Our Guardian Home program gives families a chance to get a show quality trained dog without having the work of raising a puppy and without the initial cost of buying what would normally be a very expensive dog. In return, you will get the dog to us for a maximum of 4 litters or until they are a maximum of six years of age (whichever comes first). When the dog has finished their breeding career, you will pay to have the dog spayed and the dog will become yours. All of our dogs have incredible temperaments and have received at the least a CGC obedience title. The CGC is only awarded to dogs that can prove that they are well mannered and stable out in public, that they know basic commands such as sit, down, stay, and come, that they are friendly with strangers, that they can walk calmly in a crowd, that they remain calm and under control around strange dogs, that they don’t over-react to strange things such as loud noises or moving strange objects, and that they allow handling of ears and feet for grooming.
There are also negatives to being a guardian family with the first being that you must be willing to periodically leave your girl with us for about 8 or 9 weeks. However, dogs LOVE coming back to Summer Brook. In fact, one of our past Summer Brook guardian families referred to our home as Camp Summer Brook because sending her dog to us was like sending a child to camp. Your girl will be treated like family while she is here. The second negative to being a guardian family is that we have very high standards for the care of our guardian dogs and you must follow our guidelines for care. The dog is ultimately ours until she has been spayed and we sign the papers over to you. A third negative to being a guardian family is that after a dog raises a litter of puppies, she will come back to you sagging underneath and will soon blow her coat. The sagging tones up fairly quickly after weaning but the blowing of the coat takes 2 or 3 months to re-grow.
Guardian homes must be within a 1-2 hour (preferably 1 hour) drive to our home in Chelsea, AL and we will be VERY selective about where these dogs go. Having a fence and having enough time for a dog are priority requirements. Guardian families must be willing to follow our limited vaccine policies as well as our policies with regard to weight management, feeding, and flea control. We are very happy to guide you in any of these areas. We are very holistic with our approach feeling that many of the practices of todays southern veterinarians are compromising the immune systems of many American dogs. We have never had a puppy or dog with any type allergies and though part of it is genetics, we feel that the way we care for our dogs is a big contributor to our dogs’ good health. Guardian families must also provide opportunities for plenty of exercise and they must maintain their obedience skills. For a truly exceptional home, we might consider a family that lived a bit further away. However, keep in mind that getting your dog to us at the right time is your responsibility.