What is the Guardian Program?
At times we need guardian homes for our puppies – I use guardian homes so that I can further my breeding program without having too many dogs at my own home. Guardianships enable breeding dogs to live one on one with a family while they are participating in my program. They are loved and cared for by the same family they will be living with when they retire. These are either male or female pups that will go on to join our breeding program. We select guardians living in Melbourne or nearby to care for our puppies as they grow and develop. A Guardian Family gets the very best that Aimfor has to offer in the Cairn Terrier. This means that we choose our breeding animals based on the best qualities that are outlined in our breed standard. Guardian Homes are a great opportunity for the right family. You are more then welcome to have your Guardian puppy shown by myself as well, but it is not a requirement.
What does Aimfor look for in families or individuals wanting to be a guardian?
Guardians have to be comfortable with having a dog that is not de-sexed. We also look for those who are happy with the dog being away from home for mating or when a bitch comes to stay with our family to whelp and feed her newborn puppies. We expect our pups to be well socialised and obedient and for you to keep us informed about the pup while in the program. The said dog is yours, it juust has a very special job to do!
How many litters would a bitch have?
We have contracts with our guardian families that allow for our girls to have a maximum of two litters but we make decisions on the number of litters in consultation with our vet. Sometimes one is enough to get what The health of YOUR family member is priority to us. The health and well-being of our dogs is paramount and we build our reputation as an accredited breeder on our commitment to doing the best for our dogs and the breed.
How much will it cost me to be part of the Guardian Program?
We charge a reduced fee for our guardian puppies/dogs. You will cover all costs associated with normal care of your puppy such as feeding, routine vet expenses and preventative health care. Any costs associated with breeding/reproduction/show enteries are covered by Aimfor. (Including food while pregnant and anything relating to the whelping/c section etc) Basically no different from owning a non-breeding pet. Aimfor happily pay for desexing after the contract is complete and offically sign over the dog in full.
What do I have to do to care for a breeding puppy? Is there anything extra?
Most of what you would do for a guardian puppy/dog is exactly the same as for a pet puppy/dog. Apart from routine care (feeding, shelter, grooming and exercise) ... and love is a given!
Im not sure if this will suit me and my family? What do I need to consider?
In making decisions about joining the program you need to ensure that the whole family has a good understanding of what is involved – even the kids as they are the ones that will find it hardest to have their best buddy away from time to time.
You will need to ensure that you are able to keep the puppy safely (ie that you have adequate fencing) and are willing to look for changes in a bitch as she comes into season (we will teach you what to look for and what to do). A bitch will usually need to visit a stud for mating and this takes place over a week. She returns to you for 8 weeks of her pregnancy then will come to live in our home for the last week, for whelping and until her pups are weaned. Of course this depends on the pups and the bitch to some extent but can mean that your girl is with us for a maximum of 6 weeks. Studs fulfil their duties in Melbourne or we visit you.
If you are still unsure after considering the information provided here, it may be that a pet puppy/dog will suit you better. Please contact us to discuss the program in more detail.
Whats the next step?
I do have people that have been guardians to breeding girls who are now retired (desexed) if you need to chat to someone who has done it before.
If you think this is a program you would like to be considered for we would like to know a little more about you – please contact us by email and we will arrange a time to meet and discuss further: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0402 009 770