Marble Mountain Kennels Blog

Stage 2 of Labor and Delivery in Dogs

October 01

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Marble Mountain Kennels Dog Names

April 01

It's the year of the dog on the Chinese calendar and, though I realize that this is not a typical blog, I thought we'd celebrate the dog by sharing with you some of they many creative and fun dog names we've heard our clients give to their dogs over the years. The following is not an exhaustive list (and some of the names were chosen by us for our dogs), but we managed to capture a lot of them. We hope you'll enjoy these names and be inspired by them, as well! Girls Boys…

How Dog Owners can Easily Move to a New House

March 01

By Guest Blogger, Cindy Aldridge Moving can be both stressful and exciting. Leaving the old house can be difficult, especially if you’ve lived there for a long time. However, you know the move will be worth the hassle and changes. But your dog cannot know that. All he will experience is confusion and concern as his home is suddenly gone and he has to live somewhere very different. To help make sure your move is as easy as possible, you have to work a little bit to help your dog. This…

Marble Mountain Mamas 2

February 01

By Sawyer Tarkington & Julie Morrill (You can read our “Marble Mountain Mamas Part 1 Blog at http://mmkennels.com/blog/marble-mountain-mamas-part-1/60) Vail – Sawyer thinks Vail is one of our best-looking dogs with her blocky head and brawny, muscular conformation. She also has one of the softest coats and loves to be pet. Her coat is sort of miraculous in that she can be filthy and covered with mud one minute and the next minute she’s instantly and inexplicably clean and…

How Long Should Puppy Training Sessions Be?

January 01

--by Julie Morrill How long should training sessions be with my puppy? We get this question fairly regularly, so I’ll answer it here in this month’s blog. We train our young puppies only a few times a day in various sessions. For example, I take puppies for a walk, calling them with both my voice and blowing my whistle. This is considered a training session and it can last anywhere from 10-30 minutes. After that, I put the puppies in crates and, one at a time, remove puppies for…