Guardian Program

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Want to be a Guardian Home
for a Mill Creek Puppy?

 Please email Sandra Regan @ Mill Creek for more information.

Guardian Homes

Being a guardian family for a dog can be an excellent way to have a top quality dog for a family pet.  We do not believe in the long term kenneling of our dogs.  Dogs raised in kennels often do not get the socialization and stimulation that is needed to be a well balanced, happy animal. 
Therefore, we like to place our upcoming babies in forever homes with suitable families as "their dog" and we retain breeding rights...GUARDIAN PROGRAM.   This means that the dog stays with you as your family dog while we retain all breeding rights for the dog. 

BENEFITS:  The Guardian Program has many benefits for the guardian family, the breeder and the dog:

  • guardian families have a 'pick of litter' puppy chosen by the breeder at no cost (by end of contract)
  • the dog doesn't need to be re-homed as an adult after retiring
  • there is no need for the breeder to kennel the dogs
  • the dogs are well socialized and in good environments
  • foster families can schedule trips during whelpings without paying for kenneling their pet
COST:  The cost for a guardian dog/puppy is a deposit of 1/2 the cost of a pet puppy/young adult.  A pet puppy generally goes for $3,000, so the deposit would be $1500.  We pay for all breeding-related expenses which includes health testing.  The guardian family is responsible for all the routine costs of owning a dog (routine vet visits, emergency vet visits, vaccinations, heartworm preventative, flea/tick preventative,  and grooming).  When the guardian dog's breeding career is over, the dog will be spayed/neutered, and the full deposit is refunded to the guardian family.

REQUIREMENTS:  There are certain requirements for providing a guardian home for one of our dogs.  Guardian families must:

  • own their own homes
  • have a flexible schedule to get dog to testing & breeding appts
  • have a fully fenced yard
  • take their dog to puppy obedience classes
  • ensure the puppy is well socialized
  • provide veterinary care when needed
  • feed a diet approved by the breeder and vet
  • notify breeder when a female begins her heat cycle
  • must not allow a female around intact males during her cycle
  • must not allow a male to breed other females!
  • live within reasonable driving distance
  • be interviewed by the breeder

Females:  Females in guardian homes will have up to 3 litters for Mill Creek (at least 5 constitutes a litter).  The family must notify us at the first sign of her heat.  When the dog is old enough, she comes back to Mill Creek for breeding and about 6-7 weeks for whelping.  Once her breeding career is over, she must be spayed and continue to enjoy the wonderful life she has always enjoyed and the family will receive their deposit back. 

Males:  Males are usually retained for about 6 years, but do not need to leave their families for long periods.  Once their breeding career is over, he will be neutered and will enjoy the wonderful life he has always enjoyed and the family will receive their deposit back.   

If it is determined that the dog I placed with you is not needed for my breeding program when he or she comes of age, the dog must be spayed/neutered, the guardian contract will be dissolved, the difference for pet price paid, and the original pet agreement will take affect.
If you think our guardian program interests you, please feel free to contact us.
Thanks for your consideration!