Mollie, future Guide Dog mummy.

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  1. Stacia

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    Could not the person who is going to have a brood bitch, have it straight from the dam? Is there a reason why it is 'puppy walked' first?
     
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    Yes, there are many health tests they need to undergo. Sometimes their 'plumbing' doesn't work well enough to become stud dogs or brood bitches. For example my friend's pup was down to become a stud dog but his testicles never descended. So, when he's 12 months old he'll be neutered then go to school to become a Guide Dog.

    Also, brood bitch holders often don't have time to puppy walk - or don't want to.

    I know one BBH who always keeps one pup and puppy walks it. The last one he kept is now also a BB and he has two of them. One had pups in July and one a few weeks ago - this man is truly dedicated!!

    Here is a photo of his latest puppy pile (golden retrievers)

    Photos like this make me want to do it - fortunately I live too far away. I know I wouldn't cope with my 'baby' having babies!


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    I have a friend of a friend who has a brood bitch. One pup developed a very bad skin condition when sent to puppy school and so was withdrawn, the breeder was asked if she would like the pup back and she said yes. The skin condition cleared almost immediately, the pup was stressed in the school.

    The pups above look adorable, but of course they are asleep :D
     
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    Interesting that in the UK the puppies are whelped in the home. In NZ they're born and raised at the breeding centre (from what I can tell from Facebook). Same thing for detector dogs, all the tiny puppy photos are at the centres, then they go to their foster homes. I assume that the brood bitches live in homes the rest of the time.
     
  6. Boogie

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    Mollie has little white hairs on the bottom of all her paws :)


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    So cute :heart:
     
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    This is Alfie - Mollie's brother. He's going to be a Medical Detection dog.

    They've both got the same serious expression :) (20 weeks old)


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    Ooo... he's seriously handsome too. Good genes! But I do feel we need to tell them some doggie jokes or something - always the "I have some very bad news to tell you but I'm trying to be sensitive" face. Maybe little doggie t-shirts saying, "I"m laughing on the inside!"??
     
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    What a handsome lad :)
     

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