Marble Mountain Kennels Blog

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 weekly someone tells us that chocolates are dumber than blacks and yellows…

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…

What Kind of Personality Will Our Dog Have?

July 01, 2016

By, Julie Morrill What kind of personality will our dog have? We get this question a lot, so let me try to answer it here. In one single family from the same two parents, you can find children with all sorts of personality types. Most, however, will tend to take after one or both parents in behavior and temperament. In litters of puppies, you'll find the same phenomenon. In one single litter there can be eight to ten different and distinct personalities, but most will mimic traits of either…

Marble Mountain Mamas, Part 1

June 01, 2016

By, Julie Morrill In this article, I will scribble out a description of thirteen of our mama dogs here at Marble Mountain Kennels. I won’t spend much time (if any) describing their hunting characteristics, since that’s already written about in detail in their profiles. However, I will tell you a little about their unique personalities as companion dogs. These gals are ones I have spent the most time with over the years. In a future article I’ll let you know more about our…

Marble Mountain Kennels' Hunt Training Programs

May 01, 2016

By Pete Morrill Often, when you leave your dog with us to train for several weeks, your dog is being trained with four or five other dogs. Usually, the training sessions are one-on-one with the trainer, but sometimes we train two at the same time when a dog needs a little peer pressure or competition for improved performance. There are those cases in which a dog can teach another dog better than a human handler can. They learn by watching and imitating. On specially set client training days…

Differences between Male and Female Dogs

April 01, 2016

--By Pete & Julie Morrill First of all, there are definite stereotypes about dog genders and these stereotypes can be very helpful. However, keep in mind that every dog is different, so we're going to tell you general terms what we believe are the strengths and weaknesses of both male and female dogs. Remember that we’re only speaking of Labrador Retrievers, since they are our field of expertise. Also, be aware that both male and female dogs can undergo a significant change in…