Category Archives: Puppy rearing

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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Why You Need To Filter Water For Your Dog (and for yourself)

Chromium-6 in My Drinking Water  It all started last year, when on a lazy weekend afternoon my husband, a man of few words, used his verbal allowance for the day when he turned to me and wondered aloud what the … Continue reading

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Why We Need To Pay Attention To Calcium In Dog Diets

Dog Food Industry Is Revising Calcium Requirements From Pet Industry blog post by David A. Dzanis, DVM, PhD, DACVN: “After eight years of deliberation and somewhat contentious debate, the revisions to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog and Cat … Continue reading

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Early Scent Introduction

I got an interesting question from a prospective puppy buyer. Do I use Early Scent Introduction (ESI) protocol with my litters? I never have but heard lots about it and am truly excited to experiment with it. ESI was developed by Gayle Watkins, … Continue reading

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Hip Dysplasia: Can a Shape and Surface of Whelping Box Prevent It?

Hip Dysplasia – Nature/Nurture Side of Things Hip dysplasia is one of those conditions that all dog breeders are very well aware of and have been making considerable efforts to eliminate. Almost every breed’s parent club recommends screening breeding stock for … Continue reading

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The Right Home for A Puppy is EVERYTHING

A breeder can give a puppy a great start but where it ends up is a credit to the dog’s owner. 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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Losing a Puppy. A Heartache of Breeding.

A show dog breeder’s life is not glamorous, but it does evoke a response of “aww… puppies!” However, a breeder’s daily routines are more “eww…” than “aww…” Everyone imagines the deliciousness of being surrounded by fluffy cuteness on comically unsteady legs. The real comical moments, though, are … Continue reading

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Week 12 and 13 : Time of Goodbyes and Protocols Of ” A Big Boy In A Big World”

Derby’s First Days Without His Brothers Our babies started a new life they have been preparing for! One by one the boys left to continue adventures with their loving new owners (more on that in another post). All except Derby. Potty Training … Continue reading

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Can You Teach a Puppy To Avoid Future Conflicts? You Bet!

Week 11 in puppies’ lives started with a birth of another litter slightly before the due date, altering our schedule of games and challenging the puppies to accept longer breaks between activities. Their reactions exceeded all my expectations. They are such good puppies! Their … Continue reading

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