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7 Weeks Old & Testing Aptitude

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 | 0 comments

7 Weeks Old & Testing Aptitude

Today was a big day for the puppies!  Turning 7 weeks old means going through the testing exercises and matching up our observances of the puppies with test results to help determine which puppies will be the best fit for each family. We use the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test. I look at these testing exercises more in a general way then as someting set in stone.  After all, they don’t predict the very individual aspects of a dog. I always think of temperament and aptitude tests as a snap shot in time. They are observations of behavior of that exact moment.  They do give a broad idea of a...

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6 Weeks Old!

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 | 0 comments

6 Weeks Old!

Thankfully, we had about 4 days in a row this last week where it was not cold and rainy and the puppies got to be outside – running, wrestling and exploring!   They sure slept well afterwards.  LOL   So, now we are back to playing indoors and working on some basic clicker training and […]

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Thankfully, we had about 4 days in a row this last week where it was not cold and rainy and the puppies got to be outside – running, wrestling and exploring!   They sure slept well afterwards.  LOL   So, now we are back to playing indoors and working on some basic clicker training and conditioning them to new objects like the cloth tunnel, short steps,  the wobble cushion and such. We have two of puppies reserved with a deposit and we have decided to keep one of the white girls here with us. The puppies will be going through the PAT  – Puppy Aptitude Testing next week when they...

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The Available Girls!

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 | 0 comments

The Girls At 5 weeks old, their personalities are just beginning to come through but we are loving what we are seeing in both the boys and girls.         We are now taking deposits from approved puppy applications. If you are interested in one of these wonderful puppies, please email us an […]

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The Girls At 5 weeks old, their personalities are just beginning to come through but we are loving what we are seeing in both the boys and girls.         We are now taking deposits from approved puppy applications. If you are interested in one of these wonderful puppies, please email us an application as soon as possible. We are very particular about where our puppies go. We want to be sure that you know what you are getting yourself into and we want to feel safe with the decision we make about where we place our puppies. As responsible breeders we are putting our years...

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Available Boys

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 | 0 comments

This is the first Winter litter that we have had in over 10 years and normally we get lots of pictures of the puppies when they are outside in the sunshine. It is too cold and wet out to have the puppies outside for more than a couple of minutes so we are not getting […]

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This is the first Winter litter that we have had in over 10 years and normally we get lots of pictures of the puppies when they are outside in the sunshine. It is too cold and wet out to have the puppies outside for more than a couple of minutes so we are not getting as many pictures as normal. We have a full spectrum light panel that we use daily and direct towards their pen and I will hold them individually and take them out to be in the sun when we have any without blustery winds blowing too. I got all of their faces shaved yesterday and finally got pictures of them to share with you....

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5 Weeks Old and Beautiful!

Posted on Jan 10, 2017 | 0 comments

5 Weeks Old and Beautiful!

The puppies turned 5 weeks old this morning! They are getting better about using the litter box to go potty in and now that we have set up the exercise pen for them, they can jump in and out of the whelping box to play, explore and stretch their legs more often. I have shaved […]

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The puppies turned 5 weeks old this morning! They are getting better about using the litter box to go potty in and now that we have set up the exercise pen for them, they can jump in and out of the whelping box to play, explore and stretch their legs more often. I have shaved their faces and was really surprised to not find silver under the dark puppies hair!  They may yet fade to blue but no silver it looks like.   They were all just fine with me shaving their faces and trimming their toenails. We have been playing with their feet and running the handle end of the clippers over them...

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Powering Up The Clicker

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Powering Up The Clicker

We have begun to work with the puppies individually for a few minutes at a time with a clicker and a little bit of ground beef rolled into tiny balls. First, we “click” and then we give the treat – classically conditioning the puppies to respond to the sound. The puppies learn in a pretty […]

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We have begun to work with the puppies individually for a few minutes at a time with a clicker and a little bit of ground beef rolled into tiny balls. First, we “click” and then we give the treat – classically conditioning the puppies to respond to the sound. The puppies learn in a pretty short time that the sound of the click ALWAYS means a yummy treat.  We are not asking the puppy to do anything at this point, they are learning on their own that click means – a treat is forth coming – this is  what is referred to as “Powering Up The Clicker” By...

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