How does your rescue work? Does the rescue find a dog that fits our situation, or do we contact the rescue when we see one we're interested in? We have a 3 year old female Goldendoodle now. We are looking for a young or puppy female.

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We do not find dogs for people; we find homes for dogs. :)

The very first step if you are interested in adopting a DRC doodle is to read our adoption policies to be sure that you qualify (we have several adoption restrictions including a minimum age of 10 for children, you must have owned a dog as an adult and have vet records in your own name, etc) and if you do meet our requirements, submit an application ASAP. The demand for doodles in rescue is far greater than the number available, and it is not at all unusual for us to receive 50-100 applications for a single dog. Therefore, we always have approved adopters waiting, and many of our dogs are adopted before they are ever even listed as available. There are always at least a dozen dogs in the program who are not yet listed. If you wait until you see one you like, you will likely be too late. And the more specific you are as to sex, age, color, and size, the lower the chances of successfully adopting. Especially if you are looking for a puppy, since puppies are in the highest demand and are relatively rare in rescue. Adult dogs are given up much much more often than puppies. 
I would also add that it generally works out better when you have a dog of one sex to bring in a new dog of the opposite sex. So since you have a female, a male would probably be a better choice. We find that opposite sexes get along best, followed by two males, and two females is the combination least likely to be harmonious. That doesn't mean that there aren't many households with two females living successfully together, but it does mean that it may make the adjustment period longer and more difficult. 

Ok, thank you. Our previous neighbors had a male, mini Goldendoodle that would try to mount our girl all the time. That's one reason we wanted a female, we didn't want her to be bothered like that all the time, she's fixed, but still she didn't like it. Also we're afraid of a male wanting to mark his territory with urine in the house. We have kept Millie's mom a couple of weekends,when she was younger, they got along great, but we kept her again this summer and they did not get along. They both wanted to be the dominant dog. She gets along great with the neighbors male as long as he's not trying to mount her. They didn't "fight" per say, but she was bothered by it. As far as the policies, the only thing we don't meet is the fenced in yard. What are your thoughts? Are our concerns about getting a male valid, or is it something that we shouldn't be worried about? Also the reason we were wanting a puppy or young Doodle, is because she wants to be the dominant dog, we thought a younger dog than her would be better. I guess if it were an older dog that was submissive to her that would be fine. When you fill out an application does it ask which dog you're interested in? If they aren't all on the site yet, how do you answer that?

Mounting is a dominance behavior, not related to sex, assuming of course that the dog in question is neutered. Intact males will mount other dogs, but any dog of either sex may mount any other dog; many females do it. In desexed dogs, it is done to display dominance over another dog, not because of sexual excitement. I've seen just as many females mount another dog as I've seen males do it. It is also a myth that male dogs will mark in the house. Intact males will; neutered males do not. This is also a dominance behavior, and there are females that will urinate in the house to show dominance as well. Many people share these concerns about males, but they are not valid, and in fact, in households with dogs of both sexes, it is usually a female who will be the most dominant dog in the pack. 

Puppies can be just as dominant as adult dogs. We have had many puppies come into a home with an older dog and try to dominate them. It's a personality issue, not an age issue. And keep in mind that an older doodle puppy, which is what you find in rescue when you find any puppies, is often as large as an adult dog. If you are looking for a 3 month old doodle puppy in rescue, you are going to have a long wait. And of course, we do not want to place any dog in a home where he or she is going to be bullied, lol. Most dogs work out these dominance issues between themselves over time. 

When you submit an application, you can put something generic in the space for the dog's name. "Any good match", "best match" "any available", something along those lines. 

Some of our dogs do require fenced yards, others do not. It is taken on a case by case basis, but fences are preferred in general. That doesn't mean you have no chance of adopting, but between two equally good homes, one with a fence and one without, the home with the fence would be likely to win out. 

Ok thank you for your advice! I will submit an application. Will the rescue notify me if and when the application is accepted?

The adoption coordinator emails everyone who submits an application. You will also get an automatic email acknowledging receipt. Be sure to set your spam blocker so that it allows emails from doodlerescuecollectiveinc.org

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