The Basics of the Guardian Program
In order for us to give our dogs the best possible home, it is important for us to limit how many dogs we keep in our home. However, to be a breeder of quality dogs we need to continue, evaluate, and add quality bloodlines into our breeding program. We like to keep a few of our pick puppies to monitor their growth and development, and some of these puppies will eventually fit into our breeding program -- we prefer to place these pick puppies in guardian homes. A puppy needs to be a part of the family to develop their full potential, and this is why we have the guardian program.
We are giving the dog to the guardian family to raise and love and keep as a member of their family. This program allows local families an opportunity to own one of our doodles without paying for it. The family must be approved as guardian parents and agree to abide by our contract of care.
The guardian home program is an excellent situation for the dog, it's a great deal for guardian parents, and is ideal for producing an exceptional breeding program. It is one of those "win - win" situations for everyone involved. The family receives a quality, top pick dog for their forever pet, we are able to improve the breed by using only the best for bettering the breed, and the reason we instigated our guardian program -- the dog lives in a forever home, receiving one-on-one of attention, training and appropriate care.
Guardian Homes Must Meet The Following Criteria
♡Own their own home
♡Have their own car to transport the dog
♡Prior experience dog ownership is a must
♡Be willing to crate and house train the puppy. Must show proof of obedience training.
♡Afford to provide required high quality food, heartwortm/flea/tick prevention, as well as regular vet checks, including vaccines.
♡Be prepared to have their own vet listed as a reference
♡Fenced backyard to contain the puppy, or be willing to adequately supervise puppy at all times while outside.
♡Be available to drive dog to and from our home for breeding and whelping
♡Keep us updated on the dog’s progress via email
♡Be willing to socialize the puppy by taking it everywhere possible and showing him/her life in general.
♡Live within easy driving distance to our home
We do not place guardians out of the state. Doods must stay in Central Kentucky.
♡ Multiple in person interviews required
♡You will have at least 24 hours’ notice unless there is an emergency situation,
♡Use a professional groomer and keep the “doodle” look.
♡Understand the guardian dog is also financial investment we are placing in your care. Any violation of the above or negligence on your part that affects the dog’s ability to breed could result is a $5,000 penalty fee owed to us.
♡Understand that Guardian dogs are the property of YGID until the contract is fulfilled
Females will return when in heat, then again to deliver the puppies.
You must notify us at the first sign of heat, usually spotting. The first heat usually occurs between 8-14 months of age, then every 6-8 months thereafter. The female will come to stay with us for 7-10 days during her heat cycle, to be bred. Her first breeding will usually be on her 3rd heat. We may breed on her 2nd heat if she is a late bloomer. We will provide washable diapers for you to use during her heat cycle.
YOU MUST KEEP HER AWAY FROM INTACT MALES DURING HER HEAT CYCLE. She should not leave your house or be left unattended in your fenced yard while in heat unless she is coming to us for breeding or is going to the vet for testing.
After breeding, she will return to you. You are responsible for ensuring she eats well, and takes the pre-natal vitamins we provide. We require weekly updates on her progress. The gestation period for dogs is 63 days, approximately 9 weeks.
You must be available to take her for breeding/pregnancy related vet appointments. She may be scheduled for progesterone testing, pregnancy confirmation ultrasound, puppy count x-ray, or other required tests/exams. We will pay the breeding related veterinary expenses.
She returns to whelp (deliver) the puppies one week before they are due and will stay with us until the puppies are weaned, about 8 weeks total. During that time, we will schedule visits for you to see the dam and puppies.
The responsibilities for male guardian homes are much simpler.
Our males MAY NOT live in guardian homes with INTACT FEMALES and MAY NOT be bred to females who have not been approved and arranged by us. This is to ensure the health of the male and avoid contracting canine brucellosis, a contagious bacterial infection. Infected dogs usually develop an infection of the reproductive system, or a sexually transmitted disease and must be euthanized.
The male must be available for breeding on short notice, usually within 48 hours. There may be occasional last-minute requirements with less than 24 hours’ notice, but those will be few and far between. When the breeding window opens, he will stay with us for 3-6 days.
We will provide stud supplements for him. You will be required to feed them to him daily when notified of a planned breeding.
Guardian home candidates must have Facebook accounts and allow us to friend you on Facebook and participate in our You Got It Doods Families Facebook group. This is the most un-intrusive way to keep in contact and receive regular updates on our dogs.
All veterinary costs associated with breeding and whelping are the responsibility of YGID. Guardian Home Families are responsible for the general routine veterinary care and overall wellness of the Guardian puppy or dog placed with them. This means providing annual vaccines, monthly heartworm prevention, flea/tick prevention as well as training, exercising and socializing with all the love and care possible from the guardian family members!
Application Fee: To prevent us from wasting time interviewing non-committed families there is a $150 application fee owed to YGID for us to review your application.
This is just a brief overview of the program. If you feel you meet the above criteria and would like to be considered for our guardian program, please contact me us so we may speak further.