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Housing a breeding dog

GOFI needs responsible, loving homes for the dogs in our breeding program. From the beginning the dog is a member of your family. With female dogs, we typically breed our females 3-4 times and then they are spayed and transferred into your name to live with you for the remainder of their lives. With males, they are a member of your family for life.  Once they are 2 years old health clearances will be performed.  If they are clear, the dogs will be collected, neutered and returned to the family.  GOFI will retain rights to collected semen for life and registration will remain under GOFI name.  

​What to expect: GOFI will assume all costs directly related to the breeding such as veterinary bills before, during, and after pregnancy, whelping the puppies and all costs associated with the puppies during their first 8 weeks. Once in their new homes, families are expected to take care of vaccines, feed premium food, provide regular vet care not related to breeding, grooming, treats, toys, and other incidentals they wish to purchase for their new family member.

​Those who become the families of female dogs have options in regard to the breeding. GRF is available to house the dogs temporarily during the heat cycle so they do not have to deal with it or they can keep them in their homes well secure and away from any dogs that are intact. The females are bred at GRF and the whelping of the puppies is also done at GRF. Families are welcome to bring their new Mom and her puppies to their home after the first week if they would like or the female stays here with her puppies until they are 8-10 weeks of age. Housing a GRF breeding dog should not be a decision made lightly. You will have the dog for its entire life which can be as much as 12 or more years.

​Dealing with the female in heat has challenges, the dog does bleed during this time which presents sanitary issues, and the family must make sure that no intact males have access to our dogs so that no unplanned pregnancies occur.

​GRF will be responsible for the breeding, will choose the male, and will take care of the actual breeding process during which time the female dog will be in our care (probably for about one week).

Males who are not altered must be properly contained.  Non neutered male dogs are able to detect females in season as much as a mile away and will make any attempt necessary to get to them. We suggest that you research breeding dogs and caring for intact males.  After doing this, if you think you would like to become a part of the GOFI Family by providing loving care to one of the dogs in our breeding program we would love to hear from you.

Puppy Raisers

After the puppies are born and weaned from their moms, GOFI utilizes, families in our community who volunteer to take care of one of our puppies and socialize with them in public. 

​Here’s how it works: Foster families will begin the housebreaking process, the acquisition of in home manners, and basic obedience.  Foster families are expected to provide GOFI with an assessment of the dogs personality, willingness to learn, and any potential problems/concerns they might see in the dog.

While the puppy is with their puppy raiser, he/she goes through a rigorous evaluation process, socialization, personality assessment, housebreaking, and the development of manners, as well as basic obedience. The family members who are actually working with the puppy are required to meet with our Training Supervisor 1-2 times a month as well as attend lessons (puppy kindergarten and basic obedience), at Golden Ridge Farm.

​GOFI will provide veterinary care up until the puppy is placed in a new home.  After that dog food, and other expenses such as monthly heartworm preventative and flea/tick control will be the sole responsibility of the puppy raiser.

Volunteer to raise a puppy (12 – 24 months) or house one of our breeding dogs throughout their entire life!




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Golden Ridge Farm

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Walpole, MA 02081