Guardians participate in ADT’s program by raising and assisting in training an AKC Golden Retriever for the breeding of two litters. The Guardian regularly returns the dog to ADT for Training Schedule Requirements, breeding, and whelping.
Compensation for providing your home, care, and time in raising ADT’s selected breeding dog is a wonderfully trained, well-tempered AKC Golden Retriever, a $13,000 value. You can obtain a golden retriever of excellence for exchange of your time, commitment and dedication to ADT's program.
Guardian must live within Asheville area and routinely transport dog to ADT for training programs, breeding, and whelping. Guardianship is time sensitive and time-demanding and is not for everyone! Please review ADT's Training Schedule Requirements to better understand your time commitment and involvement in transporting and training the dog.
Guardian will be without their dog during the board & train programs, breeding, and whelping. Board & Train is 3 weeks each, Refresher Training is 1 week, breedings are 1 week, and whelping is 8 weeks. Guardian can expect to be without their dog for an average of 2-4 months each year. Times may be extended at the discretion of ADT.
ADT understands life has unexpected changes and that ADT breeding dogs are beloved family pets, too. In the event the Guardian does not meet ADT’s training, breeding, and whelping requirements, the dog must be returned to ADT immediately, or the Guardian may request to keep the dog and pay the buyout fee.
The optional dog buyout fee is a fee assessed for the cost of the dog plus each training program it has completed. This allows the Guardian to purchase the dog and terminate participation in ADT’s program.
The dog buyout fee is waived in the event the Guardian completes ADT’s breeding program or the dog is terminated from breeding program.
The dog is owned by ADT until the training, breeding, and whelping requirements of 2 litters has been met. When these requirements are met, the dog is spayed/neutered and ownership is transferred.
To Apply for ADT's Trained Golden Retriever Guarding Program submit an AKC Puppy Application and indicate "Guardian" on your application. Please also request a call to learn more details about our program to learn if it will be a good fit your schedule and goals with your new puppy.
ADT’s Program Standards
AKC Registered Golden Retriever Genetic, OFA, Temperament, and Conformation evaluation 2 Litters at 24+ months age Puppy Head Start Board & Train, Puppy Head Start Private Training, On Leash Board & Train, Off LeashBoard & Train, Refresher Training Board & Train (x5 weeks)
AKC Golden Retriever Vaccines Veterinary care for breeding & whelping Spay/neuter surgery Training Programs
Food (brands authorized by ADT) Crate & Supplies Veterinary care for routine needs (exams, care, medications, etc) Travel to ADT for training programs, breeding, and whelping
ADT’s Training Schedule Requirements:
2-4 months, Puppy Head Start B&T 4 months, Puppy Head Start Private Training 6 months, On Leash B&T 1st heat cycle, Refresher Training B&T 12 months, Off Leash Training B&T 18 months, Refresher Training B&T 24 months, Refresher Training B&T 2nd heat cycle, breeding/Refresher Training B&T 24+ months, whelping 1st litter 3rd heat cycle, breeding/Refresher Training B&T 24+ months, whelping 2nd litter
Guardian must adhere to ADT’s training, breeding, and whelping schedule and requirements
ADT will spay/neuter dog after completion of breeding program and transfer ownership to Guardian
Guardian must return dog to ADT in any event they cannot keep the dog
Guardian may never give, sell, adopt out, or surrender dog to an organization or individual
Guardian must return dog to ADT or buyout dog in the event of failure to return dog for training, breeding, or whelping
Guardian must return dog or pay buyout fee for unauthorized spay/neuter
Neglected or abused dogs must be returned to ADT and are not eligible for buyout fee
ADT will take legal action to claim unpaid buyout fees
Guardian Benefits/Buyout Fees
These listed fees are the current prices for our training programs. This is the value of the training our goldens receive in our Guardian Program. “Buyout” refers to the cost of the dog + cost of completed training programs. Guardian may choose to buyout dog anytime the dog is not pregnant/whelping.
AKC Golden Retriever, $3000 Puppy Head Start B&T, $2500 Puppy Head Start Private Training, $700 On Leash B&T, $2500 Refresher Training B&T (x5), $2000 Off Leash B&T, $2500 Total (maximum) buyout fee = $13,200