We are changing this up a bit going forward in 2022 as we are going to try something different. Please read!!
From time to time we have a puppy we would like to keep in our breeding program and have shown, but we can't keep them all! When this happens, we look for foster or guardian homes where the puppy can live with a family and be a puppy, but also be able to come back for us to use in our breeding program. We are no longer going to offer co-own homes. The puppy will stay with us for at least the first year of it's life. We will train and show it. Once the dog has earned it's CKC Championship, we will be looking for foster/guardian homes for the dog to live in. Please read below to see what it is we are hoping to find in a foster/guardian home.
What we are looking for in a foster/guardian home:
Must love dogs
Live within an hour to an hour and a half away from us
Take care of basic dog care (food, vaccinations, etc).
Return the dog to us to use in our breeding program
Return the dog to us for health testing (this would be after the dog's 2nd birthday - the dog would need to have it's hips and elbows x-rayed, it's eyes tested and, if not already done, have it's genetic testing done. This is all covered by us!)
Return the dog - if it's a male, to us to use as a stud dog after it's testing has been done
- if it's a girl, to us to breed and then again a week before the expected whelp date and she would remain with us for 8 weeks after the puppies are born.
Work closely with us if you'd like to learn to show a dog
The advantages to being a foster/guardian home:
You are getting a crate trained, leash trained, house trained young dog. Al the hard work is done!
There is a contract in place and at the end of the contract (usually a set number of litters - no more than 3 - for the girls and a specific age for the males) the dog will be signed over to you and 100% in your name
Fees related to breeding are covered by us, but that will benefit the foster/guardian home as well
If the dog is a girl, there will be compensation for the length of time she is away from your family while having puppies after her last litter of puppies have left for their new homes.
If the dog is a boy, we can work out something for compensation for the time he is away from your family while being used as a stud
So, you are asking what the disadvantages are:
If the puppy is a girl and she passes all her health testing, she could be away from your family for 2+ months a few times in her life.
There will be penalties if the contract isn't followed - if the girl comes into heat more than once and we aren't notified or if the male is not returned to us when we want to use him for breeding.
Let us know! There are other elements too, to fostering a Holler Aussie pup. Contact us to talk about the possibility of becoming a co-own/guardian home.