Last Puppy Appointment

Bae received his last distemper/parvo vaccine today, and his fecal was negative! I’m super excited that we’re all done with the puppy vaccines. However, I’m probably going to get all three dogs vaccinated for Lyme’s Disease. I picked up a dose of Heartgard for Bae, and 8 months worth of K9 Advantix II.

Crate Training and Leash Training Puppies →


Did any of your puppies come to you crate and/or leash trained?? The breeder does not do this and at first I considered it perfectly reasonable. But now I’m questioning it after talking to some knowledgeable dog people. 

They were saying that it’s important for the puppies to have individual alone time away from the litter.

What do you all think?

PS, I promise to post pictures later. They are on my camera and I had to go to work tonight so i didn’t have time to get them off. :( The puppies were great though!

I wouldn’t be too concerned about whether or not your puppy will be crate trained or leash trained.

I adopted my pointer mix from a backyard breeder (the litter was supposedly accidental), and he had never been crated or leashed until I brought him home. He was kept mostly in a barn, and spent some time indoors during the day. He’d never even worn a collar before I bought him one. My new Australian Cattle Dog puppy, who I adopted from a reputable breeder, also was never crate trained or leashed. The breeder has an actual kennel setup with indoor and outdoor dog runs where all of the dogs reside. I don’t even think they spent much time in a house. However, both of my dogs are crate trained (including the cattle dog puppy who just turned 15 weeks old today) and leash trained.

It really depends on the type of breeder you adopt from. There are many different ways of doing things as a breeder.

Some breeders breed for show/conformation, while others breed for working ability. Alternatively, there are also breeders out there who just breed pets. So depending on what kind of breeder you go to, they’re likely to do things their own way. There’s not a single right way of doing things because ultimately the puppy is going to go to a new home at 8 weeks old and will adapt and learn new things. Serious working line breeders tend to have indoor and outdoor dog runs, but I’ve also known show/conformation breeders to have setups similar to that of a working line breeder. Most breeders who breed for the supply and demand of pet companions tend to raise their dogs in their house, but I’ve known working and show breeders to raise litters in their house, too.

Whether a puppy is raised in a house or in a kennel, they’re still capable of being crate trained once they go to their new homes. Reputable breeders already put a lot of time and money in caring for the puppies (a lot goes in to the initial breeding; selecting the right parents, having the necessary health screenings done for breed related genetic faults, and if the breeder participates in working or showing, they’ll likely have worked to get titles on the sire and/or dam, such as champion or grand champion titles in whatever field they focus on, whether it’s conformation, herding, agility, etc.). It’s a lot of work, and a lot of money. It’s not all about raising cute little puppies. Whether or not a breeder chooses to train the puppies is entirely up to them, and if they choose not to, that does NOT make them a bad breeder.

In my opinion, it’s not the breeder’s responsibility to train the puppies. It’s the duty of the puppy’s new family. It’s all part of the commitment. Anyone who complains about their puppy not being crate trained or leash trained by the time they come home at 8 weeks old is just silly. So don’t listen to everyone who tells you that your pup should already be crate trained or leash trained. I personally would rather my puppy stay with his siblings as long as possible because puppies learn key behaviors by playing and interacting with one another. I don’t like the idea of isolating puppies at such as a young age when they NEED that social interaction with their litter mates.

These Inconvenient Fireworks →

Check out this incredible photo blog! She recently came back to Tumblr a month or two ago, and I absolutely love all of the pictures of her GSD, Trent! I thought this was definitely worth a mention.

Anonymous asked: I'm back again (the anon who may soon be adopting an ACD/boxer mix pup) and I wanted to say thanks for your response, I can honestly say it put me at ease. I've always loved ACDs and wanted one, or a border collie/other strong herding breed, but I've been hesitant because I know they can be a handful-- now I feel a little more confident that I could handle one. If I end up adopting him I'll definitely keep you updated on how he's doing :) I hope you and your pups have a great day

That’s awesome, thanks for getting back with me! I look forward to hearing whether or not you decide to get the pup. I completely understand your concerns, as that was my debate as well. I had always wanted an ACD and then I found Sammy, my ACD mix. I think getting a mix first was a good idea because I learned a lot about the breed and now I feel more prepared for my purebred ACD. Like I said, if you start early with socialization and training, and try to exercise him regularly then he should turn out to be an awesome little companion! 

Dog Blogs on Tumblr →

I’ve updated the list of dogs blogs! Lots of new blogs have been added to the list. If anyone’s dog blog is not on the list, please let me know and I will gladly add it when I have the chance! I’ve even added a few new breeds like Brittany Spaniel, Norwegian Buhund, Norwich Terrier, Dogo Argentino, and Czechoslovakian Wolfdog.

Anonymous asked: Aren't you worried about Mort having dog aggression when he's older? You don't know his parents and he's deaf. Deaf dogs are more prone to aggression.


Okay. Let’s see. 

Pit bulls/mixes are prone to dog aggression. This is very true. The mother of Mort was an AKC American Staffordshire Terrier who got along with all the females (three) that Mort’s previous owner had. They found her and were keeping her, but her actual owner saw Mort’s previous owner with her and wanted her back. But she didn’t want the puppies. Is it possible that Mort will have dog aggression? Yes. If he ends up having dog aggression, so be it. We’ll just have a dog separated household. We’ll find a way to make it work. I’d rather have Mort’s dog aggression then have him sold as a bait dog.

Also. Deaf dogs are not more prone to aggression. It’s easier to startle a deaf dog and sometimes startled dogs bite. That’s it. There’s no actual proof that deaf dogs are “more prone to aggression.” We’re working on conditioning Mort to being okay with being startled. 

Lol, why the hell is everyone so worried about Mort becoming aggressive. So what if he’s a pit bull, and so what if he’s deaf. I’ve personally never met an aggressive deaf dog, and I’ve met quite a few deaf dogs. Including a deaf pit bull who was a total sweetheart. I also met a deaf Australian Cattle Dog who was also a total sweetheart (and cattle dogs tend to be pretty aggressive/pushy in general). Deaf dogs are not more prone to aggression. There’s absolutely no evidence of that. Yes, deaf dogs are easily startled, but that’s because they can’t hear what’s going on around them. Not all startled dogs react with aggression, either.

I think Mort is in incredible hands. He has an owner who is willing to work with him, and she’s already started him early so I feel like the odds are in his favor. He couldn’t be in better hands. I think his mom is going to raise him nicely and work through any challenges they may face. It’s already a huge commitment looking after a dog that can’t hear. I personally couldn’t commit to a deaf dog, so kudos to Mort’s owner.

Anonymous asked: May I ask what camera u have or use?

Nikon D90.

Anonymous asked: Sorry I'm a new follower is briar ur dog too ?? I see lots of pics of her/him

I have to publish this in order for you to get your answer, but I wish I could send this privately. :P

Briar is not my dog. She belongs to alipynckel. We hang out a lot with our puppies so I get a lot of pictures of Ali’s dogs (and other people’s dogs). My dogs are Sammy, Helo, and Baelfire (the ones who have their own pages on my blog).

Anonymous asked: So I'm possibly going to be adopting a boxer/blue heeler mix soon, a 9 week old boy. I've had a dogs before but only terriers and retriever mixes, never a dog with a serious working drive, but I've done a lot of research on them and plan to do a lot more. As an owner, is there anything I need to you? Any tips or reccomendations? I know you just got Baelfire so I thought you'd be a good person to ask.

"Never a dog with serious working drive."

Don’t forget that terriers and retrievers are hunters. They have a working drive just like any other breed of dog, just a slightly different kind of drive! The amount of drive depends on the individual dog. They say dogs from working lines have a higher drive, but it’s possible to get a working line dog with a low drive or a non-working line dog with a high drive! It just depends on the individual dog’s personality.

With that said, I truly believe that regular exercise and training is key to raising any breed of dog, whether it be a hunting or herding dog!

I don’t know much about Boxers, but cattle dogs are pretty independent dogs. They can be a little pushy towards other dogs and people so early socialization and positive experiences are vital. Don’t let your dog become a bully, because I’ve met a lot of Boxers and Australian Cattle Dogs that were bullies towards other dogs. I don’t know if your dog will have more Boxer characteristics or more cattle dog characteristics, but either way I think both breeds are intelligent and would benefit greatly from early reward-based training. If you provide an active lifestyle for your puppy with exercise and training, he’ll grow to be a very well behaved dog. Dogs that don’t get a lot of mental and physical stimulation end up going bonkers.

You should totally keep in touch because I love heelers and heeler mixes, and would love to follow you and your little pup as he grows!

Anonymous asked: Sorry, I meant Sammy. I get them confused sometimes, but I definatly saw some type of chain on your older dog :/

I don’t understand why you want to hide your identity as an anonymous asker. I respect the opinions of others, but I personally do not believe prong collars are inhumane. Yes, I do have a prong collar for Sammy. She is the only one I have ever used a prong collar on. I don’t think prong collars are for every handler, pet, or training situation. I use balanced training methods. You don’t have to agree with that, but I won’t let someone try to tell me or anyone that my dogs are treated inhumanely because that is not true. I’m sure everyone who knows me and my dogs would agree.