GUARDIAN HOME PROGRAM
What is a guardian home?
A guardian home is a relationship between us the breeder, and you the Guardian Family. Since we are a home-based breeder who believes that dogs should be a part of a loving family and not live in kennels, we may place some of our puppies with families to one day use in our breeding program. We want to ensure that our dogs all have a loving home and are getting the necessary love and attention that they need. We believe that happy, loved dogs will produce amazing offspring. We breed for temperament, health, and physical attributes. Living in a loving home is essential for our breeding dogs to produce top quality puppies. This is a great way for a family to have their very own high quality puppy, chosen by the breeder without the upfront cost. We will consider eligible homes for a placement of a puppy that would come to us for breeding. The puppy would belong to Island Doodles of Georgia until they are released from the program but in all other aspects, the puppy would be the Guardian Family’s member. This is a relatively short term Agreement.
How much does it cost?
The cost of a Guardian Home puppy is a deposit of $500. The deposit will be returned when the terms of the contract are successfully fulfilled. The reason we charge a deposit is to ensure that we have families that are serious about the Guardian Program. Owners of a Doodle or any puppy/dog have certain expenses. Your family is responsible for general routine veterinary care and wellness of the puppy (e.g. vaccines, food, grooming, heart worm prevention, training, etc.). Any breeding related costs are at our expense.
How does it work?
Your family would adopt the puppy as usual at 8-12 weeks and the puppy will live in your forever home. During the first year we will complete some health tests on the puppy (at our cost) to ensure the puppy is eligible for breeding. We will stay in regular contact with you and require visits 1-2 times a year at our property so that the puppy is comfortable around us and at our home.
Male puppy- beginning just over a year we will call and arrange when we need to have the puppy come to our house for breeding. Male dogs will breed for up to 5 years. The number of breedings will depend on our scheduled litters but will not exceed 5 per year. We will provide plenty of notice when an upcoming breeding is near. Around 6 years old, we will pay to have him neutered and he will carry out his years with you.
Female puppy-beginning at approximately 1 year, we will need you to monitor for heat cycles. As soon as the second heat cycle begins (around 1 ½ - 2 years of age), the dog will come to our house for up to a week. She will be returned to you after this time. Approximately 2 months later, the dog will return to our home to whelp and raise the puppies (for 5-8 weeks). You are more than welcome to visit your dog during this time. The breedings will be consecutive breedings (provided there are no concerns). Research has shown that consecutive breeding is better for the health of a dog. We will only breed the dog up to 3 times. At this time she will be spayed and live out her years with you.
Why is a Guardian home advantageous for your family?
The Dog is “pick of the litter”, health tested and temperament tested with an estimated value of $3,000 to $6,000. Your cost is minimal because you are helping us provide a happy, loving home for our breeding dogs. There are also added bonuses for our Guardian Families.
Who is eligible for our Guardian Home program?
in order to be eligible for the Program, your family must:
*live within 100 miles from either of our locations - St. Simons Island, Georgia or Hiawassee, Ga;
*have a fully fenced yard;
*be willing to travel to our home for breeding when needed;
*have reliable transportation;
*be willing to visit us 1-2 times a year for puppy play dates;
*be willing to have an open line of communication with us;
*not relocate to a distance greater than 300 miles from us and notify us if you move. If you move, you will be responsible for transportation to and from St. Simons Island;
*agree to provide a healthy, loving environment for the puppy which includes annual veterinary visits, vaccinations and flea/tick/heart worm prevention;
If you think that your family would be a good match please fill out the Application link below.