Frequently Asked Questions
- Where do I have to live to foster a Ridge View dog? We ask that you live within 4 hours of traveling distance of one of our branches (Iowa, Ohio, Louisiana, North Carolina) or be willing to transport the extra distance when the dog is needed.
- Can anyone become a foster family? In theory, YES. We do go through an phone call interview session and would like to learn more about where our dog would be living and what they would be doing. Ridge View does have the right to turn down any families for any reason.
- How much does it cost to get a foster dog? We have a foster fee of $1,000.00 to cover if an accident would occur and we were no longer able to use the dog. When the dog is retired, you get to keep them forever. Compared to our other services, this is a lifetime deal!!
- What do I have to do with my foster dog? This is a loaded question. You have to love them unconditionally! The everyday cost of having a dog is also your responsibility, such as food, water, exercise, extra training classes, and normal vet bills. Ridge View covers all the breeding costs, such as: registration, OFA clearances, eye clearances, blood work, and breeding equipment for the dog.
We ask that families set up an exercise plan such as walks, hiking, pool days, fetch, and dog parks so our dogs stay fit and healthy. It is very, very hard to breed an overweight dog and is not good for the dog or the people involved. We also like our dogs to be feed quality food such as what we use at our facilities or one that is the same quality. Otherwise, the dog is your family companion.
- How often will my dog have to 'go back to the farm'? We only call the dog back to the farm for breeding purposes.
In females, the dog is bred from their 2 year old year until around 5 years old. The family would notify the contact at Ridge View when the dog showed first signs of coming into heat. Their heat cycle can last as long as 1 month, we then have to wait another month for an ultrasound if the female is confirmed pregnant. From there the female would stay and whelp at our Ridge View facility and would be weaned from her litter at 6 weeks. We average 3 litters from each female and then retire them. The female has to be spayed before the family gets full rights after the female is retired.
In males, the dog reaches matured around 18 months (year and a half) and can be called to sire a litter at anytime of the year. The length that a male stays at the farm depends on the female we are breeding them with. We progesterone test all of our females to scale when they are ovulating to get the best chance of a pregnancy. That can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks (as long as a females heat cycle). Males can be used to sire litters until they are no longer producing, which we have found goes over 10 years of age. We may retire males early if we have an offspring that could replace the males spot in our breeding program. Males have to be neutered before the family gets full rights.
- Foster dogs are UNLIMITED AKC registration. What does this mean for me? Yes, since our foster dogs are a part of our breeding program they are on unlimited registration. This means that the dog can be shown in an AKC event, including confirmation class! You are more than welcome to show your dog in as many shows as you would like, but you are responsible for the cost of the shows unless another arrangement is made beforehand.
- Do I make any money off the litters my dog produces? In females, the family will get $500 to cover the time away from their family; which after breeding, monitoring, whelping, and until weaning can be up to 4 months. The puppies are sold to the public or kept back as breeding prospects.
In males, not common, but possible. We do offer outside stud services to the public and other breeders. We are very thorough about which outside females we breed with our males. Outside females are any female dog that is not owned/co-owned/fostered by Ridge View. Families would get half of the stud fee to an outside female after the cost of breeding supplies were subtracted from total cost.
We also offer discounts if you would like to foster another dog.