The Lives of our Dogs

We have 14 adult dogs on our farm, and we love every one of them so much. The adult dogs live and rotate through various areas of the farm. There are at least two dogs on guard duty every night, free to roam the property and scare away coyotes. The older dogs live in the house with us, and are exempt from farm work. Moonie our Standard Poodle, Sam our English Springer Spaniel, Ophelia the Cavalier King Charles/Bijon cross, and Pele the Springerdoodle stay mainly in the house with us. Pele does occasionally rotate out at night for guard work. The other dogs live in an area with a high fence, with the rest of their pack, and they all come out for play time in the pastures with us multiple times per day. So they all rotate inside with us, out on duty, play time, and back into the pack area. This way they get equal love and cuddle time and share responsibilities.

Although we do kennel training, our dogs are not kept in kennels unless we leave the farm for a log time, in which case certain trouble makers or instigators are kenneled while we're away.

While in the pack area, the dogs enjoy their own special room with couch and toys that opens up to an outside area.  

We feed them Retriever Brand dog food from the Tractor Supply store, as it is a good protein to fat ratio, and high quality protein available in a very large bag for a good price. We supplement them with fresh raw eggs, raw meat and veggies/apples from our farm as well, for variety.

We give them as little chemicals as possible except for their periodic deworming, and topical flea treatments as needed.

The Lives of our Puppies

  • We raise the puppies in the house with us for up to a month, to make sure they are perfect and healthy, and the mama is healthy as well. They have their own dedicated bedroom with access to the front yard for the moms.

  • Between 3 weeks and a month, they move to the indoor pack area room, with a bed and access to outside area with fresh water, to begin learning where to go poo.

  • They are raised around their parents, aunts and uncles in a natural pack environment, and are cleaned, groomed and cuddled by the entire group. It's quite amazing watching them raise each other as a family. We really want them to grow up in their natural pack environment. They are fed communally until ready to be re-homed, as this helps prevent them from developing food aggression. We closely monitor them to make sure they are developing equally.

  • At about 3 weeks, we give them canned puppy food twice daily, in addition to the milk they get from mama.

  • As the weeks progress, the food gets harder and mama nurses them less. Though they can be fully weaned around 6 weeks, they still try to suckle if they can, right up until the time they are ready to leave the farm.  

  • They are dewormed with Pyrantel every two weeks starting around 2 or 3 weeks.

  • We do not dock tails. We are firmly against altering any part of the puppies' natural perfection.

  • Importantly, we bring young pups inside to play and cuddle with us several times per day, and also take them all outside through our farm pastures to explore daily. They are exposed not only to us and their pack, but to our goats, sheep, poultry and waterfowl, and cats on our farm. They learn to play with the cats at a very young age, and we teach them not to chase chickens while outside. They are extremely well socialized by the time they are ready to leave.

  • We keep our puppies until 10 weeks of age. After closely observing them, we can see that the longer they have with their pack and their mothers, the healthier and better off they are. We have had better results with their overall health and well being, by keeping them longer than most breeders. We have made exceptions, but this is what we prefer.

  • We are not here to crank out puppies, we are here to carefully raise and provide an important companion for people and families, that will enrich the lives of both the family and the dog.