Puppy Rearing

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 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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Fun Facts – Puppies vocabulary

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Fun Facts – Puppies vocabulary

Did you know that talking to your puppy as you would to another human being and using verbal commands or names for objects and skills is a good way to increase your puppy’s vocabulary? It is a fact that dogs that are spoken to often over their lifetime; can have a vocabulary of over a […]

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Did you know that talking to your puppy as you would to another human being and using verbal commands or names for objects and skills is a good way to increase your puppy’s vocabulary? It is a fact that dogs that are spoken to often over their lifetime; can have a vocabulary of over a hundred words. Our dogs have even learned the spelling of some words. When we say the words:  Walk Cookie Treat Bed, Crate Let’s go Ball Bone Find Nap Time and several more The dogs KNOW what we are talking about.  For instance, when they began to learn what we were saying when we said Walk we had...

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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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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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