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Guardian Home Program

Welcome to the Guardian Home Program at Big House K9, where the bond between our breeding dogs and loving families begins. Our Guardian Home Program provides a unique opportunity for responsible and caring individuals or families to become an integral part of our breeding program. By opening your home to one of our exceptional breeding dogs, you not only contribute to the future of our breed but also gain a lifelong canine companion. Join us in this special partnership, where love, care, and commitment converge to create a nurturing environment for our beloved breeding dogs.

At Big House K9 in Casa Grande, AZ, our two-week-old Bernedoodle puppies exude charm and vitality. These adorable bundles of joy showcase their playful personalities as they navigate their early weeks in a nurturing environment. Witness the beginnings of a loving companionship in our dedicated breeding program, where each Bernedoodle receives the care and attention they need to thrive. Explore the enchanting world of our two-week-old Bernedoodles, where the promise of lifelong happiness begins.

Pawsome Partnerships
Big House K9 Guardian Home Program Where Families and Future Companions Unite!

Welcome to the Guardian Home Program at Big House K9, a unique opportunity to welcome a top-quality puppy into your family as a cherished pet. As a small, family-run business, we prioritize a home-based approach rather than a kennel-based program. Since we cannot accommodate all our breeding dogs at our location, we extend an invitation to our community to participate in the Big House K9 Guardian Home Program for potential breeding dogs. Our vision is to have our breeding dogs raised in caring, loving homes, treated as integral family members.

As a Big House K9 Guardian Home, you commit to raising, training, and caring for a dog throughout their entire breeding career, and potentially into their retired life. Upon selection into our Guardian Home Program, you will receive a pick of the litter puppy at approximately 8 weeks old through adulthood. You will bear the normal costs of care and medical expenses associated with raising a family pet, while Big House K9 covers all reproductive testing between ages 12-24 months and anything related to breeding.

Being a Guardian Home for our breeding program comes with both benefits and responsibilities. We aim for a mutually enriching relationship, offering you one of the best puppies we can produce or a 'pick of the litter' puppy from another reputable breeder. We prioritize health, structure, coat quality, and personalities in our breeding dogs. Our support extends beyond placement, with free group training sessions in beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as a lifetime commitment to ensuring the success and well-being of our puppies.

Selecting guardian families is a careful process, and only qualified families are approved to love and care for our breeding dogs. Before any contracts are signed, we conduct a thorough telephone interview and a home visit via FaceTime or in person. The success of our breeding program relies on the quality of care provided by our loving guardian families, and we expect nothing but the best home life for our dogs. Join us in creating a nurturing environment where our canine companions thrive and become the best versions of themselves.

Available for Guardian Homes

Meet Roxy, the prospective mother at Big House K9 in Casa Grande, AZ. Roxy embodies grace and strength, showcasing exceptional breeding qualities that promise a lineage of remarkable canines. Her poised demeanor and robust physique make her a standout choice for future litters. At Big House K9, we take pride in nurturing and raising exceptional dogs like Roxy, ensuring they become cherished members of your family.

Roxy

FEMALE

11/11/2020

Standard Poodle

45lbs

  • How long is a female pregnant?
    Canine gestation typically spans approximately 63 days, with some variability of about a week, contingent on factors such as ovulation timing. The remarkable journey of pregnancy for dogs unfolds within this timeframe, during which expectant mothers undergo various stages of development, preparing for the arrival of their adorable puppies.
  • What happens when she is ready to have her puppies?
    At Big House K9, you'll bring your expecting dog to us on day 50 of her pregnancy, allowing her to settle in comfortably before delivery. We take care of the whelping and raising process for the puppies, ensuring a nurturing environment from birth. Once the puppies reach the age of 7-8 weeks, mom returns home, having completed her role in the early stages of their development. It's a seamless journey for both mom and her adorable puppies.
  • Can we visit her when she has the puppies at your house?
    For the safety and well-being of our precious unvaccinated puppies, we have a policy in place that restricts visitors until the moms go home. This precaution is to mitigate the risk of introducing potential illnesses that could jeopardize the health of our young pups. Our moms are devoted to their little ones, and we prioritize maintaining a focused and stress-free environment for them. Regrettably, we've encountered instances where external visits resulted in unintended incidents, such as a mom unintentionally stepping on a pup after a guardian family visit. To prevent any disruptions to the crucial bonding and nurturing process, we've made the decision to suspend puppy visits until the moms go home day. Upon the day of picking up your mom, we do allow a one-hour visit with the puppies. This unique opportunity not only enables you to spend quality time with your pup but also serves as a valuable curriculum for the puppies. During this visit, you'll be encouraged to handle the puppies, helping them build confidence in new situations and unfamiliar faces. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in maintaining a secure and supportive environment for our beloved furry family members.
  • Does this negatively affect the dog emotionally to go from the guardian's home to the breeder's home?
    Absolutely not! Our guardian dogs are already familiar with us from their health testing appointments or training/boarding experiences. We put great effort into providing them with abundant attention and love to ensure these interactions are not just stress-free but also enjoyable for them. The well-being of the mother is paramount during this time, as her emotions can directly impact the puppies. Maintaining a calm and relaxed environment is crucial for their overall health and development. Therefore, it's essential for the guardian home to facilitate a smooth transition for the dog. Any feelings of upset, nervousness, or sadness during the handover can be sensed by the dog, potentially causing agitation. Our goal is to ensure a positive and seamless transition for both the guardian home and our beloved canine companions.
  • What happens during pregnancy and what do I have to do differently with the dog?
    Caring for a pregnant dog is a straightforward and well-supported process at Big House K9. We equip our guardian homes with detailed information on each trimester, offering comprehensive insights into what to expect throughout the pregnancy journey. During the early stages, your dog may exhibit signs of fatigue, changes in appetite, and even experience morning sickness. As the pregnancy progresses into the last few weeks, a healthy increase in appetite and more restful sleep are common. Maintaining good physical condition is crucial, and we encourage normal activities such as play, romping, and running during the first half of the pregnancy. However, in the later stages, we advise limiting activity to leash walks and avoiding high-impact activities like ball chasing. Throughout the entire pregnancy, the use of chemicals, vaccinations, flea medicines, and heartworm preventives is strictly prohibited to ensure the well-being of both the mother and the developing puppies. In the event of illness or injury, our involvement is crucial in determining the appropriate treatment for your pregnant dog. By adhering to these guidelines, we prioritize the health and safety of our breeding dogs, ensuring a smooth and comfortable pregnancy for your beloved canine companion.
  • Where can I live and still be in your guardian program?
    We ask that you live within an hour and a half drive of Casa Grande, AZ.
  • Do I have to feed a specific dog food?
    Yes, we do require all guardian dogs to be fed the same specific food, and currently, we approve PawTree-White Fish. At Big House K9, we are passionate about providing a nutritionally rich diet for our dogs, and we believe in the exceptional quality of PawTree. The ingredients in PawTree mimic the benefits of feeding raw, but in a convenient kibble form. Personally, we love the Gastro Pro Plus and Salmon Oil for everyday use, and the variety of seasonings adds an element of fun to mealtime for both us and our pups! We take pride in not compromising on the quality of food we feed our dogs, and PawTree aligns perfectly with our commitment to their well-being. Additionally, the high nutritional value of this food allows for a more efficient and balanced diet, meaning you won't need to feed as much compared to some store-bought kibble options. It's a win-win for both your guardian dog's health and your peace of mind.
  • Do I have to use a specific Veterinarian?
    The Guardian Family is expected to utilize our designated veterinarian, Dr. Carly Meschino at Queen Creek Veterinary Clinic. Our partnership with Dr. Meschino is integral to our program's success, as she possesses an in-depth understanding of our operations. We maintain a close working relationship with Dr. Meschino, entrusting her with the well-being of our dogs. Her expertise, dedication, and familiarity with our program make her an invaluable member of our extended canine family, ensuring the best possible care for our cherished companions.
  • What happens if the puppy/dog becomes sick or injured while in my care?
    While your guardian dog is under your care and within your home, any instances of illness or injury become your financial responsibility, akin to caring for a non-guardian pet. At Big House K9, we prioritize your dog's well-being and health, and in the unfortunate event of illness or injury, we require active involvement in understanding the situation, determining medications, and overseeing the treatment. All related expenses, however, remain the responsibility of the guardian family. Our close involvement can often provide cost-effective solutions for simpler issues. In more complex situations, especially when the dog is due for breeding or is pregnant, tailored treatments may be necessary. Rest assured, our commitment is centered around your dog's best interests. In the event of negligence leading to the loss or demise of your dog while in your care, we may seek your responsibility for our financial loss. However, if your dog is injured or passes away, rendering them unable to participate in the program despite your responsible care, we understand that unforeseen events can occur. In such cases, we do not hold you liable for the loss, acknowledging that bad things can happen to anybody. Our mutual understanding and commitment to the well-being of your guardian dog remain at the forefront of our partnership.
  • Do I have to transport the puppy/dog to you for breeding, litters or health testing?
    The guardian family plays a crucial role in the well-being and breeding program of our dogs. As part of this commitment, guardians are responsible for the transportation of the dog to and from our facilities for breeding, litters, and health testing. We value clear communication and request that if there are any challenges with transportation, the guardian family informs us at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled appointment. This ensures a smooth and coordinated effort to maintain the health and breeding schedule of our beloved dogs.
  • What happens if the dog doesn't pass a health test as you want them to for becoming a breeding dog?
    At Big House K9, our standards are uncompromising, and we take immense pride in maintaining the highest quality in our breeding program. It's essential to understand that breeding quality and pet quality are distinct criteria. While a dog may excel in health testing, our commitment to excellence means that we may make the decision to remove it from our breeding program. We want to emphasize that this decision is not a reflection of a dog's worthiness as a beloved pet. Every dog is unique, and being the perfect pet transcends the breeding potential. If your dog is released from our breeding program, we will work collaboratively with you to schedule an appointment for spaying or neutering with our trusted veterinarian. It's important to note that the Guardian is responsible for covering all costs associated with the spay/neuter procedure for dogs that have not produced a litter of three or more puppies. Our transparency in these matters reflects our dedication to the well-being of our dogs and the integrity of our breeding program.
  • What health testing is done on BHK9 breeding dogs?
    At Big House K9, the health and well-being of our dogs are of paramount importance. We conduct thorough health assessments through reputable organizations such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and/or PennHip, focusing on hips, elbows, patella (for moyen & minis), as well as heart and eyes. In addition, we run comprehensive genetic panels using Embark to gain valuable insights into our dogs' genetic makeup. Should there be a need for supplementary genetic testing beyond Embark's scope, we turn to trusted providers like PawPrint or similar companies to ensure a comprehensive understanding of our canine companions' genetic profiles. Our commitment to rigorous health evaluations reflects our dedication to maintaining the highest standards in breeding and ensuring the health and vitality of our dogs.
  • When does BHK9 begin health testing?
    At Big House K9, we prioritize the health and well-being of our guardian dogs through comprehensive genetic testing. Before placement, each guardian dog undergoes genetic testing to ensure they meet our stringent standards. Our meticulous health assessments continue as we evaluate eyes around 16 weeks old, and subsequently, hips, elbows, patella, and heart at one year old or later. This commitment to ongoing health monitoring reflects our dedication to maintaining the highest standards in breeding, providing you with healthy and happy canine companions.
  • At what age do you start breeding the dog?
    At Big House K9, the health and well-being of our breeding dogs are paramount. Before entering our breeding program, all dogs undergo rigorous health testing, and only those that pass every criterion are considered for breeding. Our commitment to responsible breeding extends to our breeding timeline – females are bred on their second heat, typically starting between 16 and 18 months. It is imperative that any instances of a dog going into heat beyond 12 months are immediately communicated to us. For proactive management, we appreciate being notified when your female puppy experiences her first cycle, occurring between 6-12 months. This information aids in our planning for the well-being of our breeding dogs. Similarly, males are not considered for breeding until they reach over 12 months of age. These measures ensure that our breeding practices are rooted in the highest standards of care, health, and responsible breeding ethics.
  • How often are guardian males bred?
    Typically, our guardian males at Big House K9 aren't frequently utilized for breeding. However, when we have a planned litter and intend to use a guardian male, we ensure our guardian families are well-informed well in advance. Whether it's for an in-house breeding or if the male is being used as a stud for an external female, we prioritize transparency and provide as much notice as possible, with a minimum of 48 hours for external stud services. Our commitment is to keep our guardian families informed and involved in the breeding process, fostering a collaborative and supportive relationship throughout. ​
  • How often are guardian females bred?
    We adhere to a mindful breeding schedule for our guardian females at Big House K9, typically aiming for one breeding per year, contingent upon having a sufficient number of families on our master list. This approach ensures responsible breeding practices, allowing us to prioritize the health and well-being of our canine companions and maintain the highest standards in our breeding program. Our commitment to quality over quantity reflects our dedication to producing happy, healthy puppies for loving homes.
  • How long is our Guardian dog with you when breeding?
    Once we're notified that our female is in heat, and it's time for the breeding process at Big House K9, a carefully planned schedule kicks into gear. Around day 7-10 of the heat cycle, our female dog joins us at the Dood Ranch. During this period, we conduct progesterone tests to pinpoint the optimal time for breeding, ensuring precise timing with her ovulation. The stay at Big House K9 lasts approximately one week, allowing for a seamless and stress-free breeding process. Following the successful mating, our expectant mother returns home, where she will remain throughout her pregnancy. Depending on our schedule and preferences, a male dog may be present in our home for about 5-6 days for mating, with the option to return on the same day. This meticulous approach ensures the well-being of our dogs and the success of our breeding program at Big House K9.
  • What expenses do we pay for and what things does the breeder pay for?
    The responsibility of the guardian family encompasses the provision of standard care items for the dog, including food, dishes, leashes, beds, crate, routine veterinary care, vaccinations, deworming, toys, grooming, and spaying/neutering upon exit from our program. Any expenses incurred for medications related to worms, parasites, illnesses, infections, or any health issues unrelated to pregnancy fall under the guardian's responsibility. On the flip side, we cover all expenses associated with health testing for breeding purposes, as well as all breeding and litter-related expenses. This collaborative approach ensures the well-being of our beloved canine companions while facilitating a supportive partnership between Big House K9 and our dedicated guardian families.
  • How many litters do you usually breed before retiring the dog?
    Our breeding program at Big House K9 operates with a commitment to the well-being of our dogs and the production of exceptional quality litters. Typically, we contract for up to 4 litters for our females, but the actual number can vary based on individual circumstances. Some females may not be bred at all in certain instances, and the decision is carefully made in consultation with our veterinarian. On average, a female in our program may have up to 4 litters. However, if the puppies demonstrate exceptional quality, and the female receives a clean bill of health from our veterinarian, the potential for up to six litters may be considered. Our priority is always the health and welfare of the female, and if any issues arise during deliveries or it becomes evident that further breeding would be detrimental to her well-being, she will be released from our breeding program and become a cherished member of your family. For males, the breeding frequency varies based on individual agreements, ensuring a tailored approach that considers the unique circumstances of each canine companion.
  • Who is responsible for paying for spay/neuter
    The guardian family is responsible for covering the cost of spay/neuter surgery if no litter has been produced. In the event that a litter has been produced, Big House K9 contributes up to $250.00 towards the cost of spay/neuter, ensuring a fair and mutually beneficial arrangement for both the guardian family and our breeding program.
  • What are the grooming requirements and do you want us to keep the dog clipped a certain way?
    We do insist on the importance of maintaining your dog's coat in good condition, free of mats. If you find it challenging to manage the grooming yourself, it is mandatory to enlist the services of a professional groomer. In cases where the dog is presented to us with a matted or poorly-maintained coat, we reserve the right to either groom them ourselves or take them to a groomer. However, please be aware that you are responsible for reimbursing us for any grooming expenses incurred before the dog is returned to you. Our guardian dogs serve as ambassadors for our program, and maintaining their coats in a well-groomed and mat-free condition is crucial. Your cooperation in this aspect ensures that our canine ambassadors present themselves at their best, reflecting the high standards of our breeding program.
  • Where can I board my dog?
    If you find yourself in need of dog boarding, we welcome the opportunity to care for your furry friend, provided it aligns with our family schedule and available space. We cherish the chance to spend time with the dogs in our program and create a loving environment for them. In the event that we are unable to accommodate your boarding needs, rest assured that we maintain a network of trusted contacts whom we are happy to recommend for your canine companion's stay.
  • Do you have guardian home meet ups?
    Absolutely! We kindly request each guardian family's commitment to regular in-person gatherings and playdates approximately every three months. Building a strong bond and fostering a sense of community among our guardian families is integral to the success of our program. These gatherings provide not only a joyful opportunity for our dogs to socialize but also a chance for our Big House K9 community to connect, share experiences, and celebrate the joy our furry companions bring to our lives. Your active participation ensures a supportive network and contributes to the well-rounded development of our beloved dogs.
  • What if we decide to move?
    Choosing to become a guardian home involves a commitment to reside within a 1.5-hour radius of Casa Grande/Coolidge, AZ 85128 until your dog completes the contract, and ownership is officially transferred to you. In the event of a decision to relocate beyond these boundaries, prompt communication is essential. We will collaboratively explore available options, and if the move is too distant, arrangements may involve placing the dog in a new guardian home or, alternatively, the guardian may be asked to cover the full purchase price.
  • What happens if we join the guardian home program for a quality breeding dog, but don't intend to honor the breeding contract?
    We take the commitment to our owners and guardian dogs very seriously, both emotionally and financially. Our Guardian Program is built on a foundation of mutual dedication, and we ask that those entering into this program are prepared to reciprocate this level of commitment to their dog and to us. Unfortunately, due to past experiences, we've found it necessary to implement penalties for any breach of the contract, as we want this relationship to be honest, transparent, and mutually beneficial. Our rigorous selection process ensures that only the best of the best dogs become part of our Guardian Homes. To discourage misuse of the program, we have implemented a financial penalty for those who might consider using the dog for their own breeding purposes, contrary to the agreed-upon terms. However, for those who genuinely commit to our breeding program, we are flexible and strive to make the Guardian Program a positive experience for both you and your dog. Our approach is rooted in fairness and reasonability. We understand the importance of family life and do not wish to be intrusive. Instead, we consider our dogs and owners as extended family members, cherishing the additional interaction and connection we share through the Guardian Program. We are committed to working collaboratively with you to ensure a happy and harmonious situation for all parties involved.
  • Is training included with the guardian dog?
    Absolutely! At Big House K9, we go the extra mile by offering FREE lifetime training for all our guardian families through our dedicated training business, Big House K9 Training. This ensures that not only do our guardian dogs receive the best care in their homes, but they also benefit from expert guidance to become well-behaved, happy companions. It's our way of supporting you throughout the entire journey with your furry family member.
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