How many puppies have you raised?
I am raising my first puppy, Sterling. I got him in Nov 2007.
Why did you start raising?
The leader up here was the trainer for the dog class I had my dogs in, and when she talked about there was such passion in her voice, I wanted to give it a try.
How long have I been a puppy raiser?
What is one thing you have learned in raising?
Starting a young puppy in the middle of a really cold and snowy winter is probably not the best idea.
What have your puppies taught you?
Sterling has taught me that praise and patience are key to training.
What is the strangest thing someone has asked/said to you about your puppy?
They asked me when the guide dog schools started breeding miniature labs for guides. (The guy thought I was blind, it was when Sterling was only 4 months old!)
Do you give your puppies real name out in public?
What is the most embarrassing moment you have had with your puppy?
When I was talking to someone I had gone to High School with, telling her how well behaved Sterling is, and then he puked on her shoes.
What is the proudest moment you have had with your puppy?
The first time Sterling went into a store and did not try to get his vest off.
What advice do you have for new puppy raisers/owners?
Never underestimate the power of puppy breath on your emotions! Get addicted and love these little guys.