Friday, August 25, 2006

Great Tips For Breeding Your Dog

A basic, but still relevant article on what to look for before breeding any dog that I found today to share with you.


Great Tips For Breeding Your Dog by Gray Rollins

Great Tips For Breeding Your Dog
Choosing to breed your dog is a big decision and it’s natural to feel a little uneasy about the process. These dog breeding tips will help things go smoothly and help you enjoy the entire process.

One of the most important steps is choosing the right mate for your dog. The mate you choose should possess the qualities you want to see carried on in the puppies. Both male and female should be healthy and possess no genetic faults that could jeopardize the health of the puppies.

You also want to make sure the female is very healthy so that her pregnancy and birth are easier. You’ll want to support her prior to breeding with excellent nutrition and supplements. Of course she should always have excellent nutrition, but a boost will help her energy and help her stay healthy during her pregnancy.

Good record keeping on both the male and female can help increase your breeding success, but it is especially important with the female. You should keep a history folder on your female which records important dates such as when you first see signs of the bitch going into heat, any changes in behavior, and any medical issues.

You should also have a good working relationship with your veterinarian who can be a very helpful resource throughout the breeding process, during the pregnancy, during labor and of course once the pups are born.

Male dogs have less reproductive problems than female dogs but they can be more difficult to correct. Anatomical defects, low sperm, and infection of the reproductive organs are the most common problems to watch for in a male dog. Hypothyroidism, arthritis of the spine, and Brucellosis should also be checked for in males that show no interest in breeding.

With the female, the main reason for failed breeding is wrong timing. Because of the length of time a female is in heat, without hormone tests it can be difficult to tell when the “right” time really is. Your vet has a variety of ways to test hormone levels to try to narrow down the best breading time, but at the end of the day it still really is hit and miss.

Female dogs usually go into heat every 6 months starting at around the age of one year. It’s important to allow your female to become full-grown and developed before you decide to breed her as she is more likely to have a pregnancy with fewer complications. In some of the larger breeds this doesn’t occur until the age of 2.

At around 10 to 12 days after going into heat the bitch will be ready to stand and hold. You start to count the days at the first signs of blood discharge. Each dog is different so you’ll need to get to know your dog, how she acts, changes in temperament, and the amount of discharge because day one might actually be day three. You’ll know your timing is right by the willingness of the bitch. When the bitch is ready the discharge will often change from a dark red to more of a tan color so you can watch for this signal as well. Try to place the bitch and stud together several days and several times throughout the heat period up to about the tenth day.

If you want to be safe then put the bitch and the stud together early and try and try again. It’s better than being late because you’ll have to wait another 6 months.

If impregnation occurs your vet will be able to tell around the 22nd day after breeding. Now’s the time to start calling those parents to be, congratulating them, and letting them know their new bundle of joy will arrive in a couple of months.

The act of breeding is rather a natural one that requires little intervention from you other than placing the male and female in a safe and secure environment together. If the time is right you will be the proud owner of a beautiful litter of pups in no time at all. If the timing is wrong you’ll need to wait for the female to go into heat again in about 6 months.

These breeding tips should help you find success in breeding your dog.

Gray Rollins is a writer for CreatingDogs.com. Visit us to learn about rare dog breeds and the best dog breeds. Come check us out if you love dogs.

Article Source: ArticleRich.com

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Great Tips For Breeding Your Dog

A basic, but still relevant article on what to look for before breeding any dog that I found today to share with you.


Great Tips For Breeding Your Dog by Gray Rollins

Great Tips For Breeding Your Dog
Choosing to breed your dog is a big decision and it’s natural to feel a little uneasy about the process. These dog breeding tips will help things go smoothly and help you enjoy the entire process.

One of the most important steps is choosing the right mate for your dog. The mate you choose should possess the qualities you want to see carried on in the puppies. Both male and female should be healthy and possess no genetic faults that could jeopardize the health of the puppies.

You also want to make sure the female is very healthy so that her pregnancy and birth are easier. You’ll want to support her prior to breeding with excellent nutrition and supplements. Of course she should always have excellent nutrition, but a boost will help her energy and help her stay healthy during her pregnancy.

Good record keeping on both the male and female can help increase your breeding success, but it is especially important with the female. You should keep a history folder on your female which records important dates such as when you first see signs of the bitch going into heat, any changes in behavior, and any medical issues.

You should also have a good working relationship with your veterinarian who can be a very helpful resource throughout the breeding process, during the pregnancy, during labor and of course once the pups are born.

Male dogs have less reproductive problems than female dogs but they can be more difficult to correct. Anatomical defects, low sperm, and infection of the reproductive organs are the most common problems to watch for in a male dog. Hypothyroidism, arthritis of the spine, and Brucellosis should also be checked for in males that show no interest in breeding.

With the female, the main reason for failed breeding is wrong timing. Because of the length of time a female is in heat, without hormone tests it can be difficult to tell when the “right” time really is. Your vet has a variety of ways to test hormone levels to try to narrow down the best breading time, but at the end of the day it still really is hit and miss.

Female dogs usually go into heat every 6 months starting at around the age of one year. It’s important to allow your female to become full-grown and developed before you decide to breed her as she is more likely to have a pregnancy with fewer complications. In some of the larger breeds this doesn’t occur until the age of 2.

At around 10 to 12 days after going into heat the bitch will be ready to stand and hold. You start to count the days at the first signs of blood discharge. Each dog is different so you’ll need to get to know your dog, how she acts, changes in temperament, and the amount of discharge because day one might actually be day three. You’ll know your timing is right by the willingness of the bitch. When the bitch is ready the discharge will often change from a dark red to more of a tan color so you can watch for this signal as well. Try to place the bitch and stud together several days and several times throughout the heat period up to about the tenth day.

If you want to be safe then put the bitch and the stud together early and try and try again. It’s better than being late because you’ll have to wait another 6 months.

If impregnation occurs your vet will be able to tell around the 22nd day after breeding. Now’s the time to start calling those parents to be, congratulating them, and letting them know their new bundle of joy will arrive in a couple of months.

The act of breeding is rather a natural one that requires little intervention from you other than placing the male and female in a safe and secure environment together. If the time is right you will be the proud owner of a beautiful litter of pups in no time at all. If the timing is wrong you’ll need to wait for the female to go into heat again in about 6 months.

These breeding tips should help you find success in breeding your dog.

Gray Rollins is a writer for CreatingDogs.com. Visit us to learn about rare dog breeds and the best dog breeds. Come check us out if you love dogs.

Article Source: ArticleRich.com

Friday, August 18, 2006

F.REE Pedigree Generator For Your Dog Website

Free Pedigree Generator for your website from Sit Stay.

This is a great place to go if you'd like to put your dog's pedigree on your website with minimal effort and great results. I've been using this free service for my dog's website for a long time.

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Only 9 Copies Left!!

Only 9 copies of my dog breeding e-book left at the special price of just $29!

Grab your's today before the price goes up to $36.


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Monday, August 14, 2006

Dog Breeder's Guide To Shipping Puppies

I am getting ready to send one of our puppies on a plane ride to their new home. Her new family paid for her a year ago, before she was even conceived, so they are super excited.

I thought I would share how this is done. It's not that hard. I know many breeders do not ship and for the majority of them, it seems the only thing holding them back is the fear of the unknown or thinking it may be a giant hassle.

First, I require the puppy AND the shipping paid for in full before I will make arrangements to ship. Puppies must also be at least 8 wks of age to ship.

Then I get a vet appointment lined up to get a health certificate per airline regulations. This paperwork will cost you a little more than just a regular well puppy check due to the extra paperwork the vet will have to do in order to make the airlines happy. If the puppy is old enough for a rabies vaccination, you may also need to get that done in order to ship to your destination. Your vet can check this requirement for you. This exam must be no more than 10 days old at the time the puppy will be shipped so time this exam wisely. Be sure to worm your puppies 3 days or so before your vet visit so fecals are all clear or they won't pass your exam. If your worming prevention program is up to par, this shouldn't be a problem at all. Just more prevention.

Then you will need to buy a crate. Make sure this crate is airline approved. Airline approved crates will have a sticker or comment on the packaging saying that they are airline approved. These crates come in two pieces - top and bottom. The two most popular styles are clip together and those that have plastic bolts to screw them together. I prefer the later for security reasons. Less likely for accidental crate openings or intentional tampering. This crate must be big enough that the puppy can stand up without touching their head on the top and wide enough that they can comfortably turn around. I like to get a crate large enough that the new owners can use for a while during house training. After all, we are asking them to pay for it so get them one they will be happy with. They may later become repeat buyers.

Get the new owners full name, address (no P.O. boxes, physical address only) and their phone number. Also know the date and time frame you and the puppy buyer is wanting to work with ahead of time. Find out what airport they would like to use. This must be a commercial airport not a small hanger type airport. Think Delta, Northwest, American Airlines, etc. Then call the airport on your end and get a price quote for shipping your puppy from there to the destination airport. Make sure you ask for the most direct flight possible. No layovers are ideal. If you do have a layover, make sure they are short ones. Otherwise, pass. You may want to call several airlines to get the best price/flight plan. I personally ship NW and ship the puppies VIP. Cost more but the care is better. They will likely tell you to bring your puppy an hour before the flight is to leave. Be sure you get there when they tell you! They need to do paperwork, check your puppies crate (for explosives, etc is the reason for this) and get them taken to where they need to go to board the plane. If your not on time, they may turn you away.

I like to line the bottom of the crate with newspaper and then put in a generous amount of shredded paper on top. Some use blankets or old towels. Use your own discretion. I like the shredded paper as if they are in there a long time, it will help sheild the puppy from getting wet or messed on by their own doggie-doo. Not a nice thought for a new owner to open a crate to grab a much anticipated puppy only to have them soiled on themselves. For this reason, I also do not feed or water the puppy before the trip. I will feed and offer water a TINY amount while at the airport. Only because on the sheet they will have you fill out will ask and they require them fed and watered shortly before the trip. For the water, I freeze the water dish that comes with the crate the night before I go. I then keep it in one of the mini-coolers that come with vaccinations. This way, they have access to something to 'drink' but it's not so likely to spill before they get a chance to drink it. You may need to buy feed/water cups for your crate if they either don't come with them or perhaps they are too small to be of much use.

I like to stay when they examine the crate as they will want to take the puppy out of the crate to do this. I prefer to be the one to take the puppy out and place puppy back in. I then either use their zip ties or my own (be sure to bring your own just in case) and fasten the door shut. You don't want anyone tampering with your puppy but you do want it to be easy enough to break open should they have to in order to provide needed care to your puppy for good reason.

I will put in a toy or something for the puppy BUT and it's a big BUT... be sure it's NOT something they can choke on, get tangled in or otherwise cause injury to themselves. I will NEVER use rawhide. This is a choke hazzard for any dog and I wish they wouldn't even sell it. (unless you get the chipped and pressed kind) I prefer the flavored nyla bones. Super study, holds their interest and satisfies the desire of teething or to chew due to anxiety. Be VERY, VERY picky about what you put in there. Or don't put in anything.

Be sure the new owner will call you to let you know the puppy was received okay and that all is well. If they don't, call them to check. Make sure they have been given the flight #, individual crate #, expected arrival time, etc.

Things to charge the puppy owner for: vet exam/paperwork, airline fee, crate, toy and gas money. Figure this ahead of time and round it off. I charge a flat $400 shipping fee. If it goes over that, I eat it. Under that, I keep it for time/trouble. But most times, I'm right on mark.


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Dog Food - CHEAP

Just a quick post to again alert you to the benefits of the Purina Dog Food program for breeders.
Walmart has a sale going on for 25 lb bags of dog food for $8.99. By the time we use our $7 rebate checks plus the $1 off coupons that have been coming in each bag lately, it's costing us a big, fat dollar per bag! We plan to buy as many bags as they have left on the shelf today. We have about 40 rebate checks on hand and we plan to use as many as we can for our dog food. This is like hitting a home run! Dog breeders - if you breed more than 5 litters a year, you qualify for this great program!
See my post further down with more details.

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Friday, August 11, 2006

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Seminar - Whelping, Reproductive, & Puppy Intensive Care

Whelping, reproductive, & puppy intensive care

This is for all-breeds

The Scottish Terrier Club Of Michigan presents

Canine Reproduction & whelping & puppy intensive care Seminar
Myra Savant-Harris, RN
http://www.myrasavantharris.com

Oct 28-29 2006
Holiday Inn Lansing West
Lansing, Mi

For registration application go to
http://scottish-terrier-club-of-michigan-inc.org

Tutition both days $100.00 or $65.00 for 1 day
Special room rate of 89.00 for attendees

For further information contact
Larry or Susan Cerka LCerka@msn.com
or 231-843-1811


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Dog Breeding Is A Game!!

Now that I've got your attention... :)
Really, PBS has a dog breeding game on their website. It's hilarious!
Couldn't help but share it with you all.
Enjoy!

Your goal is to breed a certain type of border collie puppy by selecting parents with the right traits.
You will be trying to match certain coat colors, coat lengths and ear types.

http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/games/game_dogbreeding.html


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50,000 dogs killed in China

I'm sorry that this post is not breeding related but this news is just sickening! I am agast that this is not only allowed to happen but it's being led by officials. People should be made aware that this is going on.


50,000 dogs killed in China

Aug. 1, 2006. 02:03 PMASSOCIATED PRESSSHANGHAI — The slaughter of a reported 50,000 dogs in an anti-rabies crackdown in southwestern China sparked unusually pointed criticism in state media on Tuesday, along with calls for a boycott of Chinese products from an animal rights group.

Health experts, meanwhile, said the brutal policy underscores deep weaknesses in China's health care system, which sees more than 2,000 human deaths from rabies each year.

The five-day massacre in Yunnan province's Mouding county that ended Sunday spared only military guard dogs and police canine units, state media reported.

Dogs being walked were taken from their owners and beaten to death on the spot, the Shanghai Daily newspaper reported.

Led by the county police chief, other killing teams entered villages at night creating noise to get dogs barking, then homed in on their prey, the reports said.

Owners were offered 70 cents Cdn per animal to kill their own dogs before the teams were sent in, they said.

...read the entire article by clicking the link below...

TheStar.com - 50,000 dogs killed in China

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Monday, August 07, 2006

"Alaska: Where men are men and women win the Iditarod.''

It is with a sad heart that I report Susan Butcher, famed Iditarod dog musher, lost her battle with leukemia August 5th in Seattle, WA.
Susan Butcher competed in a total of 17 Iditarod races. She placed in the top 10 in all but two of those races. But above this record, she was a much loved and respected member of the dog community and beyond. All of us who knew her are feeling a great loss.

Please observe a moment of quiet reflection after reading this sad post.

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Butcher loses cancer fight

IDITAROD LEGEND DIES: Four-time champion succumbs to leukemia at 51.

By CRAIG MEDRED

Anchorage Daily News

Published: August 6, 2006

Far from her Alaska home and the dogs she loved so much, four-time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher died Saturday in a Seattle hospital.

She was 51 years old and the mother of two young daughters. She had been waging a battle against leukemia for a year and a half, but sometimes not even the toughest warriors can win.

A child of the American upper middle class, she turned her back on the civilized world of Cambridge, Mass., to carve out a niche for herself and her beloved dogs in a cold, difficult corner of Bush Alaska.Through her 20s and into her 30s, she lived an almost cloistered existence in the Interior with her life dedicated to one seemingly impossible goal, winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She spent days on end on the runners of a dog sled following huskies through the frozen taiga and barren wilderness north of Fairbanks.

"I like spending a lot of time alone,'' she told a writer for the Daily News' old Sunday magazine, We Alaskans,' in 1981.She was then 27 years old and already an Iditarod contender, though it would still be five long and difficult years before the breakthrough Iditarod victory of 1986. By then, she had joined forces with Dave Monson, a one-time lawyer, a fellow dog musher and a soul mate.Together, they would team to dominate the Iditarod. Butcher was the driving force behind their Trailbreaker Kennels and the face of the business. Monson was the organizer and administrator, the behind-the-scenes player who held everything together.They were married in 1985.

Butcher won the first of her four Iditarods the next year. She would go on to win three more in the next four years -- the most impressive string of victories in Iditarod history.

See complete article by clicking the link below...

Trail Breaker Kennels / Susan Butcher

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

MC Litter Update

Two of the three puppies that we are hand rearing from the MC litter are now reserved and will be leaving us soon. It's very hard to see any of them go after the amount of time you put into them but especially hard when you hand raise them.

Today will be spent doing wormings, nail trimmings (I use a nail grinder) and taking new photos for their new families and my dog website. Not as easy as it sounds when you consider this is for 16 puppies!! At the same time I do these things, I'm also temperament testing and taking notes the whole while. It's a very involved process.


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For Your Eyes.. FIRST... Don't miss out!

I have decided to increase the price of my e-book from $29 to $36.

If you haven't already grabbed your copy, I suggest you do it today.
The next 20 copies will remain $29. After that, they will be $36!
Grab your copy today before these 20 copies are sold!!

I am releasing this heads up here first, before it goes to my mailing list.
With so many people 'sitting on the fence' these 20 copies won't last for long.

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