Genetic Testing and Crate Training

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Embark Test Kits

Today I received genetic test kits in the mail for some of the puppies.  Genetic testing will help me make some final decisions about which puppies I might want to keep and which to place as pets.  Both Hanne and Roux have had genetic testing done and Roubaix has had extensive testing done.  Bayou Oaks English Leather was alive during a time when far less testing was available so there are some unanswered questions regarding Roux’s puppies and some things that I’d like to know about the puppies I might keep from Hanne’s litter.  Rest assured, there is nothing scary to be concerned about from either litter but the results of these tests will provide information that might be helpful to me, as a breeder, in the future.

It’s a cold and breezy day here so we’ve taken most of the 7 week photos of Hanne’s litter indoors.  I’ll share those soon in another post.  My daughter, Amanda, and I continue to work at home and as the puppies get older, the volume grows, too.  We live in an 800 sq ft house and when work has us on the phone or in meetings, the chorus in the background is not always appropriate…as was the case this morning.  We have a small backyard with no shelter for the puppies so I decided that today was good day to introduce the puppies to a crate…

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Introduction to a crate

On this cool, breezy morning, the puppies quickly investigated the crate and found warmth and shelter there.  They fell asleep, piled atop one another, and I tried to capture a photo of the sleeping puppies but this was the best I could do…

Dogs are naturally den animals and crates should always be seen as, and treated as a place of comfort and safety…never as a place of punishment.  When my puppies leave to go to their new homes, they’re expected to travel in a crate and a line in my contract stipulates that they shall always travel in a crate when in a car, for their safety…and yours.  For more on crate training, visit this link from the AKC.

 


One thought on “Genetic Testing and Crate Training

  1. Sophie enjoys crawling in our yellow lab’s crate for naps; she remembers her training! Our lab is five now and still sleeps there every night.

    On Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 2:16 PM Talbot Hill Beagles wrote:

    > TalbotHill posted: ” Today I received genetic test kits in the mail for > some of the puppies. Genetic testing will help me make some final > decisions about which puppies I might want to keep and which to place as > pets. Both Hanne and Roux have had genetic testing done and R” >

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