian the Dog on _____________________________ food.
8. Understand that the breeder may need to make decisions about your female or male and you will have to respect those decisions. Examples may include, but are not limited to: keeping the female longer, additional vet care, etc. All decisions WILL ALWAYS BE for the betterment of the Dog. Ownership and all right, title and interest in the Dog shall remain with the Owner / breeder. If the Dog is a female any puppies born to the Dog shall be the sole property of the Owner / breeder. The Guardian Family shall have no ownership interest of possession rights to any such puppy. If the Dog is a male, all semen shall be sole property of the Owner / breeder and the Guardian Family shall have no ownership interest of possession rights to any use of the semen. The Dog shall be used as breeding stock exclusively by the breeder and under no circumstances shall be bred to any dog other than as directed by the breeder. After the Dog ceases to be a Breeder, Owner shall, by written evidence of transfer, assign and transfer ownership of the Dog to the Guardian Family after spay or neuter.
Possession General: Upon the execution of this Agreement, Owner shall transfer possession of the dog to the Contracts / Legalities - 3 - Guardian Family. The Guardian family shall retain possession of the dog during this Agreement, subject to its obligations to return possession of the dog for breeding purposes and shall provide physical care to and supervision of the dog subject to the terms and conditions of this agreement. Owner’s Possession for Breeding Female: Owner requires access to female breeding dog for reasons including, but not limited to: 1. Veterinary appointments for general purposes and / or to monitor pregnancy – possibly two (2) visits. 2. Breeding - first sign of going into heat (blood) until a successful hook (usually 5-7 days). You can bring her to the breeder every day - three (3) times on average or leave her for the duration of the stay. This decision can be made by the Guardian family, at the discretion of the breeder. 3. Whelping (7-14 days) days prior to the Dog’s due date and up until the puppies are weaned at approximately 6‐8 weeks after birth. This process lasts approximately 9-12 weeks total. 4. The Guardian Family shall not transfer possession of the Dog to any person without the prior written consent of Owner. 5. Breeder has the right to visit the residence of the Guardian Family at least once per calendar year to discuss with the Guardian Family any issues concerning the care and supervision of the dog. 6. Females will not be bred more than 5 times. 7. If the breeder finds it difficult to reach the Guardian Family, is met with roadblocks or cantankerous communication in any form (comments, phone calls, text messages etc.) that make this working relationship hostile and / or if the Guardian Family refuses to do anything breeder asks as set forth in this document, the dog will be removed from the home – no question. Guardian Family Obligations 1. Raise the dog as an indoor dog. Never to dwell outside. 2. When left at home, safely contain the dog indoors (a kennel is preferred) 3. Comply with Owner’s nutritional and dietary guidelines and pay all cost and expenses associated with feeding the dog. 4. Provide the Dog with regular exercise and socialization (people, locations and only spayed or neutered dogs). 5. _______________________________ is the only vet the Dog will see, unless there is an emergency and that is not an option. 6. Provide pictures and updates every month. Contracts / Legalities - 4 - 7. Schedule and pay for all veterinary appointments (other than those associated with breeding, which will be covered by the Owner) and provide routine medical care appropriate for the breeding Dog. 8. Continue to ensure the dog is compliant, kennel-trained, housebroken, leash-trained, does not jump, mouth or excessively bark. The Dog’s puppies’ safety relies on calm and focused behavior. 9. Notify the Owner of any planned vacations and change of address, phone or email.
Termination of Agreement This Agreement shall terminate upon the occurrence of any of the following: 1. Immediately, upon the transfer of ownership of the Dog to the Guardian Family 2. Immediately, upon Owner’s determination that the Guardian Family is non‐compliant with the terms of this Agreement and such non‐compliance poses significant risk to the health, welfare and safety of the Dog, at which time possession of the Dog returns to the Owner. 3. Immediately, upon the death of the dog from natural or accidental causes. 4. Immediately, upon the Guardian Family’s permanent return of the Dog to the Owner for any reason. Indemnity The Guardian Family agrees to indemnify and hold the Owner harmless from and against all claims, liabilities, losses, cost, damages and expenses by reason of any damage property or injury or death to individuals allegedly caused by the Dog while in the possession of the Guardian Family.
**Guardian Family Qualifications**
Previous dog experience
Must own and live in a home with fully fenced yard/or wireless containment system
Must keep the dog on a leash or in fenced area
Must be willing to train the dog basic obedience commands
Must ensure the puppy is socialized with humans and other animals
Must provide appropriate veterinary or emergency care when needed
Must feed the dog a high-end, grain-free, quality food-Purina Pro Plan
Must be able to identify onset of heat cycle and notify breeder
Must not allow female in heat near intact males
Must not allow female to breed with any dog
Must communicate, cooperate and coordinate with the breeder regarding breeding, whelping and all aspects of dog care.