Marble Mountain Kennels Blog

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…

Weaning Pups

November 01, 2016

By, Julie Morrill Pups at 1 week old We always want pups to drink their mother’s milk as long as possible, in order to maximize their health and strengthen their immune systems. When do we wean pups? Well, we usually don’t, actually. We allow the mama dog to decide when that happens. This typically occurs when pups are between 4 and 5 weeks old. It’s very rare, but if a mama dog does not wean her pups on her own, there are a few signs that she might need our help. For…

Which Lab Color is the Smartest?

October 01, 2016

By, Julie Morrill This is another of our most frequently asked questions. Is there a Lab coloration that determines how smart a dog will be? The short answer is no. A dog’s intelligence is based on breeding, not coat color. If people have been exposed to a gray matter-challenged dog of any color they tend to think that dogs of that particular color have less intelligence than those of other colors. Almost monthly someone tells us that chocolates are dumber than blacks or yellows are…

Which Labs are Calmer--Blacks, Reds, Yellows, Chocolates, Whites?

September 01, 2016

By, Julie Morrill This is certainly a frequently asked question and we have answered it on our FAQ page, but in this blog I’ll try to be more detailed in my answer. What about black Labs? First, calmness is not dependent on color; it is dependent on breeding. If the sire and dam are calm, their puppies will be calm. However, if you have observed that black Labs tend to be higher in energy than Labs of other colors, your powers of observation are not without merit. More black Labs have…

Leash vs. Harness

August 01, 2016

--By Pete Morrill Leashes vs. harnesses... I am strongly opinionated on this topic, so I'll get right to the point. We don't use harnesses at all...ever. First of all, a harness doesn't make sense to me, because I never want a dog that's going to pull. Every time a dog pulls, I'm going to give him a hard tug back and, very quickly, within about a week, that dog will never pull again. If that's my philosophy, why would I want a harness? The harness is intended to evenly distribute the weight…