September 10, 2013

We Love What We Do

Filed under: How We Raise Our Puppies — klewis @ 6:39 pm

Things are busy here at Lewis Manor Labradoodles, and also very exciting as we have a 1 week old litter in our livingroom, and another on the way this Friday (or whenever Saffron sees fit to welcome her new little puppies into this world :) )!  So, as the air turns crisp this fall in beautiful upstate NY, we have a house full of puppies and are reminded why we love what we do.

We take special care of our momma dogs and closely monitor how they’re feeling and doing; taking their temps, cooking special meals for their ever growing nutritional needs, making sure they have an endless supply of clean fresh water which is changed several times a day, making them feel comfortable (not too hot or too cold), and taking the time to give them a nice rub down massage so they know they’re loved and we’re here for them during this new and demanding short season in their lives.  They love the attention they get, and the first row seat to anything cooking in the kitchen!  We enjoy pampering them, and the opportunity to spend some nice one on one time with them.

In a couple weeks the moms will start slowly spending less and less time with their puppies, preparing them to go out on their own.  During this time, our job with the puppies really starts to increase as we fill in, and start preparing and equipping the puppies to go on to be excellent service, therapy and family dogs.  It is such a joy to teach them about the world, and each of their important jobs in it.  We’ve spent time on these puppies, before they were even born, researching and breeding just the right pedigrees that would produce these intelligent, highly trainable, friendly temperamented, loyal companions.  Then health testing the dogs in these pedigrees to ensure these great puppies that will be produced are also genetically sound, to live long, healthy lives.  Then we spend countless hours with them during the 8 weeks they’re here with us.  We care a lot about our dogs, we enjoy working with the families that get them, and we’re passionate about what we do because we. love. it.

January 21, 2013

Filed under: Litter Diaries — klewis @ 8:57 pm

January 15, 2013

Duchess’ Puppies Born!

Filed under: Litter Diaries — klewis @ 8:17 pm

We are very excited to announce Duchess’ litter, born January 14th.  This litter is especially special because it is the very first one out of a breeding dog that was also born here!  Duchess and her puppies are all doing fantastic, and we are very proud of what a great mom Duchess turned out to be.  4 girls and 2 boys, all with beautiful chocolate fleece coats.  Here are a few pictures of them just a couple days old.

 

Here they are napping in their mom’s super soft fleece coat. Very comfortable looking!

In just a couple days we’ll be starting the super puppy program with them, but for now their job is just to sleep, eat, and grow. :)

September 11, 2012

Millie’s Litter!

Filed under: Uncategorized — klewis @ 3:15 pm

Millie and her puppies are doing fantastically well. She’s a natural and her puppies are thriving. They’re busy eating and sleeping everyday, doing the hard work of growing. :) They are adorable to cuddle with, all with different shades of color and degree of curl to their coats. We started their “super puppy” exercises today where they learn to cope with stress which prepares them for things later in life (i.e trips to the Vet, groomer, etc.) and they’re doing quite well. Some complain about the exercises more than others. :) It is always hard to be taken away from their warm, cozy mom, even for a few seconds! :) Here are some pictures of them today:

 

 

 

June 23, 2012

Hot days of Summer

Filed under: Uncategorized — klewis @ 12:06 pm

Dogs can only rid their body of heat while panting. They do not have sweat glands – as humans do – except for a few on their feet. Panting alone is not enough when the temperature soars.

Here are a few tips to keep your doggy cool:

-Provide plenty of water

-Exercise your dog in the coolest hours of the morning or evening

-Go swimming! Either take them to a lake or invest in a small kiddie pool.

-Provide shade. Your dog might enjoy a little sunbathing, but it ultimately needs a cool, shady spot to relax. Prolonged sun exposure not only leads to heat exhaustion, it can also cause sunburn.

-Make sure to spray the paws and stomach, not just the top of the dog, when spraying it with water. A wet towel does more good on the bottom of your dog than when laid on the top of its coat.

-Never leave it in the car. The car retains more heat than an open area, even if it is in the shade. Plus, a dog may get overexcited in the car due to passersby or panic from claustrophobia, making dehydration more likely. On longer trips, make sure you have water for the dog and keep the AC running

May 30, 2012

10 Week Old Puppy Training

Filed under: Training — klewis @ 7:19 pm

Puppies are like sponges, soaking up all the training you give them.  When they’re young they look to you for everything… how they should react in a new uncertain situation, how they should act around the house, what gets them attention, and what is not acceptable behavior.

Our youngest puppy here and newest “breeding hopeful” is Saffron (aka purple girl :) ). She’s 10 weeks old as are all her litter mates who recently went off to their new families. All of the puppies will be learning all sorts of new things and continuing training with their new families.  I thought it would be fun to post about things she’s learning now and then so all of her litter mate’s families can follow along and also post what their puppies are learning!

Today we worked on reinforcing “sit” and “down” (both commands Saffron knows quite well) and then for new things, we practiced leash walking, and “shake”. She did quite well with both of those things and after a couple sessions (a short session in the morning, and another one in the afternoon) she started doing “shake” when asked!

What neat things are your puppies learning/working on?

May 19, 2012

Training Advice from Jill

Filed under: Uncategorized — klewis @ 3:27 pm

Hello everyone, when it comes to training your puppy it can be overwhelming and frustrating. But be patient, obedience training is critical when it comes to nurturing a canine/human relationship and creating a socially compatible pet.  When training is positive and fun, both you and your dog can enjoy the process as well as the results. If you’re inexperienced in dog training, consider enrolling your dog in a formal class. I would suggest “puppy kindergarten” right away. AKC has a great puppy class called the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. STAR stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility. This a great incentive program and is also a pre-requisite to the Canine Good Citizen test. You can find your nearest evaluator here http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/cgc_bystate.cfm But you don’t have to stop at obedience. There are several activities you can do with your dog including Rally, Agility, Therapy, Tracking, or Search and Rescue!

Crate Training: Susan Garrett has a wonderful DVD you can order that covers crate training. She refers to it as crate games. I trained my dog using her methods and it has taught him to love his crate. It has helped for traveling, obedience and agility trials, and just having peace of mind knowing that when I take a day trip he is comfortable and relaxed in his “home.” You can order the DVD here http://www.clickerdogs.com/crate_games.php

If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to contact me at Jillian@lewismanorlabradoodles.com

 

 

 

 

May 16, 2012

Hosting a Breeder’s Conference for Fellow Breeders on the East Coast!

Filed under: Current Happenings — klewis @ 5:51 pm

Lewis Manor Labradoodles invites you to come to the North East doodle breeder’s conference and enjoy a weekend of fun and education with friends and fellow doodle breeders!

Date: July 27th, 28th, and 29th

Location: Syracuse, NY

Speakers: Pat Hastings, and one or two others TBA

Friday Schedule: Arriving Friday (on your own for dinner, feel free to get together and make plans to go eat with other breeders if you’d like) Check in time at the hotel is anytime after 3pm
~7pm Registration in the Hotel Lobby/time to mingle and meet each other followed by a speaker (Topic and speaker TBA) and tasty desserts!

Saturday Schedule: Breakfast 6am (Hotel is opening up their continental breakfast early for our group)
~7am Meeting in the Lobby then carpooling/caravanning to Pat Hasting’s “Structure in Action” workshop (1hr. 20 minutes away, will be a fun time to chat and catch up with other breeders!) The Empire Working Dog Club is hosting the seminar and has graciously offered for our group to join them! More information about Pat Hastings’ workshop can be found here:
http://www.empireworkingdogclub.com/Empire_Working_Dog_Club/Events_files/PatHastings_July2012.pdf
~5pm Carpooling back to the Syracuse area for dinner
~6:30 Dinner and Discussion to digest Pat Hastings’ workshop, and a silent Auction of fantastic breeding/dog related items.

Sunday Schedule: Continental breakfast at the hotel
~9am- Guest Speaker (topic TBA) and then good byes!

Cost: Early registration (received by June 15th) $160.00
Late Registration after June 15th: $175 (all registrations must be in by July 1st )
Registration includes your registration fee for the Pat Hastings Workshop, Tasty Desserts Friday night, Lunch Saturday, and a Delicious Catered Dinner Saturday night by the Famous Dinosaur BBQ.

Hotel: CrestHill Suites has given us a great group rate and has the following rooms available for us:
Friday night:
~ 2 Bedroom suite with 1 King bed and 2 Queens $159
~ King suites with a pull out couch $79
~ King bedroom suite no pull out bed $79

These rates also include a continental breakfast. You can see more information about the hotel here: http://www.cresthillsuites.com/index.php
This hotel is also dog friendly, for anyone traveling with a doodle. The fee is $50 per dog for your entire stay. (they even have (included) a service to walk your dog for you if you’re going to be out for the day) They will be holding these rooms for us until July 1st. Please note that there will be a soccer tournament in town this weekend and a lot of hotels are already booked so, after July 1st when these rooms are released for general purchase, there will probably be slim chances of a room being available. (however, if they do still have rooms available, they will honor our group rate) You can tell them you’re with the North East Doodle Breeders Conference when booking. Also, if arriving into the Syracuse Airport, inform them of your arrival and departure times so they can schedule a shuttle for you (it is complimentary, but they will be running special trips for our group as they normally only shuttle during the week)

We will be having a time of sharing our “favorite things” and ask that everyone registering brings something that they really love (anything you use for breeding or with your dogs that you couldn’t live without!). After a time of sharing the products we love and why we like using them, we will hold a silent auction on all the items to allow everyone a chance to win them! Proceeds will go towards compensating our guest speakers.

Registration: Please send a check payable to:
Katherine Lewis
8721 Oswego Rd.
Baldwinsville, NY 13027

With the following information as well: (for registration for the Pat Hastings Workshop)
Name:
Kennel Name:
Address:
City & State: Zip Code:
Phone Number: Email:
Would you like your dog used in the seminar?
What breed is your dog?
How many years have you been involved with dogs?
What are your areas of interest (ex: sport, conformation, breeding)?

Feel free to let me know if you have a topic of interest that you would be willing to speak on for the Conference! Also, for the Pat Hastings workshop, they are looking for any litters 7-9 weeks old or adult dogs with known structure issues. Please let me know if you have either you would like to bring!

May 14, 2012

Puppy Madness!

Filed under: Uncategorized — klewis @ 7:40 pm

The puppies will be 8 weeks old on Thursday (can you believe it!?) and have been experiencing and enjoying new things. They all sleep in crates at night to help ease the transition of leaving their siblings, and also helps with future crate training. Being outside gives them a whole new world to explore of sights and sounds and they are enjoying every minute of it. It’s funny to see instinct kick in so early on, whether it’s pouncing on moths or digging to find a cool place to lay.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 4, 2012

Paparazzi

Filed under: Uncategorized — klewis @ 6:44 pm

This morning the puppies took a trip to the spa (aka bath tub) for some baths and massages. Little did they know that a photographer was coming for some glamour shots! He also brought a guinea pig named “Rocky” for the puppies to smell and check out! After that busy morning, they took a nap and then we took a few to some local business’ for socialization.

 

 

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