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Puppy Exercise Pens, yes or no?

I personally haven’t used a puppy exercise pen when raising any of my own pups before, I had other peoples pups come here for training and them in pens but not myself. There are some pros and some cons to consider. The Pros first: – They are another place to manage the pup and keep it out of harm’s way …

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The Crate comes out of the baggage claim, how did Venom travel?

Out he came in his crate and I looked inside to see him, at that moment a lady from the car rental kiosk offered me some scissors and said “oh is the puppy scared, they always are…” Venom came out of the crate like a bullet in prey drive, he latched onto me, tail up and on fire! This is …

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11th December. Today is the day…

11th December is here and out to NordenStamm we go, we arrive and Jens welcomes us and we head out to the puppy pen. Jens heads in first and I watch as the pups all run to him and start jumping on him. This is of course as expected and I get straight in too. Many pups are frightened of …

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A lot is resting on my decision

A lot is resting on my decision on which pup I choose, do I go with the heart and pick the strongest pup, or with my head and pick the pup with the most drive duration? Raising this pup in my little bit of available time as a Trainer, Behaviourist, Husband and Father is going to be tricky enough without …

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10th December 2011, Is that a weapon?

10th December comes and I am at Sydney airport on the way to temp test and select Venom from the Nordenstamm V litter. I of course brought some tools with me, one being the flirt pole. I put my backpack in to be scanned and ladies eyes near popped out, she asked one of the guys to look at the …

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The Name…

We have spoken a lot about the puppy and what role it will play in our family and business over the past couple of weeks, discussing names Al came up with Venom. It just seemed to fit and Nordenstamm Venom it is. To involve the K9 Pro fans, Bec thought it would be a good idea to add some hype …

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Pics are here!

31st October 2011.  Got some pics from Jens today of the litter, he describes them as “Robust and Vigorous!”.

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The email arrives

27th October 2011   I received an email from Jens Kollenberg a couple of days ago which advised that Pini had whelped a litter of six pups, 4 males and 2 females. I had been to visit the Kollenbergs 2 months prior to look at both their bitches and sire, Hassan. As mentioned I wasn’t able to do any testing …

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Feeding Venom

I have fed my dogs raw for many years, I am not an animal dietician, but when I am interested in a topic, I study it in depth, so as dogs are my passion, I have read all I can find on nutrition for dogs and pups.  I believe the first 5 years of a dog’s life are the years …

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Formality vs Fun

When writing a DLP today I found myself looking at the way I am trying to teach people to think, it has become a culture to start off training and hammering the dog for less than perfect work, whilst many handlers are just fumbling through themselves. I wonder when it became so important to get everything so right in the …

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No Politics Dog Training!

When I speak to many people who are in the field of working dogs, one thing that is common to all those who are professional about their work ethic is that they are sick to death of politics in this field! Sick to death of crap trainers having a sly shot at them somewhere or to a client to make …

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Welcome to the Nordenstamm Venom Diary

Welcome to the Nordenstamm Venom Diary! Once the decision was made to get a new puppy I spent some time investigating the Malinois breeders in Australia and settled on meeting with Nordenstamm owners, Jens and Alison Kollengberg of Queensland. It was at this point that almost daily I made some notes on my Ipad on the future of this pup …

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