September 11, 2012

Millie’s Litter!

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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

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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 19, 2012

Training Advice from Jill

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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 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

If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to contact me at





May 14, 2012

Puppy Madness!

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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


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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.



April 16, 2012

New Toy

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The puppies were introduced to a toy today that made all sorts of noises. Some were climbing on it and others kept pushing the buttons with their noses!


April 14, 2012


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The puppies had a burst of energy after eating so they decided to play and pose for the camera!

April 11, 2012

Puppy Training

Filed under: Litter Diaries,Uncategorized — klewis @ 7:21 pm

Today the puppies are 20 days old and we started the Precocious Puppy Program! They were lured into sits, turns, and up. Some took to it rather quickly and others were asking why we woke them up from their afternoon nap. These exercises are done twice daily to develop their problem-solving abilities, mental agility and mental coordination.













December 22, 2011

Budget Friendly “New Toys” for Your Dog

Filed under: Uncategorized — klewis @ 6:39 pm

Dog toys are great.  They come in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures for almost every type of purpose you can think of.  They are very useful for relieving that teething pup’s aching mouth, for keeping that adolesent pup busy, occupying the dog at home while you run errands, and for that senior dog who still loves to play.  There are interactive toys such as puzzles that teach your dog problem solving skills, there are toys that are designed to feel good on their gums, toys that can be filled with treats which provide hours (or at least minutes) of fun for your dog, toys that dogs can chase, and many more. So, with all these toys there are plenty to choose from when at the store and consequently we have many to choose from around the house.  With a couple young pups/dogs in the house, we’ve found that after exercise, toys keep them occupied and content. 

After coming home with a new toy, the dogs all sit while I take it out of the shopping bag (there are plenty of things I get out of shopping bags that are not for them, but somehow they just know when it is) and the excitement grows as I unwrap the packaging.  The new toy is handed to them and they run off to take their new found item to their beds where they can examine it, and start enjoying a good chew.  This toy will retain “New toy” status for at least a few days so, I can then work a little independantly around the house without a labradoodle entourage.  But then, in another week or so I find the younger labradoodles starting to be a little naughty, and seemingly bored.  After plenty of attention, and daily exercise, they just want something to stimulate their minds, or feel good on their teeth. So, a new toy again (or even one suddenly found that’s been missing under the couch for weeks) provides hours of fun and entertainment.  We’ve found that they may have 10 differnet toys to choose from for an afternoon chew but will be getting into something else because they’ve seen all those 10 toys every day for the past few weeks and they’re looking for something interesting, not familiar.  So, is the solution to buy a new toy every week?  While your dog would certainly love that, your wallet will not.  We’ve found a simplier solution to keeping your dog and your budget happy.

We rotate our toys.  Gather all your dog’s toys together and sort them into 4 different piles, keeping an even assortment in each pile (if you have a few food stuffing toys, make sure they’re each in different piles, as well as teething toys, etc. so there’s a nice variety in each pile). Then place each of the pile’s contents into 4 bins, bags, boxes, or whatever you have.  Now you have a bin of new toys for every week of the month!  When the first of the week comes, you get out one of your bins and your dog has a whole new set of toys that they haven’t seen in a month!

December 14, 2011

Welcome Millie and Mochi!

Filed under: Current Happenings,Uncategorized — klewis @ 12:14 am

We are very excited to introduce our two newest additions, on their way now from Talaki Ridge labradoodles in California.  We want to say a big thank you to Cynthia from Talaki Ridge Labradoodles for breeding such wonderful Australian Labradoodles and parting with these two beautiful  girls.  She has been a huge blessing to us, sharing her knowledge and experience, and providing us with these two girls to add to our program here at Lewis Manor.

Mochi is a standard girl who has a beautiful soft fleece coat. Her grandparents came right from Australia and she’s decended from some of the best therapy lines that came out of Tegan Park.   She is being bred to a handsome chocolate stud who was imported from Australia, Sunset Hills Temp N Charm Charlie.  Charlie has produced some very intuitive offspring including proven therapy and service dogs.  We are excited for this pairing and are expecting cream, and chocolate puppies sometime in February.

Millie is a pretty cream girl, medium in size. She comes from the same therapy lines Mochi does and we’re looking forward to what she will bring to our program!We’re looking forward to getting to know both of these girls, and are excited to be having them as new additions here at Lewis Manor.  

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