How Much Exercise Should Your Puppy Have?

Attention All Puppy Owners - Please Read

Excerpt from "Hounds to Horses Physiotherapy"

This radiograph is of a 2 week old puppy.

If you look closely, you will notice how far the bones have to grow before you have a proper joint! This is why you must be incredibly careful and mindful of growth plates. Too much exercise, jumping up etc too soon can cause serious complications later on in the dogs life. 

Remember the basic puppy rule:

Increase by 5 minutes per month!



8 weeks old = 10 minutes exercise per day

6 month old = 30 minutes exercise per day

Exercise includes: walks, training, playing, running! Orthopaedic conditions in young pups are on the rise! Please ensure you bare this in mind while enjoying your new puppy!


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Early Neurological Stimulation 

​I highly recommend taking a few minutes to read this article on Early Neurological Stimulation by Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia. This is the stimulation technique we use with our pups.

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Canine Hip Dysplasia 

​Very informative article on Canine Hip Dysplasia by Carol Beuchat PhD. 

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Canine Reproduction

Should I keep my dog intact or not?

Attention All Puppy Owners - Please Read

Transcript from Dr. Robert Hutchison's Canine Reproductive Seminar

Here is a transcript from a canine reproductive seminar. Everyone with intact animals should read this or watch the video of the seminar to understand the differences in bitch's cycles vs other mammals.

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Canine Reproduction

Spay and Neuter Effects on Orthopedic Disease, Behavior, and General Health in Dogs

Attention All Puppy Owners - Please Read

​We highly encourage you to read the article published by The IAABC Journal, written by David Lane, DVM.


Read or download PDF of article by clicking HERE.

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Canine Vision

What Dogs See vs. What Humans See

Attention All Puppy Owners - Please Read

Outstanding education on what dogs see vs we humans and how we need to adapt our expectations to their reality in developing their life skills and our relationship with them.


Letter to Suzy from Robin Eschenbruecher:

Some time back I found a Rick Gore (Think Like a Horse) video on limitations with a dog's vision. Here is a link in case you are interested in watching it at any point.  If you do I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

Link to watch video on YouTube:

In this video Rick Gore compares a dog's vision to a cat, horse and human vision. I was shocked to learn the limitations with a dog's vision, because I've spent a lot of time learning how dogs communicate but knew nothing about how they see. 


I'd just assumed that dogs have vision comparable to human vision which was ignorant of me. I guess I assumed that a dog sees like humans because of the amazing things they are capable of like running so far out after sheep and herding them back.


Having full senses (sight, hearing, smell) is pretty important for a working dog or trail dog and for their safety. I want to minimize any chance of hearing or vision loss with my future puppy.


Anyhoo, this man's main channel is called Think Like a Horse but this video is on his channel Think Like a Dog.  

Have a great evening and thanks as always for your time.


Robin Eschenbruecher


Health & Genetics

Genetic Heterogeneity and Its Importance in Dog Breeding

Great Article! 

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Excerpt from article:

Pet Owner vs Breeder

The accuracy and specificity of an inherited disease diagnosis are particularly important in the world of dog breeding where every potential health issue must be considered prior to breeding. Unlike general pet owners who may not need to know the specific underlying molecular mechanisms of a disease (especially when there is no routine clinical treatment), the world of dog breeding has grown increasing savvy about the potential of genetic testing technologies and their use in preventing production of diseased puppies.


Health & Behavior

Dogs Watch Us Carefully and Read Our

Faces Very Well

Great Article! 

Research shows dogs pay close attention to different human facial expressions.

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Health & Behavior

Balancing K9 Mental and Physical Health

Great Article! 

How your dog’s brain health and gut health could be causing their “reactivity.” How to rebalance their bodies and behaviour to make them a crazily enjoyable, healthy and stress-free companion!

Read or download PDF of article by clicking HERE.

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Health & Nutrition

Understanding Pet Digestion

Great Article! 

Very informative article by Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA published on the Innovative Veterinary Care website.

Providing optimal nutrition to your four-legged patients includes understanding how digestion works in dogs and cats, from one end of the body to the other.

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Health & Nutrition

Chart of Foods From Good to Never for Dogs

All Dog Owners Please Read! 

We encourage you to visit for great health, nutrition, and other valuable information regarding your beloved pet!

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Health & Nutrition

10 Best Fruits and Vegetables for Dogs

All Dog Owners Please Read! 

Fruits and vegetables for dogs can rev up important nutrients in their diet. Plus they make a tasty dog treat! Of course, certain fruits and vegetables will be better for your dog than others. Take a look at the ten best, and consider adding them to your dog’s meal routine.

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Health & Nutrition

Alert on Dog and Puppy Food Issues

All Dog Owners Please Read! 

From Suzy:
In the past six months I have been on a search to find the best possible dog and puppy kibble available after learning about fairly recent new information about what to look for in our dog food.

My sister learned some very interesting things from a vet who is a part of the UC Davis Veterinary Research team looking at dog food  and heart issues. 

She was told that the most important part of the ingredients list is the FIRST FIVE items.  These have the greatest impact to your dog or puppy.  Here are the top five things to concentrate on when looking for the best foods available.  First should be meat and meat meal.  Meat meal is actually the highest source for food value (absolutely no meat by products).  Brown rice, oatmeal, sweet potato are all excellent along with chicken fat or even better fish oil, and barley is okay in the top five.

Avoid at all cost potato’s and any legumes which are now the main ingredients behind meat in the majority of dog foods out there.  Potatoes and legumes and their by products i.e. peas, pea meal, chick peas, any other bean. etc have been found to be links to canine heart disease and we are paying $50-60 a bag for foods harmful to our beloved pets.

In my research I found only two foods that met this criteria.  I’m hoping those reading this might find more and share.  I have literally read the ingredients list on every brand of dog food available in western Montana as well as more brands and versions than I can count online.  It was very disheartening that the industry raced to replace potatoes with another cheap filler like legumes.  Feeding raw, be it 100% or a mix is a good way to ensure good health.

Blue Buffalo Lamb and Brown Rice Puppy is as close to the standard for puppies that I have found.  Chicken seems to trigger allergic reactions like extreme itching.  For adults Costco’s Premium Lamb and Brown Rice meets the standard recommended.  My vet has recommended feeding to puppies a mixture of puppy and adult to lessen the chance of too fast growth.

Always remember to slowly change your food as sudden change is very difficult to the digestive system.

We at Gold Creek Ranch Border Collies feed the kibble mentioned above but also raw bone in chicken, wild game, raw boneless beef other than meaty knuckle bones and large beef bones from upper leg.  Eggs, cottage cheese, pumpkin, appropriate fruits and vegetables also supplement and keep their food tasty and interesting while enhancing the nutritional needs.  We also give every dog and puppy NuVet Plus immune system boost and NuVet Joint to our adults to ensure healthy bone and joint.

I have recently been hearing from clients that their puppies are itching a lot. If you have not changed feeding the Blue Buffalo Chicken and Brown Rice puppy I first recommended, I suggest you change to the Blue Buffalo Lamb and Brown Rice, once the switch from their chicken recipe is made the itching is immediately going away.  A fairly fast switch does not seem to cause any negative gut reaction, I think the chicken version is causing an allergy to chicken.  The Lamb version is also closer to the preferred top five ingredients.

You can order the Blue Buffalo via Chewy for home delivery.  Costco’s Premium Lamb and Brown Rice is an excellent adult food and I’ve suggested to clients that they feed ⅔ rd puppy ⅓ rd adult, this all lessens the chance of too much growth too fast.  It can be ordered online at  This should solve your problem.  This issue has just started showing up in the last two weeks as far as me getting asked about it.  I’m notifying Blue Buffalo about this, good company.  These are my recommendations and are not perfect.  Always do your own research.  One thing I’ve learned is that my vets are so overwhelmed by their client load, they simply do not have the time and opportunity to keep abreast of all of the most current diet and even some of the new breeding protocol.  I’m actually sharing my research results with my vets, they check out the material and discuss their feelings about what they read.  I love having doctors in my life who are open to change when there is data and pier reviews to back it up.

This is strictly my recommendations based upon the information available in my research.  I am open to comments and recommendations.

Suzy Foss

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