Tag: puppy selection

Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice, That’s What Girls are Made Of

Posted on 11/04/09 17 Comments Ann

What fun this topic has been. Thanks to everyone for sharing your thoughts. Some have been hysterical! As far as performance in the ring goes, there have been some great male dogs and some great females all around the world in agility.  I think generally speaking the girls are quicker but the boys are faster. […]

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Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails (or why boys are icky)

Posted on 11/03/09 62 Comments Innocent looking DeCaff learning a new skill set.

Okay I knew once I wrote the “gold bullion comment” last week, that I would have to address my preference for selecting females over male puppies. Let me preface this by saying three of the rescue dogs I have taken, trained and re-homed over the years, were males (they all lived with me …

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Helen King on Structure Evaluation

Posted on 10/30/09 18 Comments Skeleton Drawing of a dog from Rachel Page Elliot

When Susan asked me to write about what kind of structure to look for in performance puppies, I thought, sure but how do I give them the meaning of life in a few paragraphs? OK, that is a bit of an exaggeration but it is not something you learn in one blog entry. It has […]

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On Picking MY Puppy

Posted on 10/29/09 17 Comments Feature at 1 year and 8 weeks of age.

Okay, sometimes my blog is a bit frustrating.  Yesterday was one of those days. I scheduled a post to come up tomorrow and (even thought the date read Oct 30th) it showed up yesterday (on the 28th).  So that is why some of you may have read a post that was there for a few […]

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Puppies You Just Hafta Have . . .

Posted on 10/28/09 10 Comments Eight week old Shelby . . . oh the indignities our first dogs have endured.

So I have heard from some of you that you are curious why I did not mention Encore in my two posts last week about how I picked my puppies. It was for no reason in particular other than brevity, just as there was no reason why I didn’t mention how I selected my first […]

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Or is it . . .

Posted on 10/21/09 23 Comments Buzzy being Buzzy (if you look closely he has broken a slat off the Frame has he powers to his position)

Some great comments following my post yesterday. I love when my own students don’t agree with me!  Not that I want a lot of arguments when I am teaching, but it is brilliant if you question opinion, that makes everyone better.  If you push me to explain myself you may expose a weakness in my […]

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Love at First Sight . . . It is a Must!

Posted on 10/20/09 56 Comments That special bond was there from the start with Feature, here at 10 weeks.

Writing the post yesterday got me thinking about raising those two puppies. I realized I actually was also training a 3rd puppy at the same time.  When I brought Speki home to train I actually already had a 6 month old Border Collie that was in for training. In total I have brought in  5 […]

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