One of the most important values we have as
a dog breeder is that each and every dog deserves to be loved and be a valued member of a home. In order to accomplish this and yet continue our breeding business, we look for guardian homes. A guardian home loves and trains the dog and will continue to be the dog's furever home when their breeding career is complete.
Guardian homes commit to the following:
- Bringing the dog to our home approximately every 6-8 weeks so that the dog is completely comfortable being in our home. This works to your benefit because we can often coordinate with you so that the dog stays with us when you need to be gone for a day, weekend, or vacation.
- Training their dog extensively. Dogs should attend early training and continue in training, preferably earning the Canine Good Citizen Award.
- Paying for all regular expenses, including food, vet visits, vaccinations, grooming, etc. We will cover all breeding-related expenses.
- Feeding a high quality diet. Breeding dogs require high protein diets. Kibble should have 3 meat-based proteins in the first 4 ingredients. We appreciate the research and guidance at Dog Food Advisor and stick to their 4-5 star brand recommendations.
- Having a fenced-in yard. A physical fence is preferable to an electric fence, but we know that a physical fence isn't always possible.
- Always keeping their dog on a leash outside of their home or yard, except for dogs who have had strong recall training and are off-leash in safe places.
- Making their dog available for breeding-related veterinary visits, like blood draws and testing. These might be done at their regular vet or at the vet of our choice. All costs of breeding will be covered by Maple Lane Australian Labradoodles and we will work together on transportation.
- Cooperating with breeding-dictated needs such as timing of vaccinations, avoiding dog parks/kennels when pregnant, and increased food needs.
- Guardian homes with female dogs must live within about an hour of Annville, PA. Females need to have several blood draws done to test their hormone levels to help us determine the optimum breeding window. When ready to breed, we'll pick them up and transport them to the breeding, which generally will be a few hours on two occasions over the course of three days. She will need to return to our home during the last week of her pregnancy and stay with us until her puppies have weaned. Guardians of females can visit their dog and play with the puppies while she is with us except for the first week after delivery.
- Guardian homes with male dogs must be within 30 minutes of Annville, PA. Male dogs will need to visit us about every 2 months for their first year in order to ensure they are comfortable in our home. When there is a female in heat that we would like to breed him with, he will need to visit for several hours at a time, typically every other day over a three day period.
Females generally breed up to twice a year between 18 months and 6 years old. They are bred a maximum of three times in a row and will be bred between 4-8 times in total. Often, guardian families find it works well to time trips, vacations, or home improvement projects while their dog is whelping, saving the nuisance and expense of boarding. Males can breed for years after their first birthday.
If you are interested in applying to become a guardian home, please complete the Guardian Home Application in the link above and return it to us by email. We love our guardian families! If you have any questions, please feel free to email.