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W.C. Fields once said “anyone who hates kids and dogs can’t be all bad.”

He was wrong. Way, way wrong. Watch:

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More more more! Dogs, some kids, what could be cuter? Today’s greatest hits from the show floor.

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Walk the aisles, smell the puppy breath. And meet some new breeds, too:

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Every day, in every way, Manny is a wonder. By keeping an open mind, I can learn as much as he does as he grows physically, emotionally, and intellectually. And there’s the pressing motivation of that fleeting time when he’s a puppy … moldable, impressionable, as Rush says, a “skull full of mush” just waiting to be influenced.

Settle down, boy, it's sleepy time.

He’s going on 15 weeks old today and so we’re still working on basics of all sorts. (I’m sure I’ll be able to say that for quite a while.) Many of the lessons don’t have a place of prominence, or even a place, in most of the books and videos I’ve seen. So here’s hoping my putting electronic pen to electronic paper will help you with your next (or current) pup.

Today’s lesson: sleeping through the night.

[Anyone who brags that their 10-week-old pup sleeps through the night is either a). very lucky; or b). hallucinating. A young dog’s bladder simply isn’t big enough to retain the fluid his body creates, so is likely somewhat dehydrated if he can “hold it” all night.]

That said, we were getting a good five hours of blissful REM sleep before the whimpering started when Manny was 10 (more…)

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What does a breeder look for in an owner?

[Recent correspondence from a friend … Read my response, then ponder: how would YOU answer this?]

Question – one of my sons is in the market for a Griffon and like yours he wants a hunter and not a “show dog” – maybe they are one and the same but I’ve always had better luck going with a breeder who actually hunts their dogs vs. a breeder who is only showing their dogs. Anyway, wondered if you knew of any local breeders? I also seem to recall that a couple of your friends (you introduced me to one couple in Fields) actually had a Griffon too. Local could be the state of OR, ID, WA or northern part of Northern CA. Believe you told me your current dog is your second or third Griffon and that it is from a kennel back east.

Answer – My guy’s a German Wirehair but I can address the question nonetheless, at least in part. Griffs are a bit unique in that there are actually two breed clubs in the U.S. Philosophical differences separate them, but more practically, both monitor their breeding/sales pretty carefully. They want certain types of new owners and I’m not familiar with the current criteria but likely they include willingness to show, test and cooperate with their breeding system (which sometimes means not breeding your dog, or breeding it to dogs you may/may not like). (more…)

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An interesting inquiry I received recently … 

Hello Again Scott, 

I wish to ask you a question.  My wife and I seem to have differed in a matter of Dog training.    The matter pertains to the usage of an E-collar.  She feel that usage of the E-collar should not begin until the puppy has reached the age of 6 months.  (i.e. the vet feels it may be to heavy and add undo stress to the young dogs neck.  Myself I agree with the trainers of Native Dog Food.  Please hear me out.  They do not specify a usage time or date from a puppies birth date.  They do however recommend a puppies training begin at a young age.  12 to 14 weeks for a bird dog.  Also it should be 

At what age does amperage become appropriate?

used for the reinforcement of positive behavior.   So I lean towards the introduction of the E-collar around the same time.  Do you have an opinion?  We decided to go with your choice of E-collar.  And understandably so after a small amount of research we knew you were leading us to a quality product.  Now when would you begin using the E-collar in a puppies training regiment.  Do you mind letting us know?
 
Thank you my friend
~*~`Jerry` &` Chris ~*~ 

And my response … 

Thanks for your question. First, know that I am NOT a trainer … just a guy who loves dogs and carefully observes what makes them tick, and hopefully learns some more! My feelings on the question:
 
Stay away from e-collars for many, many months … the physical toll on a pup’s neck is a good reason . Also, I agree training starts the day you bring pup home … whether you know it or not, formal or otherwise. That’s a good thing. But no puppy will have a clear understanding of commands at a young age, thus can’t be corrected with an e-collar. The idea of the collar is to reinforce commands a dog already understands well.
 
The better puppy training tools in my humble opinion, are: praise in all its forms dispensed liberally, reasonable expectations about what a very young animal can learn and how fast, an enclosed yard, leash and check cord, and judicious use of repetition. Most professionals would probably recommend NO e-collar for many months if not longer!
 
A couple axioms from those smarter than me:
 
Never give a command you can’t enforce.
 
Never give your dog an opportunity to do things the wrong way. Don’t set up your dog for failure.
 
Good luck. 

Scott 

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Can you ever get enough? Me neither …

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