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important information about our guardian program

We often have puppies available for our Guardian Program. If interested in being a part of our Guardian Program, please fill out the Guardian Program Application AFTER you've read the following information.

In our program, our parent dogs live in guardian homes for their whole life. Guardianship of the dog belongs to the guardian family, but the breeding rights of the dog remain with the breeder of Ruby Doodles of Louisiana. This means that the guardian family raises the dog as their own, is responsible for keeping the dog loved, safe, fed and healthy, but the breeder retains the right to breed the dog. A female will give us 2 to 4 litters and will generally have her first litter between 18 to 24 months old, and then 6-10 months after that until she is retired and spayed at our expense. A male is usually ready to breed around 12 months old. When a breeding dog is retired, or if the breeder ever decides not to breed the dog, the dog will immediately retire as a breeding dog, be spayed or neutered at the breeder’s expense, and ownership of the dog will transfer to the guardian home. There will be no fee due from the guardian.

Our guardian home program is not operated on a first come/first serve basis. When we have a dog that we'd like to keep for our breeder program and place in a guardian home, we look at all of the guardian home applications submitted. We choose the best fit for that particular dog. Things we look at are distance, yard, willingness to train, personal preferences, and availability of the guardian(s).

BENEFITS OF OWNING A GUARDIAN DOG: On top of not having to pay an adoption fee, we offer free boarding when we can (this is a must - we want to always ensure our dogs are safe when you're away as well as cultivate a relationship with them), free grooming, and you get the best quality pup of the litter! For a female dog, you're able to choose a puppy from one of her litters for yourself (after the first litter).

 

Guardian of a female dog can choose a puppy from any litter after her first litter, or a one time $2,000 reimbursement for expenses once the female is retired. This puppy will remain a pet only and not for breeding purposes, unless breeder decides to retain breeding rights for the puppy and guardian agrees (a reimbursement will still be given if guardian decides to continue being a guardian home for their current guardian dog's puppy). This puppy will be second pick of the litter, unless the breeder decides to forego the first pick, in which case the guardian will have first pick.

 

Guardian of a male dog will be paid a $250 fee every time he produces a litter for us. This reimbursement is contingent on whether or not the guardian follows the guidelines listed as responsibilities below. This payment is for the inconvenience of needing him sometimes with very short notice, and also an incentive to make sure he stays happy and healthy enough to produce wonderful puppies. A male dog in our program will produce multiple litters a year, depending on females. A male dog that is placed in a guardian home will be placed with no adoption fee.

Guardian Requirements:

  • Live within 1 hour of Youngsville, La.

  • Have a fenced in yard.

  • Have no other intact dogs in your home or yard (spayed or neutered dogs are OK).

  • Have pet ownership experience.

  • Be OK with female heat cycles if becoming a guardian home for a female.

  • Be willing to use our trainer for basic training.

Guardian Responsibilities:

  • Take care of the dog.

  • Have a fenced in yard and protect the dog. The fence needs to be secure enough that the dog cannot escape.

  • Use our trainer (Zendog in Lafayette, La) for basic training. If you're not willing to pay this fee, please do not apply. This is to ensure that our dogs know basic commands, and you must be able to reinforce these commands throughout the life of the dog. This is a huge part of responsible dog ownership. Your dog needs to know the basic commands such as "sit", "off", "come", and "down". They must also know how to walk properly on a leash. If we and the trainer feel as if the dog is not trainable, we will retire the dog.

  • Potty train and crate train the dog. This is a must. When the dog stays with us for breeding, whelping, or dog-sitting, your dog must sleep in a kennel here and will be expected to remain calm and quiet white kenneled. When they are here, they are part of our family, but they will be kenneled when we are gone or asleep.

  • Make sure the dog remains socialized and is used to other people and small kids.

  • Keep the dog brushed (line brush to get the root as well), nails trimmed, and ears clean. I can show you exactly what we expect and how to properly maintain your dog's coat. Regular grooming is key, which we provide for free.

  • The guardian agrees to bring the dog to the breeder anytime the guardian owner needs a dog sitter or boarding while away. The guardian agrees to make the breeder aware of this at least two weeks ahead of time. If the breeder cannot take the dog during this time, the breeder will allow a dog sitter that has been approved by the breeder to care for the dog. This is our way of not only knowing that our breeding dog is safe and taken care of, but also retaining a loving relationship with him/her.

  • Allow the breeder to pick-up the dog for mating visits and veterinarian appointments, upon demand. The breeder shall have the right to exercise temporary custody of the dog during breeding cycles, upon demand and as long as necessary (usually no longer than a week).

  • If the dog is female:
    • Notify me when the dog is in “heat”. We will inform you on how the female dog's reproductive system works and exactly what to expect.
    • Bring the dog to the breeder one week prior to the dog’s due date and allow the dog to stay with the breeder until the puppies are weaned, usually around 6 to 7 weeks old. We take very good care of our dog's, and you must trust that they're in great hands. You can visit anytime after the puppies are 4 weeks old.
    • Only feed the dog a healthy diet while she is pregnant. This means no table food and only a dog food approved by the breeder.
  • Assume exclusive and continuing financial responsibility in paying expenses associated with: food, breeding friendly heart worm medicine, breeding friendly flea prevention, veterinarian care, vaccines, and etc. The guardian home is responsible for any pet related expenses, and the breeder is responsible for any breeding related expenses.

  • Only administer heartworm prevention and flea and tick prevention to the dog that has been approved by the breeder.

  • Feed the dog the breeder’s choice of dog food during the life of this contract. There are certain ingredients in dog foods that have been known to cause fertility issues in both males and females, so we are picky about what our breeding dogs eat. We will always make sure the dog food is a healthy one and causes no other issues with our dogs.

  • Allow the dog to get enough exercise needed to be a healthy breeding dog.

  • Do not overfeed the dog. If the dog gains too much weight too fast, this will put pressure on the dog’s growing hips and joints and cause issues.

  • Pay for travel expenses related to breeding, whelping, and veterinary visits if the guardian owner moves more than two hours away for any reason. If the breeder agrees to travel in this case, guardian will pay for travel expenses.

  • Notify the breeder of any and all aggressive behavior by the dog, against any household pet or resident. The breeder shall have the discretionary right to have the dog spayed or neutered and/or retire the dog, since aggressive behavior can sometimes pass down to offspring.

  • If any lawsuits are placed against the owner of the dog for an incident that occurred on the guardian's property, guardian will take full financial responsibility.

  • There will be fines due from the guardian if the following occurs:

    • The dog was bred without the breeder’s prior written consent.

    • The dog was spayed or neutered without the breeder's prior written consent.

    • The dog is unable to breed anymore due to the guardian's negligence.
  • Give the dog back to the breeder at any time the guardian family cannot take care of the dog anymore. In this case, this contract will terminate.

 

Breeder Agrees To:

  • Pay for the purchase of the dog, the cost of micro chipping the dog, health & genetic testing expenses, and any other breeding related expenses.

  • Pay for the spay/neuter of the dog when it is time for the dog to retire or if the breeder decides to not breed the dog.

  • Replace the dog if the dog dies while in the breeder’s care. If there are any veterinary expenses incurred for the dog while in the breeder's care, the breeder is responsible for those expenses.

  • Keep the dog anytime the dog needs a dog sitter, or approve a dog sitter in the case that the breeder cannot keep the dog.

  • Reimburse the guardian set to terms above.

  • Groom the dog when needed, if time allows. This is contingent on if the guardian keeps the dog brushed well.

PLEASE SEND PICTURES OF YOUR YARD WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.

*There is a contract written by our lawyer that will be signed by the breeder and the guardian when the guardian receives the guardian dog.*

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