Puppy Rearing

Potty Training to Use Litter Box

Posted on Mar 22, 2019 | 0 comments

Potty Training to Use Litter Box

We are often asked how we “train” our puppies to use a litter box, what kind of litter box do we use and what kind of litter. First off, we don’t have to train our puppies to use the litter box.  They have all learned on their own. Here is how it happens: At about 10 days or so of age, the puppies begin to crawl or wobbly walk AWAY from their sleeping area to urinate.  IF the dam is not close by to clean them herself that is.  It is just natural instinct to keep their sleeping area clean. We used to start out by putting paper potty pads around the sleeping area but they had...

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The Puppies’ 4th week

Posted on Mar 6, 2019 | 0 comments

The Puppies’ 4th week

Half way through the puppies fouth week! I just can’t believe they are a month old now. In this week, we help the puppies to start building a conditioned emotional response (CER) to the clicker. Using a little bit of raw ground turkey or beef on my finger tip, they gain a “reward”to the sound […]

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Half way through the puppies fouth week! I just can’t believe they are a month old now. In this week, we help the puppies to start building a conditioned emotional response (CER) to the clicker. Using a little bit of raw ground turkey or beef on my finger tip, they gain a “reward”to the sound of the clicker, preparing them to learn crucial behaviors such as pay attention, to make eye contact, etc. Here’s a quick overview of all our puppies learn beginning at four weeks: Recall (“Come.”) is one of the most important commands any canine can learn because sometimes it can save...

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We Provide the Paint, but You are the Artist

Posted on Jan 10, 2019 | 0 comments

We Provide the Paint, but You are the Artist

As Breeders, we provide the paint but you, the new family – are the artist! So often, people think that if they just pick the right breeder, puppy life will automatically be perfect.  This is not a totally true statement.  In the real world, it doesn’t really work like that.  Finding a good breeder is […]

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As Breeders, we provide the paint but you, the new family – are the artist! So often, people think that if they just pick the right breeder, puppy life will automatically be perfect.  This is not a totally true statement.  In the real world, it doesn’t really work like that.  Finding a good breeder is more like an investment and not  quite so much an outcome. Think of yourself as an artist.  Every artist knows that the paint is simply potential; if you do nothing with it, you don’t have anything to show for it except for dried paint.  A true artist appreciates quality paint, and is...

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Critical Learning Period For Puppies

Posted on Feb 4, 2017 | 0 comments

Critical Learning Period For Puppies

The Last Two Weeks of the Critical Learning Period For Puppies   The puppies are just a couple of days shy of 9 weeks old and are leaving or being scheduled to leave with their new families. While it is a very bitter/sweet time for us, it is a time of great excitment and more […]

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The Last Two Weeks of the Critical Learning Period For Puppies   The puppies are just a couple of days shy of 9 weeks old and are leaving or being scheduled to leave with their new families. While it is a very bitter/sweet time for us, it is a time of great excitment and more new learning experiences for the puppies and their new families. The new families are going to have their puppies for the last two and half to three weeks of the  “CRITICAL LEARNING PERIOD” (the critical development/learning period for puppies is from 3 weeks to 12 weeks of age). While I personally do...

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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