Marble Mountain Kennels Blog

Young Puppies on Flights vs. Road Trips

February 01

A lot of people ask us about shipping their puppies on a flight. Is it less traumatic for a puppy than a long road trip? In our opinion, there are pros and cons to both, so I'll try to fill you in on our thoughts and let you decide what you think is best. The pros of having your puppies flown to you are that it's a much quicker trip and every puppy we've ever shipped via airlines has done very well with minimal trauma (which usually involves loose stool from nervousness). Another pro is the…

Leash Training your Puppy

January 01

Question: When should we put a leash on a young puppy just to get him used to it? Answer: When we train our puppies, we begin at 8 weeks old and we use a leash right away. The leash is used to redirect attention when they wander off a mat or stand up and walk away when they're supposed to be sitting. We also use the leash to teach "lie down" by having the puppy sit and then moving one hand in the down motion to the ground at the same time that we step on the leash close to the puppy's neck…

The Year of the Dog

December 01, 2018

By, Julie Morrill It’s already December and I am finally getting around to writing an article about our past year of 2018, the Year of the Dog in Chinese culture. It’s probably because, for us here at Marble Mountain Kennels, every year is the year of the dog. You may think it romantic and glamourous to live and work at a kennel, but just try to imagine how much our lives are positively inundated with dogs. Of course, we don’t really mind, since loving and caring for dogs…

The Birth and Care of Newborn Puppies

November 01, 2018

Once a puppy is born, its mama will remove the sac and chew the umbilical cord to sever it. (I can count on one hand the times we’ve actually had to cut an umbilical cord over the past 20+ years of running our breeding kennel.) Occasionally, a puppy’s amniotic sac is not ruptured at birth and/or the mom has not removed it. In this case, it’s important to rupture the sac and remove it for the puppy’s survival. Post birth, a mama will thoroughly lick her puppies, apparently…

Stage 2 of Labor and Delivery in Dogs

October 01, 2018

This stage is what is called “hard labor.” We don’t always see the breaking of the water that ushers in this stage, but it certainly precedes the onset of harder contractions that are spaced more closely together. A mama dog will pant and often hold her breath as visible contractions tense up and tighten her entire lower body. She is usually very restless in this stage, standing, pacing, sitting, squatting, lying down, and then repeating all of the above. She will lick her…

Pre-Labor to Stage 1 of Labor in Dogs

September 01, 2018

Pre-Labor There are a number of ways that a pregnant dog signals that she’s about to go into labor. A few of these signs include digging, crawling underneath things like our deck, searching for natural “caves” in which to nest, an enlarged vulva, and not eating. These cues may occur as early as a week before labor begins and they are important to us. We typically bring a mama dog into our whelping kennel a week before her due date, in order to become accustomed to her new…

Dog Personalities

August 01, 2018

By, Julie Morrill Canine temperaments are fascinating. Although you might have some idea of what a dog’s personality will be based on the parents, even in a single litter you’ll find an array of variations in disposition. When Labs are puppies, we see a lot of happy, goofy silliness. Puppies grow so fast that they are often clumsy and have to learn to adjust to their changing bodies. They are also fun to watch as they try new things and learn from their experiences of success and…

Socializing Your Puppy

July 01, 2018

By, Julie Morrill Here at Marble Mountain Kennels we believe strongly in proactively socializing your puppy. We define socialization as the activity of socially interacting with other people and dogs. Puppies are exposed to children and adults of all ages, sizes, personalities, smells, etc. Puppies may also be introduced to different species, such as a cat or two, and sometimes wild turkeys, quail, and squirrels that wander through our yard. We are not passive about our socialization process…

Diatomaceous Earth for Dogs

June 01, 2018

By Pete & Julie Morrill We live in a beautiful location in the backwoods alpine mountains of Northern California but, unfortunately, our property is just below a horse pasture, through which a lovely creek flows to our place. This cool, clear water may look pristine, but it unfortunately occasionally is the home for a microscopic parasite. Labrador retrievers are water dogs by nature and, around our kennel, whether they’re swimming in water or lapping it up, they could be ingesting…

Supplies for Your New Puppy

May 01, 2018

By, Julie Morrill A common question we get from our clients is, “What supplies do we need to buy before we bring home our new puppy?” The list below could look daunting to you, but understand that we’re giving you a list of only a few items, along with our explanation of those items, so it’s not really that long. Here are a few suggestions we offer to people bringing home a puppy for the first time: 1. Crate: We have two options for you on crates: a) You could choose…