Here at Willow & Co. we consider our dogs to be beloved members of our family. By introducing Guardian Homes into our program, it has allowed us to expand, give our dogs the best and most loved homes, while also keeping our program kennel free!
A guardian home is a great way for a qualifying family to have one of our dogs without paying the cost of a high-quality dog. A guardian home is a family who agrees to care for and raise one of our breeding dogs for the duration of their breeding career. Once their breeding career is finished and we alter our breeding dog, full ownership is transferred to guardian home.
Guardian homes are required to provide a loving home, maintain routine vet care, keep dog UTD on all vaccinations and preventative treatments and provide adequate training and socialization. Basically, the essentials to owning any dog! Willow & Co, as their owner, will provide breeding related expenses. One major benefit to being a guardian home is we provide free boarding to our breeding dog (if available).
GUARDIAN HOMES HAVE NO BREEDING RIGHTS TO MALE/FEMALE GUARDIAN DOGS.
Female guardian's, families are required to notify us as soon as female goes into heat. Females will be absent from the guardian home for initial breeding (this could be 2-4 days) and then returned back to guardian home till a week before due date (2 months pregnant) at that time our female will come reside with us 8-9 weeks for whelping and raising her puppies before being returned back to guardian home! After female has completed set amount litters within the agreement we pay for her to be spayed and she is returned to you to live out the rest of her happy life!
Male guardian homes, after health testing is complete and we confirm he is officially apart of Willow & Co. breeding program, we will give as much notice as possible to guardian family. Typically, our males will be beginning breeding from 1-5 years old. We do our best to give as much of a notice as possible but sometimes notice can be given 1-2 days in advance, excellent communication is a must for this reason! In extreme cases, male guardians can be used anywhere from 2-3x a month or not at all for months at a time! Males will be gone from guardian home residence 2-4 days at a time or returned the same day. After male has completed set number of years within the agreement, we pay for him to be neutered and he is returned to you to live out the rest of his happy life!