Become Cotton Guardianship Paw-rents
We would be honored if you became part of our Guardian Paw-rents program. This is how our Guardian home program works.
What is a Guardian Home?
Our Guardian Home Program allows for local families to have a “pick of the litter puppy”, or top notch adolescent/adult breeding dog without the lofty cost.
The Guardian Home puppy or dog is part of the Guardian Home’s Family forever, while the breeding rights are retained by Cotton Country Doodles 🐶 for a set amount of time (each situation is slightly different so we prefer to work out specific details with each family on an individual basis.)
When the dog reaches breeding age, any health testing for breeding will be done at the expense of Cotton Country Doodles. If the breeder finds the dog is not up to the proper breeding standards, full ownership will be signed over to the guardian family and they will be required to have him or her spayed/neutered. If the said dog is used for breeding, once retired, he/she will be spayed/neutered and full ownership will be given to the guardian home at that time, and the dog will remain a forever pet of their Guardian Family!
What are the benefits of being a Guardian Home?
A Guardian Family gets the very best, pick of the litter that Cotton Country Doodles has to offer in the Doodle breeds! This means that we choose our breeding stock based on the best qualities that are outlined in our breed standard. Another wonderful benefit to our Guardian Families is that their Guardian dog or puppy will be completely health tested by 12 months of age (some tests may be done as early as 16 weeks of age) at the expense of Cotton Country Doodles prior to entering our breeding program at no cost to the Guardian Family. Our Guardian Paw-rent gets to enjoy the excitement of being a part of our breeding program and seeing their very own Guardian dog’s offspring, be placed with families across the country bringing others the same joy and happiness that they have received from their Guardian Dog! You will also be encouraged to visit with your Guardian dog’s puppies at The Cotton Blossom nursery to indulge in the beautiful miracle of life, newborn puppy snuggles and join together to help foster the socialization of the puppies.
Is there a cost involved in being a Guardian Home?
There is no purchase cost to a Guardian Paw-rent for a Guardian puppy/dog. Cotton Country Doodles covers the cost of the purchase. Our Guardian Paw-rents are responsible for the general routine veterinary care and wellness of the Guardian puppy/dog placed with them. This means annual vaccines, feeding a quality dog food, grooming as needed, monthly heartworm prevention, flea/tick prevention, time with training, regular exercise and socialization, and most importantly all the love, care and attention.
Any “breeding related” medical costs for the Guardian Dog are the expense of Cotton Country Doodles. Our Guardian Homes are only responsible for routine maintenance and medical care just as they would if they had their own dog.
So how does it work?
Most all of our dogs/pups available for our Guardian Paw-rents Program will be females. Occasionally we will have a male available as well!
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 Paw-rent 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 Paw-rent 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. Guardian Paw-rents are welcomed and encouraged to visit with us while their Guardian Dog is in our home at the Cotton Country Blossom Nursery.
If you are applying for a Guardian Home puppy, she will come to you around 8 weeks of age. During the first year, Cotton Country Doodles 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 Cotton Country Doodles) the Guardian home is then required to spay/neuter the Guardian puppy, and he/she will remain a forever family pet with the Guardian Family.
If you are receiving a Guardian Home Puppy, we ask for twice a month photos and updates so that we can watch them grow. 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 Paw-rents 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.
To qualify as a guardian home for a male, you must live within a 1 hour drive from Cotton Country Doodles and have the dog available when needed for breeding. For a female, you may live further than 1 hour away but must be willing to travel to bring the dog to us when needed.
How many litters will a Guardian Female produce?
Each dog is individually assessed before determining their required litters. Our Guardian dogs will have no more than 5 litters for us (this depends whether you have an adult that has already had litters or a puppy entering our breeding program). The health and well being of our breeding dogs is a priority to us, and prior to any breeding, Cotton Country Doodles will receive clearance and health testing by our Reproductive Veterinarian. Occasionally we may decide to have fewer litters if we have accomplished our goals in development of our Guardian dog in a shorter period of time. Again, this is determined by Cotton Country Doodles.
If you are interested in applying to be a Guardian Paw-rent please take the time to fill out our Guardian Home application first and we are happy to contact you to discuss Guardian Home opportunities available!
Let your puppy love blossom!