Let-R-Buck Guardian Program
Guardian Home Program Basics
In order to give our breeding program dogs the very best life possible, it was important to limit how many dogs we personally kept and housed. BUT, also we understood in order to breed the highest quality dogs which is our main goal, we also needed to keep and evaluate, and add quality bloodlines to our breeding program.
So, to make this possible for us and many breeders like us, the answer is the Guardian Program! Our Guardian Dog program has allowed us to expand our dog breeding program and helped to breed puppies from happy healthy parents.
As a Guardian home, you get a puppy at no up front cost to you. Your guardian dog stays with you as your family member for their entire life and we just retain breeding rights for a certain amount of litters starting at sexual maturity and ending once the female has whelped a set amount of litters. Each guardian dog contract is unique, but it’s usually between 2-4 litters during her career and depending on what we are trying to accomplish with that particular female/male and how well she reacts to being a mother.
Not all girls actually turn out to be well suited for motherhood and in those rare cases we will retire them after only one litter. Also, some dogs may not pass all their genetic testing, which in those cases they would also be neutered before ever being bred. Full legal ownership would be signed over to the guardian and the guardian contract would be over at that point.
Our guardians are responsible for the dog’s regular health maintenance: annual exams, vaccines, food, etc. We pay for genetic health testing required for breeding, and all breeding related expenses. Once the dog has passed their genetic health testing, she/he is added to our breeding program. We decide when she will be bred and to whom she will be bred to. She stays with her guardian family during her pregnancy and then is returned to us at least a week, before her due date to deliver (whelp) and then raise her puppies (8 weeks). Once her puppies are weaned then she is returned to her guardian family.
When the dog is older and completes his/her breeding obligations, she/he is spayed/neutered and your dog comes home to enjoy the wonderful life you have provided for him/her since puppyhood. Females in guardian homes may have up to four litters (minimum of three) prior to being spayed, usually by their 4th birthday.
There are many things that Guardian families need to consider. Guardians of females sometimes have to deal with several heat cycles and must keep their girl protected from unwanted males.
The Guardian family will need to learn the signs of a heat cycle and be willing to communicate, cooperate and coordinate with us to ensure a successful breeding.
Because of canine venereal diseases, male guardian dogs can only mate with our approved females.
Qualifying To Be A Guardian Home
Guardians must have previous dog experience. Guardians must own and live in a home with a fully fenced yard. Home owners are preferred because we don’t want to worry about moving around or “no pets allowed” from future landlords.
Guardians must keep the dog on a leash or in a fenced area when unsupervised. Guardians must be willing to train the dog basic obedience commands (off, down, sit, leave it, crate) and potty training is a must.
Guardians must ensure their Guardian puppy is well socialized with adults, children and other animals starting at an early age and throughout their lifetime–They must not be stranger shy or have anxiety issues while away from their owners. All these things can be avoided with extensive and early socialization.
Guardians must provide appropriate veterinary or emergency care when needed. Guardian must feed the dog a diet approved by the breeder which would be any of the high-end dog foods available at your local feed store or pet store. No grocery store brands.
Guardians must be able and willing to identify and notify us immediately when a female begins her heat cycle. Guardians must never allow their female while in heat around sexually intact males(un-neutered males).
Guardians must not allow a male guardian to breed with unapproved females. Guardians must live within a reasonable driving distance from Poteau, Oklahoma.
Guardians must communicate, cooperate and coordinate with the breeder regarding testing, mating, whelping, and other breeding related activities.
The Guardian Home program is actually a very simple and rewarding program even though it may seem like there is a lot of details..being a guardian dog owner is meant to be a rich and fulfilling experience for everyone involved and designed to keep our breeding dogs healthy and happy along with our guardian families.
It is a great opportunity to not only own an amazing dog, but you also eventually get to watch how your dog’s puppies have enriched and changed their family’s lives. We post all our family updates on our Gallery page.
We also provide weekly updates to our guardian families while their guardian dog is here with us. Pictures and videos of how they’re doing and also of their puppies. We try to involve our guardians in the excitement of the new litter as much as possible.
If you are interested in becoming a Guardian home, please fill out our Guardian Home application. Your application will be saved and once we have openings then the people we think will be the best fit will be contacted for an interview.
Please don’t take it personal if we don’t contact you right away. It does not mean we have denied your application..it most likely means that we don’t have any available guardian puppies. You will only be contacted if we think you are a good match and we have an available Miniature Schnauzer puppy that we want to add to our program. You are more than welcome to contact us with your questions.
TEXT JOYCE AT (918)649-7216
We are specifically looking for local families with dog experience who live in the Poteau, Spiro, Sallisaw, Wilburton, Fort Smith AR, and surrounding areas.
THE MOST IMPORTANT REQUIREMENTS ARE:
Commitment, Socialization, and Trust. BE willing to work with us AND be a fantastic dog owner for the life of your dog!
INTERESTED in being a Guardian?
Fill out our application!