We get many questions and messages about puppies and if we have recommendations about local breeders. These are the things to look for in reputable breeders:
– Both, Sire and Dam are health tested and OFA’ed or have a PennHip certification, SV A Stamp etc.
– Depending on the breeds requirement, both Sire and Dam are working in the field, participating in some sort of sport and are possibly titled.
– Breeder has his dogs either AKC or UKC registered
– Breeder does not sell puppies before the age of 8 weeks
– Breeder may not have sire on premises because a lot of breeders may go to a sire out of state or has semen shipped
Breeders premises are clean, dogs are clean and in good health
– Breeder vaccinates puppies and has them vet checked before the puppies go into their new home
– Breeder is knowledgeable about his breed of choice
– Breeder has a solid contract, health guarantee, and will always take his dogs back or help you get the dog placed in case you can no longer keep your dog.
– Breeder is always available for questions and support throughout the lifetime of the dog
This is not a pick and choose. It’s the combination of all of these points that make a breeder reputable and compassionate for their dogs. If a breeder does not take the dogs back that he put into this world, that is a red flag. If a breeder does not register, vaccinate, or offer any type of support for the dogs he produced, that is a red flag. If a breeder charges too little or too much, that is a red flag (well bred dogs cost money. A well bred GSD pup from working lines usually costs between 1000-2000 Dollars).
If a breeder only sells you the puppy because you slapped some money on the table, it’s a red flag. If a breeder breeds 4 different breeds, just don’t do it.
Reputable breeders usually require you to fill in some form of puppy questionnaire and will hold a lengthy phone conversation about expectations and responsibilities before they invite you to meet the puppies, they don’t just hand over their dogs. If a breeder uses the same female and male every cycle, it is a red flag. If they breed for “specialty colors”, that’s a red flag. If the premises are dirty, the dogs not well groomed, the puppies have not been properly exposed and have been locked up and never seen the outside world or lack confidence and you have a feeling that something just isn’t right… don’t buy the puppy out of guilt, just turn around and walk away.
Now here is the hard part, there are breeders that appear to be reputable but they are not. They do it all, they title their dogs, their dogs are health tested, they appear to be know their stuff, yet they are not reputable because what you don’t know is that they won’t take their dogs back for whatever reason. They are not accountable for what they produced.
Finding a good breeder is not easy, and there are honestly not many in this area. Most of the time you will have to drive to get a good puppy, and sometimes even go out of State before you find what you are looking for. Most importantly, have patience. Don’t jump on the first litter you see. Keep your options open until you find the perfect match.
There are great things happening at Canine College.
We are continuously working to build our inventory of state of the art training equipment.
- a brand new detection wall
- puppy detection tubes
- UKC Nosework target odor kit
- Schutzhund Blinds
We also keep up the training with our mentors from the Search Dog Organization of Northern America to build our own skills. Because the day you think you know it all, is the day you should stop training dogs.
Bullet returned from Virginia because he just didn’t click with his new handler. So he came back and is here to stay in his forever home with us. He’s gone into detection with Sandra and his training is progressing rapidly as you can see in the video below.
Bullet, a young, very high drive Belgian Malinois has joined our pack a good while ago. We got him for free, and he’s already had a great foundation since his previous owner attended the Tom Rose School with him.
Bullet is what we like to call a “pocket rocket”, meaning: small, fast, powerful, intense and driven. He’s the type of dog that you will find suitable for any job, be it the Police, SAR, Military, he could pretty much do it all. He’s also the type of dog that’s not going to be happy if he can’t work. He’s not a couch potato. He’s “Go, Go, Go, Go. Go” all the time and if he doesn’t get anything to do, he’ll find something to do himself.
My good friend Kelly took onto him as a handler. She trained him for over half a year and went to the Binghamton Schutzengel Working Dog Club to put the BH on him. The BH is the German Companion Dog test. It’s a pass or fail, just like the CGC and required to move onto Agility, Schutzhund, Obedience or Tracking Titles. Without the BH you cannot compete in high level trials.
Anyhow, Kelly successfully completed the BH with Bullet and we are so proud of both of them.
As for Bullet, he will move onto greater things. On Wednesday, September 30st, he will move to Virginia and become a Disaster (SAR) Dog. As a 43 pound dog, and as highly driven as he is, he is the perfect candidate for this line of work.
That being said, we will miss this crazy, fun, ready-to-work, little dog, though we can’t wait to see the great things he will accomplish in his future working dog career.
What a great way to start off Canine College in our very first month in business:
On September 21st, Watertown Daily Times staff writer Ted Booker and photographer Coty Giannelli stopped by the business to talk dogs and learn more about the services offered.
Ted and Coty learned just how crazy it can get in a room full of energetic, playful young dogs, found out more about the classes we offer and the different activities we’re involved in with our own dogs, and wrote a great article.
Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open for other great articles about Canine College, as the Watertown Daily Times has promised to come back and learn more.
As dog owners (or pet parents), we all want what is best for our dogs. We want them to be happy and healthy. We want them to enjoy playtime with other dogs. We want them to be social and well-exercised. However, the things we think are best for our four-legged pals aren’t always as enjoyable or fun for them as we’d like. Doggy daycare is one of those things.
Although most dogs enjoy being in daycare and have fun romping and playing with others, some just don’t.
Many dogs who initially dislike daycare warm up to it after a few visits and begin to enjoy themselves. Others, not so much. Some dogs just don’t want to be there: they may not be used to being around a large group of dogs (even if they play with others), may be uncomfortable with the way other dogs are playing, may experience separation anxiety being away from their owners and their familiar surroundings, or they may simply feel overwhelmed.
We often see dogs, especially ones that are new to daycare, keep separate from the pack. Sometimes, they will stay in a corner. Sometimes they are pacing, panting, and drooling. Some react with avoidance, some with aggression. But they have one thing in common: they don’t enjoy being in daycare. It’s not a good environment for them, and it’s not good for the pack and employees to have these dogs in daycare because we constantly have to watch out: Do we need to keep other dogs away from them so they can be more comfortable? Will they snap at the playful dog who keeps trying to engage them in play? Will they get sick, for example with diarrhea, from the stress of being here?
The dogs who don’t enjoy daycare will still be tired when they come home at the end of the day, but it won’t be because they spent a fun day playing with other dogs. It will be because they’re exhausted from a long, scary, and stressful day.
At Canine College, our main priority is the happiness and safety of all the dogs in our care. If your dog doesn’t do well in our daycare setting, and doesn’t seem to warm up to playing with other dogs, we will absolutely let you know that they don’t love it. We might recommend a setting that would be more appropriate for your dog. So please don’t be offended if we say, “It just doesn’t work for him. He’s not happy in this environment.” We want happy dogs – even if that means we’ll lose your money.
To book a Daycare Appointment your dog has to be on file and visited our Daycare Facility at least once. If you are not on file and wish to book Daycare appointments with us, please fill in the Dog Questionnaire and call us at 315-489-5491.
If you are a new Canine College client, or you are an existing client with a new dog, please print and sign the Training Aggreement as well as Waiver & Release of Liability, and bring it with you when you come with your pup to the evaluation. Please fill in the Dog Questionnaire electronically and hit the submit button. You may also email the Waiver and Agreement to: firstname.lastname@example.org.