While I was growing up my parents used to show Dalmatians so I guess I will lay the blame there. My first show dog was a bloodhound. I had so much fun in the ring, I knew I was hooked. She got her American and Canadian Championships quickly with both American and Canadian National wins along the way. When I brought my first dachshund home I was living "cityish". I didn't have endless acres and always loved the dachshunds that trailed behind us in the ring so it just seemed logical, big dogs trapped in a little dogs body!!
I have been owned by dachshunds and tearing up the ring with them since 2002.
A few years later, back to the country we moved, just down the road from where I grew up. We bought a farm, moved our horses, donkeys, goats and cows out and I knew we were finally ready for "a big dog"! Enter our amazing gentle giants, the leonbergers! The rest is history!!!
We start our babies early with lots of handling and new sights, smells and textures. We start on Day 3 with what is called "Early Neurological Stimulation." It is five quick exercises for the puppies that we do every day with each one of them until they are a couple of weeks old. At the same time, as soon as they are ready we start with "Puppy Culture". It is a lot of work but who doesn't like playing with (ok training) puppies? I really do believe that this makes a huge difference in each puppy and how they develop and are able to adapt and grow into well behaved, well rounded members of our families. Our babies are generally already house trained and clicker trained when they are ready for their forever home.
IS THAT THE PITTER PATTER OF LEONBERGER and DACHSHUND PAWS??? It sure is! Email us for a copy of our questionnaire if you think you might be interested.