Our healthy puppies then begin their enrichment
period.  Currently some experts think genetics
account for about 35% of canine performance.   
The remaining 65% is thought to come from
environment, socialization, training and
nutrition. My goal is to give our puppies every
head start I can to ensure their future success at
obedience training, agility, herding trials, fly ball,
dancing with dogs, lure coursing,  barn hunting,
or tracking.  Some of our puppies have gone on
to become therapy and service dogs.  We want
to give our puppies a head start on participating
in the lifestyles of their new families.My purpose
is to send home puppies that are outgoing, free
of fears, adaptable, friendly towards strangers
and other pets.
After we found a standard poodle to add to our family I decided I wanted him with us for as long as possible.  I
researched potential health risks and preventatives.  No matter what we do, the fact is that our poodles have
shorter life spans than we do.  My goal became having healthy poodles for as long as possible.  .
Before we purchase a poodle we study their pedigree and how they may be related to the poodles we have.   
While AKC and other breeders may still practice line breeding, inbreeding is thought to be causing many of the
genetic diseases found in dogs.  Specifically in standard poodles these diseases include  Addisons,  SA, and
Immune Medicated Thrombocytopenia.  Our breedings are planned to produce puppies with low COIs
(coefficients of inbreeding.)   We have participated in U.C. Davis University Veterinary Medicine’s Genetic
Testing for Standard poodles.  We can run test breedings through an affiliated program, as well as in the
Standard Poodle Database, and PoodlePedigree.Org.
Once I am interested in a puppy with a low
COI ,then I am concerned about their
temperament and intelligence.  Fortunately
we are lucky in that intelligence and good
temperaments are common in standard
When our new puppy arrives home  he or
she is put on a RAW Diet.  I practice the
“whole prey” method of raw feeding.  This
method does not include vegetables and, in
short, if  I think a wolf would eat it, I will feed
it to our poodles.  The basic formula is 80%
meat, 10% organ and 10% bone.  I
supplement occasionally with salmon oil, raw
eggs, and coconut oil.  Our group regularly
eats beef, chicken, turkey and tilapia.  They
have also had venison, elk, various fish,
goat, lamb, and pork.  Raw feeding is not
the easiest way to feed a dog but it may be
one of the healthiest.  
Our new poodles see a vet upon arrival and they begin genetic health testing.  Once our poodle is a year old,
our vet does preliminary  Xrays of their hips, patellas and elbows.  If all is good these tests are repeated when
the poodle is 2 years old and the results are sent to OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals).  We follow
OFA guidelines for testing on standard poodles.
Before being bred, our poodles are checked by our reproductive veterarian for potential issues.  
Progesterone testing is done to determine ovulation and optimal breeding times. Brucellois tests are
performed.  Ultrasounds are scheduled for pregnant females 30 days after mating.  Another ultrasound is
scheduled for their due date to assure the puppies are not in distress.
Shortly after birth, our new puppies are seen by
a vet and have their dewclaws removed and their
tails docked in accordance with AKC standards.  
Show 'em your pearly whites Josie.