At Shady Creek Labradoodles, we believe that all dogs should live a life as someone’s beloved family member(s), whether participate in breeding or not.
Our breeding dogs live in our house as our family dogs and in the homes of local guardian families. Australian Labradoodles are social animals and thrive in a socially rich family atmosphere. This partnership with our guardian families allows us to breed in a home environment without utilizing a kennel.
In exchange for participation in the program, the dog is provided free of charge. There is a deposit to participate in the program.
Our Guardian Families get the very best that Shady Creek Labradoodles has to offer in the Australian Labradoodle! This means that we choose our breeding dogs based on the best qualities that are outlined in our breed standard with temperament of course coming first. Another wonderful benefit to our Guardian Families is that their Guardian dog or puppy will be completely health tested at the expense of Shady Creek Labradoodles prior to entering our breeding program at no cost to the Guardian Family. Our Guardian Families get to enjoy the excitement of being a part of our breeding program, and seeing the offspring of their very own Guardian dog be placed with families, bringing others the same joy and happiness that they have received from their Guardian Dog!
To be considered as a Guardian Home for one of our breeding dogs, we require that you live within a 30 minute commute of our home. It is necessary that you have physical fencing to provide a safe and secure environment for the Guardian dog/puppy, own your own home, and have a schedule that will allow for your dog to not be left alone for extended periods of time. All dogs and pups placed in Guardian Families must be indoor dogs, and never be left outside unattended. Guardian Families must have reliable transportation, and a willingness to bring the Guardian dog/pup to us when needed throughout the year.
Guardian Families are responsible for pet related care including but not limited to:
Most all of our dogs/pups available for our Guardian Program will be females. Occasionally we will have a male available but it is rare.
If you are applying for a young adult, or mature Guardian dog, she will already come to you completely health tested, and may have just a couple more breedings for us (depending on her age and the number of litters she has had) prior to her being spayed and released solely to you as a forever pet. When the Guardian dog is in season, the Guardian Family is required to contact us immediately. An intact female usually has a heat cycle that will last between 14 and 21 days. During this time, we will need access to her for breeding related appointments. Once she has been bred, she will remain with her Guardian Family until one week before her due date. At that time, the Guardian dog will come back to stay with us throughout her pregnancy, and will be returned once her pups are fully weaned approximately 7 weeks later. Guardian Families are welcomed and encouraged to visit with scheduled appts while their Guardian Dog is at Shady Creek Labradoodles.
If you are applying for a Guardian Home puppy, she will come to you at 8 weeks of age. During the first year, Shady Creek Labradoodles will have her health testing completed. Once we receive all of the results from her health testing, we are then able to assess whether or not she will enter our breeding program. If for any reason we decide not to breed the Guardian Puppy placed with you (this is a decision solely made by Shady Creek Labradoodles) we will then spay the Guardian puppy, and she will remain a forever family pet with her Guardian Family.
If you are receiving a Guardian Home Puppy, we ask for monthly photos and updates during the first year so that we can watch her develop, and update our website. We also will require a visit to our Guardian Family’s home every few months during the first year to assess the Guardian Puppy, as well as build a relationship with her for the future. Occasionally, we will ask our Guardian Families to bring the puppy to us for a visit so that she can get comfortable with our home for when she will be here with us in the future having babies.
Please complete our Application if you are interested in our guardian program, once your application is received and we determine that you meet the criteria to become a guardian of one of our gorgeous dogs we will contact you. We are not flexible with the requirements to become a guardian. In an effort to allow us to focus our time on our puppies and families we ask that you not apply or inquire if your family does not meet the requirements.
We are incredibly thankful for our guardian families and are always in need of a committed family.