Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Thursday, 10 October 2019
This isn't about being nice to your puppies. I expect all of you are nice to your puppies! This is about preventing the problem of resource guarding. Resource guarding is when the puppy fears having whatever she has, being stolen from her. If you have ever watched a litter of puppies, from the time they can walk, if one puppy has something, all the others want it and will chase that puppy down until they get it. All puppies have the fear that whatever they find valuable, will be taken from them. So let's prove them wrong!
When your puppy is eating his dinner, pat him. When he's chewing his raw bone, pat him. When he's eating his treats, pat him. When he's playing with his favourite toy, pat him. You get the idea! Now don't over do this. Just do it once in awhile to make sure your puppy is okay with being touched while he has something of value.
But what happens if he growls?? Just keep patting. Prove to him you are not going to take it from him. Don't take away his food, his toy, his bone or his treat. If you do, you've just proven him right! Just keep patting him. It's hard to eat and growl at the same time. Pretty soon he will stop growling. It might take a few days, but that's okay. If you find your puppy is growling, do this everyday. If you find your puppy wags his tail, just do this occasionally. Test him once in awhile. NEVER take the toy, roll him on his back and growl at him!!! That is an antiquated, ridiculous method that never should have come into existence. Just keep patting. Simple. Easy. Effective.
Wednesday, 9 October 2019
Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Friday, 20 September 2019
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Monday, 16 September 2019
Friday, 13 September 2019
Thursday, 12 September 2019
Absolutely it is something to think about. That's where every sick dog goes to and the place is riddled with germs! So, what do you do? Pick him up in the car and don't put him down. Carry the puppy inside, hold him on your lap until it's time to see the vet, put him on the counter where they disinfect continuously, and then carry him to the car. Done!
Thank you for the question Ewelina & Ed!
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
All the scientific studies done in the 70's told of an Alpha male and an Alpha female who ran the pack. When to eat, when to hunt, when to sleep, where to go etc. What those scientific papers didn't tell us was that the Alpha male and the Alpha female was Mom & Dad! Good 'ol Mom & Dad! The pups grew up listening to Mom and Dad and so it continued through the generations of the pack. Eventually, Grandma & Grandpa would get too old to head out on the hunt first, so the next oldest would take over. It was very simple, very civilized. I'm not saying there was not fighting amongst the pack members. What family doesn't have quibbles between siblings? But very rarely.would an offspring take on Mom or Dad. It might happen, sure. But very rarely.
So how about instead of thinking of yourself as Alpha, you think of yourself as a Leader instead.
Sunday, 8 September 2019
Saturday, 7 September 2019
Friday, 6 September 2019
Thursday, 5 September 2019
Introducing Your New Puppy to Your Resident Dog
It's a good idea to have both puppy and older dog tired before introducing them. A tired dog is a good dog!
Always have the older dog on leash for the first meeting so he/she doesn't scare the puppy. Even an over-exuberant WELCOME! may hurt or scare the puppy.
If you can have two people, it will make the introduction easier. One person is responsible for one dog, the other person, the other dog.
Do not leave the two of them alone for the first few weeks. Until you are sure that your older dog will not harm the puppy, they should never be alone together.
Play with them separately for the first few weeks so it doesn't cause competition. Once the pecking order has been established, you are more likely to have a good play session when both of them are involved.
Expect some growling and even possibly snapping, from your older dog. This is the normal behavior of a "parent" teaching a young dog manners. As long as the older dog is not harming the pup, let the relationship develop. Your pup may even yelp on occasion but as long as the older dog is not breaking the skin, these are only reprimands for being rude.
Be sure to have an area where the older dog can escape from the puppy. Your older dog shouldn't have to put up with the puppy 24/7.
Be sure to give your older dog lots of attention. If everyone only pays attention to the newcomer, animosity can arise.
Your older dog will likely be the boss of the two. You must maintain this hierarchy to prevent problems later. This means, your older dog gets his food first, the leash gets put on the older dog first, the older dog is greeted first. Etc. By continuing this, you are not sending mixed signals to your dogs. "Everyone in their place, and a place for everyone!"
If you have problems or questions, give me a call.
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
I will be working all day tomorrow matching pups with families!!
Saturday, 31 August 2019
Thursday, 29 August 2019
Sunday, 25 August 2019
Thursday, 22 August 2019
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Monday, 19 August 2019
Saturday, 17 August 2019
Friday, 16 August 2019
Wednesday, 14 August 2019
So after I'd hit all those keys it was frozen with an apple and a bar underneath that wasn't moving. I left it for an hour. Didn't help. I turned it off. Didn't help. I left it overnight. Didn't help.
Now I have to run up to Red Deer to exchange a brand new vacuum so don't have time to call Apple. When I get back I'll have to make dinner for the family and 13 puppies. Then I'll have to clean them and then do laundry. Then I'll have to exercise and feed all the adult dogs. Oh! And find time for me to eat dinner. Then it will be time to start letting the dogs out in small groups to relieve themselves before bed. And then it will be about 11:30PM. And I won't be able to keep my eyes open having got up at 5:30 with Mark.
So for all of you who are waiting on replies about adopting puppies, I'm sorry! Hopefully I can get it fixed tomorrow. Thank you for your patience! Again! They've already been waiting due to my trip to the hospital last week.
My apologies!! And yes! I'm cancer free!! Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers. The Guardian Angel Family is just incredible. I'm honoured to have you all!
Thursday, 1 August 2019
Wednesday, 31 July 2019
For years I have been feeding a multivitamin made by NuVet. My dogs are proof that it is a quality product. Up until recently, it was difficult to get in Canada. But it was worth the hassle for me to get it. The good news is I can now make it easy for you to purchase here in Canada. All you need to do is call NuVet at 1-800-474-7044 and use order code 19865. It comes in bottles of 90 so you only have to order every 3 months. The dogs love them and you can either put it in with a meal, or just give it once a day like a treat.
Enjoy the video!
Dr Becker and pet nutrition
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
I've just made another recipe of formula for the puppies. It consists of liver water, evaporated milk, raw yogurt, corn syrup, baby vitamins, and egg yolks,.
This is a recipe formulated by Myra Savant Harris. "It is thick enough to avoid aspiration. There is enough yogurt to avoid diarrhea issues that are so common with formula. There is enough glucose in the corn syrup to avoid hypoglycemia. There is also enough glucose to avoid constipation which is also common with formula. There are enough calories to set up a weight gaining pattern immediately. Amino acids in sufficient quantities to avoid juvenile cataracts. It is high in fats, proteins and carbohydrates with vitamins minerals and iron and is designed especially to head off the problems we all seem to have with formula raised babies."
Obviously there was a lot of thought that went into this recipe! I have used it for over 10 years now and find it to be much better than the store-bought equivalent. Obviously it takes more time to put it together but it is well worth it. Only the best for Guardian Angel Shepherd's.
Sunday, 28 July 2019
Saturday, 20 July 2019
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Sunday, 14 July 2019
There was a young couple there trying to decide which puppy to buy. I SO wanted to tell them not to buy one. Instead of talking directly to them, I was very loud with my disgust of the place and how they would have received all these puppies from puppy mills because reputable breeders would NEVER sell their offspring to a place who sells dogs to anyone with a credit card! I don't know if they proceeded with their purchase or not because Mark was gently pushing me towards the door before I made a downright scene!
There are so many reasons not to buy a puppy from a pet store. I have it all written out in my FAQ page on my website but just in case you haven't had a chance to read it, I will tell you the biggest two. Puppy mills count on the fact that you will see this cute little puppy and want to "save" it. All you are doing is creating another opening at the store that they will fill by breeding another litter of dogs. The best way to save that puppy, it's parents and all it's siblings, is to NOT BUY IT! The other thing you must think about when you are buying doodles, is that 50% of all doodles are disposed of at birth. That's a nice way of saying, drowned, necks broken, suffocated etc. What? For every puppy I see in this store, there is a dead puppy?? Yes, that's right! It's genetics. If you breed a Golden Retriever and a Poodle, half of the puppies will shed and the other half will not shed. Why do people buy doodles? Because they are non-shedding. So where are all the shedding puppies? Now I'm not saying every single doodle breeder is killing half their puppies. But the puppy mills sure are. I can almost guarantee you that. There is no market for a shedding doodle. If people don't mind shedding, they'd buy a Golden Retriever.
I have spent decades teaching obedience classes. I have seen the heartache of families who start an 8 week course with their puppy and their puppy is dead before the end of the course. It was a pet store puppy. Or a puppy mill rescue. They wanted to help by giving the poor thing a home. But they didn't look ahead to see how it would affect little Bobby and Suzie when their cute little fur ball didn't come home from the vet. After spending $1000s of dollars on the poor little thing. Believe me. I want to help those poor little cute fur balls too. And I hope I did by letting that couple know all the puppies would have come from a puppy mill. It just made me sick. A "pet specialist" came up and asked me if I needed anything and I just about lost it on her. But I didn't. I'm sure she had nothing to do with purchasing the dogs. She looked like a university student trying to make enough for next years tuition. But in hindsight I wish I had told her what I'm telling you now. Maybe she would have found herself a different place of employment. But Mark was slowly pushing me towards the door, knowing my blood pressure was rising to the point of no return.
If you MUST have a doodle, find a reputable breeder. Find one who health checks the parents and ask them what they do with the shedding puppies. There are good ones out there but they are few and far between. And don't let them tell you they have "hybrid vigour". There is such a thing as hybrid vigour. That is when you breed two species together and the offspring are healthier that the average individual. But that individual is also sterile. And breeding two breeds of dogs together is not breeding two species together. You'd have to breed a dog and a wolf, or a dog and a coyote to get hybrid vigour. And that, by the way, is illegal. So don't be fooled by fast talking salesman who will say anything to sell a dog. Ask to see the health clearances on the parents. And go to the associations and see what their certifications look like. Puppy mills will make up "papers" to say the dog has been cleared and is registered with XYZ. The only associations that matter are The Canadian Kennel Club and The American Kennel Club in the US.
Can you tell this is something that burns a hole in my heart? I cried for those 50 puppies as we drove away.
Thursday, 11 July 2019
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Thursday, 27 June 2019
I am going to be taking Gypsy with me today to do a talk at a school about safety with dogs. It's an anti-bite program. So she will be accompanying me and Tango will be cooling his heels at home. Unhappily.
If anyone else is interested in me giving the talk at their school or church or what have you, just let me know.
Friday, 21 June 2019
And just for a chuckle. My original title was "The harder it is, the better they like it!" I thought I best change that one. 🤣
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
But speaking of ears, there are some things you can do to help them stand up tall and strong. Number one, don't rub them! That will soften them for sure! Things you can do, is supply your puppy with lots of things to chew on. Raw knucklebones, bully sticks, etc. No rawhides! Dogs choke on rawhide and sometimes need abdominal surgery to fix a blockage. So, SAFE chewies!
Another thing you can do is leave them outside at night. Not all night! But in a safe environment or under your supervision for an hour or so. They tend to listen more at night. And that strengthens the muscles that surround the ears on the skull. It's those muscles that will help hold those big ears up nice and straight!