Maple Lane

Australian Labradoodles

We will need several guardian families for puppies arriving

in winter and spring.

Each and every dog deserves to be a loved and valued member of a family!  Guardians provide the home, love, and training for a breeding dog.  We provide the dog, assistance, breeding care, and raise the puppies. When they have reached the end of their breeding career, our guardian dogs belong completely to the family they love.  
While we love having a house full of dogs, there are only so many we can give enough attention and training.  So, in order to expand our program and yet make sure all dogs are in loving homes, we select some homes to be guardians for dogs we’d like to breed.  If you are interested in becoming a guardian family, we ask that you complete the Guardian Application to help us learn about you and your family.

Guardian homes commit to the following:

  • Bring the dog to our home approximately quarterly for the first year so that they are completely comfortable being in our home.  You are free to stay and visit or drop them off for a couple hours.

  • Train their dog beyond puppy kindergarten.  Dogs should attend early training and continue in training beyond puppy kindergarten, preferably earning the Canine Good Citizen Award. Training may be done with a trainer, through physical training classes, or through online classes or a combination.

  • Provide thorough socialization for the dog, taking them out to a variety of experiences and locations in order to help them develop into confident, well-adjusted pets.

  • Pay for all regular expenses, including food, vet visits, vaccinations, grooming, etc. We will cover all breeding-related expenses.  

  • Feed the food and vitamin regimen we require.  For cost estimation purposes, this runs about $200/3 months.

  • Provide containment.  A physical fence is preferable to any other containment, but we know that a physical fence isn't always possible.

  • Ensure the dog's safety by ensuring they are always on a leash outside of their home or yard, except for dogs who have had extensive recall training and are off-leash in safe places.

  • Cooperate with 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.  Guardians who live further than 20 minutes from Annville, will need to provide transportation for any testing or vet visits.  

  • We will provide transportation for any reproductive specialist visits and the hip, heart, elbow, and eye testing that we do to ensure that our breeding dogs are of the highest health quality.

  • Cooperate with breeding-dictated needs such as timing of vaccinations, avoiding kennels when pregnant, ceasing any competition participation or training classes after breeding, and increased food needs.

  • All regular vet care must be done at agreed-upon vet.  

  • AVOID dog parks completely.  

  • NEVER leave a pregnant dog in a kennel while on vacation, etc.  We will work with you to make arrangements should a pregnancy overlap your plans.

Guardian homes with female dogs:

  • Live within about an hour and a half of Annville, PA.

  • Let us know when her heat cycle begins, even when it is not a breeding cycle.

  • Bring her to our home during the last week of her pregnancy where she will stay with us until her puppies have weaned, generally at 6 weeks old. 

  • Guardians of females can visit their dog and play with the puppies while she is with us except for the first week after delivery. 

  • Females have at most 2 heats a year that are easily handled with a washable diaper and 1 panty liner/day.

  • Females are bred 2-3 consecutive times, take a break, and then a second set of 2-3 breeding, with a maximum of 4-6 breedings.  It may seem counterintuitive to breed multiple times in a row, but studies show it is beneficial for dogs' bodies.  Females bodies produce the same hormones whether they are bred or not.  These hormones eventually take a toll on their bodies, so it is best for their long term health to complete their breeding career before the age of 6, and being done by 5 is our preference. Beyond the 6 years of age, the risk for females increases significantly.

  • If you are interested in caring for your girl and her puppies and one adult is home full time, we are happy to discuss the details and compensation. 

Guardian homes with male dogs:

  • Must be within 30 minutes of Annville, PA. 

  • 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. 

  • We will work together on transportation for breedings.

  • Males can breed for years after their first birthday. 

  • He will need regular screenings to ensure breeding health, which is covered at our expense and may be done at your vet or a reproductive vet.

 

If you are interested in applying to become a guardian home, please complete the Guardian Application and return it to us by email.   If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

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