So you are beginning your research for a new member of the family and you have decided you want a bloodhound ... where do you look for one ... do you buy because it is the cheapest, it is the cutest you have seen, or you want to get one close to home? If you said "Yes" to any of these, please don't look any further at our puppies ... as we are a retired member of the American Bloodhound Club and we work very hard in the planning, breeding and raising of our new little ones ... (retired due to the politics of some of the club members) . .
Much of the success you will have with your puppy depends upon what happened to your puppy before it came to you. Its genetic background, early conditioning, health and socialization are the result of the breeder's efforts. Not all breeders are conscientious. Commercial establishments, pet shops, and "puppy mills" seldom have the time to give the individualized attention that puppies and new puppy owners need. This is why it is so important to make sure that you investigate your puppy's breeder and background before making your choice. An AKC registration number is not an indication of the puppy's social background, temperament or breed-type quality.
American Bloodhound Club breeders are required to sign and adhere to the ABC Code of Ethics and although we are no longer a member, we still firmly believe in them! They have spent a great deal of time studying genetics, nutrition, structure and movement. Their purpose in breeding is to produce a dog as close to the standard as possible. They research pedigrees for correct type and freedom from genetic defects. They keep an extensive library of books and periodicals on the breed and have a huge investment in time and money in order to fulfill their objective.
More important than all of that, they are happy to assist you in all phases of your relationship with your dog for as long as you own him. This is a love affair for the American Bloodhound Club breeder as there is no money to be made in breeding Bloodhounds properly.
@taken from ABC website
There are three topics you shouldn't discuss with friends:
* and mandatory spay/neuter
We have always felt that we were doing the best for our pups . . as with everything there are always alternatives. . in some cases, we may insist on spaying or neutering prior to the puppy leaving us but in most cases, we will be willing to have you sign an Amendment to our contract agreeing to have it done along with a gastropexy by the age of one year (with verification being sent to us for our USDA file). Please read through this info and feel free to discuss with us, should you decide to purchase a puppy from us. We will NOT sell any of our puppies with breeding rights - in the few times we have tried, we have been burnt and we will not ever do it again, please don't ask.
The Rules of Sevens
Carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, woodchips
Seven different types of play objects:
Big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy toys, squeaky toys, paper or cardboard items, metal items, stick or hose pieces
Seven different locations:
the kennel, the whelping room, the outside puppy pen, inside puppy pen, patio, house
Seven new people:
children, older adults, person with a cane, person with a walker, male, female
Climb on a box, climb off a box, go through a tunnel, climb steps, go down steps, climb over obstacles, go in and out of a doorway, run around a fence
Seven different food containers:
metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, plastic, china, frying pan
Seven different eating locations:
whelping room, puppy pen, kennel, office, crate, house, patio
We expose our puppies to as many different things that, of course, we are not limited to what we listed above - the object is to positively expose the puppy during the early development stage to novelty as early and as often as possible. This will expand their horizons and make them more willing and eager to accept change.
At about 6 weeks, we also walk the pups out in the woods around us so that it increases their sense of their own bodies in the larger world and also set the groundwork for problem solving. We also expose the pups to an "Adventure" Box - a safe but stimulating puppy playground! Puppies who have experienced more than just a wire cage (which we never use) or concrete floor will be better prepared for life in the real world than their sheltered counterparts.
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