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It’s a small world…

It’s a small world, when waiting for Venom to come of age Vickie Priestley sent me some pics of Venom’s mother? How?, well when she was a young dog, she was boarded at Lisa Carters for some time and they got to take some pictures of her playing 🙂    

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Training Begins at 1

Back to day 1 now and Venom has met the family and K9 Pro crew that have come by for work related things. The first place I start is to add a cue to going to the toilet as I mentioned, Venom will live with me closely and he needs to be clean. So I am keen to get his …

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Why a Malinois?

I lost my male GSD (Kayne) about a year ago at just off 17 years old, he was a very special dog that played a very important role in my career. I have my GSD bitch (Kandy) still who is 13, she was also a very strong building block in my life and career and I work and train dogs …

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The first morning with Venom

Morning comes quick and Venom was quiet all night, he came out of the crate on fire as I am getting used to. Outside right away to teach him to toilet on grass and on command. As soon as he hits the grass he pee’s and I praise hell out of him. He has no reward value for “good boy” …

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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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