Breeding Back-To-Back: Is It Truly Better?

Breeding Dogs Back to Back

According to conventional wisdom, bitches need a "rest" cycle between litters. However, in the past few decades researchers, most notably Dr. Robert Hutchinson, have discovered that the hormones that lead to ovulation (progesterone) cause deterioration of the bitch's uterus. (Source: DPCA Transcript.) The deterioration of the uterus leads to reduced litter sizes and higher risk … Continue reading Breeding Back-To-Back: Is It Truly Better?

Why You Should Discover Your Dog’s Genetic Heritage

Genetic testing isn't just for breeders.  Pet owners--even those with mixed-bred dogs--can learn valuable information with a simple DNA test.  While responsible breeders are often early adopters of genetic testing, pet owners should participate in the process as well.  Genetic tests tell everyone more about the health of their pets--and knowledge is power. Back when … Continue reading Why You Should Discover Your Dog’s Genetic Heritage

How to Keep a Newborn Puppy Alive

I've joined a few Facebook groups for pet owners, and every few days someone asks about the care of newborn pups.  Ideally, you should research this before you have a newborn puppy, and before you breed your female.  But some people come into it accidentally--either they adopted a dog from someone else who was pregnant, … Continue reading How to Keep a Newborn Puppy Alive

7 Golden Rules for Vacationing with Dogs

Can you vacation with your dogs?  Totally.  Lots of major hotels allow dogs, and it's cheaper than boarding.  Remember our 7 Golden Rules for Vacationing with Dogs. #1 - Leave No Sign To ensure that you, and others, always have the opportunity to vacation with dogs, follow this rule.  Pick up your dog's feces and … Continue reading 7 Golden Rules for Vacationing with Dogs