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Maple Lane

Australian Labradoodles


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:

  • 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, though similar training is acceptable.  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 $250/3 months.

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

  • Maintain 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 30 minutes from Annville, will need to provide transportation either to a local vet for any testing or vet visits or work with us to meet us for the visit.  

  • We will provide transportation for any reproductive specialist visits, though we may ask our guardians to meet us depending on location.

  • Cooperate with breeding-dictated needs such as timing of vaccinations, avoiding particular 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.

  • Send pictures regularly so that we can build a page for them.  Once we're ready to post that page, we'll ask for a paragraph on your pup's personality from your perspective.

Guardian homes with female dogs:

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

  • Bring the dog to our home a couple of times 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.

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

  • 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 a maximum of 4-5 times between the ages of close to 2 years old and 6, then they are spayed and belong completely to their family.  

Guardian homes with male dogs: (We have no plans for new stud dogs at this time.)

  • 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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