Category Archives: Dog Breeding

Placentophagy (eating placentas)

As yuck as it sounds to us, placentophagy is common in mammals. Besides the obvious purpose of hiding any trace of birth and vulnerable newborns from predators, eating placenta has been proven to make birthing less painful, and to help with milk letdown. Continue reading

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What Teaching “Manding” Taught Me

“Manding” is a term used in Puppy Culture that refers to a behavior we have taught a puppy to use (usually a “sit” but it can be any behavior we choose) to get our attention. Manding opens a line of … Continue reading

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Natural Births In A “Cesarean” Dog Breed

There is such a thing as an optimum environment for a natural birth. Continue reading

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What Might Surprise You About Vaccines

I’m overhearing a conversation while in the waiting room at a vet’s office. “Spot is going to a boarding kennel tomorrow and they require his yearly shots to be up-to-date. Oh, and a kennel cough vaccine” says a dog owner … Continue reading

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Challenges of Puppies Born Prematurely

We Have Newborns!   It is very rare for me to have two litters in one year, and we will not have more puppies for a while, but this turned out to be a summer of babies. Two days ago Moxie gave natural … Continue reading

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Socialization Period – Introduction

Short, Short Window “Puppy socialization” is a technical term in canine behaviorism that describes the process  when a puppy learns to be a dog between a 4th and 14th  week of life.  Socialization Period is believed to close at as early as 12 weeks of age, … Continue reading

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Thoughts to celebrate 1000 visits to my blog

This blog is less than a month old and it has about 1000 views, with visitors from 17 countries. As thrilled as I am to speak to like-minded people, I am thinking today how sadly rare and special my readers are, … Continue reading

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