Heritage Manor Guardian Home Program

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We Presently have Openings for Guardians

Participating in our Guardian Home Program, you will receive one of Heritage Manors’s very best Australian Labradoodle Puppies . You will be receiving one of our  potential breeding puppies as your four-legged companion.  The puppy will possess excellent qualities as outlined in the ALAA breed standard (i.e. conformation, color, movement, temperament, soundness and coat quality).  

Our potential breeder puppies will be fully health tested by Heritage Manor Labradoodles prior to entering our Breeding Program.  Our Guardian potential breeder puppies are owned by Heritage Manor Labradoodles and are not for sale.   Heritage Manor retains  sole rights, interest and breeding  of the puppy/dog. 

Our breeding dogs live in our home  or,   in the homes of  guardian families  living within 35 miles of Heritage Manor, as our family pets.  Guardians must  have reliable transportation and meet the requirements of our Guardian Home Contract.  Visits with the Guardian puppy will be needed for the assessing/testing process and eventually our Breeding Program. The Guardian Home puppy returns to the Guardian family after these visits.

Guardian must own their own home and have a  fenced in yard. The puppy must be leashed when outside  fenced in area.   Guardian puppy/dog should never be left outside unattended.  Should Guardian Family have an in ground or above ground pool, an adult MUST be in attendance at all times. 

Any and all medical costs related to breeding and, any stud fees needed to produce the litter, are solely the responsibility of Heritage Manor Labradoodles. Guardian Program families are responsible for routine preventative/medical care including, but not limited to, feeding, vaccinations, flea, tick, internal and external parasites and heart worm preventative.   Guardian WILL NOT USE  COMFORTIS, TRIFEXIS, NEXGUARD or BRAVECTO on Puppy/dog as these have been associated with illness and death.   Guardian will use veterinarians at Animal Clinic Northview in North Ridgeville, Ohio.  

Guardian puppy/dog will feed solely Life’s Abundance (LA) All Life Stages Food and Life’s Abundance canned food as an additive.  Guardian will give their  puppy/dog  Life’s Abundance Skin & Coat Formula and Life’s Abundance Wellness Food Supplement following LA suggested daily usage. 

Guardian Families are responsible for  grooming of their puppy/dog following the guidelines of the ALAA Grooming Guidelines.

The Puppy/dog and Guardian must begin attending Puppy Classes by 12 weeks of age and continue with Novice, Intermediate, & Advanced obedience classes passing the Canine Good Citizen by one year of age.

Guardians must have previous dog experience.  Guardians must ensure your puppy/dog is nurtured, trained, exercised and receives unconditional love. If another dog is a member of your household, said dog MUST be spayed/neutered.

Once the breeder dog is retired from our breeding program, typically occurring at five years of age (though Heritage Manor retains breeding rights until seven years of age), Heritage Manor will spay/neuter the breeder dog and sole ownership will be transferred to the Guardian and their “Forever Home”.

Guardian Home Program Overview

12 Weeks to 14 Months

When adopting a Guardian puppy/adolescent from our Guardian Home Program, your  puppy/dog  will live with you as your family pet. Your task at hand will be giving and receiving unconditional love, much training and large amounts of socialization; the most important things you can do for your “sponge” puppy at this stage.

Girls typically have their first season/heat cycle between 9-14 months of age. Upon the start of their season, you must contact us immediately. Should you not have a safe, protected place to keep them, or do not want to go through this cycle with them, you can bring them to us, and we will take care of them during their cycle, ensuring they are not accidentally bred. A season will typically last about 3 weeks and their next season will be in 4-8 months. We do not breed our girls prior to 12 months of age, nor before completion of all health testing.

Our Breeding Program assessment/health testing will be completed by 14 months of age. Heritage Manor is responsible for all costs incurred in this assessment. A final decision will then be determined as to Guardian dog becoming part of our Breeding Program. Heritage Manor strives to select only the best puppies to continue and develop our Breeding Program. Should we decide not to breed the Guardian dog, we will then have Guardian dog spayed/neutered and the Guardian Home Contract is complete.

14 MONTHS OF AGE AND PART OF OUR BREEDING PROGRAM

A female Guardian dog placed in our Breeding Program requires the Guardian family to bring the dog to Heritage Manor, at the onset of each season we intend to breed.  Should we elect not to breed a female Guardian dog during a season/heat, the Guardian family may keep their Guardian dog with them, if they have a safe area to keep dog protected. The Guardian family may also bring the dog to Heritage Manor to ensure an unwanted breeding does not take place. We do not always breed our dogs each season, and the Guardian dog will be evaluated on a case by case basis. After each season they spend with us, the dog will return to the Guardian family. If we have mated dog while here, she will go back home with you during her gestation, and you will receive instructions as to her care and when she must return to us to have her litter.

Pregnant Guardian Home dogs must return to Heritage Manor one week prior to their due date. This enables them time to settle in and begin nesting in preparation for the birth of their puppies. The Guardian family may schedule visits with “Mommy” and the new babies while she is with us. Once puppies are weaned, between 6-7 weeks of age, the Guardian dog returns to her Guardian family.

REQUIRED LITTERS

Guardian Home dogs have between 2 to 4 litters in our Breeding Program. A Guardian dog is routinely assessed with each breeding and litter produced. Through these assessments, we may elect to early retire a breeder/guardian dog, or we may elect to breed them the full four litters. This is solely the decision of Heritage Manor Labradoodles, and it is our right exclusively to make that decision with the guidance of our medical support team. Upon retirement, we will spay/neuter the Guardian dog and transfer ownership to their Guardian family, where they remain your pet with no further requirements. The health and well-being of our breeding dogs is our primary focus, ensuring they are in excellent health for each litter they produce.

GUARDIAN HOME PROGRAM DOG AVAILABILITY

Heritage Manor Labradoodles will occasionally enter female puppies/adolescents into our Guardian Home Program. We may also intermittently have adults, but most available guardian puppies are 12 weeks of age to adolescence. Our Guardian Home puppies are a variety of colors (i.e. reds, apricots, creams, caramel, chocolates) and Miniature, Medium, and Standard in size. Select, available puppies in our Guardian Home Program are routinely listed below (routinely updating).

If you are interested in becoming a Guardian for one of Heritage Manor’s potential breeder puppies/dogs; complete the Guardian Application. Heritage Manor works closely with our Guardian Families selecting a perfect guardian puppy match that fits.

It is RARE that we have a male puppy/dog  enter our Guardian Program and specific terms and conditions will be outlined in Guardian Home Contract.

We sincerely thank you for your interest in our Guardian Program.