In an effort to ensure all of our dogs live a pampered life with their very own furever family, we have implemented our Guardian Home Program!
What is A Guardian Home?
Our Guardian Home Program allows for local families to have a “pick of the litter puppy”, or top notch adolescent/adult breeding dog at no cost. The Guardian Home puppy or dog is part of the Guardian Home’s Family forever, while the breeding rights are retained by Scallywag Doodles for a set amount of time (each situation is slightly different so we prefer to work out specific details with each family on an individual basis). Once the Guardian Dog has completed his/her breeding career, he/she will be spayed or neutered at our expense and the dog will remain a forever pet of their Guardian Family!
Is There a Cost Involved to Be a Guardian Home?
No - there is no charge to our Guardian Homes and we pay for the first set of puppy classes.
Our Guardian Home Families are responsible for the general routine veterinary care and wellness of the Guardian puppy/dog placed with them. This means annual vaccines, feeding a high quality dog food, grooming, ongoing training, regular exercise and socialization, and most importantly all the love and care and attention possible!
Any “breeding related” medical costs for the Guardian Dog are the expense of Scallywag Doodles. Our Guardian Homes are only responsible for routine maintenance and medical care just as they would if they had their own dog.
What Are the Benefits of Being a Guardian Home?
A Guardian Family gets the very best that Scallywags has to offer in Goldendoodles and Aussiedoodles! This means that we choose our breeding stock based on the best qualities that are outlined in our breed standard with temperament of course coming first. Another wonderful benefit to our Guardian Families is that their Guardian dog or puppy will be completely health tested by 18 months of age (some tests may be done as early as 16 weeks of age) at the expense of Scallywags prior to entering our breeding program at no cost to the Guardian Family. Our Guardian Families get to enjoy the excitement of being a part of our breeding program, and seeing the offspring of their very own Guardian dog be placed with families across the country bringing others the same joy and happiness that they have received from their Guardian Dog!
What Are The Requirements to Become A Guardian Home?
To be considered as a Guardian Home for one of our breeding dogs, we require that you live within 1.5 hours of our home, (Squamish, BC) or ideally in Squamish, as we can also provide daycare and boarding for vacations. It is necessary that you have physical fencing to provide a safe and secure environment for the Guardian dog/puppy, own your own home, and have a schedule that will allow for your dog to not be left alone for extended periods of time. All dogs and pups placed in Guardian Families must be indoor dogs, and never be left outside unattended. Guardian Families must have reliable transportation, and a willingness to bring the Guardian dog/pup to us when needed throughout the year.
So How Does it Work?
Most all of our dogs/pups available for our Guardian Program will be females. Occasionally we will have a male available as well!
Male/Stud dog guardianship is minimally disruptive to most homes, the male will be required for a few days no more than 6 times a year.
Female puppies generally get their first season around 8-10 months in our experience, but could be as early as 6 months of age or as late as a year. During the heat cycle we recommend the dog wearing a reusable fabric diaper cover whilst in the home, they are comfortable and the girls barely notice they are wearing 'panties', generally there is little change other than the girls become a little more cuddly and clingy. The latest reproductive advice is to breed on the 2nd or 3rd heat, dependent on age, 18-24mths is ideal and to breed consecutively on each heat with no breaks, It is better for overall uterine health and to avoid pyometra, a serious uterine infection. When the female Guardian dog is in season, the Guardian Family is required to contact us immediately, so that we can document her cycle and schedule progesterone testing appointments and possibly book the reproductive vet for AI. An intact female usually has a heat cycle every 6-12months, that will last between 14 and 21 days. During the last 7-10 days of her heat it is crucial that no intact male is allowed access to her, or that she is left unattended in a back yard, fenced or otherwise, intact males will break through or jump fences! During her heat we will need access to her for breeding related appointments. Once she has been bred, she will remain with her Guardian Family until a week before her due date. At that time, the Guardian dog will come back to stay with us for the last week of her pregnancy, and will be returned once her pups are fully weaned approximately 8 weeks later. Guardian Families are welcomed and encouraged to visit with scheduled appointments while their Guardian Dog is at Scallywags.
If you are applying for a Guardian Home puppy, the age of the puppy can vary. During the first year and a half, Scallywags will have her health testing completed. Once we receive all of the results from her health testing, we are then able to assess whether or not she will enter our breeding program. If for any reason we decide not to breed the Guardian Puppy placed with you (this is a decision solely made by us) we will then pay to spay the Guardian puppy at no cost to you and she will remain a forever family pet with her Guardian Family.
If you are receiving a Guardian Home Puppy, we ask for monthly photos and updates during the first year so that we can watch her develop, and update our website. We will also require a visit to our Guardian Family’s home every few months during the first year to assess the Guardian Puppy, as well as build a relationship with her and the family for the future. Occasionally, we will ask our Guardian Families to bring the puppy to us for a visit so that she can get comfortable with our home for when she will be here with us in the future having babies.
How Many Litters Will A Guardian Female Produce?
Each dog is individually assessed before determining their required litters. Most of our Guardian dogs will have around 3 litters for us. The health and well being of our breeding dogs is our priority. Occasionally we may decide to have fewer litters if we have accomplished our goals in development of our Guardian dog in a shorter period of time. Again, this is determined by us.
If you are interested in applying to be a Guardian Family please take the time to fill out a puppy application first, and we are happy to contact you to discuss Guardian Home opportunities available!
Unfortunately we are unable to be flexible with the criteria required to become a guardian family. In an effort to allow us to focus the majority of our time on our dogs and puppies, we ask that you do not request us to negotiate the terms if you do not meet the full requirements to participate in the Guardian Program.
Thank You for your interest.