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Our Two Cents WORTH: A Doodle Blog
Here is a little history about me. Growing up my family had Springer Spaniels and I loved growing up with dogs and cats, when I was in grade school my parents bought 6 acres out in the country and we had horses, cows, sheep,and pigs. I loved it all. At 25 I moved from UT to AZ met my husband, married and had 5 kids we moved from AZ back to Utah and I decided to get a labradoodle. My very first labradoodle was an F1B and I bought her with breeding rights, since I knew I wanted to breed her, and I wanted to do it “right”.So I joined the ALAA the Australian Labradoodle Association of America and the ALCA (the Australian Labradoodle club of America. I also had membership for a number of years with WALA (the Worldwide Australian Labradoodles Association) I learned about their requirements for breeding and more about multigeneration labradoodles. In 2009 Saddie had her first puppy, (a singleton) the sire was a multigeneration labradoodle that was a therapy dog for a paraplegic and was beautiful. Her 2nd litter was 12 puppies! (born on New Year's Eve) My vet taught me a lot about how to be a breeder, and then I started going to ALAA Roundtables (3 day conferences to learn about how to breed better, how to raise puppies better etc.) I went to Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, and Florida, and Denver CO. to these wonderful conferences. I learned so much, I met other breeders that would help me and really excited me to be even better at breeding dogs. I also have watched hours and hours of webinars for better breeders . I learned about structure, and about things that can go wrong, and what to do about it. I joined the Puppy Culture program, and the AVID dog trainers. I learned about the best ways to raise healthy mama’s and how to help puppies grow well and happy. 6 years after I started breeding dogs, we moved from Payson Utah, to Provo Utah so that I could get a license to be a "legal" dog breeder, so we moved into an older home that is zoned agriculture and the city has given my a license to be a dog breeder. I have my gold paw from ALAA saying that I am doing more health testing than that is required from them.
Every breeding dog in my program is loved and cared for. Right now all of my mama dogs live in guardian homes and are cherished members of their families, (you can see my page on guardianship if you want to know more bout that.)
I feed my dogs quality food, I take them to the vet, they get training, and I go to training. I like to let my puppies go to their new homes close to 8 weeks old but sometimes I hold some back and keep them longer to see if they would also "better the breed" and make good breeding dogs. When I have dogs longer we continue to train them, and work with them and keep them up to date on vaccinations, and then find homes for them with people that are looking for older puppies. I have someone come almost daily to help train and work with the puppies. They get baths, and go to stores and visit seniors, and get experiences with kids and new places.
So if you are looking for a quality well raised puppy you might want to ask some of these questions:
What health testings have been done on the parents and grandparents of this litter. How far back do you have proof of pedigree.
How and why did you breed these two specific dogs, what was your desired outcome from breeding these two?
Do you do Early Stimulation with the puppies, (ask what is it and how long you do it). Do they know why they do it?
Does your breeder let the puppies slip around in newpaper, or on wood or linoleum floors? Puppies really need a good foundation under their belly and legs to help their hips develop properly.
When do you start potty training? How do you start potty training?
How often are the puppies held, and how many people get to see the puppies.
What kind of Socialization is done with the puppies.
How old do the puppies need to be before they can go home (the youngest they should be is 8 weeks old)
Do you microchip the puppies?
Do the puppies get to see a Vet? Does the Vet give the vaccinations?
What other kind of stimulation do the puppies get?
Do you start crate training? How long do the puppies usually stay in the crate?
What do you do with puppies that don’t go to their new homes at 8 weeks old?
How do you pick your breeding stock?
Do you do aptitude evaluations? What kind, who does the evaluations?
What about structure evaluations do you do them, or have someone else do them?
Why should you get a puppy from EllsWORTH Labradoodles?
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