Marble Mountain Kennels Blog

Marble Mountain Kennels’ 6-Week “Super Citizen” Training Program

September 01

By Julie Morrill When you send your puppy to us for our “Super Citizen” program, she will experience more of a fun summer camp than a military boot camp. This is a 6-week basic obedience training school in which puppies as young as 8 weeks old learn a number of commands. Sending your new baby to boarding school is difficult for everyone, but let me assure you that it’s much easier for your puppy if she was born and raised at our kennel. For those who prefer to keep their new…

Parasites in Dogs and Puppies

August 01

--by Julie Morrill A number of our young pups have experienced loose stool while here at our kennel. We have had our pups' stool examined and sometimes it comes back positive for the giardia parasite and/or the coccidia microorganism. Giardia causes diarrhea and coccidia causes both diarrhea and sometimes a little blood in the stool. We think our pups are picking up the bugs from their moms who get the parasites from nearby creeks and irrigation ditches. (Deer and horses in pastures upstream…

Why Marble Mountain Kennels Does Genetic Testing

July 01

--By Pete Morrill, along with material copied and shared with permission Why does Marble Mountain Kennels do testing for genetic issues? Testing for a genetic health issue is helpful for a number of reasons: First and foremost, to ensure that we are doing everything we can to avoid genetically determined diseases in our puppies. Second, to help us make better breeding decisions. Third, To aid those who are using genetic testing to determine genetic markers for diseases. In 2017 we started…

Our 2015 "Summer of the Flea"

June 01

--by Julie Morrill The summer of 2015 was the infamous "Summer of the Flea" for us. Never in all our nearly 20 years of raising dogs here in Siskiyou County have we ever experienced a single flea. Fleas have never existed in our sheltered little corner of Scott Valley. They're like demons; as soon as you get rid of a few, a legion takes its place. We consulted with our local veterinarian and he said people throughout California and Oregon were experiencing an epidemic of fleas, because of…

The Sit/Stay Command

May 01

--by Julie Morrill After we teach a puppy to sit and remain sitting for a few seconds, we want to extend his sitting time. Some of our trainers say "sit" and "stay;" some only say "sit," because we expect him to remain in his commanded position until we blow our whistle or say “here” or “okay.” (Both the whistle and “here” command mean come to us; “okay” is a release command that means the pup is free to run around and be free to do whatever he…

The Sit Command

April 01

--by Julie Morrill The sit command is such a basic beginning command with articles and videos plastered all over the internet, I wasn’t even going to write about it, but you have asked, so here goes.... Like every command, the sit command takes patience and consistency to make it work. To begin teaching a puppy to sit, you first need to get him in a standing position facing you. Take a piece of kibble in one hand and hold the treat a few inches above your puppy’s head. Slowly…

Socializing Young Puppies

March 01

--by Julie Morrill Here at Marble Mountain Kennels we believe strongly in socializing your puppy. Socializing teaches your puppy that people are kind, friendly and trustworthy, so they won’t be afraid of human contact. It also helps your puppy to grow into a confident, outgoing, friendly, good-natured dog. If done incorrectly or not at all, a puppy can develop fearful, aggressive behaviors. But one thing you should know is that we only begin the process here at our place; you need to…

How to Teach a Dog to Lie Down or When to Introduce a Puppy to a Leash

February 01

--by Julie Morrill When we train our puppies, we begin at 8 weeks old and we use a leash right away. The leash is used for a number of purposes: to redirect attention when a pup when she wanders off a mat, so quickly step on when she tries to run away, and to teach a puppy to lie down and stay down. We don’t actually use the leash while walking the puppy. Instead, we either remove the leash or allow it to drag on the ground. You might be wondering why we’re not using the leash…

MMK Kids!

January 01

Happy New Year, everyone! As we ring in 2017, I thought it would be nice to introduce you to some of the Marble Mountain Kennels kids from our own family, as well as other youngsters who have been involved in helping us out around the “farm” over the period of 18+ years that we have been in operation. (Pictured above from left to right are 4 of our own 5 kids: Lexi, James, Rienne and Cale) Pete first moved from Southern California to the Scott Valley in the Marble Mountains to…

Debunking PETA's Views on Crate Training

December 01, 2016

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation (PETA) states in an article online at peta.org that, "No matter what a pet shop owner or dog trainer might say, a dog crate is just a box with holes in it, and putting dogs in crates is just a way to ignore and warehouse them until you get around to taking care of them properly." The article further states that "crating is a popular convenience practice that is often used on adult dogs. It deprives dogs of the opportunity to fulfill…