Marble Mountain Kennels Blog

Rosemary Extract & Seizures in Dogs

November 01

--Introduction by Julie Morrill It came to our attention a few years back that a friend's two dogs were having seizures. She called us to see if we might know the cause. I began researching this malady and discovered that rosemary extract, a preservative added to many pet foods, is allegedly a neurotoxin that can cause seizures, neurological problems, and anemia in pets. There is no scientific research or definitive evidence linking rosemary extract to seizures and other health problems, but…

Gun-Shy Gun Dogs

October 01

--By Pete and Julie Morrill No dog should be taken directly from a quiet, peaceful environment straight into the hunting field with loud gunfire to startle him. Even a dog bred for hunting is apt to become so frightened by the sudden loud noise that he will lose all interest in hunting and forever associate gunfire with fear. Because we raise hunting Labrador Retrievers, we try to acclimate our young puppies to loud noises from the time they're born. Our kennel personnel wash metal food…

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 often 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, to stop a puppy when she tries to run off (by stepping on the leash), and to teach a puppy to lie down and stay down. We may use the leash while walking the puppy, but it is not to teach teh "heel" command...at first. Instead, we either remove the leash or allow it to drag on the…