Duffglenn’s Sparks Will Fly WCX
I bought Sparky from George Duffy as a companion dog in January 1992, after our house burned down and I lost my first lab, Spud. Sparky was quite active as a pup and we ran all over the country competing in the puppy, mostly as a social outing, I guess. There was no doubt that she could mark. The next spring we started her derby career. She started a little slow, but rapidly gained momentum with a double header in Red Deer, Alberta. She faced stiff competition but ranked 40 points, putting her at the top in Canada in 1993 in the Junior. The next season, she won her two Qualifyings in only 6 starts. Our kennel business was using a lot of our resources at that time so after a successful litter with Ebonstar Lean Mac, we decided to sell her. She went on to compete and breed with someone who at that time could afford to spend the money and time she needed. She has been one of our favorites. (more…)
Summer has officially come to an end here in Alberta. The days are cooler and daylight is much shorter. It’s always great to be outdoors with your dog however, in the fall, there are a few things to be aware of to keep your pets safe during the fall months.
During colder times of the year typically spring and fall, mushrooms can start to appear. Most mushrooms are not toxic however a small amount of mushrooms are toxic to pets and can cause a lot of harm, serious illness and sometime death. Its always best to avoid all mushrooms all together. Mushrooms can be found almost anywhere such as in the lawn, garden and wooded areas.
Rat and Mice Season
Its that time of year when mice, rats and rodents start to look for shelter for the cold winter months ahead. These rodents will be happy anywhere that protects them from the cold weather which typically mean homes, garages and sheds. Rat poisoning is one way many people will use to eliminate those types of pests. Be aware that rat poisoning could be anywhere.
Halloween is a fun time of year for many but can be a huge danger for dogs. With trick or treats around the house it is important to remember that chocolate is very harmful and is poisonous to dogs. Halloween chocolate is mostly sugar and will be less harmful with one small piece but the chance your dog eats several chocolate treats could be very harmful.
Firecrackers and fireworks create a strong level of anxiety for most dogs as the loud noises can make them very afraid. Try and keep your dog indoors during Halloween night and give them a safe place to lay down.
Reduced Outdoor Time
As summer vacation is over, everyone goes back to work and school, the days are getting shorter; your pet may be experience much less time outdoors than they were used to over spring and summer months. Your dog may need the extra exercise so putting them in a dog daycare during the day would help with the extra energy and missed attention.
Plan for Holidays
As we all start to make plans for the thanksgiving, long weekends and other holidays, make sure you take the time to book well in advance any dog boarding services required. Well planned travel plans means less stress for you and your pet.
Congratulations, you’re a proud owner of a Lab puppy! While you may be excited and bustling with happiness, you might also have questions about what to do next with your beloved pup. One of the best ways to get started is to train your Lab to be obedient to listen and comprehend your instructions. You should include basic commands like sit, stand, heel, stay, come, down, etc. right from the beginning so that they grow up learning to be smart and calm. (more…)