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  1. That is very interesting, good post. I think...

    That is very interesting, good post. I think each breed has a slightly different "culture", there are some subtle differences, but this is a good general guide.

    We usually encourage people to...
  2. Many of the breeders I know (including myself) do...

    Many of the breeders I know (including myself) do not accept any kind of deposits, and certainly would not want someone to feel obligated to go through with acquiring a puppy if their circumstances...
  3. Well no, not any more specifically than I have...

    Well no, not any more specifically than I have indicated.

    If I were interested in a puppy of another breed, I might say something like, "I understand there may be some health concerns with this...
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    Just make sure you know the qualifications of the...

    Just make sure you know the qualifications of the trainer. As with trainers who teach group classes (or give private lessons at their own or another facility) they run the gamut between great and...
  5. It is always a fine line to try to find out...

    It is always a fine line to try to find out whether you "click" with a breeder, finding out essential information on both your parts, whether you can work together, and not being perceived as...
  6. Answering the AKC Breeder of Merit question (I am...

    Answering the AKC Breeder of Merit question (I am one, for whatever that is worth):

    AKC BREEDER OF MERIT REQUIREMENTS
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    The following must be met in order to be accepted into the program:
    ...
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    Please keep us updated as to the results of your...

    Please keep us updated as to the results of your appointment.
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    As they get older, some dogs develop...

    As they get older, some dogs develop Megaesophagus and/or laryngeal paralysis, and it can often start by "urping" water. It can often be managed, sometimes with medication, and sometimes for LP with...
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    Please keep us posted and let us know how you...

    Please keep us posted and let us know how you like it!
  10. Oh, I hadn't thought of that! I bet if you...

    Oh, I hadn't thought of that!

    I bet if you explained that to the breeder, they might be willing to accept that.
  11. You may be able to find a breeder who will sell...

    You may be able to find a breeder who will sell you a puppy. The no fenced yard would be a deal-breaker for me, but then my breed is bred to hunt and take down large prey, a fence is a necessity.
    ...
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    Yes, high marks for durability, but, a friend of...

    Yes, high marks for durability, but, a friend of mine has them and they are really loud! Also, they are very rigid and not are not soft-closing. I ordered one and had to send it back, my guys would...
  13. I have the Ruffwear Float Vest for my Irish...

    I have the Ruffwear Float Vest for my Irish Wolfhound, who had to swim for physical therapy. We went to the local lake. It was a great help for her, IWs like greyhounds are not really built for...
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    LOL! We can always open doors for the...

    LOL! We can always open doors for the wolfhounds!

    In fact, my DH has said that for what we have paid for dog doors, we could have hired someone to stand by and let the wolfhounds in and out!
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    The double version does look sturdy, these might...

    The double version does look sturdy, these might be promising for OP....if her dogs fit through 12 x 22" which is their "Extra Large" size. Mine couldn't physically fit through this. Honestly,...
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    I am sure a clever handy person could duplicate...

    I am sure a clever handy person could duplicate this for way less money.

    Letme know if I can help!u
  17. If you've only talked to two breeders, you've not...

    If you've only talked to two breeders, you've not yet scratched the surface.

    You need to talk to many breeders.

    We are accustomed to the fact that nowadays, prospective homes send emails to...
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    Well, I dont know. They just do. I guess...

    Well, I dont know. They just do.

    I guess they must have springs or something, anyway they close softly, but definitely. I was initially skeptical that if a hound got partway through, and then...
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    This has come up explicitly in our hunt, where...

    This has come up explicitly in our hunt, where the hunt breakfast might be at somebody's house. The hunt secretary usually sends out a reminder that boots "must either be thoroughly cleaned, or...
  20. How funny! I would try to keep an open mind,...

    How funny!

    I would try to keep an open mind, continue your research on reputable breeders through the national and regional Newf clubs as far as who does the required health testing and is...
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    Uh oh. It sounds like you might have...

    Uh oh. It sounds like you might have side-muzzle-flipper door openers too. My experience has been that if your dogs tend to open the doors like this, they will be able to tear any of the soft...
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    If you do get a Hale, Security Boss or other soft...

    If you do get a Hale, Security Boss or other soft flap door, I suggest you spring for the double flap rather than the single flap. It really does make a difference as far as draftiness and being...
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    See, Hales are very good doors and are very...

    See, Hales are very good doors and are very satisfactory for convential type dogs.

    I have had five of them, none of the flaps has lasted two years, they seem to sense when the one year warranty...
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    StGermain, you should probably just ignore what I...

    StGermain, you should probably just ignore what I said.

    My dogs are more like a cross between a dog and a horse, and there are a lot of them, so my experience is not at all typical and you would...
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    I know! It is ridiculous and I'm embarrassed to...

    I know! It is ridiculous and I'm embarrassed to admit I bought them. But the Hales are about that, and I got tired of replacing the expensive flaps- they were about $100 to replace.
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