Guardian Home Program
This program allows Foxtail’s dogs to be adopted by loving forever homes while still maintaining status as a breeding dog for a contracted number of litters. The Guardian supports the Breeder’s needs through the Guardian Program.
Guardian family must live in close proximity to Foxtail Labradors(In the Fort St John area).
Guardians must have some previous dog experience.
Guardians must live in a house with a fully fenced yard and must keep the dog on a leash when outside of their fenced yard.
Guardians must provide appropriate veterinary or emergency care when needed, including vaccinations and deworming.
All veterinary care is to be discussed with and approved by breeder prior to any treatment. The veterinary needs to be aware that the dog is a guardian breeding dog and that the breeder be added to the dog’s chart as co-owner.
Guardians must not allow the dog to participate in extended strenuous running before 18 months of age.
Guardians must not allow a female around intact males during her heat cycle.
Guardians must not allow a male to breed any females other than those chosen by the breeder.
Breeder can visit the guardian family throughout the year at pre-arranged times.
Guardian agrees to feed TLC dog food and keep the dog in good physical shape and an ideal weight. We asked that the guardian dog be crate trained and know basic commands and have polite leash training.
Guardian must inform Foxtail Labradors of vacations and planned absences. And to notify the breeder in advance of any changes of address or phone number.
All vaccination and deworming’s need to be up to date.
We require the family to avoid any chemicals or harmful foods to keep away from the dog or any flea, heartworm or any other meds.
If the dog becomes sick or injured, we need the Guardian family to notify us right away so we are involved in all decisions regarding treatment of the dog and where the dog will be seen by a vet.
We ask the family to practice safe handling of the dog: not to leave the dog outside if they are not at home especially when the female is in heat. Tying up the dog if they are in the back of a pickup. A leash must be used at all times in public. Also please stay away from all off-leash dog parks while the dog is intact (protects against unwanted pregnancies and diseases). The dog should not be left in a vehicle if it is hot outside.
While the dog is in the guardian’s care and home, any illness or injury that happens is their financial responsibility. Health insurance is recommended during the dogs breeding years. This insurance is for your protection because these dogs are extremely valuable as breeders.
The guardian home pays for any normal care items, food, leashes, beds vaccinations and deworming’s.
We pay for all expenses related to health testing for breeding purposes and litter expenses.
The guardian home is responsible for the transportation of the dog to us when needed for breeding, litters or health testing.
If at anytime the Guardian family is unable to care for the dog we will arrange to have the dog brought back to Foxtail Labradors.
If moving the breeder has the right to remove the Guardian dog form the Guardian home.
Foxtail Labradors pays for the spay or neuter surgery after the dog is retired from the breeding program.
If a Guardian Dog is deemed unfit for breeding due to health issues it will be spayed and this agreement will be satisfied.
We aim to have two to four litters form the females. But each dog is specific and we want the best for each one. Depending on her litters and what health she is in we may only breed her once or twice.
During the pregnancy of the female she can resume activity as normal. It is important to continue with walking the dog right up to the end of her pregnancy. This helps during delivery. Normal play and running during the first half of the pregnancy is great. After that we limit activity to walks on leash and no ball chasing type activities. Her pregnancy lasts for 63 days.
She will come to us a week before she is due with her litter. She will go home to the guardian family after the puppies are weaned. This will be between 6 and 8 weeks of age.
We usually breed on the second heat following their 1st birthday. Depending on her condition and health we’ll decide if she’ll be bred a year from having her litter. Sometimes we breed back to back from heats or we wait longer then a year between litters. We need to be notified at all times when she comes into heat.
If we plan to breed on her next heat the guardian family notifies us as soon as the dog is in heat, we will have you arrange to bring the dog to us. She will remain with us for up to 2 weeks.
Transfer of Ownership
Once the female has finished their breeding program, Foxtail Labradors will give permission for the guardian family to spay or neuter the dog at the breeder’s expense and choice of veterinarian. Once proof of the spay or neuter is provided to Foxtail Labradors, legal ownership is then transferred to the guardian family.
If you've read all the requirements and guidelines and think your family would be a good fit please email firstname.lastname@example.org