Interesting Reading

Here are some articles that I think you’ll find worth reading:


Let Me Entertain You
by AKC

Our pets can be so cute, so entertaining, and Wow! SO smart. AKC's Trending Entertainment page has their current most popular clips. Take a look at what folks have caught their dogs doing …

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A Growing Family
by LeAnn

Long time friend Lisa Bizzaro came to visit …

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Looking at Dogs in a Positive Light When Judging
by Kathy Lorentzen

Have you ever noticed how easy it is for people to look at a dog and immediately point out what they don’t like about that dog? … Common faults are easily seen and identified by almost everyone, while breed-specific virtues can only be seen and appreciated by those who truly understand the breed they are looking at …

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Reason to Breed: Improvement, Preservation or Both?
by Peri Norman

When I started in dogs, I was taught that “improving the breed” was a primary reason for breeding … Turns out that defining improvement in individual dogs, let alone an entire breed, can be a tricky process …

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That Pick of the Litter Puppy
by William J. Given

“What is the best age to select your pick of the litter puppy?” On one hand, a puppy just minutes old and still wet gives you the best representation of genetic potential, but the most accurate answer to the query has to be …

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Pack Leadership Technique 4: Master the Walk
by Cesar'sWay, Inc.

Pack Leadership Technique 2 reminds us to provide exercise, discipline, and affection in that order. And the absolute best way to provide exercise and discipline for your dog is through the walk. To make the walk productive and bonding …

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The Genetic X Factor
by Master Breeder Barbara “BJ” Andrews

The real secret to breeding top winning, top producing AKC champions in any breed is the genetic “X” factor …

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The Power of the Breeding is in the Dam
by Sally Gift, Mesa AZ, Gordon Setter Expert

Does the bitch carry a sort of magical sauce that causes her contribution to a litter to be greater than that of the dog? If so, what is that sauce, how does it work? …

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Ear Infections
by ASPCA

How Do Dogs Get Ear Infections? Canine ear infections are most often due to bacteria or yeast. Ear mites, growing hair, trapped water, a tumor or foreign body in the ear canal can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast …

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Conjunctivitis
by Webvet

Conjunctivitis in dogs and cats develops when blood vessels in the whites of the eyes and inside of the eye lid become congested with blood. Conjunctivitis often results from …

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Raising Puppies to Be Brave: The Top 10 Ways to Create Confident Dogs
by Gayle Watkins, Avidog U

Breeders and owners can do many things when raising puppies to be confident, stable adults …

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Breeding Frequency and Bitch Age
by Joanna Kimball, Ruffly Speaking

The key to understanding reproductive health in dogs is knowing that, as far as a bitch’s body knows, there is no difference between being pregnant and not being pregnant …

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I Don’t Want a Show Dog; I Just Want a Pet.
by Joanna Kimball, Ruffly Speaking

This is one of the most pervasive sentiments that puppy buyers, especially families, express when they're looking for a dog. What they really mean, of course, is that they don't want a show BREEDER — don't want to pay the high price they think show breeders charge, don't want to go through the often-invasive interview process, and think that they're getting a better deal or a real bargain because they can get a Lab for $300 or a Shepherd for $150. I want you to change your mind …

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How Much Does a Puppy Cost?:
Purchase price, adoption fees, discounts, expensive puppies, cheap puppies, and a bunch of other words”
by Joanna Kimball, Ruffly Speaking

This goes out to all the people who say “Fifteen hundred dollars for a DOG? You have GOT to be kidding me!” I want to warn you that this is not a warm-fuzzy approach. I am going to tell you how we as breeders try to come up with a dollar amount for a puppy and how rescues do the same.

I am definitely not making a statement about how much we do or don’t love or dogs, or how we would or wouldn’t see them as valuable members of our families. Ginny cost a grand total of $5 to adopt; I would put a second mortgage on the house to save her if she were sick. What I am going to write is not about love; it’s about …

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Being a Good Breeder
by Joanna Kimball, Ruffly Speaking

When I started out in Great Danes, I was thoroughly convinced that I had the answers. I don’t know why on earth I thought I had the right to be that arrogant, and thankfully I didn’t talk about it too loudly and make myself look really idiotic, but I was SURE that somehow I could, by following all the recipes I had read about and researched, actually get a better result than anyone else. I really did think that the problems in the breed were because others had become complacent. I “knew” that if I never bred without an OFA number, never failed to test thyroids, did a yearly echocardiogram on all my dogs, that I was a good breeder. Not just a good breeder, a BETTER breeder than the other good breeders.

I bred my first litter with the feeling that nothing could possibly go wrong; my ducks were all in a row; my co-owner had signed off on the stud dog; it was going to be a litter for the ages.

I Was An Idiot …

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AKC - Dog Health: Breeder Education

This page on the AKC site has articles from master breeders of various breeds. I think you'll find them quite interesting …

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ALL DOGS DO DIE:
The reality of life, death, health testing and the purebred dog”
by CinDee Byer, Top Journalist Nominee

Not so long ago … the purebred dog was revered by all. It walked with kings, romped with presidents and sat at the side of leaders. It inspired poets, influenced writers and was depicted in movies by filmmakers. The purebred dog was perfect in every way except for one fact …

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