Purebred owners being bullied?

Mixes vs purebred dogs.  Buying from a ethical breeder or going to a shelter, does one make you a better person?


I tend to stay very far from this topic, as a lot of times it causes a heated debate between two sides.  First of all I have no issues with adopting mix breed dogs, matter of fact I have had many in my lifetime and plan on having many more.  I also enjoy my purebred goldens as well.  I don’t view myself as a evil person nor have ill will towards shelters.  I never buy from a pet store but research a great deal for a ethical breeder even if that means I have to drive to Canada even to find one.  Which I have done… A ethical breeder to me is one that:

1: Has a strong contract with the new pet parents

2:  IF the puppy at any age can not be kept the dog must be brought back to the breeder and no a shelter 

3: Both parents are health and behavior checked

4:  Female or Male parent isn’t bred every heat cycle. ( Once a year or once every other year would be best)

5:  The female is retired at a good age (breeding shouldn’t be happening at age 7 and above)

6: Breeder keeps in touch with the owners, this allows the breeder to check in on the health of the litter.  This gives the breeder an idea if there is a sickness being passed onto future generations and can stop breeding the pair if this comes up.

7: The breeder wants to better the breed of choice. 

8:  The breeder focuses on one breed

9:  The dogs are part of the home life.. not out in a kennel all day

To me when a owner decide they wish for a purebred dog this is them being responsible by following this list.   I understand there are dogs in shelters, and some shelters are kill zones.  However, everyone has the right to decide what kind of dog they want and what type of dog fits their needs.  It would be like telling humans, no one can breed unless all children are adopted.   And with this right a person should not be bullied on the internet or off the internet by people who view rescues is the only way to go. Screen-Shot-2012-10-08-at-2.24.54-PM

All dogs have a right to a home it doesn’t matter if they are purebred or mix dogs and owners should not be judged by who they decide to add to their family.   What made me surprised is how harsh some of the rescue people really are.  I was asking questions about a new law that was going into place  the discussion can be found here.

I was a little bit confused because how this shelter had posted it, made me worry if I had gone to get my Golden now from Canada I would not be able to bring her home, nor if I was to rescue say a potcake dog.  Others asked more into about the law as they were worried as well.   Then one person stated that you can still get a puppy if its six months old.  As a dog trainer, I know that is a lot of missed time, so I asked for more details again.  This law is supposed to stop puppy mills WHICH IS A GOOD THING..  With how they had posted it, at first it seemed to have a lot of holes, that could cause owners a lot of issues to work with a responsible breeder thus why I was worried. TippyKalik

The poster from the facebook got back to me to let me know as long as no one is reselling the dog you still can import dogs for your own family.  That is great news.  It was after they had gotten in touch with me when things went down hill the first post was:

Colleen  R Why would anyone need to go to Canada to get a dog? Millions upon millions need homes in the USA. I am proud to say I am the Mom of 2 rescues!”
Thats great, I am all for adopting.. I responded with a quick:
“That is great that you are a proud rescue mom but some families are looking for a certain breeds that you can not find in a shelter. That doesn’t make a dog who comes from a responsible breeder any less worthy of a home.”
The witch hunt has already started at this point… I was a evil person for wanting to work with a breeder, they had no clue I have adopted many dogs, cats, horses…. but the fact that maybe one  of my family members came from a breeder was unforgivable.  It didn’t matter that I help out local shelters to train their dogs so they do get adopted quickly, nor did it matter that I even give shelters some money as well.  Another person quickly jumped on the hate wagon
Ann  G I can’t understand why there is a need to breed animals. Other than money. And how many healthy dogs and cats are euthanized every day because they don’t have a home?!! Don’t breed, Adopt!!!!
Thats great, but I was looking for at a time for a certain dog with certain traits and in the future I highly doubt that I will find a Tama or even a Shikoku in a shelter when I come to that point in my life to look for another dog.
I tried to keep it relax and then another poster decided to degrade me even more so
Andre A J, get an education… We euthanize millions of dogs in the US, and many are purebred dogs. You have every right to buy anyAndre designer breed you want, but we have every right to think you are selfish, ignorant and ultimately part of the reason that dogs that come from breeders are often overbred and held in abusive conditions. 
Once again these flared up people tend to forget there are good breeders out there that do not over breed nor hold their dogs in abusive conditions.  All breeders who I network with are very protective of their dogs and their offspring and many even donate money to local shelters.    Yes there are crappy ones out there and yes puppy mills are bad.  But NOT all breeders are evil beings and its true not all owners who work with the good breeders are evil. 
I did respond 
“It drives me nuts, when other pet owners, want to judge and pass judgement on a family who may want to get a puppy from a responsible breeder. Yes there are dogs in shelters, and yes there are breeders out there aiming to do good for their breed of choice. It comes down to this.. even if we fixed ALL dogs in the USA or the world, within 15 -20 years all the shelter dogs that get adopted will die out (due to age) and in turn the population of dogs will be no more. There needs to be a healthy balanced between breeding and shelters plain and simple. Genocide, is not the fix all for the population issues in shelters. And its not right to make people feel like crap when they decide not to adopt. If you also want to see the results of humans stopping breeding of a species look of the population decline in humans in Japan. Both male and females are starting to move away from giving birth and their age rates have shifted. It is the same concept for dogs, if all of the sudden we stopped all breeding.”
It is true if we do fix every dog in the USA do not allow importing, under 20 years dogs would die off from age.  And even if everyone tries to adopt from a shelter there is no 100% chance the shelter will let you.  My sister and her room mate works full time 8-4:30 mon-fir, after their dog had past away they went back to a shelter that they had adopted from.   Due to the fact they worked a full time job they were NOT allow to adopt… mind you, you would think it was a good thing they had full time jobs…it means that their dogs were well taken care of, and never in need when it came to medical care.   I was shocked to say the least.   After that post I did I figured that would be it…after all the witch hunters were coming in for the kill no need to stick around and try to prove a point or give them anymore of my time.  
Here is some of the  documentaries about the Japanese population decrease due to lack of births. 
While I try to find the really good documentary on youtube you can search for more information about it.. It was called No Sex Please, We’re Japanese  was a BBC one
So why would I use this to make a point about dog population.   Well the Japanese have been decreasing their birth rates some stated it started in the 1970s, which leads them to the issues they are facing now which is a low population to the point they may run out of a population (they have even closed down thousands of schools).  If we were to fix all dogs and only have shelter dogs we would run out of dogs, we would see the same issues that the Japanese are seeing only at a faster rate as dogs do not live as long.   This tells us there needs to be a healthy balance in everything.  
It was then at this point:
Patricia E ^^ Justify it all you want with your weak points @J W- #BREEDINGSUCKS.#adoptdontshop
I rolled my eyes, after all if we stop all breeding there won’t be any dogs but whatever, I was going to let it pass clearly there is no talking to these people who only want to lash out and use me as a whipping boy.  Then all of the sudden I had gotten a nice comment….I was starting to think there was only trolls and bullies left on the internet. 
S K J Williams keep writing your reasonable position! I’m proud to be a dog breeder AND I rescue dogs AND run a State of Ohio charitable horse rescue. Yes it is time for education that breeding and rescue are not mutually exclusive and to support responsible breeders will decrease consumer purchasing from puppymills.
So thank you SK for also speaking out.
My last comment mind the mis-spells it was starting to get hard to read everything on the facebook chat as the posting became long:
I am starting to think the people who are lashing out and cyber bullying tend to forget there is a difference between puppy mills and ethical breeders… Bullying people for keeping their options open as to where they find their next family member is not going to help the cause of getting dogs out of shelters. I have adopted from shelters and I have gone through ethical breeders for some of my dogs. It doesn’t make me stupid, uneducated or unethical. It doesn’t make me a bad person, I’ve put time into shelters training dogs for free, I have supported my local shelters during their events by giving money. Puppy mills are bad, however if you are staying we should one fix all dogs or two run out all breeders even the ones who are trying to make their breed of choice a better one. Thats not right, often times these breeders who are ethical are even giving information about their dogs health and pups health to science to help find cures for different diseases in the k-9 community. Many breeders who i know also make sure their pups never see a shelter. And the dogs who they do retire they keep or find homes for them with the same written agreement that the puppies have gotten. There needs to be a healthy balance and a supportive community for breeders who are ethical. Most of all I think that the bulling from people need to stop, its not your right to judge someone, its not your right to damn their dogs and it doesn’t make their dogs any less special if they don’t come from a shelter. I support mix breeds or also know as all American breeds, however I also support ethical breeders who don’t over breed and who are trying to do good for their breed. So far all I have seen from just asking a simple question about a law is hate and that doesn’t make your cause look noble.
When it comes down to it, it doesn’t make you a great pet parent if you only get your pets from shelters, it doesn’t make you a great person specially if you spread hate for your cause.  There needs to be a healthy balance.  There needs to be a support for great breeders so we weed out the puppy mills,  the backyard breeders and there needs to be support for shelters dogs.
No one is righteous or better than another person just because you only adopt.  No dog is better than another dog because it pure bred or a mix.  When it comes down to it find a dog mix or purebred that fits into your family and most of all love that dog until the day they go over the rainbow bridge.
Do not forget… do not spread hate to others, it doesn’t help your cause it drives people away from it…

In home house sitting- The better rout to go?

Spirit of the Okmai ended up adding in home house sitting for dogs as well as other pets for the last six years.  This allows pet parents to have a even greater ease of mind when they go away for vacation or any other trips.


The days where Pet parents feel safe about sending their pets away to kennels have ended as more speak out about the treatment that has been given to their pets while they are away. Treatment such as bark collars armed with shock or spray placed on a pet that would have never had this done to them in their own home.


Jennifer worked for one Kennel in which the owner painted a wonderful vacation spot for dogs.  Jennifer soon quit when she found out the owner of the business even after she told Jennifer that she didn’t use such collars started to place these collars onto dogs.  Many which were highly stressed while being away from home.  These collars would go off as the other dogs in the kennel barked.  Meaning the poor dog with the collar on was getting shocked or sprayed for doing nothing.


The owner of this kennel did not tell the pet parents that these collars where used to keep the dogs from barking.  And often would tell owners’ their dogs may act out of it but it was only due to the playing that had occurred during their stay.

What really had happened was the dog had shut down from the traumatizing stay at this kennel.  We are not saying all kennels do this but, when you drop your furry family member off you never know what could happen.  This owner of the kennel would even take the pet parents on a tour however, never opened the closets where she stored the collars.


With in home care you do not have to worry about:

Shock collars

Prong collars

Dog bites

A dog who is stressed from being left alone and then placed in a different place to stay

Sickness such as pink eye kennel cough and even worms

Another client used to get her dogs home only to find out their dogs had pink eye.  This was due to the fact that any dog could really go to the kennel as long as their basic shots where up to date.


News reports are popping up even more so throughout the last couple of years.  One video is below:




Yes, I know it has been a while-updates

I am sorry for those who have been stopping in and not seeing a new  update.  During the winter, the pups and I kind of go into deep freeze.   My once hyper pups  slow down and hate going outside.  Aya will even roll on her back and cry or hold her paws up within five minutes of being outside for a walk.  I will have to find a new place to start my videos.  After this winter our fence was attack by the evil Ice doers taking down large parts of my fence.  So hopefully we will get that fixed or I will find a safe place to work videos.

On other news Concord New Hampshire dog owners, or towns nearby.  E-mail the head of the local dog park/ facebook them and let them know you would like group classes!! I am trying to work with the local dog park, and give 50% of my profits back to the park itself for repairs.  The more people who ask for it the faster it can come.  This is a great way to support your dog park and have affordable classes.  Classes will be once a week, unless we have large group then we will have to look into setting up a second day.  It will take place in the small dog park area and each class will be an hour long.  Feel free to check out and leave messages on their face book at:http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=292039794761  If this link does not work look up Friends of the concord dog park!

Shortly I will be adding another toy review as well as talking about natural ways to keep the ticks and fleas away; I will also be adding some more blogs on training within the week as well as some hot topics for dog owners.  Hopefully the interview of “Tommy” will be added soon as I feel it is a story that should be told and hopefully open and change minds of some owners who is using outdated treatment towards dogs.

Social Time- Not just for humans

“Dogs should be left at home on the couch, not in public.” Too many times I have heard this or some other variation of this statement. We as dog owners are lazy at times, not willing to put the time in that our dogs need for socialization. In turn we have dogs that are not socialized, high strung, and unable to deal with changes in their settings, which leads to a very unhealthy dog. This leads to destruction of property, dog bites, higher vet bills, and a dog who doesn’t understand the world. Here are the top questions about socializing your dogs.

1: When should I start to socialize my dog?
A: The very first day you get your dog/puppy. If you are getting a puppy from a responsible breeder ask the breeder what type of training or socialization the puppies are getting during week 7 of it’s puppyhood, as this is when the first fear imprint period takes place. You want a breeder or foster home of the puppy to be working on positive environmental experiences. This is important as this can lead to how your dog reacts to everyday things in his or her life.

2:My dog meets people/dogs who come to my house and is fine. I don’t really need to do anything else do I?
YES! Dogs who may be fine with being in his or her own den (House) are most likely more confident, but as soon as your dog leaves your home, everything is brand new and that confidence will quickly turn into fear, which can lead to issues such as dog fights. This is also true about training; just because your dog is perfect at your home, as soon as the settings change it will feel as if he left his brain somewhere not understanding what you want from him/her. Dogs are contextual animals, meaning even though you were able to train the dog to sit perfect in your house or somewhere else as soon as you move him/her to a different surface, your dog will need to be retrained to sit, or any other command on that different surface or area.

3: What Social Activates can I do with my Dog?
A: There are many different things you can do to help socialize your dog, such as: Car rides, sitting outside of a store (training it as people come and go), puppy play groups, or professional canine sports such as Dock Dogs, Fly Ball, or Disc Dogs. There are also breed clubs (which do different activates for the breed of your dog), hunting (depending on breeds), walks, hiking, sniff and rescue, professional dog training classes, and much more! Check out Spirit of the Okami Blog “The Green Paw” for updates about different activities you can enjoy with your dog.

The main thing to always keep in mind is DO NOT rush your dog into something that he/she may be scared of. If the dog is showing fear, do not baby the dog, but instead slowly encourage the dog to make improvements, this means no yelling, hitting, or any negative actions from you as this will only imprint the fear even more so.
But most importantly, have FUN with your dog!

The Kong Wobba

Yes, I know this post is late… and I am sorry for that.  First of all I had to do more testing on the wobba.  This time around I had gotten two toys, each for one dog.  I can face it… my dog Nyssa is a Diva, and she demands her own of everything.  On top of that I had a loss the in the family which is why I did not post the other night like I was planning onto.  Any who, on with the show as they say.

The Kong Wobba is made of two Balls; yes that is right two balls.  One is a large white while the other is a tennis ball.  How could I know without pulling it apart, well I will get to that in a little bit.  Like I said before I had gotten two, Mr. Pink and Mr. Purple.  Everything was going well with the toys each dog would take turns pulling on the tentacles as the other pulled on the top… Sometimes I would catch them sleeping with their wobbas.  One day I went out for work, Aya with her Mr. Pink had it in her mouth as she was saying goodbye.  By the time I had returned home I had found Mr. Pink fur covering ripped open. Oddly enough it wasn’t the fur itself she managed to open however, right around the label that the company had placed on the toy itself.  I then started to do a little cut here and there to find out that even though wobble Pink was gone his spirit or balls could live on.  Both balls are still in use, and Mr. Purple is still going strong.  I honestly do not know if there was a defect with Mr. Pink the reason why I say this is because both Nyssa and Aya both really beat on Mr. Purple.  I can even join in on a bit of a tug of war between my two dogs and myself and it still doesn’t seem to bust open.

            Would I say go for the wobbas… It’s a 50/50 chance really… So far it has been a good five months with these Wobbas and at least one is still going strong.  On top of it what I like about these toys is even when the dog breaks into them they are still a lot safer than your normal stuffing toys.

Rating 1-4 paws

 Up for safety

 Up for life of the toy (mainly because one of the two has R.I.P)

Up for price (depending on the size you get)

 Up for play time (My dogs still go back to the Wobba)

½ Up Overall rating

Keep a look out on 9/26/2010 Spirit of the Okami will be at the SPCA Walk for the Animals in Concord NH.  Feel free to stop by ask me some questions.  Put your question of the month in the jar as well as a chance to win free two in home classes with the Aya Bundle.

Also next time on the Green Paw

How to be a responsible dog owners

Dog Parks

Out and about in town

Why do we have to clean up after our pets

The Dog Father–” The Perfect Dog” Or as I call it -The Perfect lie

No, do not worry I will not keep yacking or talking trash about other dog trainers though out this blog.  However, when I did see his ad on tv (ran close to 24 hours on one station), it was clear that there are a few things that need to be said.  While yes I understand to sell your items you may want to bash other ways of training there is however, a way to make your training look good without telling a lie.  Believe me, do not believe EVERYTHING you see on T.V, most of the time the people who are selling these items are just wanting to make a fast buck.  It amazes me how negative dog trainers are forceful in their adverting, while you have a better ways of training and the positive trainers aren’t in your face 24-7.

First of all the so-called “Dog Father” is working on out dated ways of teaching a dog, he is one of a few trainers who just really do not want to learn anything new.  To these trainers, scaring or hurting your dog to get the behavior you want quickly and fast is better than taking the time and doing it the right way.  But, let us forget and not mention the mental and physical damage you are causing your dog…

Dog Father: ” The Command Collar® is NOT an electronic collar, shock collar, or noise emitting collar. It is manually operated and it is simply designed to emulate a mother dog’s natural corrective process.”


This is no longer true, it has even been proven in wolves in the wild.  The mother dog or the alpha dog does not bite down with ANY pressure on another dog’s neck.  What happens is a muzzle( or neck) touch, and when I mean touch it is lightly done, and the lower ranking dog rolls onto  his or her back on his or her OWN, without force (or quickly stops the behavior).  The other dog will also get up (if the pup is nipping hard) and walk away from the pup who is causing trouble.  Thus not rewarding the behavior with ANYTHING negative or positive.  They see the more aggressive version that he speaks of when its wolves trap in a zoo area, with little land and free range food for the pack.

Dog Father:” The Command Collar® is NOT an electronic collar, shock collar, or noise emitting collar.”

False:  While yes, it is not an electronic collar/shock (By the way same thing) or noise collar this collar is just ANOTHER version of a prong collar.  It causes pressure on the neck which can easily lead to neck issues, eye sight issues, back issues, as well as even causing blood clots and strokes.  Yes this has happened and does happen all the time.  Sadly while our dogs are trying to please us they can not stand up and state “hey this is hurting”…  Let us remember dogs are not our slaves and should not be treated as slaves… THEY are living breathing beings which means they have nerves, blood vessels and muscles that can be damage by these types of collars…  Lets put it this way… would you want  a school to start using prong collars on your kids??  “Well, little Billy was talking with a classmate so I gave a quick pull on his prong collar…he doesn’t speak anymore and don’t worry those buses will heal…”  Yeah, I didn’t think you would want to see schools doing this to human children, why should we be doing this to dogs.  Who by the way have been proven to at least have the metal status of a toddler.

Dog Father: “No more use of fatty treats, that do not train your dog to respect you!”

FALSE:  Reward based training… ok I have had many questions about this… A good positive reinforcement trainer will right off the bat tell you that treats are not ment to be used as a life long thing.  The treat size you should be giving your dog as a reward should only be the size of a pea.  No bigger, you can even go smaller as well if need be, and on top of that treats are shortly phased out of the dogs training( Let us not forget some dogs are not even food motivated, this leads to other rewards such as: Pets, toys, and even sometimes walks).  They are only there to first reinforce the behavior you want and are soon replaced with voice praised and rubs, or even a toss of a toy.  None of the dogs I have trained have gotten “Fat” and my own dogs are all very fit and lean.  Most of the time a reason why a dog is gaining a lot of weight is he or she is getting the wrong type of food for that time in their life.

I also didn’t know you had to cause pain and rough up any living being to earn his or her’s respect  I guess Ghandi really did a beat down with anyone who did not see eye to eye with him…

Even the vet association is speaking out and stating it is time to get away from the negative training , for the betterment for the dogs health, and treatment of the dogs.  Some countries are even banning these collars (prong,choke,shock and so on), myself I hope to see the USA to catch up with these other countries.  Many countries will even fine you thousands of dollars  if the collar is even found in your home.  Humans need to learn that not everything has to be instant. It’s important to put the work into making a better dog.  Why are humans so in need of causing pain to get what they want? It’s a sad fact, and I think we need to start looking at ourselves and what we are doing to another living being and ask why do we need to use painful methods even though there are better ones out there.

Dog Father: “Will even stop aggression!”

False:  This doesn’t stop it, but instead covers it up… which can lead to bigger issues down the road.  Your dog, when he or she is being aggressive,  gives you signs before the aggressioon occurs.  You start pulling on his or her neck using aggression you are just cause the dog to stop all the signs and will one day snap and this leads to the common saying “There was NO signs or warnings”. Yes…yes, there was however, you did not train yourself to see it and you just trained your dog to turn off his or her warning signs.  “Aggression against aggression is only going to cause more aggression.”   To put it in a picture we could all understand as humans:  a woman was beaten every day of her married life, one time her husband came home from a bad day and decide he would take it out on her.  This time however, the wife with her kitchen knife in hand killed her husband.”  Aggression was brought out in this woman who  might have easily been a mellow person, however was pushed her to the edge.

I have seen owners place prong, and shock collars on their dogs to “Stop them from growling or going after people or other dogs”.  I have then seen those dogs at the fence collar wise and growling soft enough so the collar does not go off, and some dogs didn’t even care about the highest setting.  After all they are now thinking the pain the collar is giving them is from the thing they are looking at… So its best to kill whatever, is causing that pain.

So before you throw on that easy collar of pain wether it be shock, prong, sound, spray think about this… Would you want this on you all day or when you go out of the house… Some say I test out the shock collar it doesn’t hurt me… Well, why don’t we up the shock to the point it would feel like what the dog would feel it meaning, the shock maybe low for humans however, for a dog it is very painful, if it wasn’t why wouldn’t they just keep on going…  Just think about it this way, do I want to be that type of person who is so lazy that I want the quick way out insted of putting the time and CARE into the dog who is a family member that I would put into a human child.  And if you are the type of person who says that he or she doesn’t have the time to put into the training, maybe its time to find the dog a new home, after all they aren’t just  a tv or a game- they are in fact a living being with feelings, and needs.

Websites you may want to read more about:


Prong collar”They do not cause any harm” haha yeah sure… here is a light pull to med pull:

I have even seen dogs with black and blues all over their neck from these.  And by the way can you say mid evil much, I think as a whole the human race could do a little bit better than using something like this.

Till next time -Green Paw-

Next time on the Green Paw:

Clicker training.. wha?

The Wubba toy

Breed of the Month: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever


Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever 

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was developed in Yarmouth County, at the Southern tip of Nova Scotia during the early nineteenth century. It was crossed between: red European decoy dog (Or so to believe), spaniel, setter, or retriever as well as the farm Collies. The first Toller came into the USA during the 1960s.



These dogs have a lot of energy being alert but, not hyperactive and can adjust too many circumstances. They are good with children, other dogs and pets. They are willing to please and wanting to learn. But bore easily and then can be a bit stubborn. 

Major concerns: none
Minor: CHD,PRA
Life Span: 11-13 years
Males: 45-52Lb Females: 35-42Lb
Height: Males: 18-21” Females: 17-20”




Training Tip: Start as soon as  you get your puppy.  This means as soon as you pick him or her up from the breeder start leash training as you are walking to the car with the puppy.  With treats in hands and being positive with getting the puppy to come to you, he or she will have a better start and understanding about the leash and what needs to be done.  

Different dogs, have different drives, one Nova Scotia may be more food driven, while another puppy maybe more into toys.  Bring both toys and treats and see what the puppy reacts to the most.  You will now know what the puppy will want to work for to please you.  

Gear tips:  While collars are pretty and a nice place to hang your doggie tags on, collars can lead to damage within the thort of a growing and older dogs.  I would highly recommend using an easy harness the body  version.  By using this kind of harness you know there will be no trauma to the thort while there is tugging or pulling.  The harness itself allows the body weight of the dog to be more even out around the whole body.  By also using this it allows you to also train your puppy and older dog that walking next to you will get them further down the road.  So keep the collars for the tags, and use the harness for walks, it will give you more control in a more humane way. 



Next Time on The Green Paw: 

The Dog Father–” The Perfect Dog”  Or as I call it -The Perfect lie-

Lets clear somethings up as it seems a lot of his information is out of date, and way off track.. His attack against Positive Reinforcement…

As well as an Intro about clicker and Positive Reinforcement-  The need not to be aggressive to your furry family member.