Marble Mountain Kennels Blog

Saving Lives in High Risk Canine Labors & Deliveries

January 01, 2016

--By Julie Morrill Here at Marble Mountain Kennels, we put on a positive face when it comes to canine pregnancies and deliveries in our blogs, website publications, and personal email announcements. But, since many of you are long-time followers of our blogs and you have become personal friends, I feel it might be time to be a little more open and honest and publish a few blogs about some of the realities of everyday life here on the “farm.” It’s not all cute puppies, happy…

Pete's Puppy Profiles

December 01, 2015

By Pete and Julie Morrill When a litter of pups reaches 7 weeks of age, Pete tests them all by putting them through his “Puppy Profile” tests. The overall examination consists of a series of 5 (primarily hunting-related) tests. Responsiveness: What is responsiveness exactly? Pete says a highly responsive pup is like an extrovert. Think of a kid in school who’s very outgoing. Is she easier to teach? Not necessarily. Sometimes an extrovert is so outgoing with her eagerness to…

American vs. English Labs

November 09, 2015

By Pete Morrill (Much of this blog is reprinted from our Frequently Asked Questions page.) There are several characteristics that are stereotypical of English Labs and American Labs. Not all of these characterics are 100% true of either breed, but I'll list the most common ones here... English Lab Characteristics:- Shorter legs, thicker body (more like a bodybuilder or wrestler)- Calmness- Classic show Lab appearance American Lab Characteristics:- Taller and leaner with a more athletic…

Hunting Labs vs. Show Labs

November 01, 2015

By, Pete and Julie Morrill Hunting dog people and show dog people are generally very different breeds in themselves. We speak two very different languages and have very little in common with one another. We do not want to speak ill of show dogs or show people, since we not only have friends and family members in the show dog world. Also, without show dog breeders, we would not have the beauty, diversity and enjoyment of so many different dog breeds. There is a different breed of dog to fit…

The 6 Traits of Marble Mountain Kennels Breedings: Traits 4-6

October 01, 2015

Number four on our list is natural pointing instinct. Becuase we cater largely to the hunter who enjoys hunting both upland fowl and waterfowl, a pointing Labrador Retriever is a rare gift and they appreciate this genetic characteristic in Labrador Retriever. For those of you who are not hunters, allow me to explain briefly. There are typically two types of bird hunting dogs: pointers (like German Wirehaired Pointers or English Pointers), which are bred to point upland birds, such as pheasants…

The 6 Traits of Marble Mountain Kennels Breedings: Traits 1-3

September 01, 2015

All of our dogs are good looking, but are they as beautiful as show dogs? That's debatable. Of course, we strive for good looks in our dogs, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and, although it's in our top 6 list, it's not our #1 top priority. What is our top priority? Intelligence. But we're looking for a certain type of intelligence that encompasses responsiveness (how readily and eagerly a dog comes when called), boldness, a good nose, retrieve, strong thought processes, ability to…

BFFs: Kate and Tanana

August 01, 2015

By Julie Morrill Kate is a muscular, blocky, shorter-framed black Lab weighing in at 65 pounds. She's our largest female here at Marble Mountain Kennels. Despite her size and tough exterior, she is a gentle soul and one of the best mama dogs to her puppies. Kate was born on April 19, 2011 so, at the time of this writing, she is 4 years old. Kate's best friend is Tanana. Tanana is two years old. She is a tiny, petite, lithe, athletic girl. She too is sweet, gentle and calm. She likes to hang…

How to Teach a Puppy to Stop Jumping Up

July 01, 2015

By Pete Morrill Dogs, and especially puppies, jump up on you because they're excited. It's one way they think is appropriate to relate to humans. But you're going to teach them that this behavior is not okay. There are at least three ways that we teach dogs or puppies not to jump up. One: For puppies, perhaps the simplest method is to squeeze their paws. When a puppy jumps up on you, its paws are on your leg below your knee. As soon as a pup places its paws on you, grab a paw and give it a…

Housebreaking and Crate Training a Puppy

June 01, 2015

By Pete Morrill First of all, you're going to get your puppy on a schedule. We recommend that you actually write out your schedule. At the beginning of the day you're going give your puppy an opportunity to be outside to relieve himself. Hopefully, this will take 5-10 minutes and it will be in an area that is enclosed and safe. Then you'll feed him. We recommend feeding him outside, so he has a chance to relieve himself if he must. After feeding your pup, you'll give him another 5-10 minutes…

How to Teach Your Puppy to Sit and Stay

May 01, 2015

By Pete & Julie Morrill Teaching a puppy to sit is not difficult; teaching a puppy to remain sitting is slightly more challenging—but only slightly. It takes patience, gentleness, consistency, and, for our food-driven Labs, a little bit of kibble. Speaking of kibble, here’s a quick note about using it in your training: Puppies (and even adult dogs) can easily be overfed, especially when they’re in training. We suggest you measure out exactly the amount you plan to feed…