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Although this is Mother's Day weekend, I'll be watching as much as possible! May 11 to May 14
05/09/2024

Although this is Mother's Day weekend, I'll be watching as much as possible! May 11 to May 14

Don't miss a beat with our comprehensive viewing schedule for the 2023 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show...

05/09/2024

After attending dog shows many years, I do have to wonder: Official stance of the AKC regarding some questionable treatment of purebred dogs prepped for the show ring??

05/09/2024

What does the Westminster Kennel Club cluster of dog shows mean to you personally as an SD handler?

03/26/2024

Zignature dry dog food at Hollywood Feed,
currently half off! 🤩

03/20/2024

Do you have a SD training mentor?
Are there SD teams that inspire you?

03/17/2024

Have you made mistakes during your SD training journey?
What were they? Resolution?

02/20/2024

Today is February 20th,
Love Your Pet Day!

In my journey with Dexi Etta, I've learned to listen to reliable dog trainers who emphasize the fact that your dog’s emo...
02/06/2024

In my journey with Dexi Etta, I've learned to listen to reliable dog trainers who emphasize the fact that your dog’s emotions are tremendously important in any training that you seek to do!

How a dog’s emotions impact their love of training and 7 tips to maximise your dog training success.

01/19/2024

Does this adorable Doberman seem to be in a trance! Thank goodness this dog's breeder had the good sense to leave the ears as nature intended! Argos, too, agrees that he looooves every centimeter of his full gorgeous natural ears!

01/07/2024

Positive traits such as friendliness, sociability and ability to cooperate with humans are significantly affected by the genes a dog inherits from its parents.

01/06/2024

Breeder is more important than Breed!
BREEDERS HAVE COMPLETE CONTROL
of personality they choose to replicate!

12/22/2023

DESIRED for Assistance Dogs and companion pets!
CALMNESS in chaos
TOLERANCE to changes
SELF-REWARDING accepting praise as reward

12/22/2023

Inappropriate for Assistance Dogs!
Sensitivity to chaos around us
Sensitivity to movement outside
Insensitive to praise

12/18/2023

Sensitivity to noises and smells challenges some of us in a noisy stinky world but remember we also possess very special qualities 💟

12/18/2023
12/18/2023

Basically this is a shout-out to highly admirable people whose (often long-standing) breeding programs are filled/accredited with expert people's influences (Dunbar, Avidog, PuppyCulture, BAB) and with lots of helpful people visiting puppies (socialization)! Your mentorship of newer less experience breeders is meaningful and appreciated!! 😀

Some people say they want to support the need for Assistance dogs, but then simultaneously impair dogs by cutting off puppy body parts: eat flaps, tails, dewclaws, or worst of all removing s*x hormones/glands that could easily remain intact maintaining full body health even after a qualified vet surgically makes the dog infertile (for those proven unfit/unwanted to contribute to the breed's gene pool).

Some people lead you to believe puppies they bred are highly suitable prospects (ie because of breed or because of cute factor!) but simultaneously have been harming their chances for thriving even as pets (and diminishing their overall well-being) by neglecting most guidelines from experts in extensive socialization and early manners training that impacts dogs for life, maybe also neglecting puppy calm feeding needs and clean sanitary/potty needs!

Others breeders follow many socialization and training guidelines and use tangible measurement metrics of temperament so the dogs may be great pet companions at home, but if dozens of humans aren't included 4 to 12 weeks the puppies' brains have virtually stopped accepting human variety fearlessly which leads to challenges during Public Access Training and beyond.
So for those pups, it would seem risky to move forward although I guess it might sometimes be worthwhile for a really special one with proven bomb-proof personality that calmly accepts loads of make-up human socialization up to 6 months (maybe even til 1 year according to some trainers). For people fostering potential Service Dog puppies, taking on those that are unsocialized with people may be a rewarding challenge that results in a percentage moving on to task training and additional public access with their disabled handler.

So this post is also a shout out to puppy fosters who work with puppies from 8-10 weeks until they're slightly older 6-9 months! 😀

And finally a shout out to good hearted breeders who are welcoming the process of learning more with each litter! 🤗

12/18/2023

Akc.tv
Obedience Trials
Meet the Breed
Maybe talks about creating great puppies with heavy socialization programs?

12/15/2023

Medical Alert Service Dogs have DRIVE and DETERMINATION to save their handlers!

12/08/2023

ENERGY
runs thru the dog's body
DRIVE
inspires the dog's mind to complete what they start

12/08/2023

Here's term to learn well:
🤯 SHOW MILL 🫨
Puppy mill style disregard of puppy raising programs,
but lots of show champions...

12/01/2023

The Worms and Germs Blog authored by Drs. Scott Weese and Maureen Anderson covers animal health and diseases and is published by the Ontario Veterinary College University of Guelph.

11/30/2023

Hot tip! Spring Creek Feed still has Bordatella vaccines in stock, less than $12 per dose, 15% off today during Customer Appreciation Day!

Have to share this update about the "funky" mystery respiratory sickness affecting (killing) dogs. Now 14 states have re...
11/29/2023

Have to share this update about the "funky" mystery respiratory sickness affecting (killing) dogs. Now 14 states have reported cases of the very contagious illness. First appearing (reported) in New Hampshire where a scientist (Dr Needle) has now studied it a year and seeks cooperation from other veterinarians to study and defeat!

Cases of an unusual respiratory illness in dogs have been reported in states across the country, including Oregon, California and Florida.

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