Puppy Socialization in Action {Texas Puppy Trainer}

Contrary to what many breeders and puppy owners think, kids and neighbors playing pass the puppy is not early puppy socialization.

As a Certified Puppy Start Right Instructor I understand the importance of early puppy socialization and how crucial it is for creating a strong foundation.

As a breeder and instructor I try to educate our new families on the importance of exposing young puppies to as many new experiences as possible. We have Zoom meetings to discuss their puppies progress as well as observe socialization and Puppy Culture protocol sessions. We also discuss common puppy behaviors, and the importance of continuing training in a puppy socialization class followed by a training foundations class .

SitnStayPawsitive.com: My Puppy Training Website

Winter’s Expected Litter. {Texas Husky Breeder}

We have several confirmed ties (over several days) between Winter and Tyrion. Expected due date is mid July. Due dates are estimated and can vary depending on ovulation.

We have a really strong waiting list in place and we are now ready to take deposits. Winter typically has 6-7 puppies, so I feel comfortable taking 4 deposits prebirth. Remaining deposits will be taken after pups are born and deposit holders have chosen. Deposits are NON refundable (they are transferable up to 12 months). Please make sure you are stable and ready to commit to the purchase before placing a deposit.

I can not guarantee what gender, eye color or coat color will be available. If you place a prebirth deposit you must be open to the puppies that are born. I can’t control genetics. In the past we have had blue, parti and bi eyed puppies. Brown is always a possibility. We are NOT blue eyed husky breeders. We love the breed not the eyes. All eye colors love you the same! In the past coat colors included, Black and White, Black, Tan and White, and Red and White. Dirty faces and traditional masks as well as standard coats and semi woolly coats are also possible.

Please feel out a puppy application if you are interested in this litter.

Our next litter will be between Reign x Stark. Breeding expected to be in July (pups in Sept) but it all depends on when Reign cycles next.

Meet the Avengers {Texas Huskies}

Here is our surprise litter. 8 gorgeous babies. At this time all are doing well. It took a couple days to not only recover from the guilt but to come to terms with the situation in general. There are no words for how horrible I feel. But we can’t go back, we can only move forward and I choose to go forward with positivity and love. Our only goal at the moment is to find these sweet babies forever humans to love. Look for individual photos and info posted sometime early next week.

Thor (red), Iron man (black), Black Widow (pink), Loki (purple), Hulk (green), Fury (yellow), Captain America (blue), Hawkeye (tan)

*We did not witness any mating and originally assumed this was a false pregnancy. The only male Amara was around was Tyrion. That does make this breeding, line breeding. A detailed explanation of the circumstance of this litter can be found in the previous posts.

Things are not always what they seem. {Texas Siberian Huskies}

Please be mindful of people who do not freely show their pack, who only show puppies but not their adults, who zoom in on puppies but not their surroundings, who do not show where puppies are whelped and raised but only stage and set up photo and video ops. Please watch for people who toss toys in a pen to imitate what they see others do but have no idea of the reasons behind it. People who refuse to invest to better themselves because it’s easier to imitate what others are doing. People who have not taken the time to educate themselves but manipulate what you see by offering up an illusion.

It matters less where dogs are raised, what matters more is the honesty and pride people have in what they are doing, from raising and caring for their own dogs to whelping litters and raising puppies. What good is experience if people have not grown or educated themselves?

The internet allows people to hide behind a screen, free to be whoever they think you want them to be…. Watch for honesty in claims being made about certifications, programs being used, pedigrees, showing, vet care, etc. ASK FOR PROOF! No one is perfect, we all make mistakes and even when we think we are doing everything right nature throws us a curve ball. Mistakes and accidents must happen for us to grow and seek out new information.

Just be careful out there…… remember all that glitters and sparkles is not gold! Sometimes it is just someone good at smoke, mirrors, manipulation, imitation, setting the stage and photoshop!!

A Year in Review

2019 was the year of growth for us. I was blessed with wonderful friendships and mentors. The knowledge gained though years of hands on experience and growth is invaluable and I am I so thankful to have people so willing to share that with me when I’ve needed help.

This year we incorporated Puppy Culture into our program and with it a new found understanding and appreciation for the importance of early socialization in puppies beginning at birth! This has sparked a desire to learn more and has paved the way for a possible new venture. I will be continuing my education in January 2020 by starting the Karen Pryor Academy, Puppy Start Right Instructor Course. I believe so much in early puppy socialization and providing a good foundation for puppies that I hope to not only add this knowledge to my program but to start instructing puppy classes in 2020. I am inspired by the science behind early socialization and positive force free training that I want to share it with puppy parents everywhere to help provide a good foundation for their puppies and preventing many of the typical behavior issues that can lead to frustration and possible homeless pets. Because I believe I can make a difference I will be launching (c) Sit n Stay Pawsitive in 2020!

This logo was created for us by Cameo Anderson.
It features our very own Nikita and Zuko as puppies.

We have made some changes in 2019. Autumn has officially retired from breeding and was recently spayed. She will be wonderful grandma to Winter’s pups and a great auntie to all our babies here. Going into 2020 we have 3 females and 2 males intact and the remaining 5 are altered. A reminder that we will be resting our intact girls on their next heat cycle and will not have litters until late 2020. If you can not wait for our next litters I would love to refer you to another breeder that I trust. 2019 was full of blessings and loss. Losing a life sadly happens but is never easy. We love and value each life born here and mourn each loss. 2020 brings more work on kennels, building whelping and puppy rooms, enrichment equipment and a new venture for my son …. bikejoring.

I am so thankful for my family who helps not only to care for our pack and litters but supports me when things get tough and anxiety sets in. I really could not do this without them and surely would not be able to move on to this next step without their words of encouragement and them sharing my excitement. I also want to thank you, our puppy families for your support and for loving our babies and giving them wonderful homes…. you are the reason we do this.

Thank you!!

Winter’s Labor and Whelping

*Note: I’m sharing Winter’s labor story more for my records (cause my memory sucks) but I thought others may enjoy it.

1/13/19: Winter ate a full breakfast. Because of this, when I took her temp I did not expect a drop. She has been fluctuating between 99.2 and 100.2 for 6 days. Temp was 98.8, I was surprised so used a different thermometer. and it was 98.6, tried at third time and it was 98.8. Winter seemed relaxed, and very calm. Took it again an hour later and it was 98.4. She went out to go potty, had an appetite and other then small panting sessions, she mostly napped.

1/14/19: Winter again ate breakfast. We were at 24 hours and I with no visible signs of labor (first or second stage) I began to wonder if I was wrong about the temp. Hours passed and she napped, with short bouts of panting. Around 1pm, I took her out to potty and she ran back in and went straight to the whelping pool. But once in she was very calm and continued to nap. Almost 31 hours passed temp dropped, I decided since she was in no distress to let her continue on her own and if no progress by the next morning, I would call the vet. Around 2:30 pm, Winter started to get restless, going in and out of the pool, laying down and standing up. At 3:00 pm she began to leak fluid and she started to visibly contract. By 3:13 pm the first puppy was delivered.

She was a bit frantic after the first puppy was born, I administered calcium and she was able to calm down a bit before the second pup was born. She was very attentive with each pup. She was a bit obsessive about the cords and kept wanting to chew even after they were cut. I was worried about her pulling to much on the already short cords so I gently redirected her focus when I noticed her trying to pull and chew the cords down even more. Other than that she did wonderful. About 6.5 hours between first and last puppy. She relaxed and settled downright away. I checked on her through out the night.

*This is the first litter where I had no visible sings of labor. Very different from what I was use to. If it wasn’t for the temp drop I would not have known she would be delivering soon. I use to laugh and think that taking the temp was silly because by the time it dropped, I could tell they were in labor. haha So this proves how useful taking their temp 2 times a day is. 😀

2019 Breeding Plans {Texas Siberian Husky Breeders}

Good Morning Friends! We are going to have a busy early 2019!  Mother Nature threw a curve ball at us, but it is not a surprise. Female canine’s cycle sync up just like human females.  Winter was originally “suppose” to come into heat back in Sept which would have been 8 months from her previous heat. Instead she waited until November and started her heat a week before Reign’s expected cycle.  We knew there was a chance this would happen.  What surprised us was that them both being in heat brought Amara into heat earlier than expected.  She and Autumn have been on the same cycle since they started.  After a lot of thought and discussion with family we decided to go ahead and allow her to breed with Ghost. She is due early February.  We think the spacing of the litters will make thing a bit easier. Developmentally Amara’s puppies will be behind Winter and Reign’s (if she is pregnant) making things easier on us. So far Autumn has not come into heat.  At this time we plan to skip Autumn’s next heat.   This will be hard for Autumn because she and Amara have always had litters at the same time. She loves being a mommy and is really good at it. We are worried about jealously issues so we will be keeping an eye on her.

We knew bringing more girls into our breeding program would be mean an increase in more litters at the sometime, but we do not want to overload ourselves or our girls. Their health is always our top propriety as is having the time to care for the litters and making sure we find them all forever homes.  At this time I plan on staying home and making sure everyone gets adequate attention and supervision.

Our upcoming litters page has info on our current plans.  We are taking deposits on Amara and Ghost’s litter.  I will be taking deposits on Winter’s litter once I can confirm pregnancy and I will NOT take deposits on Reign litter until after the litter is born. Puppy Applications will need to be on file for all new families. Puppy application does not guarantee you a puppy. I can refuse anyone a pup at anytime for any reason.

Please feel free to message me with any questions, or concerns.

Thank you,

Missy 😀

Temperament and Behavior {Texas Husky Breeder}

Husky Temperament: Friendly, affectionate, eager to please. Huskies are high energy and can be stubborn. Huskies love to dig and are known escape artists. Huskies are known to  have a high prey drive and should be watched around small animals. Huskies need mental and physical stimulation, including enrichment activities, frequent walks, biking, and hiking. Boredom can result in destructive behaviors. Huskies are pack animals and need pack camaraderie. Huskies can be strong willed, training can be a challenge but huskies are also known to be food driven which helps in training. Be prepared to devote time and effort to train and exercise your pet or else you can have one unmanageable Husky on your hands. Huskies need confident owners, structure, boundaries, and consistency.

I found the above on a couple husky pages.  It was very easy to find. I ask all puppy buyers to fill out a puppy application. One of the questions I ask is “have you researched the breed fully”.  This is because it is your responsibility as a buyer to know about the breed you are buying and to know their typical breed temperament. I also ask if you are prepared to train your puppy. I suggest all families attend puppy training classes. Especially if you are a first time husky owner. Puppies need training, and boundaries to establish acceptable behavior. You have to make it clear early on what behavior is acceptable and what is not. What is cute at 10 weeks is not what is cute at 10 months. If you have children do not leave your puppy alone with them, and please, please teach both puppy and child acceptable behavior and how to interact with each other.

If you pack around your puppy constantly, you are setting your puppy up for separation anxiety.  It will be difficult to crate train and it will whine, and howl and even destroy if left alone.  You need to teach your puppy that it’s OK to be alone, and that when you leave, you come back. Remember that your puppy is not a human baby it is a canine. And while it needs love, attention and affection it needs to be a dog. Often times a new puppy gets all the attention, everyone wants to have a turn and pack him round, unfortunately once that newness wears off and the attention declines, the puppy has a hard time adjusting. As hard as it might be, give your new puppy time to play alone, and learn to entertain himself. Enrichment activities, stuffed toys (kongs), etc are all easy ways to give your puppy things to do, while you busy yourself with other things. With that being said they also need pack time, if you don’t have other dogs, you are their pack and they need interaction and play time with you.  They need walks, they need to run, they need to be pet and cuddled. This is NOT a dog you can just ignore and leave alone in the yard. If you have other dogs, you need to know that husky play is rough play, It’s like watching football in my yard. They chase, tackle, pin, throat grab, tail pull, bump each other and roll each other. It can get vocal, and look scary.  But they are just playing. We do have to watch for signs of it getting out of hand, because sometimes it does happen.  If you have smaller dogs, teach your husky that they have to be easy and you may not be able to let them play at all if his need to play like a husky is strong.

*I do not have any huskies with bad temperaments. I would never own them, let alone breed them. I have children, and grandchildren and grand-puppies that come to play.

*I do have huskies with typical husky temperaments, for example birds and squirrels are chased out of the yard if they are not caught, and our chickens have their own yard away from the pack.  I have holes in my yard, we have had cords chewed, and damage to our walls.

*I do have some puppies with bad behaviors. For example, Zuko is a jumper, and several of my pack are counter surfers and trash diggers.

*I do socialization and enrichment activities with all our puppies starting at just a few days old. I would never, never, release a puppy that I thought was ill tempered.  It is very important that you continue socialization, and training to help establish good behavior and habits.

*I am not a professional trainer, but all of my dogs are taught basic obedience. This makes things easier especially when we have up to 8 in the house at a time.