This collection of questions and answers below are our best attempt to address all your questions about our Guardian Program. Hopefully, the information doesn't overwhelm you. It is a very simple program even though it may seem like it has a lot of details. The main thing to remember is, if we as a people truly reject the idea of puppy mills, we have to think outside the box when it comes to housing and caring for our breeding dogs. We value our dogs as cherished family members, and we hope that you can see how this program benefits families and our four-legged friends!
In order to give our breeding dogs the best life possible, full of love and personal attention we need to limit how many adult dogs reside in our home full time. We also know that to breed the highest quality dogs we need to continually add quality bloodlines to our breeding program. How is this possible? For O’Dell’s Doodles and for many quality in-home breeders like us, the answer is a Guardian Home Program. O’Dell’s Doodles owns the dog and the rights to breeding the dog. Once the contract is fulfilled, it is at that time that the Guardian will become the legal “owners” of their beloved pet.
Our Guardian Home Program allows us to expand our breeding program the right way, by keeping our dogs out of kennels and in homes where they live as cherished family members. Any puppy that is added to our breeding program will thrive as well as be a part of the family to develop their full potential. Therefore, thus is why we have the guardian program. We want the best for our dogs, and they deserve forever families to love and spoil them. Essentially Guardian Dogs are our dogs to breed and yours to love!
We have found that people tend to take better care of something they have spent their money on. We take a deposit when placing a puppy in a Guardian Home. This help ensures the family follows our safety protocols pertaining to hip development so that there isn’t an injury that would prevent us from breeding the dog.
After each litter of pups, a portion of the deposit is returned to the guardian home. At the succession of the female's final litters (3rd & possibly 4th) the guardian family is gifted a cash bonus as a thank you for their dedication to our program. If a fourth litter is decided, then you will receive an additional compensation.
We view our Guardian Home Program as a true "win-win" situation. Our Guardian Families receive a "pick of the litter" quality puppy for free, after getting your deposit back at the completion of your contract and we have the satisfaction of knowing that our breeding dogs are living life as cherished family members.
The health and happiness of our dogs is always our priority! We typically contract 3 litters for females. This will always be O'Dell's Doodles decision and on a case-by-case basis. We are concerned for the well-being of our program dogs. If it is determined at the dog has problems with deliveries or it would be unhealthy for them to breed again, we will stop the breeding her and she will be yours. Once we have decided to retire the dog, the dog will be spayed, and full ownership will be signed over to the Guardian Family. If O'Dell's Doodles decides to have a 4th litter, keep in mind 3 litters repays the initial deposit (the dog is free) and anything beyond that is financially compensated.
Pregnancy is actually very easy. Once the “magic happens" the dog returns to her Guardian Family for her pregnancy. She will go home with “Pregnant Momma Notes” to help ease your initial concerns. The dog may act a little more tired, or not eat normally for a few weeks. The last couple weeks of pregnancy she is usually becoming hungrier and sleeps more as time progresses. Otherwise, normal activity is typical, and it is important to continue with walking the dog right up to the end. This helps during delivery. Being in shape is always best. Normal play and romping and running during the first half of pregnancy is great. After that, we limit activity to walks on a leash and no ball chasing type of activities. We do ask that no chemicals are given during pregnancy. We have to be notified immediately of any illness or injury so we can be involved in determining how she is treated.
As soon as the family is aware the dog is in heat, we will have them arrange to bring the dog to us by day 5 - 7 of the heat cycle.
She will remain with us for about one week, and then they can pick her up and take her back home.
Dogs are pregnant for 63 days.
She will come to us about a week before she is due with her litter. This gives her time to settle into our house and get used to seeing the whelping box before the babies arrive. She will go home after puppies are weaned. This will be between 6 and 7 weeks of age.
No. We are the dog’s second family, and they enjoy being spoiled by us. They sleep in our bed before the babies arrive, get lots of special food and treats, and tons of attention. Many of our Guardian dogs were born in our home and are happy and comfortable here.
While the dog is in guardian's care and home, any illness or injury that happens is their financial responsibility. We must be involved in treatment plans and know what is going on and determining medications, but the family is responsible for those expenses. Health insurance is recommended during the breeding years/contract period. This insurance is for your protection because these dogs are extremely valuable as breeders.
We ask that Guardian Families keep the dog in a breed appropriate cut (Goldendoodle, Poodle, Golden Retriever, Bernedoodle or Bernese Mtn. Dog). We require that the dog be kept groomed and matt free. If you are unable to keep the coat in good shape yourself, you are required to use a groomer to do so. If the dog is brought to us with a matted coat, or a coat that is in bad shape, we have the right to take them in to our own groomer and have them shaved down or worked on, but you will be responsible to reimburse us for that expense before the dog returns to you. Guardian dogs are ambassadors for our program. It is important that they are kept in pristine condition.
I need my boys close. If you live in Madera or Fresno County and would like to be considered for a male Guardian puppy, please send us an email. Please keep in mind that the travel is a bit more intense with a male and sometimes there is not a lot of notice (when a female is ovulating, we need the male). Sometimes it takes weeks into a heat cycle for a female to ovulate, other times it happens in days and catches us all off guard.
This is the best question anyone has ever asked me. The answer is communication and trust! Communication is the key to this relationship being happy and harmonious for all parties involved. Good communication lays the foundation for a relationship built on trust.
If you would like to move forward, send us a message to let us know you are interested. We will then set up a time for an in-person interview. We will let you know what puppies we have coming into our program and to your home and lifestyle. Here at O'Dell's Doodles, we strive for excellence. Please do not hesitate to email for any questions!