The new dog breeding regulations have been published The Animal Welfare Regulation 2018: The breeding and selling of your litters and how it will effect you. I know a lot of hobby breeders are worried about whether they need to get licence or not. My main worry is will councils already struggling with funding cuts be able to implement these new regulations to any great effect. They already struggle policing with the current regulations. These regulations though are way overdue. Lets hope they will go some way to tackling the puppy farmed puppies, imported puppy farmed puppies, and also the Qualzucht (torture breeding) of dogs we have here in England.
The main reason why we have seen such an upsurge in puppy farms in recent years though is because of demand. Many people go about buying a puppy like buying a new pair of shoes. Some probably put more thought in to buying a pair of shoes than a puppy. So I think we actually need to also tackle this problem from the buyers end as well. Maybe the puppy buying general public should have to do a course on dog ownership before getting a puppy, and you can only sell puppies to people who have completed such a course. Just a thought, and would help with a lot more thought being put in to getting a puppy, as Puppy farms are a symptom of demand for puppies.
Coming up to nearly nine months old, Teagol has started her first heat
Rosie is settling in well, and her and Jim have become firm friends.
Blottie, Bumble, Bertha and Sasha our four Brittany/Cavalier girls really enjoy a run out up our local woods. Yesterday we took them on a two hour run out. These woods start just up from the river Taw and it is a steep climb. Either sides of the paths, it either drops steeply or rises steeply. So a really good place for the dogs to let off steam. When we hit the water in the video. They had been on the run for just over an hour. I don't often take the camera on walks, as it can ruin them. As you concern yourself about capturing footage of them, and when walking at least four dogs loose, you need to be keeping your eyes on everything going on around you.
Bertie's here until the end of this week. He has just fitted right back in with the pack.
Just over a year ago I wrote a blog about electric collars When treats are not enough and then was contacted by someone who was having serious problems with recall. They had exhasted all the positive training routes, and their positive trainers fix was to tell them to re-home the dog. Give the problem to someone else. Thankfully they did not give up, they changed trainers and sent me this, a First hand account of using an e-collar with a dog with recall problems which they let me publish on here,
"First hand account of using an e-collar with a dog with recall problems.
I hope these links work as I've not sent videos before. We thought you might like to see Darla keeping us safe - she's realised that if she stands on her back legs she can watch the street in front of our house and if there's no-one walking or driving past she'll bark at the birds!
The other one is her and Harvey playing when they're feeling a bit tired. When they've got more energy Darla stands on her back legs and swipes his face like a cat, or licks his eyes and inside his ears until he gives up and plays with her
In case there's a problem I've attached some photos. Darla now weighs 6kg and is recognised by all the people she meets and charms when she's out and about as a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Lauren enjoys explaining your breeding program and how you're working hard to improve the health of your dogs.
Darla's very loving and enjoys having company - she sits at Stuart's feet in his office when he's the first one up and she's getting better at sitting quietly in Lauren's room when Lauren's resting. She thinks she's a very clever dog when she retrieves Lauren's discarded socks from under the bed!
Thanks again for breeding such a wonderful dog. We're pleased to see that Jim is improving and wish him well in his new home when he gets there.
Louise and Lauren"
"Hello Louise and Lauren,
good to hear things are going well with Darla. Love the paw thing. She does look very much like her Dad, Ernest.
Thanks for the update.
Lovely update for Cooper arrived in my inbox on the 21st. Sorry for not putting up until now, Fiona!
I can’t believe that Cooper is 3 months today. He has been absolutely amazing and settled in so well.
House training has been amazing, he is picking up quite a few commands and most importantly he loves every dog and person we meet. It feels like he has been here forever. He loves being in the office and behaves so well with everyone. He is so confident and happy in new situations, but definitely still loves a snuggle, especially when he’s tired.
Lots of pictures attached (he is the most photographed dog in the world I think!).
Happy quarter year to Barney, Megan, Cofee and Jim xx"
really sorry for not replying sooner. Cooper looks very settled in with you and his muzzle looks to be getting longer. I think there's no doubt who is father is. He looks so much like Casper, but a little bit prettier.
Lovely to see him looking so at home in the photos, and thanks for the update.
Hope you had a lovely day together on him getting to quarter of a year.
We know inbreeding has detrimental effects in wild populations Inbreeding and disease are factors in decline of yellow-banded bumblebee,
"As bees become more inbred, they encounter difficulties maintaining their populations, but as their populations gets smaller, they have difficulties avoiding inbreeding. So that is one risk factor that could accelerate their decline. And finding as much inbreeding as we did, is a sure sign that this population is declining rapidly."
With inbred bees, males can become infertile and when they mate with the queen, they often won't produce any offspring at all or if the male genes are too closely related to the queen, they may produce sterile males instead of worker bees. "That means she may only have half as many workers to build the colony than needed," says Kent."
Infertility and disease are also issues in purebreed dogs, as they are kept in closed declining gene pools. With mounting evidence over the years that inbreeding is detrimental you have to ask, "Why do the Kennel club still think it's okay for dogs? Kennel Club still keeping it very much in the family
Teagol (below) is the bringing together of ten years of crossbreeding. Bringing together our two Cavalier crossed lines. Teagol is 5/8 Cavalier, 1/4 Brittany and 1/8 Poodle (miniature). Born two weeks before Christmas 2018. She is a small athletic type spaniel, and retains the gentle loving nature of the Cavalier. Her Mum is Blottie and Dad is Ernest.
Bertie trying to play with Ernest and joining in are Bertie's two nieces Teagol and Lottie.
Rosie tastes yogurt for the first time, after trying to lick inside a yogurt pot
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
Hello, I am Jane!