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Full Litter Data, Weekend Report & Flower Girls

I am a big fan of keeping track of whole litters and gathering as much data as possible about each dog. For example, we are one of the very few breeders who x-ray entire litters -- most just do their show/breeding dogs. We also like to stay in contact with owners and hear the good, the bad and the ugly about the dogs we have produced. None of this is easy -- if we never asked or x-rayed we could pretend that every puppy was perfect!

Whole litter data contributes to informed decision-making -- this is the reason to do it. Littermates help paint a picture that can assist in deciding what direction to go with a breeding - let me give you an example... Sydney's litter has not all been x-rayed yet -- we are missing just a couple. One was done and will be redone because of a potential injury that was healing so we actually have more data than shows up, and what we know so far is that we have a litter that is strong in terms of orthopedics; nobody has failed hips and we have just one elbow issue (again, we still have a couple to do).

Cadi, Cadi, Cadi...

Let's start with something cheerful -- Spot and Dot came calling again and volunteered to prune the lilac bush in exchange for having their picture taken -- deal!

Winning and Change and So On...

It is very odd for me to write on this new Blog site. The old Blog site was familiar and comfortable and I was able to pretend I was just writing for a group of friends. This new site, however, feels very exposed and unfamiliar.

New stuff is always hard, which is why we are all so resistant to change. Many of us cannot get past the old theories about dog training, which involve dominance and jerking and so on. There is even a dog training tv show to help dog owners feel like it is okay not to change, and to train like people did when nobody thought too hard about it.

I have been asked several times recently to teach competition obedience classes, and I am having a very hard time mustering up the courage (or stomach) to face the reality of what people do to their dogs in training. You try to helpfully offer different ideas that do not involve jerking and punishing, but change is hard -- even when what we are doing isn't working for us.

Fiona!

Fiona, from the D Litter, recently got a major in California -- thanks to Marti for sending this great win picture!

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