In 2017, we will be looking for two guardian homes for breeding prospect puppies.
We are committed to have every breeding dog live as a pet in a home rather than house multiple dogs in kennels. Guardian Homes allow us to expand our breeding program and still have just a few dogs living as pets in our own home.
Here are some frequently asked questions (and answers!) about our Guardian Home program:
What is a Guardian Home?
A guardian home is a permanent home for one of our breeding girls or boys. We place either a puppy or adult that we would like to continue breeding with into a family home. After passing pre-breeding tests, a guardian dog will come back to us to whelp a litter of puppies. Once the dog has whelped and raised her litter, she will return to the guardian family. After the contract has been fulfilled, the dog will be spayed/neutered and ownership will be transferred to the guardian family.
For the males, the dog will need to be available to us for breeding, sometimes on short notice. He can either visit us during the day, or we can keep him here for a few days. We try our best to be flexible around the guardian family's schedule, but sometimes Mother Nature can't wait!
How many litters will my dog have?
This depends on the age of the dog. Usually our guardian females have 1-4 litters, and males are in the guardian program until they are 5-6 years old.
Can anyone be a guardian home?
There are requirements to participate in our guardian family program. Guardian families need to live within two hours of Seattle. If there are children in the home, the youngest child must be at least three or four years old. We prefer to place guardian dogs with families who have previous dog raising and training experience, when possible.
We require that the dog will not be left home alone for 10 hours a day, 5 days a week. This can mean committing to a daytime dog walker, but our preference is that someone is home for most of the day — a stay-at-home parent or a retired couple. Home offices are a plus! Our breeding dogs are accustomed to being with people for the majority of the day.
We also prefer that our guardian families live in a house or townhome with a fenced yard. Guardians need to maintain their dog's obedience training by taking classes. Dogs in guardian homes are able to participate in other activities like agility or flyball, or train to be certified as a therapy dog team, but it's not required.
This is like getting a free dog, right?
We require a guardian dog deposit for our program. We feel that people often do not value what comes without cost, and making a deposit encourages guardian families to think seriously before bringing a dog into their home. Please understand that the guardian arrangement is meant to be a PERMANENT home for the dog; it is very hard on the dog to be rehomed after becoming a member of your family!
The guardian family will earn back their deposit incrementally, with payments once a year. By the time the dog is finished with his or her breeding career, the family will have earned back the entire deposit.
How do I apply to be a guardian home?
Please send us an email regarding becoming a guardian family! We will send you a questionnaire to fill out. If you do not hear back from us within 48 hours, please check your spam email folder.