In order for us to give our dogs the best possible home it is important for us to limit how many dogs we keep at our home . As a breeder however we need to keep, evaluate and add quality bloodlines to our breeding program. We like to keep a few of our pick puppies to monitor their growth and development. Some will eventually fit into our breeding program. We prefer to place these pick female puppies in foster homes. The foster parents do not pay anything for the puppy, we give the dog to them to raise and love and keep as long as they like.
This program allows local families an opportunity to own one of the best puppies without paying for it. The family must be approved as foster parents and agree to abide by our contract.
As foster puppy grows up we monitor her temperament, drive and health. If the female is exceptional, she will be used in our breeding program. Before any dog is bred we do appropriate health checks by our vet and if the dog doesn’t pass and our breeding rights are terminated.
When a female is 2 years old she will come back to us when she comes into season. After getting bred she will go back to her foster home. Then 4 or 5 days before whelping she comes back to our home and has her babies here and stays until she weans the pups . Females come into season twice a year. We only breed a female once a year for up to 3 breedings in her life time.
When a female is with us in our home, we encourage visits from the foster parents. They can stop as often as they want and walk their dog and play with the pups. The foster home program is a good deal for the dog, it’s a good deal for the foster parents, and it’s a good deal for our breeding program. It’s one of those “win – win” situations for everyone involved.
Who Qualifies for a Foster Dog?
We are very selective of who we choose to become a foster family. Our primary concern is that our dogs go into safe homes where they will be well taken care of and not be allowed to escape or get bred while in season. We expect the foster parents to allow the dog to be a house dog. We look for people who have had dogs before. We will not place a dog in the following homes:
What are the Foster Family’s Responsibilities?
While the foster family does not pay for the puppy (or young adult), they must agree to purchase a dog crate and a collar & leash. They must also agree to feed an approved quality food. The foster family must have a fenced back yard, no exceptions..
Foster homes should have the following:
What If I Have Another Dog Already In My Home?
We would never place a female puppy in a home where there was an un-neutered male. We also would not place one in a home with another female.
Who Owns The Dog:
The foster family own the dog however the registration papers remain with the breeder until the breeding obligations are met. The foster family will assume all liability for the dog and are responsible for the dog for her entire life. Once the breeding obligations are met, the foster family agrees to neuter/spay the dog. If at anytime the foster family can no longer care for the dog they agree to return her to us. The dog may not be sold or given to any other party.
Do You Ever Have Older Dogs, Rather Than Puppies To Be Placed In Foster Homes?
Some people know how much work it is to raise a puppy and would rather not go through the house breaking and chewing stages of a puppy. An older female is a good solution for these people. At times we have young adults (and sometimes older females) that we would like to place in a home. These older females are all very nice dogs. They are house trained and have some basic obedience.
What About Medical Issues And The Dog?
It is the responsibility of the foster parents to make sure the dog remains in good health. The foster parents are required to keep the dogs current on routine veterinary care, shots, rabies and heartworm. We would take care of any medical expenses as a result of the breeding or litters.
How Do We Know When A Dog Should Be Bred?
The foster parent must keep us informed of the female’s cycles. Females come into season 2 times a year. When a female starts to cycle or drip blood we expect to get a phone call or email. If we plan to breed the bitch we will inform the foster parents ahead of time. Females are usually bred on the 11th and 13th day of their season. We take them into our home about the 6th day.
Do I Ever Split Litters with Foster People?
When people ask if I split the litters with foster parents, the answer is “No”. This is really not a program for someone who wants to be a breeder.
We ask our foster puppies be taught basic obedience and taken to at least one set of puppy obedience classes. We do offer an incentive to foster families who choose to continue to train their dog. We do not require foster families to title their dog but encourage and support any activity that provides you bonding time with your dog.
Under What Circumstances Do We Remove a Dog from a Foster Home?
There are very few reasons that we would ever take a puppy out of a foster home unless one of the follow occur: The dog to allowed to run loose when there is no supervision, the bitch gets bred by accident, the foster parents do not tell us when a bitch comes in season, the dog is neglected or abused, the foster family moves without informing us, the dog must be rescued from an Animal Control facility.
These reasons will be discussed in detail before our puppy is placed in a Foster Home. The Foster Parents must agree to all terms with us and sign a contract .
Also, if the puppy dies, either from careless accident or neglect on the part of the Foster Family, they must pay the current worth of the dog. This will be stipulated in the contract.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or have more questions about the program please e-mail us.
We do not sell our puppies with breeding rights and we do not offer stud services.
No exceptions, please don't ask.Thank you for understanding :)
Last update: May, 25 2019