Thank you for your interest in becoming a Guardian home for a JoaLins Australian Labradoodle puppy. This program is designed for families that would love an Australian Labradoodle puppy or an older dog from JoaLins but can’t afford the large upfront cost. Our Guardian Home program is a unique and exciting opportunity for a family who lives within 2 hours of the Tampa Bay area in Florida to provide a safe and loving home environment for one of our awesome labradoodle puppies.
The JoaLins Guardian Home Program allows selected JoaLins’ Australian Labradoodles owned by JoaLins to be nurtured in a loving home environment provided by an approved individual known as a JoaLins Guardian. The program allows the Guardian to raise and care for the “pick of the litter” Australian Labradoodle selected by JoaLins while the ownership and breeding rights of the labradoodle are retained by JoaLins for a contracted number of years. It is JoaLins’ intent to breed this labradoodle once testing has been completed and JoaLins determines this labradoodle is suitable for breeding. Here at JoaLins Australian Labradoodles we do not believe in kenneling our dogs. Therefore, for us to be able to maintain our breeding program we have implemented our Guardian Home Program. This ensures that many of our future breeding dogs will be raised as a family member in a loving home environment as our dogs are raised here at our home.
Frequently Asked Questions about the JoaLins Guardian Home Program.
As a Guardian would I own the JoaLins puppy?
The Guardian home has physical custody of the JoaLins puppy – it becomes your family member and lives with you on a daily basis. JoaLins retains ownership and breeding rights through the end of our Guardian Home Agreement period, about 6 years. JoaLins will transfer ownership of the puppy to you at the end of this Guardian Home Agreement period, releasing you from the terms of the agreement.
Is there an upfront cost to be a JoaLins Guardian home?
All you pay is 1/4 the cost of the initial training of the puppy, up to $500 and then 1/2 the cost of refresher training, up to $500, at about 1 year of age.
What costs will I be responsible for paying as a Guardian home?
The Guardian family is only responsible for providing lots of love and attention and the routine and customary veterinary care, safety and wellness of the pup placed with them. This would include regular vaccines, high quality dog food, monthly heart worm prevention, grooming, training, regular exercise and socialization, and more than anything else, a loving family to call its own. You see, it doesn't take much. Just what you would normally do for your very best puppy friend!
What costs will JoaLins be responsible for paying?
Any costs relating to health testing and breeding will be the responsibility of JoaLins. JoaLins will also pay to have the pup spayed or neutered at the conclusion of the Guardian Home Agreement period.
What are the benefits of being a JoaLins Guardian family?
- A JoaLins Guardian family gets our pick of the litter puppy to raise with your family! This means that we choose our breeding girls/boys based on the best qualities that are outlined in our breed standard, including temperament.
- The Guardian puppy will be completely health tested at JoaLins' expense, prior to entering our breeding program at no cost to the Guardian Family. This includes testing its eyes, hips, elbows and for many different inherited diseases.
- A JoaLins Guardian family gets to enjoy the excitement of being a part of our breeding program and seeing the offspring of their very own Guardian dog be placed with families across the country bringing others the same joy and happiness that they have received from the Guardian dog!
What are the requirements to become a JoaLins Guardian home?
In order to be considered as a Guardian family for JoaLins Labradoodles, you must be able to meet these minimum requirements:
- You must live year-round within 100 miles driving distance of our home in Plant City, Florida. Families residing over 100 miles away will be considered on a case by case basis, but only if their work schedules would allow for them to meet the transportation and other requirements of the program.
- You must be available to transport the puppy/dog to us when needed for health testing and breeding, sometimes with limited notice.
- The adults in the home must have a work schedule that does not leave the puppy home alone without adult supervision more than 2 hours at a time during a day and doesn't require you to go out of town for extended periods of time. If adults in the household work full time, then professional daycare must be provided so that the puppy receives necessary socialization and proper energy outlet opportunities. We do not permit our dogs to be left outside, unsupervised, at any time.
- You must be a homeowner, not a renter, and your home must have a visibly fenced yard, meaning no underground electronic fencing. Occasionally we will consider a home that does not have a fenced yard but only if the Guardian family agrees to keep the dog on a leash at all times when out of a physically fenced area.
- No intact male or female dogs can live in or regularly visit your home during the Guardian Home Agreement period.
- You must be willing to make the dog available for breeding when she goes into heat, or when he is needed for breeding.
- You must be willing to maintain open lines of communication with JoaLins on any matters relating to the dog.
How does the JoaLins Guardian Home Program really work?
- Most of the pups we make available for our Guardian Program will be females. Occasionally we will have a male available.
- The Guardian home puppy will usually move to the Guardian home at 8 – 10 weeks of age.
- During the first 12-18 months, JoaLins will have the puppy’s health testing completed. Once we receive all the results from the health testing, JoaLins will determine whether or not the puppy will enter our breeding program. If for any reason we decide not to breed the JoaLins puppy placed with the Guardian family (this is a decision made solely by JoaLins) we will then pay to spay or neuter the puppy and transfer ownership to the Guardian family - the puppy will then remain a forever family pet with its Guardian family.
- JoaLins’ female puppies placed in a Guardian home –
- Females will usually be bred starting between 15 and 18 months of age.
- Females will usually be bred back-to-back, every heat cycle after they turn 15 - 18 months old. Recent research has shown this is healthier for the female.
- When the female JoaLins dog goes into heat, the Guardian family is required to contact us immediately. An intact female usually has a visible heat cycle that will last between 14 and 21 days.
- During the heat cycle JoaLins will need access to our female dog for breeding related appointments.
- Once our female JoaLins dog has been bred, she will remain with her Guardian Family until one week before her due date. At that time, the female Guardian dog will come back to stay with JoaLins throughout her remaining pregnancy and will be returned to the Guardian family once her pups are fully weaned, at approximately 4-5 weeks of age.
- Guardian families are welcomed and encouraged to visit during scheduled appointments while their JoaLins' female dog is here at JoaLins after the puppies are 3 weeks old. The only exception to this is for the first pregnancy - to ensure the dog is not stressed the Guardian family will not be able to visit until it is time for her to return home.
- JoaLins’ male puppies placed in a Guardian home –
- Males will be bred starting at about 1 year old.
- During the breeding, the dog will be required to be at JoaLins for the entire day and then return for another day or two within a 7-day period.
- Males may be bred as frequently as JoaLins has a need to breed the dog.
This pup will be living in its very own furever home with its Guardian Family its whole life, while only being a part of the JoaLins breeding program for a few times each year during the Guardian Home Agreement period. This allows the pup to get all the love, attention and socialization with you, the Guardian Family, thus ensuring a healthier, high quality life for your pup. We believe this provides a balanced and healthy approach for a pick of the litter pup who becomes a member of your family at no cost to you and allows JoaLins to produce better Australian Labradoodles in the future.
The JoaLins Guardian program is designed to benefit everyone involved: the puppy, the Guardian home, and JoaLins Australian Labradoodles. We are so thankful for our Guardian homes and are always in need of others so that we can continue the successful way our breeding program works without ever needing to kennel raise a dog. Labradoodles are social animals who adore their families, who want to be with them, and want to be involved in the daily happenings of the family. They deserve a loving family and home after leaving the care of our family here at JoaLins. We have poured our hearts into our babies. Will you be the next loving home for one of our precious puppies?
JoaLins is searching for new Guardian homes for our current and upcoming litters. We will be keeping back male and female puppies in all three sizes (miniature, medium and standard) and placing them into Guardian homes.
If you are interested in becoming a Guardian home for JoaLins Australian Labradoodles and feel you meet the above requirements, please email JoaLins through our contact page on this website or directly to Alice@JoaLinsLabradoodles.com to set up a time to talk over the phone.