Occasional guardian homes will be required in the future.
I believe the best socialised puppies, who make the best family dogs come from dedicated breeders like myself whose puppies are born in the home and are much loved members of the family. My puppies are born, brought up in the home, loved and socialised from the minute they are born.
My reasons for seeking Guardian Homes in the future is due to the logistical problem in the above scenario – most home breeders can only accommodate a limited number of adult dogs. So, for a small home breeder like myself once I have reached this limit there are only three options to consider as keeping dogs outside in kennels is just not an option I would ever consider and Australian Labradoodles as a breed do not cope well in kennel environments.
So I either:
1. Stop breeding
2. Rehome a much loved pet who has produced pups that have given joy to many families
3. Find a guardian home for a puppy with a suitable family who will love and cherish the pup for the whole of its life, build a relationship of trust and can embrace the values of myself the breeder.
Option 1 would result in the loss of my valuable experience as a well-researched and educated breeder and the loss of my valuable line of healthy, good tempered Australian Labradoodles.
Option 2 is not an option as there is no way that my loved dog could be sent away because he/she was no longer “useful.”
Option 3 allows myself as the breeder to continue to provide healthy, loving pets and at the same time provide the dog with a stable, long term, happy home life. The guardian homes are always close to myself, the breeder, to allow the puppy to continue the bond she formed with me during her first crucial early weeks meaning that there is no stress when she returns to me to give birth.
Becoming a guardian home is not something to be undertaken without due consideration, and not a decision I have personally taken lightly. I have an exceptionally high standard of care for my breeding dogs, and expect no less of a Northbound breeding dog placed in a guardian home.
Therefore, the right guardian home must focus on essential socialisation, training, appropriate feeding, body condition, exercise and grooming care. Additionally the right family home must show common sense and good communication with me.
The puppy placed will remain the legal ownership of myself whilst he/she is a Northbound breeding dog, and ownership only transferred to the guardian home once the dog is neutered at my expense.
The puppy will return to me for health testing, mating and again for birthing. The female dog will spend approximately two thirds of her time in the Guardian home (prior to spay), and will be required for occasional stay in the Northbound breeder home in the first two years in order that she feels happy and comfortable here before returning to whelp. I will happily take in the girl whilst in season if a Guardian Home prefers this, and across all holiday periods for free. All health testing and vet related breeding costs are the responsibility of myself the breeder, all routine costs are the responsibility of the guardian home.
A question often asked by guardian homes is; will the dog miss me too much. Actually, the dog really doesn’t! We perversely want our dogs to miss us so we feel an odd gratification that the dog needs us. The pups that go into guardian homes have lived with me for a while or been bred by me. This means I am very much their home and family too. This is a positive thing for the dog as they have two homes that love her/him dearly and can fit in beautifully with both. I have never had a guardian home dog come back to me and pine for their guardian home family….it just doesn’t happen. They have a wonderful time here with me and my other dogs.
Another question raised is; can I come and visit when my guardian home girl has had her pups? Absolutely, I would expect you to come over and visit, it’s not a problem at all. The gorgeous girl, once she has fully raised her puppies will be returned back to you in the best condition.
Finally, what if I don’t want the girl to return to you and have a litter. That will never happen, because that is why my chosen girl (or stud) is in my breeding programme and in a guardian home not a pet home. So being a guardian home is probably not the path to suit you. Or you accept my girl will come back to me for her health tests, mating and raising of pups, or he/she is returned to me permanently. It really is that simple.
It is worth noting that should the guardian home dog not be kept in a healthy condition as assessed by a vet or the family renege on the agreed legally binding contract, or the dogs upbringing is in conflict to my high standards, then the dog will be removed from the guardian home with immediate effect. However, this is highly unlikely to happen as both parties are fully aware of the conditions of the guardian home contract, we do build up a friendship, a trust in each other and a love for this delightful breed. Plus I fully support and mentor my guardian homes on all areas of puppy and dog development, training, exercise and feeding. ALAUK
Preference will be given to current Northbound puppy owners, family or friends in the North West area, although other NW homes will be considered if suitable.
If you are seriously interested in taking an outstanding quality Australian Labradoodle into your home, at no purchase cost, as part of the future Northbound breeding programme and would like to know more, please do email me with some information about yourself and we can meet and explore our options further.
** I am SEEKING GUARDIAN HOME’S in the North West area. This will be for medium sized, pick of the litter, very special girls. Please contact me for more information or to arrange to meet to discuss further. **