Guardian Program

About the Program

It is critical to us that ALL of our dogs are a part of our family. Unfortunately, we are unable to keep all of the dogs we will be using for breeding in our home. That is where you come in! Occasionally, we would like to add a puppy to our program as a potential future mom or dad.  A guardian family is carefully selected to raise on of our future breeding dogs.  Our goal is to place the puppy with their forever family as young as possible, and we will be the puppy’s “home away from home” and second family.  My number one priority for our breeding dogs is that they are first and foremost a cherished part of a family. (Of course health and temperament are also important – but for the dog – a loving family life is our number one goal!)


Here are a few of the main things that we expect from our guardians:

  • Must be located within a three hour driving distance of our home (Central OH)
  • Must provide proper vet care, nutrition and exercise
  • We require that our dogs live inside. We also prefer our guardians to have a fenced in yard.
  • Must keep the dog groomed and free of fleas & ticks
  • Must properly train and socialize the dog/puppy


Special considerations for female dog guardian homes: When your female comes in heat, we will keep her here at our home for a few days for the breeding process. She will also stay here for the duration of whelping her litter. Litters will  be whelped and raised in our home, no exceptions. Our guardians are always welcome to visit a any point during this time. Guardians must familiarize themselves with heat cycles and be able to detect this in their female and keep her away from all intact males during that time. Females retire around the ages of 4-5, are spayed at our expense.  She will continue to live the rest of her life with her guardian family. 

How It Works


Fill Out an Application

Kindly fill out our application form to help us understand your preferences and ensure a perfect match between you and your new furry companion.

Schedule a Call

After we have received your puppy application we will schedule a facetime call with you to go over and answer any questions you may have.

Pay The Deposit

Once your application has been approved, we require a non-refundable deposit to reserve your puppy.

An outstanding experience!

I had an outstanding experience with Rachel and her family at Bernedoodle Buddies while selecting our new F1 Standard Bernedoodle puppy. From the initial stages of choosing the puppy to the entire process leading up to bringing our furry friend home, Rachel went above and beyond to make the entire experience seamless and enjoyable. What truly sets Rachel apart is her warm and personable nature. Speaking with her felt like talking to an old friend who genuinely cares about the well-being of both the puppies and the families they go to. She was incredibly patient and thorough in answering all our questions, guiding us through the selection process, and providing valuable insights into the care and upbringing of our new puppy. 

Finding Bernedoodle Buddies was a gift.

I spent weeks all over google, facebook and Instagram looking for a Bernedoodle breeder (family) and being unsure of their picking process, ethics, safety standards, health verification, being told it would be years before I would get a fur baby, or just uncomfortable with our correspondence and just getting uncomfortable vibes. I found Bernedoodle Buddies and it just clicked. Their open honestly and transparency about everything was amazing, having a Instagram where I could see daily updates about other litters gave me such warm feelings knowing I would get constant updates about my future baby. 

We had the best experience!

We had the best experience with Bernedoodle buddies and couldn’t recommend them more. We brought a puppy home from them annd into our family with two very young children. From the start, the puppy came home tolerating the noise, touching, everything. We have never had a single worry about our bernedoodle around our children which is HUGE in my opinion. Our puppy came home with crate training and sleeping through the night and sit command. She picked up on her other commands very quickly andw was potty trained completely within 1.5 weeks of arriving home due to Rachel exposing her to these things before coming home.