Schraderhaus K9 Foster Program



 Schraderhaus K9's Foster Program:

 In 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.

This program 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.

As a 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 have 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, socialization, love, 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 quality.

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. .

Questions & Answers on the FOSTER Program

Who Qualifies for a Foster Dog?

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.

We will 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
3. If Everyone in the household does not feel this is a good idea
4. With Families interested in breeding dogs (we are not placing dogs for breeding, only fostering)
5. Homes without a secure, fenced yard / property perimeter
6. If we are not allowed to visit or periodically inspect the Foster Home.

If 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 Responsibilities?

While the foster family does not pay for the puppy (or young adult),
they must agree to purchase a dog crate and a leash.
They must also agree to feed an all natural diet or all natural kibble.
 The foster family must have a fenced back yard.

Additional Requirements of Foster Family:

• 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;
prior dog ownership is a must.
• Be willing to crate-train and housebreak
•Be willing to spend what it takes per month as is required for dog ownership in general,
which includes
feeding a top-quality kibble of our recommendation,  or RAW FOOD, as well as
keeping 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 breeding.
• 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.
  Photos appreciated every 1-2 months for us to follow the dog/ puppy's progress.

• Be willing to socialize the dog by taking it everywhere possible, "showing her life"
in a positive and confidence building manner.



Location of our Foster Dogs...

How Far Away Do We Place our Foster Dogs?

We seldom place dogs in homes further than 75 miles 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.
Females fight with females, males fight with males.
We try to eliminate bad situations by controlling the environment and circumstances
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 Schraderhaus K9.
  When the female is retired from breeding, ownership remains with the foster family.


Do You Ever Have Older Dogs,
 To Be Placed In Foster Homes,?

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.
An adult female is a good solution for these people. At times we have young adults (and sometimes older females) that we 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.
 There are 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 longer.

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 kennel environment;
These dogs may find kennel life difficult,  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 adoption home as well.


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.  
All other vaccinations must have prior approval of Schraderhaus K9
prior to the dog receiving ANY vaccinations, particularly as the dog
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 Homes?

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?

  We plan 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 time.
 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 Foster Owners?

 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 families 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 dogs/pups 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 foster dog.

If a person is interested in breeding, our Foster Program is not a program for them.
If breeding dogs is their goal, they should purchase their dog with which to start their own business.

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 life-threatening emergencies 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 will then
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,
 but we ask that the visits be scheduled in advance.

 Foster Parents with a Soon to be Retiring Dog

For Foster 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 home. 


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,
there is no problem should the foster parents need to return the dog back to our kennel..
 When this 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?

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There are a few reasons that would
cause us to remove a dog from a foster home:

1. 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.)

4. If someone in Foster Family is arrested for a criminal offense
5. If the dog is neglected or abused in any way.
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 Visitations.

These reasons will be discussed in detail before any dog is placed in a Foster Home.
The Foster Parents must agree to all terms with our kennel.

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 go smoothly.
However, it is important that you fully understand this risk prior to participating in our foster program.


If you are within 75 miles of us in Washington State , and are interested in becoming a foster home for Schraderhaus K9, write us @ 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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