It starts with mom...
“Grace” was our English Golden Retriever and a founding member of our program. I love the look on her face as she is getting some spa treatment just before she will have her puppies.
Just like any mother, dogs require extra love and attention during pregnancy. Research as shown that everything the mother experiences will effect the developing brain of the unborn puppy. In other words, mother nature will prepare it for the world the mom is dealing with. Nothing is more important at this critical time than to be surrounded by friendly, familiar faces. This is why we have all of our parent dogs live with us and chose not to have them live in guardian homes. The familiar surroundings make mom feel more at ease and the puppies will develop accordingly. If she is taken from her human family, she will feel alone and worry about her surroundings. Stress hormones will be released in the bloodstream and her puppies future development will be at risk. As a result, the grown-up dog will likely be unbalanced and exhibit undesirable qualities. That is why we have specially designed our facility to give our dogs a place to play, interact and rest in a totally secured environment. A happy dog will make happy pups.
Spaying and neutering
There are many discussions on the pros and cons of spaying or neutering your pet. We cannot stress enough the importance that you understand the responsibility you are undertaking. The decision to spay or neuter should be researched extensively and discussed with your vet. The ultimate decision is yours to make. We thought this was a very fair article on the subject.
A beautiful Goldendoodle from Jerry Lee and Grace.
keeping them healthy
A young Bordoodle from Jerry Lee and Layla.
Newborn puppies are weighed every morning and charted to ensure proper weight gain. Any puppy not gaining weight could be a sign of illness.
We begin de-worming our puppies at 2 weeks of age and follow the recommended schedule until they are picked up by the owner.
At 6 weeks the puppies are vaccinated.
We move the mom and puppies to an area where she will teach them to use a doggie door and go outside to use the bathroom.
We feed our puppies Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Formula, Lamb and Rice flavor. You will be sent home with a sample bag.
We will provide a full printout of all health related events that you can give to your vet.
We would like to start by saying that we will never provide any false information to you about our dogs or puppies. Furthermore, breeding happy, healthy dogs is the cornerstone of what we do and would like to explain our view of genetic testing.
While researching for a genetic testing company, we started to notice that in the fine print of their “terms of service” that not one would guarantee their results. One even read that they would not guarantee that their test results would be “BE ACCURATE, COMPLETE OR RELIABLE”. If that’s the case, why do it?
The second thing about genetic testing that really grabbed our attention is that the genomic science of testing for specific diseases in dogs is in its infancy. In short, even if a dog tests positive for a particular gene the science does not support causation (i.e. if the identified gene would cause a dog to develop the associated disease or if it may or may not pass it on to its offspring). We find this very problematic when it comes to claiming or presuming that a dog is clear or free of genetic disorders. Furthermore, the evidence we found from two separate articles (https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/dog-dna-testing-genetic-screenings/ ; https://undark.org/2018/09/13/pet-genetic-testing/ ) indicates canine genetic testing lacks all forms of regulation and are not peer reviewed. Meaning, the companies who sell their genetic testing products do not allow the scientific community to review their methods or determine the accuracy of their results.
We raised our parent dogs from puppies so we know their ancestry. They are happy, healthy and have been checked by a veterinarian. We encourage you to do the research as well. Much of what we learned was found on the AKC website and much more discussion on the subject can be found with a simple search.