Marble Mountain Kennels Blog

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…

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…