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An ongoing series of informational entries

Road Salt - It make dogs sick!

November 2016

Salt from sidewalks and roads make dogs sick and up set stomach and bowel.  Be sure to rinse paws after walking.  A barrier cream is available from our kennel store to protect your dogs paws.  Call us and we can ship to you.


March 2018

Soon you will be bringing home a new puppy so here are things to do!

REMEMBER THAT YOUR Puppies come with:

A great socialized personality;

a 2 Yr Guarantee;

First vaccine shots;


Parasite prevention

Puppy Care info package





Breeder support and education

To get ready....

Do some reading on our website-

-Crate you need is a wire crate 42" depth with moveable wall

-get frozen or fresh marrow bones from your butcher.

Order Dog Food

Don't forget to order dog food! It's our recommended holistic food - made in Ontario- delivered to your door FREE automatically anywhere in North America

How to order?

Online Web:

About the food…

Phone order – 877 328-8400

COUPON CODE FOR $5.00 OFF 69658-1025

Things to arrange:

-pet insurance



-name tag

-register on Ontario spca website for spay or neuter at a reduced price

Optional Holistic first year Package

... let us know before you pick up your puppy if you want our first year holistic package- which includes everything you need for your puppy except a crate. See info on holistic page

The package contains:

A year supply; handmade on the ranch; all natural:

Paw wax

Canine soap

Diatomaceous earth for food supplement

Enzyme cleaner for removing odours

Diatomaceous earth skin powder for fleas and ticks

Tee tree Pest spray for mosquitoes fleas ticks


1lb bag beef liver and

1lb sweet potato training treats



Stainless dog bowels

Dog brush

Doggie Door bell



SPCA offer Spay or Neuter for a better price.

December 2015

Contact your local SPCA  to enquire about a better price for spay and neutering offered at a few of their locations in Ontario.

A Day with a New Puppy.... What does that look like?

July 2009

This article was taken from Caesars Way website... a brilliant guy when it comes to raising dogs.

By Josh Weiss-Roessler

When you get a new puppy, it’s only natural to want to simply hang out with them and play and cuddle all day. Unfortunately, there are a number of things that you need to do in those first few days and weeks — both to make sure that your new pup stays healthy and to establish good behavior patterns. Rest assured that the work you put in now will pay off tenfold in the long run.

When your full-grown adult dog is balanced, well-behaved, and the envy of all your Pack Leader neighbors, you’ll be glad you took good care of her right from the beginning.

Related: Puppy proofing basics

Getting into a routine

One of the most important things you need to do for your puppy right off the bat is to establish a routine. Though it will be difficult initially for you to decide on a routine that will work for you, your family, and your puppy, don't wait too long to figure it out.

Here are some of the most important things to make sure you have on your puppy schedule:


Your new puppy is doing his best to become a full-grown adult dog. But in order to do so, he’s going to need to eat more frequently than an adult. Where you can feed many adult dogs twice a day — or even just once — puppies need to be fed three to four  times a day like people.

Sound like a lot of work? Well, the good news is that you can plan your pup’s meals more or less around your own. The best times to feed him are around 7 in the morning, at noon, and then again at 5. Snack at 8 pm.  You’ll want to follow this schedule for the first 3 to 4 months of your pup’s life. Then you can switch to twice-a-day feedings unless your vet recommends continuing more frequent meals.

Establishing a routine for eating times is especially important. With a set feeding schedule, your puppy will learn when to expect food and will be less likely to beg between designated meal times.

Potty time

Unless you want to have a big mess on your hands, you need to make sure you’re giving your pup “potty time” every 2-4 hours. Any longer than that and she just won’t be able to hold it. Putting a set time (and place) to this activity also teaches her that this isn’t just something she can do whenever and wherever she feels like it.

Keywords training

Very young puppies can’t get into any kind of formal training class right away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be teaching him some basics every day. One thing every pup can start learning: keywords.

Begin with important words like “good,” “bad,” and “no.” Keep these words simple and be consistent with which ones you use. Your dog needs to get used to hearing the same words in order to associate the same meanings with them each time.

Exercise and play

Starting to think you’re never going to have any fun with your new puppy? Well, you can relax, because it’s also important to build time for exercise and play into your schedule.

Ideally, you want to begin your pup’s day with exercise before she has her first meal. After breakfast, try a pack walk (if she’s too young to go outside, you can do this around the house) followed by some bonding or play time. You’ll repeat this general routine throughout each day. Exercise, meal, exercise, bonding, meal, and so on.

By creating a good schedule for your puppy and starting small with tasks like feeding times, potty times, teaching keywords, and exercising and playing, you will not only save yourself innumerable future headaches, you’ll also ensure that your new bundle of joy grows up to be the best that he can be.

Why not go with a 'cheaper' dog.... 

February 2010

This article is written after so many clients have shared their horror stories about buying a 'cheaper doodle'.....

If you google goldendoodle breeders in ontario you will get a list of registered reputable breeders who know what they are doing. Out of that group- they charge anywhere from $2500 $3000 or higher.

Puppy mills often breed in massive barns - sometimes in small spaces or crates - and will sell the puppies wholesale to housewives who stay home and sell these puppies to families. No parents to be seen. No history about the parents. They are breeding dogs like livestock. These pups are usually health compromised and often have No social skills at all. They will breed any pet or dog - regardless of health or temperament - with no information or education or breeder support at all.

Backyard or hobby breeders will breed any pet or dog - regardless of health or temperament - with no information or education or breeder support at all.

They breed for a quick buck - not for love of the breed. Often parents are not vaccinated- which plays a role in the immunity of their offspring.

They are the cheaper alternative - it’s a risk- and often we get families coming to us with heartbreaking stories of all the issues they had with their cheaper dog. They realized they got what they paid for. 

Anxiety in Dogs

January 2014

On occasion, no fault to the breed or owner some dogs may feel anxiety.  It can be reduced with various products.  The two we recommend are a THUNDER SHIRT and ANXIETY SPRAY.  IF you google these products amazon and other online vendors offer them.  Your local pet store may also have similar products.

Adult Adoption VS getting a Puppy.... 

January 2012

Not everyone is equipped, capable or successful from the unpredictable challenges of a rescue. First time owners or families with children with special needs most commonly fail with the challenges to a rescue or rehome.

Often these people realize that for them - choosing a puppy who is a blank canvas from a suitable breed they will have more predictability of behaviour and allergy concerns etc.- Making them more successful as dog owners.

Dogs bred by responsible breeders such as us educate their clients so they are successful in keeping their dog and not having them land in a shelter.

Most shelter dogs are from accidental breeding. Not planned breeding.

This article is written by a friend who is in the rescue world.....

after seeing so many unsuccessful attempts at rehoming the same dog by inexperienced, kind hearted, bewilder people who did not realize that a puppy could be less work and did not know how much the knowledge and experience required for a successful adult rehome.

Adult or puppy?

Lets be honest… puppies are super cute and you shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting your own cuddly puppy who is a blank canvas just waiting for your imprinting to happen. They are much more adaptable and are easier to train than older dogs, but looking after a puppy requires time and consistency in the schedule.

An older dog really is truly more challenging than a pup. A puppy will toilet train in 3-7 days with a doggie door bell.

A REHOMED older dog can work out well... but he has to re-establish - or learn to establish new trust and re-learn new communication and new schedules. The dog will need to be fully integrated into the family so hopefully they feel comfortable and settle in. A rehomed older dog is sometimes somewhat trained and sometimes have some communication skills; all based on the previous owners efforts.

A RESCUE is a different kind of commitment. Rescued dogs have come from less than perfect situations and conditions as older or adult dogs. They can be extremely difficult to deal with. Only very experienced dog owners and trainers can rehabilitate these poor- mistreated creatures. Working with rescues is rewarding work. But it is a huge commitment, that may or may not end with success.

Older or Adult dogs can play a great role or play havoc in your day to day life....

Lots of reprogramming and consistency are challenges in changing the dogs mentality. With time and skill - this kind of situation sometimes improves with diligence and hard work. Kids are often disappointed by a failed doggie adoption or lack of success or even a stressed dog situation becoming dangerous.

Adopting an Older dog is something that should be done by experienced dog owners and people who are good at training dogs who have lots of time to “fix” the dog.

Rescues and rehomed long dogs is noble work and must be entered into with complete confidence of knowledge; commitment to endure and for the sake of the dogs sanity and trust ability.

A dog who has suffered with multiple changes in homes and owners run a good chance that; that dogs chances for happiness is difficult.

Pet Insurance

December 2016

Pet Insurance is an excellent idea for your brand new puppy as they have no pre-existing conditions.  It can help with unexpected vet bills.  Search on-line for a company and plan that works for you.

A client of ours told us that he had a great experience with  He said his yearly cost is less than $1 a day.

Timing on 

getting a dog 

Feb 2019


 Best timing to get a puppy is during your regular work pattern or schedule. Taking off a month or two to “train” your puppy only results in having to “re-train” your puppy AGAIN to get used to the NEW schedule. Much harder on the puppy and you. Teachers and people who get lots of time off in summer should get a puppy in closer to summer than February/ March so the puppy is used to his regular schedule by the time summer comes. 

Being home for A few days to get him used to being alone a bit at a time and using a crate is suggested. 

Toilet training when you are at work is best accomplished by getting a dog walker or helper to come at 10 am and 2 pm to feed and take out for a toilet break.  The puppy soon gets into this routine and that is what the dog gets used to.  As they get older one mid-day break is ok.  And by 8 months they can go all day in their crate if need be.  (8hrs). When your puppy goes home they aren’t expecting to be with you all day- so why allow them to if that’s not what life will look like most of the time?

If you are at home - or work at home daily - the dog should be alone or in a crate least two hours a day to prevent separation anxiety.  

Cancer Prevention

May 2019    Karen Becker

5 Ways to Reduce Your Dog's Cancer Risk

• Don't allow your dog to become overweight. Studies show that restricting the amount of calories an animal eats prevents and/or delays the progression of tumor development across species, including canines.

Fewer calories cause the cells of the body to block tumor growth, whereas too many calories can lead to obesity, and obesity is closely linked to increased cancer risk in humans. There is a connection between too much glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and oxidative stress – all factors in obesity – and cancer.

It's important to remember that fat doesn't just sit on your pet's body harmlessly. It produces inflammation that can promote tumor development.

• Feed an anti-inflammatory diet. Anything that creates or promotes inflammation in the body increases the risk for cancer. Current research suggests cancer is actually a chronic inflammatory disease, fueled by carbohydrates. The inflammatory process creates an environment in which abnormal cells proliferate.

Cancer cells require the glucose in carbohydrates to grow and multiply, so you want to eliminate that cancer energy source. Carbs to remove from your pet's diet include processed grains, fruits with fructose, and starchy vegetables like potatoes. Keep in mind that all dry pet food contains some form of starch. It may be grain-free, but it can't be starch-free because it's not possible to manufacture kibble without using some type of starch.

Cancer cells generally can't use dietary fats for energy, so high amounts of good quality fats are nutritionally beneficial for dogs fighting cancer, along with a reduced amount of protein and no carbs. I recently learned that dogs fighting cancer can do a better job addressing this sugar-crazed disease if their protein intake is limited for 120 days, more on that later!

Another major contributor to inflammatory conditions is a diet too high in omega-6 fatty acids and too low in omega-3s. Omega-6s increase inflammation while the omega-3s do the reverse. Processed pet food is typically loaded with omega-6 fatty acids and deficient in omega-3s.

A healthy diet for your pet – one that is anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer – consists of real, whole foods, preferably raw. It should include high-quality protein, including muscle meat, organs and bone. It should also include high amounts of animal fat, high levels of EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids), and a few fresh cut, low glycemic veggies..

This species-appropriate diet is high in moisture content and contains no grains or starches. I also recommend making sure the diet is balanced following the ancestral diet recommendations, which have much more rigorous standards (higher amounts of minerals and vitamins) than our current dietary recommendations for pets (AAFCO).

A few beneficial supplements like probiotics, medicinal mushrooms, digestive enzymes, and super green foods can also be very beneficial to enhance immune function.

• Reduce or eliminate your dog's exposure to toxins. These include chemical pesticides like flea and tick preventives, lawn chemicals (weed killers, herbicides, etc.), tobacco smoke, flame retardants, and household cleaners (detergents, soaps, cleansers, dryer sheets, room deodorizers). 

Because we live in a toxic world and avoiding all chemical exposure is nearly impossible, I also suggest offering a periodic detoxification protocol to your pet. Allergic reactions are also possible.

• Allow your dog to remain intact (not neutered or spayed), at least until the age of 18 months to two years. Studies have linked spaying and neutering to increasing cancer rates in dogs. Even better, investigate alternative ways to sterilize your pet without upsetting his or her important hormone balance.

• Refuse unnecessary vaccinations. Vaccine protocols should be tailored to minimize risk and maximize protection, taking into account the breed, background, nutritional status and overall vitality of the dog.

The protocol  with healthy puppies is to provide vaccine at or before 12 weeks, and a second set after 14 weeks. Then titer   (ask your vet to run titers at a lab that uses the IFA method)  two weeks after the last set and if the dog has been successfully immunized, he is protected for life.

I do not use or recommend the standard yearly booster at many veterinary practices. In my experience, this practice is completely unnecessary and immunologically risky.