Marble Mountain Kennels Blog

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…

Pete & Banks, Best Buds

January 16, 2015

By Julie Morrill One of the reasons people seem to like Marble Mountain Kennels is because we, the owners, are relatively normal. Try talking to some professional dog breeders and you’ll find they speak a foreign language, like they’re trying to make you feel inferior with all their technical canine jargon. Also, too many dog breeders pay so much attention to color and pedigree that temperament is an afterthought, if any thought at all. I could go on, but I'll stop here. MMKennels…

Rescue Dogs vs Purebred Puppies

June 09, 2014

As you know, we breed and train purebred pointing field Labrador Retrievers. That means our dogs are bred for intelligence more than beauty. That's not to say our dogs are ugly. You can browse through our many photos and meet our many customers’ dogs and you will find them all to be amazingly good looking. My point is that Pete carefully plans all of our breedings according to field trial and hunt test points, titles, and pedigree—and all add up to intelligence. Now, we know people…

What do we do all day?

April 09, 2014

Ever wonder what a day in the life of Marble Mountain Kennels looks like? It varies from day to day. Never a dull, boring moment around here. Feeding, exercising, and training dogs is an everyday occurrence, of course. Beyond that, we could be breeding dogs (which often means via artificial insemination), taking dogs to the local veterinarian for check-ups, immunizing dogs, removing dewclaws from puppies, playing with puppies, hunting with our dogs (in season), cleaning up after puppies, picking…

The 2014 Oregon Truffle Festival Dog Training Seminar

January 27, 2014

Scent detection training is taking us on wild and exotic adventures! We're back from an exciting four days attending the 9th annual Oregon Truffle Festival (OTF) in Eugene. We only scratched the surface in learning the science behind the cultivation of truffles, but improved canine scent detection skills as we joined a team of seasoned scent detection canine trainers and assisted a group of truffle hunting students in four intensive days of training their dogs to search out the shy…

My Thoughts on Marble Mountain Kennels/Detection Dogs, School Shootings & Family Violence

August 28, 2013

As most of you know, Pete and I own a business called Marble Mountain Kennels and Marble Mountain Detection Dogs (MMDetectionDogs.com), where we raise, train and sell high quality, intelligent, AKC-registered Labrador retrievers that hunt, point, retrieve, and/or detect specific things like firearms, narcotics, truffles, and even pesky bed bugs. When we train and sell a dog to a police department, the military, or other criminal justice institution, we are, helping to end violence and make…

Pondering the Aftermath of the April 15th Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack

April 16, 2013

In light of so many terror-related events in our nation, I am again reminded of the immense value of our beloved canine companions as they work tirelessly to investigate and search out crime scenes. A number of our dogs are working in various places, such as airports, sniffing out bomb and other weapons threats or in Afghanistan with the U.S. military, sniffing out explosive devices like landmines and other IEDs (improvised explosive devices). They are saving lives--and, thankfully, they are…

September 2011 Newsletter Featuring New Litters of Puppies and Our Stud Dog "Major"

August 30, 2011

Puppy News! Once again, Marble Mountain Kennels has been blessed with three new litters of puppies! There’s a chocolate litter out of Major and Eagle, a yellow litter out of Lance and Cascade, and a second chocolate litter out of Banks and Ellie. Our Major x Eagle puppies (chocolates) were born on July 22, 2011. These pups are almost all sold at this time, but we have a few left. Males are $1200; females are $1300. Check out these puppies on our live puppycam. They are VERY cute right…

Teaching Your Dog to Come to the "Here" Command and Whistle

September 02, 2010

Start training your puppy at around 8 weeks of age by whistling or calling "HERE" every time you feed him. Soon he will associate your whistle with the pleasure of eating and he will run toward you every time you whistle. Why do we use the whistle? Dogs are so accustomed to hearing our human voices, we become like the teacher in Peanuts, in which the dogs only hear, “Wom wom wom.” A whistle cuts through the noise of human voices and quickly gets his or her attention to come when…

Dog Lovers vs. Cat Lovers

June 29, 2010

Today I’m going to take a detour from my plan to write another profile of one of our wonderful dogs here at Marble Mountain Kennels. Instead, I’ll venture into a bit of introspection as I reflect upon my personal journey from cat lover to dog-lover, or, at least, dog-appreciator.  I confess I didn’t much like dogs. I never liked the way they lick, slobber, jump up, bark and, well, I’m afraid Jim Davis’ Odie often came to mind. I didn’t have a lot of…