Marble Mountain Kennels Blog

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…

Training Tip of the Month - September 2010

September 02, 2010

Start training your puppy at 5 weeks by whistling 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. This is the first step in conditioning your puppy to the COME command. Next, it is important that in the first two months of the puppy’s life, try to carry snacks (just a small bag of the puppy chow) with you when you go on a walk. Now, to start conditioning the puppy to the come command on a walk…

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…

Marble Mountain Kennels Dog Highlight: “Steamer”

June 20, 2010

One thing I find a bit curious is that a lot of people seem to think that buying a female dog will ensure a better chance at a calmer, more peaceful, trainable dog. Not true. Today’s blog entry highlights our medium yellow-coated stud dog Steamboat of Marble Mountain, call name “Steamer.” Steamer is a testosterone-pumped, full-blooded male stud dog, yet he couldn’t be more lovable, easygoing and tractable. He, like most of our dogs, quickly and easily transitions from…

Our First Marble Mountain Kennels Blogging Attempt - Take 1

May 23, 2010

This marks the beginning of a new chapter in Marble Mountain Kennels history. We're braving the yet uncharted territory (at least for us) of blogging on the internet. Because our daughters R- and L- are talented young writers themselves, and because they too are very involved in the daily lives of our dogs, and they'll be blogging along with me. (Sounds so much like slogging, which might be more what we're doing at first, but please bear with us.) We have a lot of hunting, pointing Labrador…