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Old 01-21-2011, 12:18 PM
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Brood bitch for Guidedogs

Is there someone with experience of having a brood bitch for Guidedogs or other organisations? We are volunteers with irish guidedogs, have been doing puppywalking for a number of years, and now are keeping a yellow lab for breeding. I'd like to link in with others who can advise, share stories etc or who are thinking of doing the same work!
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I have no experience first hand with working with guidedogs, but I do commend you for your work!

Are you new to breeding?
If so, I highly recommend that you do a lot of research regarding proper breeding practices.
Contact your local and/or national Labrador Retriever breed club. They should be able to help you find a reputable breeder to "mentor" you.
A good mentor will be able to guide you through the health testing process (extremely important to be sure that the pups don't wind up with health issues such as hip displaysia) and also help you choose a suitable (and also health tested) stud.
They will also help walk you through the pregnancy, the birth of puppies, help you deal with any complications, and even help you with what you need to do after the pups are born.

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It almost sounds like he's just providing a home for a brood bitch that belongs to a Seeing Eye/Guide organization? I'd imagine they'd provide resources, as well as choosing the sire. If this isn't what you mean, Chris, please clarify. (ie do you own the bitch?) If the bitch is yours, then you should contact whatever organization you're interested in helping and making sure they take/consider outside puppies. I'm sure they'd have some requirements for temperament/health and how they are raised.

Here are some links for you if you haven't found them already: WORLDWIDE WELCOME WAGGIN' -- Home of International Puppy Raisers
Guide Dogs of America – Resources
Guide Dogs for the Blind: Guide Dog Breeding and Whelping
Guide Dogs for the Blind: Breeding Stock Custodians
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It almost sounds like he's just providing a home for a brood bitch that belongs to a Seeing Eye/Guide organization?
Lol!
I bet you are right!
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Yes, we are new to breeding in this way. The bitch is still the 'property' of the irish guidedogs, but she lives with us as a pet until such time when she comes into season again - around may/june. She will then stay for 10 days app in the guidedog centre and meet with a stud dog that they are choosing for her. All going well, she comes back then to us, and we are expected (and want to) care for her during her term and when the pups arrive. At the age of 7 weeks, our supervisor will collect the pups... I suppose I feel the added responsibility of taking care of a bitch that is not our own, and some anxiety about what if something goes wrong... thank you so much for your answer, it is helpful to hear some advice! Are you a breeder yourself? x
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Yes, Crock, you got it right, sorry for not having been more specific... and we do have a supervisor who'll keep us on our toes, but no harm getting more information and help from other sources as well! Also this will help towards putting the guidedog cause out there again, hopefully. And I do enjoy networking and using this technology to link in with different countries. I know that the guidedogs in different countries operate slightly differently, which is also true for all sorts of other dog agencies... my wish is to learn from each other... thank you for your quick response.
Ahm, what does 'senior member' mean btw?
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My guess is I got titled a senior member when I posted my 100th post.

I think that third link I posted may have some good info for you.

I'll dig up some more good info for you on the whelping and raising of the pups. Basically, find a good mentor, good vet, whelp the pups in a warm, safe place, keep their environment clean and with stimulation (toys, etc), lots of hands-on attention, and exploration in different environments (house, outbuildings, fields, woods, etc, with their littermates and mama). So simple.... not. You're in for a LOT of work, but good for you to be helping this service organization.

Just a reminder to the folks out there, a lot of guide dog pups don't make the cut for guiding or even service work. Most organizations have those pups up for adoption.

I love that video!
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Crock, you're a star, thank you so much for all your thoughts, advice, and reminder that indeed the ones that don't make that particular grade go up for adoption. Here in Ireland, they do anyway, and there is always a waiting list because people think they would be getting a well-behaved, ready-mixed dog....haha, they are STILL dogs and need always supervision and training though although the breeding program has enhanced personality traits such as non-aggression, balance etc.
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Chris, You're welcome. I posted a couple links to articles concerning whelping/raising newborns for another thread here: Help please!

Also, this breeder does an excellent job of presenting the work involved/the extent of that work some breeders take on with puppies. http://www.curlycoat.org/id2.html Scroll down to her Individual Litter Puppy Diaries links and read through a couple. (Recommend reading the first, last, and maybe one in the middle for good measure )

And an older, but relavent, article with good timelines for the pregnancy and development of the litter. http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/medical/whelping.html

I hope you keep us updated on this service dog project of yours!
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Thanks so much, I feel lucky to have had so much response! Will absolutely keep you updated, and no doubt pester you some more with questions The last two puppies we had from the guidedogs are now servicedogs - we 'puppywalked' them, meaning socialising and basic training etc for the first year of their lives. One is now working as an Assistance dog with a boy with Autism, the other is a Guidedog for an elderly couple with severe vision impairment. Isn't it wonderful what these creatures are willing to do for humans?
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