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I Loved Them First!

Posted on Jan 21, 2017 | 2 comments

I Loved Them First!

Dear past and future puppy owners, I loved your puppy first. I thought of you – future owner, years before you even realized you would one day have one of my puppies.  I planned for and cared about your puppy long before you started thinking of adding a Poodle to your family.  I thought and prayed about your future with that puppy; before you even knew there would be one. There were hours upon hours spent researching lines for the grandparents and parents of your puppy, going over breeders and pedigrees and health records, choosing not only my own companion but looking for a dog that...

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13 Days Old

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 | 0 comments

13 Days Old

The Sofie/Tristan puppies are now 13 days old.  Their eyes are beginning to open, they are beginning to totter around the box and go potty away from where they are sleeping.  We have doing the early neurological exercises with them and they are no longer fighting being put on their backs but they now let […]

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The Sofie/Tristan puppies are now 13 days old.  Their eyes are beginning to open, they are beginning to totter around the box and go potty away from where they are sleeping.  We have doing the early neurological exercises with them and they are no longer fighting being put on their backs but they now let out a sigh or a yawn and then relax as we gently rub their little chests. They are gaining weight well and really growing! Even our little one – the last born, that many of you know of as “Ki” (with a long i) He has been such a little fighter!  We have not done any...

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Our Goal as a Natural Rearing Breeder

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 | 0 comments

Our Goal as a Natural Rearing Breeder

By Dr. Jeannie Thomason Extracted from the book: Natural Rearing: Breeding & Raising Dogs The Way Nature Intended “The goal of the natural rearing breeder is to produce truly sound puppies — mentally and physically. This means producing dogs with natural immunity. Natural, (or innate), immunity is part of a homeostatic, balanced state of the […]

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By Dr. Jeannie Thomason Extracted from the book: Natural Rearing: Breeding & Raising Dogs The Way Nature Intended “The goal of the natural rearing breeder is to produce truly sound puppies — mentally and physically. This means producing dogs with natural immunity. Natural, (or innate), immunity is part of a homeostatic, balanced state of the body. Natural immunity occurs when the body’s biological defenses work together to fight infection or dis-ease, keeping pathogens in balance and preventing unwanted biological invasion. This type of immunity is a pre-existing and natural...

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Do I need to worm my puppy?

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 | 0 comments

Do I need to worm my puppy?

Most likely,  you do NOT need to worm your puppy.   In fact, most puppies and dogs have been “wormed/dewormed” too much!  Is that even possible? We have been told that puppies should be given a wormer by the time it is only three weeks old and then again a week or two later, at […]

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Most likely,  you do NOT need to worm your puppy.   In fact, most puppies and dogs have been “wormed/dewormed” too much!  Is that even possible? We have been told that puppies should be given a wormer by the time it is only three weeks old and then again a week or two later, at least three times before the puppy ever leaves the breeder.  The fear of having our puppies immune system compromised and weakening them to the point of contracting a virus or worse – dying has been instilled in us by veterinarians, drug companies, the media and of course by dog breeders. We are told...

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Dog Training At Home – Self Awareness

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Dog Training At Home – Self Awareness

Tuesdays with Justin & Dave Dog training at home. Week 1- Self awareness Stressed owners beget stressed dogs and what I often see are puppies or dogs reacting to the owners, not the other way around. While many people understand the basics tenets of training, I often implore my puppy owners to slow down and […]

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Tuesdays with Justin & Dave Dog training at home. Week 1- Self awareness Stressed owners beget stressed dogs and what I often see are puppies or dogs reacting to the owners, not the other way around. While many people understand the basics tenets of training, I often implore my puppy owners to slow down and practice a little self-awareness. With practice, they can often see the fix staring them in the face. Do As I Say, Not As I Do So, “why is my dog pulling me on the leash?” Now it’s my turn to ask a question: How do dog owners typically react to a pulling dog? They pull back. Now both...

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Shout Out To Our Genteel Poodle Owners

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Shout Out To Our Genteel Poodle Owners

This is a shout out to our Genteel Poodle owners! A puppy spends a very short time at their breeder’s home. Most of the dog’s life will be shaped elsewhere. Yes, science tells us that the early weeks of life have life-long effects, making the breeder’s influence disproportional  to the time spent with the puppy. Still the […]

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This is a shout out to our Genteel Poodle owners! A puppy spends a very short time at their breeder’s home. Most of the dog’s life will be shaped elsewhere. Yes, science tells us that the early weeks of life have life-long effects, making the breeder’s influence disproportional  to the time spent with the puppy. Still the point remains that the majority of the dog’s life is shaped by its owners.  There is a distinction between a predisposition/ temperament and character. A character is a result of the interplay between the puppy’s temperament and its environment. The environment being in the...

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