How to Trim Toenails
Here are a few links to nail clipping instructions:
Washington State University--choose claws, trimming, dog from index.
Love Is All You Need is a wonderful book about bond-based training.
Below is a link to a groomer in Georgia that specializes in Doodle coats.
She has great advice regarding how to get your puppy ready for visits to a professional groomer.
Puppy Leaks is the website/blog of a dog trainer who has great ideas about bond based training techniques.
Getting and holding your dog's attention through learning impulse control is the training foundation upon which all other behaviors are built. Here is an article about how to help your dog learn impulse control:
Did you know that 77% of dog bites come from the family dog or a friend's dog? Here are a couple great videos about how to read dog body language--dog bites are predictable, they don't come out of the blue. Teach your puppy bite inhibition, don't punish the growl, and learn to read what your dog is trying to tell you. Stop the 77.
I love The Family Dog website and training program--the videos below are produced by them. For those with children, please watch the videos with your children before your puppy comes home to you. Children would enjoy the Kids Club videos--The Family Dog has several that are free on their website and many more that are included in their training program. If you decide you want to purchase the program, enter Breeder20 for a 20% off discount. I am really impressed with their training modules and highly recommend that you go through their program with your children, in addition to working with a local trainer.
What is Dog Parkour?
Are you looking for something fun to do with your dog? You may want to consider parkour, also known as urban agility. Just like the human version of parkour, dogs work on ways to conquer obstacles, such as climbing, balancing, and jumping. One of our families has enjoyed working with their girl, Jade (Seri x Bailey litter). Thank you Ron and Mary for allowing us to share Jade's accomplishments!
Here is a great article comparing various pet insurance plans on the market:
Dog Vaccinations website link
Dog Vaccines: What Every Vet and Owner Should Know website link
Flea and Tick Medications
I am opposed to most pesticide flea and tick medications, and included in my
sales agreement is a clause that states the use of these products voids my health warranty.
Seizures is one of the reported side-effects to flea and tick pesticides in the isoxazoline class.
The FDA has issued a warning about potential adverse events associated with the use of these products.
Drugs included in this labeling are Bravecto, Nexgard, Simparica, and Credilio,
but use of any oral or injectable flea and tick medication voids my health warranty.
Posted below are a few articles and the Official FDA Alert and FDA Fact Sheet.
I'll add more information here as I find it.
Dog Food Advisor is a great internet source for dog food analysis and reviews.
I only feed my dogs foods that are rated at four stars and above. You can also sign up to be notified of product recalls.
This article from The Science Dog is about how children should interact with dogs and how adults can teach correct interactions:
Article by Smart Dog University and YouTube video below
This Puppy Basics ebook by the WholeDog Journal contains excellent information to help you get off to a good start with your puppy. I subscribe to the WholeDog Journal and find their publication to be complimentary to my breeding and puppy rearing philosophy.
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
Click on image above to link directly to Puppy Culture
or select the link below to see an overview video.
Know Your Dog is a website and blog written by an animal behaviorist in New Zealand. She has some great articles and blog posts. I am linking below to her post dated July 26, 2019, titled Increasing Expectations, but I encourage you to look through her website and articles. Her graphic to the right, Owner VS. Dogs, is a great analysis of all the things we ask our dogs to do that really are against their basic nature--it's amazing they are so resilient and dedicated to us that they joyfully live their lives willing to do their best to conform to our desires: