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Title: Why Knox Family Goldens & Doodles Chooses Not to Use Guardian Homes for Our Breeding Program

Introduction: At Knox Family Goldens & Doodles, we are passionately committed to the well-being and health of our dogs. A significant aspect of our dog breeding approach is our decision against using guardian homes in our program. This blog explores the reasons behind this choice, reflecting our dedication to ethical breeding practices and the utmost care for our Goldens and Doodles.

  1. Ensuring Consistent Care and Environment

  • In our home, we provide a consistent, controlled environment for our dogs. This stability is essential for their physical and psychological well-being. Variations in care and environment in a guardian home could negatively impact the dogs' health and temperament, which we diligently strive to avoid.

  1. Building Strong Bonds with Our Dogs

  • It's important for us to form strong, lasting bonds with each dog in our program. These bonds are difficult to foster when dogs are moved between a guardian home and our home. By keeping our dogs with us, they become integral members of our family, allowing us to nurture these relationships throughout their lives.

  1. Close Monitoring of Health and Development

  • Close monitoring is crucial in breeding programs. Our presence at home enables us to closely observe each dog's health and development. In guardian homes, subtle health or behavioral issues might be missed, potentially affecting breeding decisions and the health of future litters.

  1. Ethical Concerns

  • Ethical breeding practices are at the heart of our philosophy. We are concerned about the ethical implications of using guardian homes, such as the emotional impact on the dogs of being moved between homes and the risk of them feeling like commodities rather than cherished pets.

  1. Educational Opportunities for Our Team

  • Caring for our dogs full-time at home provides invaluable hands-on experience for our team. This continuous interaction deepens our understanding of canine behavior and needs, which is crucial for providing the best care and making informed breeding decisions.

  1. Building Trust with Our Clients

  • Transparency is key to building trust with our clients. Having all our dogs at our home allows us to assure clients of the conditions and care their future pets receive. This level of transparency is harder to maintain with guardian homes.

  1. Personal Choice and Program Philosophy

  • Our decision reflects our personal beliefs and the philosophy of our breeding program. While we respect the choice of other breeders who use guardian homes, our focus remains on the wellbeing of our dogs and the integrity of our program.

Conclusion: Our choice not to use guardian homes at Knox Family Goldens & Doodles is rooted in our commitment to providing the best possible care for our dogs in our home environment. We believe this approach aligns with our dedication to ethical breeding, health, and happiness of our dogs, ensuring the trust and satisfaction of our clients. As we continue our journey, our core values and dedication to our dogs remain steadfast.



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