Schraderhaus K9 Foster Program
order for a kennel to build up their own
bloodline, it is necessary to breed
several litters each year. The best
prospects (puppies) may be kept back to
develop and train to see if they will
eventually fit into the breeding
program. To Qualifying Foster Parents within our foster program
I place specific chosen females
(and occasionally a male) into foster homes. The
dogs live in these homes for their
entire life, provided the foster owner cares for the dog as agreed. The foster parents do not
pay for the dog, we place the dog in their home at no charge. The foster parents must be willing and agree to
sign a restrictive breeding contract
with Schraderhaus K9.
allows local dog lovers an opportunity to
own one the most wonderful breeds in
this country without paying to purchase the dog.
(Our pups sell for $1500+), should you qualify as a foster parent eligible to receive one of our dogs.
foster puppy grows up we monitor its
temperament, drive and health. If the
female is of the quality we strive to produce for breeding, she will be used within our breeding program. Before breeding
the dog we x-ray her hips (at our
expense) to verify that she does not
hip dysplasia. If the hips will not receive an acceptable passing hip
rating for breeding purposes, we ask the
foster parents to have the dog neutered and our breeding rights
are terminated. & the dog remain with
the Foster Family for life of the dog.
After a breed worthy female reaches 2
+ years of age she will come back to our kennel when
she comes into season. After getting
bred she will go back to her foster
home. Then 5 to 7 days before whelping
she is returned to our kennel and has her
babies here, where she remains until she weans
the pups (at 5 to 6 weeks). Females come
into season twice a year. We only breed
a female once a year. and not all of the
females are bred every year.
When a female is at our
kennel we encourage visits from the
foster parents. They can stop as often
as they want and walk their dog and play
with the pups. In my opinion placing
dogs in foster homes results in a far
better life for a dog than living a
life in a dog kennel. The foster home
program is a good deal for the dog, it's
a good deal for the foster parents, and
it's a good deal for my breeding
program. It's one of those "win - win"
situations for everyone involved.
We utilize this program
because it is our belief that a
German Shepherd can only live up to its
genetic potential when given the
appropriate amount of attention,
and care. The founder of the breed,
Captain Max von Stephanitz has written that German Shepherds will
be ruined by becoming solely kennel dogs
and we'd have to agree.
In addition it is imperative to insure
that this puppy grows up to become a dog
who is totally reliable in a family
atmosphere... around children and
strangers, as well as having the "ability
to bond" that we strive to instill into our
dogs. It is this ability that we feel
makes the ownership of a good German
Shepherd a true joy, and while we are
confident that all of our pups have it
at birth...each pup must be insured of proper
socialization and "imprinting" of all necessary real life
scenarios during their early weeks, to
in still confidence in the pup and equip them for becoming the well rounded
dog we want them to be as an adult.
There is a short window with which to
have imprinting be most advantageous.
This is from 8 weeks to 16 weeks of age. German Shepherds, by
nature, are not highly social dogs, and
need deliberate socialization with
people to make them the safest and most
reliable dog they can be. We believe this is most beneficial when the dog lives within a family as their family member. There is a lot to be learned by
sleeping with the dog, spending day in
and day out with the dog. We appreciate the
foster family's knowledge of what their
dog is like in assessing the dog's true
If for some reason we don't believe the female is breed worthy when she is old enough to
breed, we will ask that she be
neutered by the Foster Family. When that has been done, the breeding
contract is null and void and provided that the
foster parent has met all other
obligations on the dog, the dog will
then become the Foster parent's dog for the life of the dog. .
Answers on the FOSTER Program
Who Qualifies for a Foster
We are very selective of who we
choose to become a foster family. Our
primary concern is that our dogs go into
safe homes where they will be well taken
care of and not get run over by a car or
allowed to escape and get lost. We
expect the foster parents to allow the
dogs to be house dogs. We look for
people who have had dogs before. In fact
the ideal person is one who has just had
a 10 or 11 year old dog die of old age.
This is a person who knows how to take
care of a dog. We do not give dogs to
people that want farm dogs, nor do we
give dogs to people who are going to
keep them strictly as an outside kennel
dog. We also do not give dogs to people
who have just had a dog that was
accidentally killed. (If it happened
once it can happen again.) I also do not
give dogs to people who have any type of
criminal history. I am not concerned
about traffic tickets, but any type
of criminal activity for either of the
spouses will disqualify you for
fostering of our dogs.
not place a dog in the following homes:
1. Where the dog will be
an outside/kennel dog only
2. Typically, foster
homes further than 75 miles
from our kennel facility
If Everyone in the household does not
feel this is a good idea
With Families interested in breeding dogs (we
are not placing dogs for breeding, only
Homes without a secure, fenced yard /
6. If we are not allowed
to visit or periodically inspect the
Foster family moves outside the local
area from our Kennel,
they must return and relinquish
possession of the dog.
What are the Foster Family's
While the foster family
does not pay for the puppy (or young
they must agree to purchase a
and a leash.
They must also
agree to feed an all natural diet or all
The foster family must
have a fenced back yard.
Additional Requirements of Foster
• Own their own home or rent a home with
landlord's written permission that it is
okay to keep a large dog
• Have their own car that is large
enough to safely accommodate travel with a German Shepherd Dog
• Prior experience with German Shepherds
is a plus but not necessarily required;
However, prior dog ownership is a must.
• Be willing to crate-train and
•Be willing to spend
what it takes per month as is required
for dog ownership in general,
top-quality kibble of our
recommendation, or RAW FOOD, as well as
the pup up to date with regular vet
checks and vaccines.
• Be prepared to
provide your own regular veterinarian to us as a reference
• Be available to drive dog to and from
our home to deliver dog for whelping and/or
• Foster Owner must be capable of moderate exercise
• Children over the age of 6 years old
with no babies in the house. (This is
not because of any specific danger, but
rather that homes with babies tend not
to have time to devote to a dog, in
spite of good intentions.)
• Keep us routinely updated on the puppy
often, and when the female comes into heat, we must
be notified immediately, so that we may
monitor and record
the dog's normalcy for heat cycles.
1-2 months for us to follow the dog/ puppy's
• Be willing to socialize the
taking it everywhere possible, "showing her life"
in a positive and confidence building
Location of our
How Far Away Do We Place
our Foster Dogs?
We seldom place dogs in
homes further than
from our kennel
which is located approx.
30 miles south of Tacoma, Washington.
Upon our sole discretion, this distance may be
revised to encompass a larger area,
in the event we locate a home that we feel is beneficial to our dog...
so long as the home remains within reasonable driving distance to our kennel.
What If I Have Another Dog
Already In My Home?
We usually do not place
foster dogs in homes where there is
already another dog.
Because our goal is to insure our dog
gets the time and attention we feel
it needs and deserves, another dog will take away from the time dedicated to our Foster Dog. .
It's a rare
occasion that this would happen. We
would never place a female in a home
where there was an un-neutered male, nor would
we place a female in a home
with another dominant or intact female.
with females, males fight with males.
try to eliminate bad situations by controlling the environment
into which we place our dogs
Who Owns The Dog:
The foster parents own the
dog. However The AKC registration papers are in
Schraderhaus K9's name. The
Foster Family in turn signs an
exclusive breeding contract with
When the female is retired from
breeding, ownership remains with the foster
Do You Ever Have Older Dogs,
To Be Placed In
Many know how much
work it is to raise a puppy and would
rather not go through the house breaking
and chewing stages
of a puppy.
female is a good solution for these
people. At times we have young adults
(and sometimes older females)
would like to place in a home. Some are
our retiring females, who are looking for a
final adoption home in their retired years...
Some may be adult dogs that have been in foster homes with a family previously, and
have come back to the kennel.
a number of reasons this could happen.
People get divorced and suddenly find
themselves living in apartments where
they can not keep the dog; People
move away from the area, and some people
simply decide as THEY themselves retire, they
are unable to have a dog any
These adult females are all
very nice dogs. They are house trained
and have basic obedience skills and good protection qualities, making them well suited for the home and family..
We feel it is important for a dog that has been a
house dog to remain one, and not be sent into a
These dogs may find kennel life
going from a one on one
relationship to a kennel situation,
where they no longer have the sole interaction from their owners,
and so these dogs can benefit from an
Health and Breeding of
your Foster Dog
What About Medical Care And The Dog?
The foster parents are
required and are responsible for keeping
the dogs current on wormings.
Washington State requires that only
licensed Veterinarians administer and
keep record of all administered rabies
vaccinations, however we require that
you check with us first as to the
frequency of vaccinations they are
suggesting. This is because there
are new findings that suggest
over-vaccination causes damage to the
dog's immune system.
of Schraderhaus K9
prior to the dog
receiving ANY vaccinations,
becomes of breeding age,
It is the responsibility of
the foster parents to make sure the dogs
remain in good health.
Does Schraderhaus K9 Place Males In Foster
As a rule we do not place males in foster homes. This is because we have several resident stud dogs here at Schraderhaus K9, which we utilize
in our breeding program. There may be a special circumstance where we will look for a home for one of our
stud males, with an exclusive breeding
contract required and retained by our
kennel, or for a permanent home for one of our retiring
and often neutered stud males, but as a rule if someone is looking for
a male dog we will be happy to
work with them in their purchase of one of our male pups.
How Do We Know When A Dog
Should Be Bred?
our breeding season based on a normal 6
month interval between cycles.
That is the reason the foster parent
must keep us informed of the females
cycles. Females come into season 2 times
a year. They will blow their coat (shed)
at 2 to 8 weeks or so prior to
coming into season. When a female starts
to drop blood we expect to get a phone
call. If we plan to breed the bitch we
will inform the foster parents ahead of
We have the foster family bring them here to our
kennel about the 6th day after coming
into heat. Typically, females are usually bred on the 11th thru 15th day of their season, although these dates can vary greatly from female to female.
Breeding related medical expenses are taken care
of by Schraderhaus K9
Does Schraderhaus K9 Ever Split Litters with
Our Foster Program is not a program for a foster family who wants to
be a breeder. When asked if I split the litters with foster parents, the answer is usually "NO."
The only exception to ever consider
splitting a litter with a foster parent
is if the person trains and puts aworking
Schutzhund title on the dog. That is a
rule that is cast in stone. Most foster
parents find the pups cute, but they
don't want more dogs. The foster
that are awarded our foster dogs are not interested
in breeding. If they are good foster
parents and want another dog, I will
give them a second foster dog. Each foster home
is limited to a maximum of two dogs. We
set this limit because the very reason
we use foster homes is to insure that our
will receive individual attention from
their owners. In our experience,
having more than 2 dogs,
becomes counter-productive for our goal
of a one on one home atmosphere for our
If a person is interested in
breeding, our Foster Program is not a program for
If breeding dogs is their goal, they should purchase
their dog with which to start their own
Are Foster Parents Ever
Allowed To Whelp The Litter?
We are asked by an occasional foster parent if
they can whelp a litter at their home.
Unfortunately, there are
that can arise during a delivery, and we
will not put our females or their litters at risk in the event
the foster person is inexperienced at reading the signs of distress, or
is unable to properly react to and deal
with the situation correctly at the time the emergency occurs.
And so to this, the answer is "NO."
When a bitch is to be bred, she must be
brought to the Kennel for breeding at
the appropriate time.
She will then live
with her Foster Family until shortly
before whelping (about one to two weeks) She
stay at our Kennel for
whelping until a week after the
puppies are weaned.
Foster Families are,
of course, welcome to visit during the period their female is mothering the pups,
we ask that the visits be scheduled in advance.
Parents with a Soon to be Retiring Dog
owners who have been caring for their
dog throughout their foster program,
these owners would have
the right to
receive full ownership of their foster
dog as it retires, and will be awarded
free of charge to them
and the dog
will remain with them in their forever
What if The Foster Family Decides that they Do
Not Want to Stay in The Program?
If at any time something
changes in a foster home and they are no
longer able to keep a foster dog,
is no problem should the foster parents
need to return the
dog back to our kennel..
happens, we will either place the dog in
a new foster home or we will sell the
dog, depending on the circumstances at that time.
Under NO circumstances is the Foster Family to place the dog on their own,
and the dog must be returned to our Kennel.
What Circumstances Might Cause Us to Remove a Dog From a Foster Home?
to view updates
on possible foster dogs available
There are a few reasons that
cause us to remove a dog from a foster home:
If we learn they
are allowing the dog to run loose without adequate, responsible supervision
2. If the bitch gets accidentally bred
3. If the foster parents do not tell us
when a bitch comes in season (even if we
do not plan on breeding it),
We will allow a the foster parents a
"One Time" Warning...;
The dog is removed from the foster family
if this happens a second time.)
If someone in Foster Family is arrested for a criminal
5. If the dog is neglected or abused in
6. If someone moves without informing us
and obtaining approval in advance, or if they move outside
a 50 mile radius of our kennel.
7. If Foster Family allows a dog to become
obese, and upon our due notice of same, does not take
steps to correct this
8. If the dog must be
rescued from an Animal Control facility
9. If the dog is not kept
current on Rabies, Worming, Vet
These reasons will be
discussed in detail before any dog is
placed in a Foster Home.
Parents must agree to all terms with our
It should be
noted that the process of whelping is
not always perfect. There are always
risks associated with whelping a litter; Worst case scenario,
you could lose your dog in the process...
though it is more the norm for everything to
However, it is important
that you fully understand this risk
prior to participating in our foster
If you are
75 miles of us in Washington State , and are
interested in becoming a foster home
for Schraderhaus K9, write us @
Jean@SchraderhausK9.com and tell us
about yourself. Emails are
checked daily. Also, don't forget to leave
us your phone number so we can call you
back to get to know one another.
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