Become a Guardian
One of the most enduring friendships in history –
dogs and their people, people and their dogs. ~ Terry Kay
We are retaining potential breeding dogs from our current litters and seeking Guardian homes! If you are interested in becoming a Guardian home please fill out our Puppy Application and indicate that you are applying for Guardian Program [ click here ].
Here at Hunterberry Hill, our breeding program is designed around placing our breeding dogs in guardian homes with their own forever families. Our program is designed this way to benefit everyone involved: the dog, the breeder, and the forever family. We are not a kennel breeder and believe every dog deserves a loving family they can call their own!
Our guardian homes afford local families an opportunity to have a top-quality “pick of the litter puppy” or adolescent/adult breeding dog for a family pet without all the expense.
We do not charge for our guardian dogs, however, there are some requirements and responsibilities. You must live within 1 hour of Salem, OR. It is necessary that you own your own home, have physical fencing to provide a safe and secure environment for the guardian dog/puppy and have a schedule that does not leave the dog home alone for extended periods of time. Our preference is that someone is home for most of the day. A stay-at-home parent, retired couple, or even someone who works from home are a great fit. You are required to follow our feeding guidelines and use our required groomers while the dog remains a part of our breeding program. Also, our guardian home families are responsible for the general routine veterinary care and wellness of the guardian puppy/dog that is placed with them. This includes annual vaccines, monthly heartworm prevention, flea/tick prevention, training, regular exercise and socialization, and most importantly an abundance of love and attention!
We offer an incentive to all guardian homes that complete and pass Canine Good Citizen with their guardian dog by the time the dog reaches 1 year of age.
Hunterberry Hill Farm, LLC retains the ownership and breeding rights while the dog lives with a family. After passing pre-breeding testing the females begin their breeding career and come back to us about a week before her due date to whelp each litter of puppies. She will return to her guardian once her puppies are weaned, usually about 6 weeks after whelping. Our breeding females usually have 4 litters and males are in the guardian home program until they are around 4-5 years old. For the males, the dog will have to be available to us for breeding at certain times of the year. He will either visit us for a short time of the day or we may need to keep him here for just a few days. Transfer of ownership will happen once the dog has finished her/his breeding career and has been spayed or neutered at our expense.
In our experience, this is a positive relationship for all! Our guardian families enjoy the excitement of being a part of our breeding program, and seeing the puppies of their very own guardian dog that will bring happiness to other families! So that, others too, can, Love life with a Labradoodle!
Read testimonials from some of our participating guardian families. [ coming soon ]
If you are interested in becoming a Guardian Home for Hunterberry Hill Labradoodles please fill out our Puppy Application and/or Contact Us with any further questions. We look forward to working with some wonderful families through the Guardian Home process!