Marble Mountain Kennels Blog

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…

Unique Personalities in Our Dogs

December 01, 2017

--by Julie Morrill with input from Sawyer Tarkington 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…

Rosemary Extract & Seizures in Dogs

November 01, 2017

--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, 2017

--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, 2017

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, 2017

--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, 2017

--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, 2017

--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, 2017

--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…