Guardian/Fostering Program

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 Genteel’s Once Upon A Dream with her Foster Mom

 

To be a good breeder and produce exceptional quality dogs, a breeder needs to have a number of top notch dogs for their consideration.. We have found that the Guardian/Foster program is one of the best ways to accomplish this. We do not and will not keep a large number of dogs. Poodles need to be a part of the family and do not thrive to their full potential in a kennel situation or if they are part of too large of a pack. That is why we have a foster dog program.

How the Guardian/Foster Program Works:

There is no up front cost involved in acquiring this Poodle, but there are requirements for the Guardian Home in addition to the other usual “good Poodle home” criteria.

You should live within a three hour drive from us in Cottonwood California. We retain the right to breed your girl two or three times, and she will come to our home for whelping, then return to your home when the pups are six or seven weeks old. When she has had her last litter, she will be spayed and title signed over to her Guardian owners, who then have no further obligations or restrictions. In the case of a male, he must remain  not neutered for a specified period, and be made available for breeding.

At times, we will place our “pick of the litter” female or male at nine to ten weeks old or a young adult in a guardian/ foster home. The dogs stay in these homes for their entire lives provided our fostering rules are being followed- which are quite reasonable. This program allows people an opportunity to have one of the best dogs in our breeding program!

We must sense that we have a good, trustworthy and honest relationship prior to placing the puppy or young adult into to the foster family. We must stay in communication at least once a month and have the foster dog come for visits at least three times a year if not more to keep the dog comfortable with our home & pack for future breeding or whelping.

As our breeding dogs must be of sound minds, bodies and highly socialized we like to see see the foster dog receive CGC certification (Canine Good Citizen Certification) by the age of 2 years.

A foster pup gets its initial training with us, visiting stores, expos, our friend homes and businesses, to be socialized with strangers, different dogs and cats, kids, horses every situation possible to produce a balanced breeding dog.

If the foster is a young adult then we have the dog go to the gaurdian home just for weekends at first until the foster dog is comfortable with the new family.

When a foster puppy grows up, he/she may be used in our breeding program if he/she is good enough. If your dog is just not good enough to be bred (too small, too large, bad bite, conformation flaw such as high rear, roach back, etc) you will have him/her spayed/neutered and upon proof of spay/neuter you will be given full ownership of the dog at a considerably reduced pet price.

While the foster dogs must be kept intact for breeding to our dogs, it is vitally important to us that they become your your beloved companions living in your home with you.

If it is a female and she IS good enough, we will have her bred to a great male of our choosing, at our cost, which could mean she leaves you for a week or so for the breeding. She then goes back home with you and remains with you until about 1 week before she is due to have the pups, then she comes and lives with us until the pups are weaned at about 6 weeks. Then, she goes back to you. If she should produce exceptional puppies we may breed her at least one or two more times (she will not be bred and have puppies more than three times) and then she will be spayed at our cost and you will then get full ownership of her. We do offer the foster family a pup from her last litter if she has been fostered with you for more than 3 years. Healthy Standard Poodles can live up to 15+ years of age.
If for any reason the foster family can no longer keep the dog, the dog must be returned to us at no charge

A female will come into season about every 6-9 months but we do not breed her every season. This is a way for us to keep the BEST puppies from each litter, and then only breed the best of the best.

The advantage for the female is that when she is no longer in our breeding program, she does not need to be placed in a new home at an age when it would be more difficult for her – she is already home!

When a female is at our home we encourage visits from the foster parents. They can stop by as often as they want to walk her and play with the pups when they are old enough. We also encourage visits prior to her being bred so she remains familiar with our home and our dogs, and is content and happy here when she is bred and comes to have her puppies.

In the case of a male who is fostered, everything above, regarding safety and care applies, but he only needs to come to our home when he is going to be used at stud. He must be kept intact, not neutered, and when we would need to use him, he would come and stay with us for three to five days, then would be returned to you. We would constantly need to be aware of where he is, should you go on holidays, so we could pick him up if his services were required while you were to be gone. He is NEVER to be bred unless it is something WE choose to do, and if he were ever bred, even accidentally while in your care, he would be removed from his foster home immediately. If after testing and evaluation, if he is deemed not to be a suitable candidate for our breeding program, he would be neutered, at your expense and you would be given full ownership at a considerably reduced pet price.

Who Qualifies as a Guardian for a Foster Dog?

We are very selective about whom we choose to become a foster family. Our primary concern is that our dogs go into safe, healthy homes where they will be fed a raw diet, not receive any more vaccinations and well taken care of (not get run over by a car or allowed to escape and get lost, or be bred accidentally by a neighborhood dog).

We have very specific criteria we are looking for in our foster families:

Families MUST be located within a three hour drive of our home.

They MUST continue feeding a raw diet as per our specifications.

They MUST have some previous dog experience, preferably being familiar with the coat care requirements of a Poodle.

We will do a home check and ask many questions about the care our puppy is going to receive.

If you have another dog in your home, it is still possible to foster. If your dog is good with other dogs and has been sexually altered, this is possible.

What are the Foster Family’s Responsibilities?
You are not paying for the dog, but you still have to take TOP NOTCH care of it. This means as stated above – natural health care – raw diet, no vaccines, no household chemicals or toxic pesticides, regular grooming, basic obedience training, secure fencing, love, spoiling, etc.  We also need to remain in close contact with the foster family and would like to have the family and dog come for visits from time to time.

The Good Points
You get the best Genteel Standard Poodles has to offer as long as the dog is well taken care of. This will mean the most stable, most friendly, most even tempered dog in the litter and hopefully the one who is most beautiful.

If he/she develops well and meets our criteria for breeding, he/she will be fully health tested, at our expense. When the results are in, and it is determined he/she is worthy of being bred, you are then assured of having an extremely healthy boy/girl to love.

The Bad Points:
If its a girl you have to deal with heat cycles. Heat cycles are very similar to human female’s periods, except they only go into heat every 6 to 9 months. As well you MUST keep close watch on our girl during her heat cycle to ensure she isn’t bred by a dog who “jumps the fence” – If this were to happen we would remove this girl!

Your baby girl will have to leave you for about 8 weeks each year if we decide to breed her for up to three litters. Of course, we encourage the foster family to visit and spend time with the dog and the puppies.  While here with us, the dog will be totally spoiled, kept as a house dog, not a kennel dog, but still… there will be an absence from your life.

If you go away for a vacation or business trip, if we have room at the time the dog can come stay with us, otherwise the guardian family must hire a pet sitter.  The dog is never to be sent to a boarding kennel.

If you believe you qualify to be a guardian/foster home for one of our future puppies or young adults, please send us a completed puppy application and let us know you would like to be a foster family.