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The best podcast for labradoodle & goldendoodle dog owners and enthusiasts! Join us as we connect with DoodleKisses.com members and other dog experts to learn more about how to care for and love these wonderful dogs!
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Because goldendoodles, labradoodles and many other -oodles are so popular, it's important to know what to look for when trying to choose a responsible doodle breeder. This is both for your sake--so you have a healthy doodle with a stable temperament--and for the sake of the dogs being bred. It's not enough to simply go with a breeder a friend said is "good." You need to have concrete facts to go on. In this episode, I discuss what those important facts are so you can ask the right questions to find the right breeder for you and make sure you're not shelling out thousands of dollars to a breeder who is not meeting high standards. Correction: In the episode I incorrectly stated the term "puppy lemon laws" when I was referring to state laws concerning minimum age for sale of puppies. Puppy lemon laws have to do with not selling a puppy that's "defective" for lack of a better term and each state has different rules. According to the AKC, "In New Jersey, for instance, the buyer has 14 days to return a puppy deemed “unfit for purchase” by a veterinarian, and six months to return a dog with a hereditary or genetic defect."
While there are many innate temperament traits (nature), we can't discount how a puppy is raised (nurture). 3/4 of the puppy raising job belongs to the breeder and 1/4 of this job belongs to us, the puppy owners. The first 12 weeks of a puppy's life make a lasting impact. It is the critical socialization period that can support a dog toward being a well adjusted and resilient doggy citizen or lead them to be fearful or a bully of a dog. Because it's a team effort, choosing a responsible breeder is crucial and at least as important as understanding what to do once puppy comes home. Our guest, Jane Killion, is a breeder of bull terriers and creator of Puppy Culture: an educational film and program on exactly how to raise puppies during their first 12 weeks. In today's episode you will learn: Why early socialization is so important. What kind of experiences a young puppy need to do well in the world. How many positive contacts with a new experience is necessary for a puppy to form a lifetime of positive association. What to do if a puppy accidentally has a bad experience so you can change their formed association. Why it's important to skip any kind of exposure that you're not confident will go well. Why play dates with one other safe dog are better than big play groups. Why you should be cautious about big puppy playdates. Jane's perspective on the best age for breeders to send puppies home. All about "manding" -- the concept of teaching puppies how to politely ask for what they want and why it's important. The importance of giving your dog a voice early on. And more! Special Guest: Jane Killion.
Puppy Mills only care about producing product. They will "produce" whatever breed or mix is popular and sells. This includes any type of doodle: labradoodles, goldendoodles, bernedoodles, and even Australian labradoodles. So it is absolutely critical that you learn how to spot a potential puppy mill or just a breeder that isn't doing things up to par. When journalist Rory Kress realized her own dog came from a puppy mill, she decided to investigate further. With the information she learned she wrote the book: The Doggie in the Window, to expose the truth about puppy mills and the structures and systems that support them. For example, did you know that it's totally legal to breed littermates or parent to offspring!? In this episode we discuss some of her findings like how the rise of factory farming has contributed and the role of the USDA. There's a lot to learn! Special Guest: Rory Kress.
Josh is a spunky mini goldendoodle who is just living his life. He also happens to have cerebellar hypoplasia and over 100K followers on Instagram. I got to spend time chatting with his owner, Kimberly, who, inspired by Josh, has created a nonprofit with a goal of both raising awareness about and rescuing special needs dogs as well as helping humans be more accepting of and kind to each another. We got to talk about her love of doodles, how she met Josh, what makes him special, his challenges, rescue work in general, and the Be Like Josh foundation. Special Guest: Kimberly .
One of the breeds at highest risk for developing cancer is the hugely popular Golden Retriever. About 60 percent of all Golden Retrievers will die from cancer – 57 percent of females and 66 percent of males. The two most common types of cancer in this breed are hemangiosarcoma and lymphoma. Why is this relevant to doodle owners? Whatever is common in a golden retriever can be an issue for a goldendoodle. Sadly, a number of our Doodle Kisses members have lost goldendoodles to cancer. Our guest is Dr Kelly Diehl, senior director of science & communication for the Morris Animal Foundation, which is the organization currently conducting The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a $32 Million study, an amazing comprehensive study of GR's through their lifetime. This study is collecting a huge amount of data on GRs: spay/neuter ages, swimming and water temp, how dog was obtained, health conditions, pedigree, exposure to certain environments/chemicals and more! The information collected will hopefully provide a ton of clues into cancer and other health issues that are common to Golden retrievers. Special Guest: Kelly Diehl, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM.
Episode 24: Doodles & Kids

Episode 24: Doodles & Kids

2020-02-2401:02:28

Kids & dogs provide some of the cutest moments. But the combo can also be a major liability. For this episode we are discussing doodles & kids with DK member Karen. It's not really a "fun" episode because it's more of a warning on what to watch out for so that your doodle doesn't get displaced. Kids are actually a huge risk factor for dogs and, as Karen mentions on the show, families with kids are the most likely to end up rehoming their doodle. Not because kids or doodles are inherently bad, but because when these two wonderful beings are combined, if you are not prepared a lot can go wrong. If you are new to dogs, new to doodles, or are considering a doodle AND you have or might have kids in the future, this is an important episode to listen to find out how to keep both your kids and dogs safe! Special Guest: Karen from DK.
I feel lucky to get a chance to talk doodles and photography with lovely Doodle Kisses member Camilla. She got started with photography because of her goldendoodle, Darwin, and now has a photography business. In this episode she shares tips on: lighting backgrounds photographing dark and light dogs action shots We also end up discussing our hesitation about going from one dog to two and the bonding experience provided by photography. Special Guest: Camilla.
There's a lot of misinformation when it comes to doodles and allergies. Is it food? Is it a medical condition? Is it vaccines? In this episode I'm interviewing an expert on allergies in dogs: Dr. Joy Barbet a veterinary dermatologist. We will address: The most common cause of itchiness for dogs that very few dog owners suspect. Why food allergies are less common than environmental allergies. Why middle aged dogs are more likely to have food allergies than younger dogs. And much more! Special Guest: Dr. Joy Barbet.
Doodles are often sought out because they are marketed as confident, friendly and mild mannered dogs--who also don't shed. However, because doodles are a mixed breed, these characteristics can't be guaranteed. And many other breeds and mixes can be excellent therapy dogs. In this episode I interviewed a Pet Partner representative so you can learn all there is to know about the work that therapy dogs do. Pet Partners is the largest and most prestigious non-profit registering therapy dogs and other therapy animal pets. Special Guest: Elizabeth Van Every.
My chat with a trainer all about common puppy needs and naughtiness: nipping, jumping, socialization, and more! If you have or are about to bring a new puppy home, this episode will help you start on the right foot and prevent or avoid common puppy issues from turning into major big dog issues. Special Guest: Ian Stone.
Dogs don't live long enough, period. Nothing really makes saying goodbye feel okay. Today we tackle the difficult topic of end of life care including quality of life indicators. Although it's an important topic, it's not exactly a fun one and it brought up a lot of emotions for me. So I'm giving you a content warning now. Useful info, but not easy to listen to. Special Guest: Dr. Alice Villalobos.
The mission of Brigadoon Service Dogs is to provide service dogs for veterans, other adults, and children with physical, developmental, and behavioral health disabilities, to promote a more independent and enriched life. Many people look to doodles for service work so this episode will give you a look at the training and work that goes into a properly trained service dog. In this episode I chat with Denise Costanten, founder of Brigadoon Service Dogs in Washington state. Learn about their service dog program, their unique ways of getting dogs trained, and much more! Special Guest: Denise Costanten.
Puppies are wiggly, wobbly, and make us want to swoon at their cuteness. They all look perfect when you're looking with your heart. How do you know if you're getting a puppy with good structure that will be a healthy dog in the future? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well a lot depends on the breeder having a good understanding of structure and selecting a sound dog in the first place. How a dog is built, it's physical structure, can impact its health and the types of activities it is suited for. This includes the shape of the chest, shoulders, back, neck, legs and joints, how it holds itself up, how it moves, how it sits, etc. In this episode I interview renowned structure & conformation expert, Pat Hastings, who has judged many dog shows, written/taught on the topic of structure and consults breeders, including some Australian labradoodle breeders, on puppy selection. We also discuss: orthopedic issues that are influenced by structure. a neck issue with a funny name that's common in Bernese and golden retrievers, and thus in bernedoodles and goldendoodles. a key component in preventing separation anxiety that isn't about structure. ⠀⠀ Special Guest: Pat Hastings.
A casual little chat with DK member Laurie (Fudge & Vern) about her history with dogs, Fudge and Vern, The Doodle Cruise, how F&V began their modeling career, her photography and insider tips on getting your photos into the DK Calendars. Special Guest: Laurie (Fudge & Vern).
Doodles wouldn't exist without the poodle, so it's important to understand this side of doodles. In this episode I interview a poodle expert and we cover: The history of the poodle Common characteristics of poodles The various breed standards (USA, Canada, etc) Health issues that are common in poodles Why there is controversy about doodles in the world of poodles. If you love doodles, but don't understand poodles, you're missing out! Special Guest: Lisa Kimberly Glickman.
Derby started off as a skittish outside dog, but thanks to his owner's commitment, has blossomed into a confident athlete! Learn about Kentucky and his goldendoodle Derby and their cool story of transformation. Special Guest: Kentucky.
I interviewed Treat Planet president, Doug Martin, about his company and the dog treats they manufacture. Listen for your chance to win a package of their treats for your dog. Their treat brands include Etta Says, Snicky Snacks, Cosmo's Snack Shack, and Hare of the Dog. Learn about their products, legislation impacting the pet industry, and more! Special Guest: Doug Martin.
In this episode I interviewed parasite expert, Dr. Claire Burbick from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. We discuss: Why puppies are more susceptible to parasites than adult dogs. Giardia, it's treatment and why it's sometimes hard to completely eradicate. And a little on worms and fleas and ticks. Special Guest: Dr. Claire Burbick .
Bryanna Fretz is a dog groomer named 2018 “Up and coming groomer of the year” in Canada and also “Rising star best in show” in the U.S. In this episode, Bryanna covers a lot of grooming topics including: whether you should tip your groomer how to get your puppy used to grooming how to prevent matts best way to bathe your doodle best way to comb/brush how to communicate with your groomer so your doodle doesn’t come home "looking like a poodle” and more! Special Guest: Bryanna Fretz.
Special Guest: Stacy LaPoint / Fresh is Best.
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