At Ohio Valley Labradoodles we believe every dog deserves to be a part of a loving family, in a forever home. We want our dogs to get the socialization and stimulation that is needed to be a happy, well balanced dog. Therefore we choose not to kennel or house our breeding dogs here, and place them in loving guardian homes instead.
What is a Guardian Home?
Being a guardian family is a great opportunity for local families, to own a quality ALAA Australian labradoodle with a superior bloodline at a reduced rate. A guardian family is the forever family, while we retain breeding rights for a set amount of time. Once the guardian dog has completed his/her breeding career the dog is spayed/neutered and ownership is transferred to the guardian family. Guardian homes are meant to be permanent so the dog does not to go through a re-homing.
What is the cost involved to be a Guardian Family?
We do require a deposit (much less than the puppy price) that will be returned to you when the dog has completed their breeding career. You will be responsible for the general veterinary care of the dog. High quality food (approved by us), heart worm preventative, flea/tick medications, grooming, yearly vaccinations are the responsibility of the guardian. Regular exercise, socialization and training are also required of the guardian family. All breeding related costs will be paid by Ohio Valley Labradoodles.
What are the requirements to be a Guardian Family?
- Guardian families must live within one hour from Saint Paris, Ohio
- Own your own home, with proper fencing
- Willing to provide transportation to Ohio Valley Labradoodles for scheduled breedings, vet appointments, health testing, and photo shoots
- Arrange visits to our home to ensure the dog is comfortable when they come back for whelping
- Agree to keep the dog away from all intact dogs to prevent unwanted pregnancies
- Feed Life’s Abundance dog food
- Must be indoor dog
- Have a schedule that allows you to be with the puppy for the majority of the day
- Notify us immediately when the dog is in season
- Keep the dog well-groomed every 6-8 weeks with the Australian labradoodle standard cut
- Training at least a six week obedience course
- Communicate regularly with Ohio Valley Labradoodles about the well-being and health of the dog
- Provide the dog with regular exercise, socialization, and most importantly your love and time.
- Willing to be in a partnership with Ohio Valley Labradoodles throughout the dogs breeding career.
How does it work?
The puppy will come to you at eight weeks of age. We usually retain females, although occasionally will have a male. We ask during the first year that the guardian family provide us with photos and updates. We also require occasional home visits in the guardian home, as well as visits at our home with the puppy. This ensures the puppy is comfortable with us and in our home. The guardian home will be required to keep track of all heat cycles and notify us immediately when she comes into season.
Once the puppy has completed all health testing, her results will determine whether she will be entered into our breeding program. If the puppy does not make it into our breeding program she will be spayed at our cost, and the ownership rights will be transferred to the guardian family.
If the dog has passed all health testing and reaches breeding age, the guardian home will then be required to notify us when the dog has come into her heat cycle. Once she has come into her heat cycle, she is ready to be bred. A females heat cycle usually lasts between 14-21 days. We will need to access her during this time for breeding appointments. The average canine gestation period is usually 63 days. The dog will need to come to us a week before her due date and stay with us until her puppies are fully weaned. Usually about 7-8 weeks later. We encourage our guardian families to visit the puppies during this time.
How many litters does a typical guardian female produce?
Up to four litters
How do I apply?
If you meet all the above requirements, and feel you would be a good candidate for our program, please fill out our Adoption Application. In the additional comments box at the bottom of the application, please specify that you are applying to be a Guardian Home. If we feel you are qualified, we will then contact you to schedule a home visit once we have a puppy available.