I met a puppy the other week, i meet a lot of puppies i guess so that in and of itself isn’t surprising. However what really threw me was that this puppy was from a “breeder” and “trainer” (and i use these terms OH so loosely) of german shepherds in the southern tier area.
Now let me say i have met, and know of a lot of good breeders, and have huge respect for those that know their lines, title and work their dogs, and breed stable nerved pups matched with the best home possible.
HOWEVER- i have seen to many puppy buyers duped by your average Joe pretending to know how to breed and train dogs, and the family and puppy always pay the price.
This puppy has numerous medical conditions, comes from a line of back yard bred dogs but being sold as “working german shepherds” and the parents have no hip or elbow xrays or clearances because the “breeder” gives a long story of how its a waste of money and puppies can have it anyway so why bother.
The puppy came out of the car and immediately barked at everything, and everyone with hackles raised, backing up. Ok….well….maybe some work and she’ll be ok? Over the next hour I worked my dogs, but kept an eye on the 4 month old pup. I watched her work, tried to get her to want to interact with me with hot dogs, and while i saw a slight improvement, for the amount of time and hot dogs i had every new position i went in, or object that crept up started the panic all over again. Sadly the nerve strength on this pup was a touch above some of the worst rescue mutts i’ve gotten in. The good news??? Oh i’m sure the litter will be repeated…………..
If your going to spend the time, money, and want to add a purebred dog to your family, regardless of breed, PLEASE do your research! I’m always available to look at litters, help people pick a breeder or pup that suits their family, or just talk over the basics the breeder, sire and dam, and pups should have health and training wise. Remember your bringing this dog home for the next 15 years, don’t rush into it. I love the dogs i breed, they are amazing, but they are not for everyone and in fact are not for 80% of people i meet. That’s ok, everyone is different and every litter bred matches its family and future job. All dogs have weaknesses and downfalls, we breed to improve, if your breeder cannot state their dogs weaknesses or the areas they are breeding to improve do not walk away, run very very quickly.
Todays TTT is all about puppies!!!!
We do a lot of foundation work with clients and I consistently see one big area for improvement when bringing your new puppy home.
Prepare prepare prepare!!!!
I cannot stress enough, you bring home a clean slate the day you walk in with your new dog or puppy, make sure you have a plan in place, the time to execute that plan, and the skills and knowledge or help during this important part of your journey. The first few weeks in your home set the tone for the next 15 or 20 years with your dog, PLAN PLAN PLAN! Keep things consistent right from the start, do not allow or encourage that which you do not want your dog doing in 7 years and remember you are always training when you are with your dog, behavior is not static it is always changing!
Getting a new puppy?? Want to do things right?? Contact us today, we can get you prepped and ready and be on standby with lifetime training support for all those “what do i do now” questions and of course get you in those important puppy foundation classes. 1-856-624-EIK9 or email us! EIK9Training@gmail.com
Enjoy some updated pics of our “A” litter vom Kugelblitz who are 9 months. I cannot believe the amazing things i have seen from this litter. Every breeder should be as happy as i am with not only the owners, but the accomplishments these pups are going for, and the success they are displaying. Yellow girl Allah has passed 3 of her 5 certification tests for Airscent SAR K9, her brother Artemis has passed 2 of the 5 also for Airscent SAR K9. Scotty, Red boy owned by his handler for NYSP enters the K9 academy next month, Annika maroon girl is progressing nicely in IPO and has already shown under german judge Helmut Konig for her puppy rating. Pink girl, Osa is training hard at Penn Vet Working Dog Center and green boy is polishing up his obedience and detection skills to certify as and HRD K9. Purple girl Athena is welcoming a new 2 legged sister into her home this year! Can’t wait to see what 6 more months bring!!!!
Our Water Weekend Workout 2014 was a hit this year and below are a few articles about the event and showing the “A” litter vom Kugelblitz.
Check out this story on pressconnects.com: http://press.sn/T25v1w
Yesterday we decided to let Eme work a real life scenario trail to keep her tuned up in her trailing work for run away teens. Her last few real trails Eme was amazing, and resulted in us saving a life in one, and showing her skills in an urban trail with a car pick up in another. The nose on this girl, her work ethic, and the results we get are nothing short of a combination of genetics, training, and our relationship!!!
So yesterday i gave a student my GPS for the day, to track where he went from 7am till 3pm when he laid the trail which we ran about 3 hours later at 6pm. She overshot one turn, and gave a beautiful negative, casting back around and hitting the trail again. Watching her problem solve is one of my greatest joys! Attached below is our track, the subject is blue and Eme is pink.