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we have puppies
born october 1st.

sITE UPDATED OCT 15, 2019.

Please see below the puppies for  PUPPY TIPS:

Important Information
Crate Training
Socialization
Grooming
Becoming a Pack Leader
Dog Boredom
Recommended TV Viewing
A Website for Training Your Puppy
What to Expect in the First 6 Months

 

ALL PUPPIES ARE SOLD ON A SPAY/NEUTER CONTRACT (click here to download) A select few may be available to approved show/breed homes by PRIVATE TREATY.

PUPPIES : $1500 regardless of size, colour, or sex.
DEPOSITS
ARE $250 NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE. I accept preferences for puppies but cannot accomodate custom orders. I always have a wonderful variety to choose from so I will not disappoint...just take a look below!!

PLEASE NOTE* , as a breeder, I ALWAYS reserve the right to take first pick of the litter for my own breeding program. i also maintain the right to refuse a sale at any time. I owe it to my puppies to find the best families possible.

AVAILABLE: indicates the puppy is available to a forever home.
RESERVED: means a deposit has already been placed on this particular pup.
HOLD: We are awaiting a puppy evaluation at 8wks to see if this pup will become part of our aussie family or become a prospect for a show/breed client. However...we welcome inquiries as this pup may become available to a “Pet” home.

WHAT COMES WITH YOUR PUPPY: All puppies will receive a complete vet health check after 7wks at which time, they will receive the first of 3 vaccinations. They will have been dewormed several times and you will take home an utd health record. We will also provide you with a puppy pack including a contract, blanket, food, and toys for your new puppy.

 
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WE HAVE PUPPIES!!!

MEERA + TITAN HAVE 4 PUPPIES
BORN OCTOBER 1,2019.
READY TO GO TO NEW HOMES SAT. NOVEMBER 23


MEERA

DAM: SADDLEUP MEERA
14"

FULL PANEL CLEAR EXCEPT MDR1 CARRIER

HIPS: OFA EXCELLENT

 

TITAN

SIRE: KEECAMS SADDLEUP TITAN
16.5"

FULL PANEL TESTED CLEAR
HIPS: GOOD
CERF CLEAR: NOV 2017

RED FACTORED

 

 

 

WE DO HAVE PUPPIES AVAILABLE.

Eyes are just opening at this point.

Please ask for a puppy application to get you started with weekly updates on the puppies progress. New pics posted each week. A puppy pack and extended speech at pick up about all things aussie.

1st vacs, complete health check, nails trimmed, puppy pack of supplies.

WEEK 2 PICS


PUP #1
BLACK TRI MALE

AVAILABLE


PUP #2
BLUE MERLE FEMALE
Possibly Reserved


PUP #3
BLACK TRI FEMALE

AVAILABLE


PUP #4
RED MERLE FEMALE
Reserved - HAY
 
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NOW ACCEPTING DEPOSITS ON 2020 SPRING PUPPIES

PUPPY PICK OCCURS IN THE ORDER I RECEIVE DEPOSITS SO THE EARLIER THE BETTER FOR PICK POSITION.

PLEASE INQUIRE FOR A PUPPY APPLICATION TO GET YOUR JOURNEY STARTED

PROPOSED SPRING 2020 LITTERS

ALL COLOURS EXPECTED IN ALL LITTERS


PEPPER

DAM: SADDLEUP PEPPER
18"

FULL PANEL TESTED: CLEAR


RED FACTORED

(NOT ACCEPTING DEPOSITS ON THIS LITTER UNTIL SHE IS BRED)

 

CHIEF

SIRE: CADEAU DES COSTYS DU TOMBERG aka CHIEF
16.5"

GENETIC TESTING CLEAR
EXCEPT MDR1 CARRIER
HIPS: OFA GOOD

RED FACTORED

PEBBLES

DAM: SADDLEUP PEBBLES
16.5"

FULL PANEL TESTED: CLEAR
HIPS: OFA FAIR

RED FACTORED

TITAN

SIRE: KEECAMS SADDLEUP TITAN
16.5"

FULL PANEL TESTED CLEAR
HIPS: GOOD
CERF CLEAR: NOV 2017

RED FACTORED

 

NALA

DAM: SADDLEUP NALA
14.0"

FULL PANEL TESTED: CLEAR
HIPS: OFA GOOD

RED FACTORED

TITAN

SIRE: KEECAMS SADDLEUP TITAN
16.5"

FULL PANEL TESTED CLEAR
HIPS: GOOD
CERF CLEAR: NOV 2017

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MEERA

DAM: SADDLEUP MEERA
14"

FULL PANEL CLEAR EXCEPT MDR1 CARRIER

HIPS: OFA EXCELLENT

(NOT ACCEPTING DEPOSITS ON THIS LITTER UNTIL SHE IS BRED)




TITAN

SIRE: KEECAMS SADDLEUP TITAN
16.5"

FULL PANEL TESTED CLEAR
HIPS: GOOD
CERF CLEAR: NOV 2017

RED FACTORED

 

PANDA

DAM: SADDLEUP PANDA
(pregnant in pic)
15"

GENETIC TESTING CLEAR
EXCEPT MDR1 CARRIER
HIPS: OFA FAIR

RED FACTORED

NATURAL TAILS ON THIS LITTER

CHIEF

 

SIRE: CADEAU DES COSTYS DU TOMBERG aka CHIEF
16.5"

GENETIC TESTING CLEAR
EXCEPT MDR1 CARRIER
HIPS: OFA GOOD

RED FACTORED

 
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LOOK WHAT 2019 BROUGHT US!

PANDA + CHIEF HAVE 6 PUPPIES
BORN APRIL 19,2019.
**NATURAL TAILS LEFT ON THIS LITTER**

DAM: SADDLEUP PANDA
(pregnant in pic)
15"

GENETIC TESTING CLEAR
EXCEPT MDR1 CARRIER
HIPS: OFA FAIR

RED FACTORED

SIRE: CADEAU DES COSTYS DU TOMBERG aka CHIEF
16.5"

GENETIC TESTING CLEAR
EXCEPT MDR1 CARRIER
HIPS: OFA GOOD

RED FACTORED

 

 

ALL PUPPIES ARE NOW RESERVED

Eye colour is constantly changing on these merles


WEEK 6 PIC
Individual pics are 7wks

PUP #1
BLUE MERLE MALE
Reserved - Reimer

PUP #2
BLACK TRI FEMALE
Reserved - Ihamaki

PUP #3
RED MERLE MALE
Reserved - Ont.E

PUP #4
BLACK TRI FEMALE
Reserved - Cook


PUP #5
BLUE MERLE FEMALE
Reserved - Albrand/Hertha

 


PUP #6
BLACK TRI FEMALE
Reserved - Bowyer


 
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PEBBLES + TITAN
BORN JANUARY 13, 2019
ANOTHER ABSOLUTELY STUNNING LITTER FOR THESE TWO
ALL PUPPIES RESERVED


DAM: SADDLEUP PEBBLES
16.5"


FULL PANEL TESTED: CLEAR
HIPS: OFA FAIR

RED FACTORED

SIRE: KEECAMS SADDLEUP TITAN
16.5"

FULL PANEL TESTED CLEAR
HIPS: GOOD
CERF CLEAR: NOV 2017

RED FACTORED

 

 

WEEK 7 PIC




PUP #1
MERLE FEMALE
Reserved - McGee

She has a grey tail!!!


PUP #2

BLUE MERLE MALE
Reserved - Robinson
2 blue eyes


PUP #3

BLUE MERLE MALE
Reserved - Murphy
2 blue eyes


PUP #4

RED TRI FEMALE
Reserved - Robertson


PUP #5

BLUE MERLE FEMALE
Reserved - Rowe
1 blue eye


PUP #6

BLUE MERLE FEMALE
Reserved - Morton
Currently blue eyes


PUP #7

BLUE MERLE FEMALE
Reserved - Manion

Blue eyes at the moment

 
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NALA + TITAN PUPPIES
born November 10, 2018.

ALL IN THEIR NEW HOMES NOW

DAM: SADDLEUP NALA
14.0"

FULL PANEL TESTED: CLEAR
HIPS: OFA GOOD

 


SIRE: KEECAMS SADDLEUP TITAN
AMS SADDLEU16.5"P TITAN EECAMS SADDLUP TITAN

5"

FULL PANEL TESTED CLEAR
HIPS: GOOD
CERF CLEAR: NOV 2017

 

 

What a stunnning litter!!!
Everybody has BLUE eyes

 

We have 4 girls and 2 boys..

Everybody has beautiful white faces and collars. Can't get much more bling than that.

Pic at 7 weeks old

ALL RESERVED...SORRY

PUP #1

BLUE MERLE FEMALE

4.15lbs

1 1/3 blue eyes
RESERVED - LEBLANC

PUP #2

BLUE MERLE FEMALE

3.6lbs

Two blue eyes (possibly full)
RESERVED - MCCULLOUCH

PUP #3

BLACK TRI FEMALE

3.9lbs

She is even more unique now..
Her left eye is blue.
RESERVED - KALYNOWYSH

PUP #4

RED MERLE FEMALE

3.12lbs

I think her eyes are partial blues
RESERVED - KRAUS

PUP #5

RED MERLE MALE

6lbs

The big boy has blue eyes
RESERVED - VACCARI

PUP #6

RED MERLE MALE

4.12lbs

Dark eyes with possible blue specks
RESERVED - SESTANJ

 
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HAVE A PEEK BELOW TO SEE OUR PUPPIES FROM 2018 LITTERS

 
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PANDA + CHIEF HAD 6 PUPPIES
BORN MAY 3RD

SORRY...ALL PUPPIES ARE RESERVED
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL LITTER. THIS IS OUR FIRST LITTER FROM CHIEF


DAM:SADDLEUP PANDA
15"

GENETIC TESTING CLEAR EXCEPT MDR1 CARRIER
HIPS: OFA FAIR

RED FACTORED

SIRE: CADEAU DES COSTYS DU TOMBERG aka CHIEF
16.5"

GENETIC TESTING CLEAR EXCEPT MDR1 CARRIER

RED FACTORED


ALL PUPPIES ARE RESERVED


PUPPY PICS ARE AT 7 WEEKS

PUP #1

BLUE MERLE MALE
RESERVED - BARRETT

 

PUP #2

RED MERLE MALE
RESERVED - DAVIS


PUP #3

RED TRI MALE
RESERVED - Adelaide/Michael

 

PUP #4

BLUE MERLE MALE
RESERVED - RORKE

 

PUP #5

RED TRI FEMALE
RESERVED - LAURA/CHRIS


PUP #6

RED TRI FEMALE
RESERVED - LEBLANC

 
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PUPPIES ARRIVED JANUARY 22ND
PEPPER + RANCH HAD 9 PUPPIES
ALL PUPPIES ARE NOW RESERVED AND GONE

DAM: SADDLEUP PEPPER
18"


FULL PANEL TESTED: CLEAR
HIPS: TOO YOUNG

RED FACTORED

SIRE: PRYME RANCH RIDER AT SADDLEUP
15"

FULL PANEL: CLEAR
(pra/cd: healthy carrier)

RED FACTORED

 

5 BOYS AND 4 GIRLS

GROUP PIC AT 7WKS

INDIVIDUAL PICS ARE 7WKS

PUP #1 - 7WKS
BLACK TRI MALE
Reserved - Pringle

PUP #2 - 7WKS
BLUE MERLE MALE
Reserved - Oldfield/Henry

PUP #3 - 7WKS
RED TRI MALE
Reserved - Mui

 

PUP #4 - 7WKS
BLACK TRI MALE
Reserved - Kapuscinski

PUP #5 - 7WKS
RED MERLE MALE
Reserved - Jess/Aaron

PUP #6 - 7WKS
BLACK TRI FEMALE
Reserved - Raiche

PUP #7 - 7WKS
RED TRI FEMALE
Reserved - Webb

PUP #8 - 7WKS
BLUE MERLE FEMALE
Reserved - Foster/Stickley

PUP #9 - 7WKS
RED TRI FEMALE
Reserved - Kristina/Tyler

 

 
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PUPPIES ARRIVED DECEMBER 23TH
NALA + TITAN HAD 8 PUPPIES
These minis are all reserved

 

DAM: SADDLEUP NALA
14.0"


FULL PANEL TESTED: CLEAR
HIPS: OFA GOOD

 

RED FACTORED

SIRE: KEECAMS SADDLEUP TITAN
16.5"

FULL PANEL TESTED CLEAR
HIPS: TOO YOUNG
CERF CLEAR: NOV 2017


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OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES ARE STARTING TODAY.

PUPPIES ARE READY TO CHEER!!

4 BOYS AND 4 GIRLS

 

PICS AND WEIGHTS AT 7 WEEKS OLD

PUP #1
BLUE MERLE FEMALE
6lbs 3oz
reserved - Cohen

PUP #2
BLACK TRI FEMALE
( toy aussie - 2lb 6oz )
reserved - Clarke

PUP #3
RED MERLE MALE
5lbs14oz

reserved - Watkins

PUP #4
BLUE MERLE MALE
2lb 15oz
reserved - Chalmers


PUP #5
BLACK TRI FEMALE
3lbs 7oz
reserved - LeBlanc

PUP #6
RED TRI MALE
5lb 5oz

reserved - Palotay

PUP #7
RED MERLE FEMALE
3lbs 5oz
reserved - O'Rourke

PUP #8
BLUE MERLE MALE
4lbs 3oz
reserved - Piggins

 

 
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PUPPIES ARRIVED DECEMBER 4TH
NOW IN THEIR NEW HOMES

PEBBLES + TITAN HAVE 4 PUPPIES


 

DAM: SADDLEUP PEBBLES
16.5"


FULL PANEL TESTED: CLEAR
HIPS: OFA FAIR

 

RED FACTORED

SIRE: KEECAMS SADDLEUP TITAN
16.5"

FULL PANEL TESTED CLEAR
HIPS: TOO YOUNG


RED FACTORED

 

ALL PUPPIES ARE RESERVED

1 BOY AND 3 GIRLS

 


PICS AT 6 WEEKS OLD

PUP #1
BLUE MERLE FEMALE
(two blue eyes)
reserved
- Brown

PUP #2
RED MERLE FEMALE
(two blue eyes)
reserved
- Fequet

PUP #3
BLACK TRI FEMALE
STAYING AT SADDLEUP

PUP #4
BLUE MERLE MALE
(one blue eye)
reserved - Selvaggi

 

 
 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR NEW PUPPY:

Remember to call your vet and schedule your well puppy visit within 72hrs of attaining him/her. Don’t forget to bring along the health record that comes with your puppy. This serves a few purposes.  It confirms that you have a healthy pup and it’s part of the socialization period for your puppy.  But, be VERY careful at the vet’s office.  Do NOT set your puppy on the floor in the waiting room or walk him/her around outside.  All vets see a lot of sick dogs and you don’t want your pup to pick anything up there.  And.., take a stool sample with you.  The pups have been wormed 3 times but double check again.  Worms are VERY common in pups and you may need your vet to worm him/her again.  My pups are exposed to several environments around the farmyard and lake to help build their immunity while they are young and healthy. Also, clean up in your yard in case of worms.. you don’t want to get rid of them only to have the pup re-infested by sniffing around the yard.  Also, CARRY your pup if you go to Petsmart or other pet stores until AT LEAST after the 3rd vaccine booster.

REMINDER: NO long walks with your new puppy yet. Simple playtime in the yard is sufficient. Whining comes from a tired pup. Long walks and jumps from furniture can be damaging at this stage to their body.
Check with your vet to see if they recommend feeding your pup 2 or 3 times/day.  Not everyone can do 3 times/day so don’t worry if you can’t. Please use your own judgement when feeding. The food bag gives feeding guidelines for average dogs and your puppy is soooo above average..!! They need to be fed according to their needs and amount of exercise they receive. Only YOU can judge their body condition well enough to increase or decrease the allotted food.

Try and maintain a schedule, it’s easier to housebreak your pup that way.  Generally they need to go as soon as they wake up, right after eating or drinking, and if playing a lot.  It will seem like they go a lot when they are tiny b/c their systems are so small.  If you decide to change his/her food, do it gradually to avoid an upset stomach.  Just remember to buy high quality adult food (small kibble) for the first year (not grocery store food) and buy dry b/c it’s better for their teeth.  They currently rotate between Kirklands Lamb & Rice AND Chicken & Rice (from Costco).

Caution: I recommend you NEVER leave the puppy alone with a small child. Always supervise for the safety of both parties. ie. Biting, pulling hair, excretement, toy stealing, etc.

Again, don’t walk a tiny pup too much.  Their bones/joints are still growing and they get tired easily. Also, don’t let them jump off beds, furniture while they are growing, you don’t want an emergency vet visit that costs a fortune.  They’re not fragile dogs but as puppies they are.

It is very common for puppies to get carsick.  Fortunately, they generally outgrow it.  But, they need to go on more trips (even short ones) to get used to it.  So, bring an extra towel and paper towels.  You can also try a little ginger snap cookie b/4 the ride.  Ginger settles their stomachs. Drooling is simply a sign of stress but they will cope.

Don’t let anyone wrestle or roughhouse with your puppy.  This teaches them to be dominant dogs later.  No tug of war,(you must always win as “alpha”) etc.  Remember, they are tiny and cute so you may be tempted to let them get away with things, but think if these will be things that you will enjoy when they are older, like barking for no reason, jumping on people, jumping on furniture.  Set the boundaries from day one and be consistent and make sure everyone in the house knows the rules and follows them.  A stern NO or QUIET is all they generally need.  They are very sensitive little dogs.  And, don’t reward bad behavior or negative behavior (don’t coddle a dog that shakes during a thunderstorm, this teaches them that fear is good, you get rewarded for it, IGNORE the bad behavior).

CRATE TRAINING:

We strongly urge you to crate train your puppy.  It keeps him/her safe when you can’t watch them 24/7.  Play a radio if you leave him/her alone.  Note: Your toughest nights will be the first 2 nights you bring him/her home.  It’s a strange place w/out mom and the siblings and you’ll get some crying/howling when he/she figures out he/she’s alone. 

Then the next day, have the pup spend some time in the crate to get used to it (feed the pup a few kibbles in the crate  so they learn to go in and that good things happen in the crate) After night two, usually they are ok just sleeping in their crate in the same room as someone so they know they are not alone.  You may have to give a sharp “Quiet” if crying starts I put newspaper in the back half of the crate (not the front half or they run thru the poop to greet you in the am!) for the pup to use during the night.  Again, their systems are small...and you need your sleep too!

You don’t want to give in to the crying every night or you’ll have problems later.  But the first night or two is ok b/c they miss their family and they are just learning to bond to you.

Practicing Crate Training:

Introduce your dog to the crate in a low-pressure situation, not when you’re about to leave. Leave the door open and let your dog explore.
Remove all collars before you crate your puppy.
If your pup is frightened by the noise of a metal crate on a hard floor, put a towel or mat underneath the crate to muffle noise and prevent slipping.
Toss a treat – ideally a kibble of food – into the crate, then use a simple word like ‘kennel’ to get your dog to enter.
Praise your dog and close the door. Open it after a few moments.
Slowly increase the time your puppy spends in the crate with the door closed.
**Don’t open the door because your dog whines. It will only teach him to whine more.**
Do NOT crate your dog for more than eight hours. It is unfair to leave the dog without a chance to eliminate or exercise any longer than that.
**When leaving your puppy to go to work, please make it YOUR routine to place him in his "safe place" 20-30min before you leave when you are not rushed OR stressed for time.This way, you are calm and not leaving your puppy stressed and anxious as you run out the door. Don't even say, Good-bye (remember babysitting and the kids always cry when the parents tell them good-bye....same situation here)

The more confinement your dog has to cope with, the more exercise he needs daily. ** Crating is a tool that should never be used to avoid training, exercise and spending time with your best buddy.

Maintain a regular schedule of trips outdoors so he can relieve himself. And so the reason for the trip is clear, always take your puppy on a leash to the same place

Be careful what you leave in their crates when you are not watching.  They chew everything as pups and you don’t want them to ingest any bedding, blankets, etc.  Put newspaper in the crate instead of pee pads. .they can choke on the plastic.  Puppy proof your house too...they get into electric cords and a lot of other things down on their level.  Don’t give them the run of your entire house until they have earned it by being completely housebroken and done teething.  If they bite your hand while teething...a loud “OUCH” from you tells them that hurt.  Then set them down and ignore them.  If they bite or play rough...game over...walk away.  They’ll learn quickly that you won’t play with them if they behave that way. If they are chewing something they are not supposed to, a stern “NO” and give them something appropriate to chew. 

Avoid “Rawhide”.. dogs have been known to choke to death or they get it stuck in their systems, please realize that the portion size they swallow has got to come out the other end and this is (I believe) the #1 vet emergency in pups. NOTE: Rawhide is 0% digestible..(Retailers will not tell you this..)  Fill the hard rubber kong toys w/treats instead ie. Cheese or peanut butter.  Or, buy Nylabones from the pet store (the translucent ones..not the solid ones).  A filled kong is great to leave w/your pup in his/her crate when you go.

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ABOUT SOCIALIZATION

A puppy should meet 100 people in 100 days to be properly socialized.  So, take them everywhere.  You may carry treats in your pocket and ask interested strangers to give him/her one.  Your pup will learn to love everyone this way. Please remember to carry them and not let them walk in common dog areas until they are fully vaccinated and even then, be careful.. they can still catch diseases.  Be wary of dog parks.  You don’t know how well behaved the other dogs are or if they’ve had all of their shots.  And, it may sound odd, but if you live in the country, watch out for the hawks.  Your puppy is smaller than a rabbit so don’t think a hawk or eagle could not try and get it.  Always stay with your pup, never leave it unattended until full grown and in a place you trust he/she will be safe.

Socialization is an ongoing process throughout your dog’s life, but the most critical period is before six months of age. Quite literally, socialization means making your dog sociable.

MY OPINION ON TREATS: I am not a promoter of treats. I use them only at night when my dogs go into the doghouse and into their beds without any hesitation...it's a thank you from me. I believe your dog desires nothing more from you than a simple praise or hug. ie. If you asked your partner to go out and get your book from the vehicle and bring it back to you...do you give him a treat when he returns...NO...they want to be acknowledged with a simple thank you..that's all. This is what your canine companion yearns for...your praise.

RESPECT is when your dog looks you in the eye...not the treat hand or treat pouch...your eyes.

When asked about clickers and such, I believe the one tool you always have with you is your voice so I highly recommend using it. They recognize your voice and the tone in which you use it. You will be truly amazed at the loyalty and response you receive from these dogs just by using your voice.

Socializing your puppy means providing quality time. Give him lots of attention and affection. Pet him and call him by his chosen name. Introduce him to your neighbors and "service people" such as the mail carrier and others who come to your home regularly. Show children how to pet him.

Socializing your puppy to other dogs is important, but this does not mean letting him run free in the neighborhood. Give your puppy the opportunity for safe, controlled interaction with dogs whose owners you know and be sure the dogs are immunized. It is just as important your puppy has great social skills with other dogs so you AND your dog will be welcome everywhere you go. For a puppy, this includes introducing him, in happy ways, to all sorts of people, places and things.

Here are a few ideas you may consider:

Go to training classes. Puppy classes are great for socializing. Then obedience is very important.
Visit dog-loving friends.
Take your puppy on errands with you in temperate weather. (As always, never leave your dog in the car in warm weather. It can become unbearably hot quickly.)
Invite people over to your house.
**Socialization isn’t about forcing your puppy into scary situations but rather, creating pleasant associations with new events and faces.

Things to keep in mind:
What a puppy learns early in life stays with him for life.
Between one month and three months old, a puppy gets almost all of his adult sensory, motor and learning abilities.
The more loving interaction you have with your pet, the better.
Include a little work in your play times and a lot of play in your work times. Make learning fun!

As soon as your veterinarian says it is safe, introduce him to the sights and sounds of his world. Make this fun by praising him when he explores his world.

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GROOMING:

Grooming and handling daily throughout your dog’s life help make him a calmer, better-behaved, more tolerant companion. Make grooming a special time for you and your dog. Whether he needs it or not, brush him regularly with much affection and reassurance so he learns to love this time together.. handling his paws, tail, ears and mouth. Run your fingers through all of his body hair because the softer aussie coats will get more knats and these really need to be kept under control.

Aussies have mainly a “wash and wear” coat. Mud and dirt easily brushes away. Get your puppy used to baths, brushing and nail clipping while they are young.  Praise them as you do it and reward good behavior.  If they don’t want to sit still for the nail trims, have someone hold the pup and a kong filled w/something they love (squeeze cheese works great...but don’t use a lot or it may upset their system).  They’ll work on that and forget you are playing w/their feet.  If you are afraid to do it, just take them to a local groomer.

Spend time touching your pup a lot, gently pulling ears and fur a bit and handling the feet and looking in their mouth and eyes.  This way it’s common for them when they go to the vet and a stranger tries it.  Your vet will thank you!

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Becoming Pack Leader

There is no equality in the Dog Kingdom. You’re either ahead or behind your dog in line and that is decided by how you interact with your dog. Being a good leader means being calm, kind and consistent. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Teach your dog to control his mouth. If he mouths or nips you, react with a startling “No biting!” or “OUCH!” This will teach him that you are not another puppy and he needs to treat you differently.
  • Have him ‘sit’ or ‘down’ before you give him anything he wants, from petting to tossing a toy. When he responds to you before you respond to him, he will start to look to you to set the rules, while at the same time getting in daily training practice.
  • Practice submission exercises daily. These include holding him in your arms or on his side and speaking to him gently until he stops squirming. When he stops, release him, and praise him.
  • Gently handle his ears, mouth and paws so he learns to accept this. These exercises are easy with most dogs but if your dog really struggles or gets upset, seek assistance from a qualified dog professional.
  • Use tone of voice to communicate.
    • A higher than normal pitch is exciting and playful and perfect for praise.
    • normal tone - direct and confident – is your command tone.
    • A lowered voice your dog hears as a warning, like a growl.
      With practice, your puppy can learn to understand your mood through your tone of voice.
  • **When you get home, you and your family should eat in your dog's presence before setting out the dog food. Among dogs, the most important dogs always eat first. A growl at the food dish may be cute when they are little but correct it immediately…it has scarring circumstances as they age (personal experience)
  • Walk through doors first.
  • Remember: Pack leaders NEVER share their food with other dogs.

If you follow all of the steps above and then give your dog table scraps and bites of your sandwich you are sending mixed signals to your dog.

When feeding your puppy, make him stay back from the food dish until you have signaled (allowed) him/her to eat. It is important that you have full control of his behavior in regards to food aggression.

If you do these things consistently, you can elevate yourself in your dog’s eyes, which can make all the difference in training.

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DOG BOREDOM

Although dogs are creatures of habit, they still crave exercise – both physical and mental. If you don’t provide it for them, they can get bored and start to entertain themselves – often by doing things you don’t like.

Bored dogs may:
Dig, chew, Run away, bark or otherwise try to get your attention, harass the cat, annoy you, "lose" the ball under the couch repeatedly, lick/chew themselves, etc.

What to do about it:
If you suspect your dog may be suffering from boredom, whether or not problem behaviors are present, you may want to:
**Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Simply hanging around in the back yard may not be enough.
Make a list of simple “tricks” to teach your dog, and try to teach a new trick every few weeks.

Keep a box of dog toys (out of view) to provide diversion when it is needed. Rotate toys every few days, keeping 3-4 out at all times.
Introduce food-dispensing toys to your dogs.

Do things with your dog to stimulate his senses. Hide dog kibble and let him seek it out, run around and through any obstacles you can find along your walking route, play fetch or hide and seek with the kids. Working dogs require stimulation and tasks to satisfy their urge to work.

Interact with your dog and offer praise and a kibble of food for good behavior. See how many good behaviors you can reward in a day.
When possible, take your dog along when visiting friends or running errands.

Remember:
Your dog's lifestyle influences his behavior. Regular walks or play periods with your dog and praise for tricks will make your dog’s life fun and stimulating. A happy dog is less likely to develop annoying behavior problems

Sign up for a puppy obedience class as soon as your pup has his/her second shot (he/she has had at least one with us). Take the next set of classes too. It may be a bit of a hassle but it will pay off in the long run. Try agility, these little dogs generally LOVE it...or flyball or rally.

RECOMMENDED TV VIEWING for dog enthusiasts:
Cesar Millan -Dog Whisperer
Brad Pattison – At the end of my leash (on “Slice” network)
They each have their own websites where you can ask questions and watch TV episodes. They both have great books. You will gain a lot of info on dog behavior and how to have a well adjusted dog that’s a pleasure to live with. Hint, exercise is the key, a tired pup is a happy pup and a happy family b/c the pup’s not acting obnoxious! 

AN EXCELLENT WEBSITE TO VIEW FOR TRAINING YOUR PUPPY IS:
LEERBURG.COM  ( DOG TRAINING CATEGORIES) There is invaluable information and DVDs to purchase if you wish. I have learned a great deal and you can too,

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN PUPPY'S FIRST 6 MONTHS

When a puppy becomes a new family member, it's good to know what to expect in the months ahead. That way, you can best provide his nutritional, socialization, and health-care needs. Below is a sampling of what to expect and what you can do during the time period for 8 weeks until 6 months.

8-12 Weeks (Permanent Learning Period)

Physical coordination and bladder control are improving, but attention span is still short. Three weeks through 12 weeks is his most critical socialization period, influencing greatly how he will interact as adult.  It is important that they have a chance to play with other puppies or dogs. There are so many “dog” social skills they need to develop. A lack of dog socializing at this stage may affect his social skills with other dogs for life.

By this time, the puppies have fully functioning brains. They are fully capable of learning but remember the attention span is rather short so they lose focus easily. Do not exhaust them with lessons, keep it fun.

Fear Stage occurs about this time. If frightened during this time of his life, puppy may carry this fear for life. It is important to recognize this stage in your pup. Your pup may become fearful of people, places, or things that he/she never was before. Do not press the issue! This stage will pass and he will return to normal.

Puppies are generally busy exploring their new world. Their senses are keen and looking for a challenge.
Your pup still sleeps a lot during the day. By 12 weeks, he'll begin losing puppy teeth

Your Job: Protect his developing immune system by staying current on vaccinations. Ask your veterinarian about deworming, heartworm preventives, and flea and tick control. We use REVOLUTION here which covers internal and external parasites as well ast ticks.Take your puppy outside frequently to avoid accidents. I cannot stress the importance to socialize with people, places, and other dogs.                               

Start basic training: Get your puppy used to a collar, to leash walking, and to coming to you when called. When your puppy obeys a command, give an immediate reward. Introduce your pup to variety of people, situations, and places. Enroll in a puppy class, if you can. Let him sleep when he's tired. Begin grooming? Brush his/her teeth and  coat, handle his mouth and paws, and trim nails. Feed a quality dog food - 4 meals a day. (Kirkland Chicken & Rice or Kirkland Lamb & Rice are recommended)

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12-16 Weeks

He explores everything at this stage. Puppies will begin to test dominance and leadership now. Compliant puppies will now test your authority and have opinions of their own. This is comparable to a child going through adolescence.  A puppy that has always been happy in his crate at night for example, may throw an actual temper tantrum when it’s time to crate. This an important time to establish the “ALPHA”.

This is also a critical learning time for the puppy; a great time to attend a puppy obedience class. Now, is the last chance you get to effectively socialize your pup.  After this phase, your puppy will depend on already learned knowledge when dealing with social situations. Social skills will develop throughout his life but somewhat diminish after this point.

Your Job: Continue basic training; offer rewards and praise for a good job. Give plenty of toys for chewing, play with him, and offer lots of exercise. Cut feeding to 3 meals per day. Puppy obedience classes.

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4-8 Months

This is a period of great physical growth. He/she may go through an ugly stage but I promise, your puppy will grow up to be a gorgeous Australian Shepherd. All children mature differently and so do the pups. Maturity is reached at 2yrs of age when he will be filled out and have a luscious coat of hair.                                                                  

A flight stage may appear at this time. Your puppy has always come when you call him and now he turns and runs away. This can be frustrating and it is the rebellious teen phase but it will be over in about four weeks. Do not punish him when he comes, he needs positive reinforcement. Aussies are very sensitive and do not take to harsh language. This will pass, please be patient.

Your Job: Keep socializing your pup, but be gentle with him if he's reluctant or shy. Check his collar as he grows to make sure it's not too tight. Continue feeding 3 meals a day until 6 months of age.

Six months is a good time to spay/neuter your pup. You want to spay before the first heat cycle which could come at anytime now. Neutering at this stage will hopefully prevent your pup from ever lifting their leg to excrete on your precious bushes and shrubs…they will continue to squat.
***NOTE: Go to a SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC in your city or just in a smaller town. Obviously, the vets there are well practiced at this surgery and the cost is about $200, Do not feel obligated to use your vet. I have had clients pay from $190 to $580 for a simple neuter and that is ridiculous.. You are not required to do bloodwork and a number of other tests they would like to do at this stage.  Also, when you go for their spay/neuter, this is a great time to get their micro chip put in and also have the vet check for any leftover baby teeth that need removal so you don't have to pay for it later.

Your pup may or may not go through a second fear stage at this time. Make light of the fear and instead distract the puppy from what he is afraid of and remove him from the situation with something positive. Be sure not to console a puppy that is frightened…you will only intensify that fear. Instead, distract him and give him something else to think about.

Your time and attention in these critical months pay off when he becomes a well-behaved, well-adjusted adult.

At Saddle Up Stables we’re here to help you.  We want your new family member to fit right in and be an important member of your family for years to come.  And, don’t forget to email us pictures as they grow! 

Most of all, THANK YOU for giving our babies such great loving homes!!!  We will truly miss them but we know they’re in good hands!

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