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Winter 2008
Labrador Retriever The Importance of Puppy Socialization
By Arliss Paddock
From the very start, a puppy learns important lessons through his experience of the world around him. Even in the first few weeks as he snuggles with his dam, wrestles with his littermates, and is handled by his breeder each day, the personality traits and social skills that he will have all his life are beginning to form.

As the weeks go by, exposure to a variety of experiences is crucial to his becoming a well-rounded adult. Studies have shown that a puppy's experiences in the first three months of life strongly influence what kind of companion he will grow to be and how he will react to the world. Will he shy away from children? Will he be afraid of people in hats? Will he be aggressive toward other dogs? Or will he be easygoing and adaptable in a variety of situations. Read more.

Genome Barks Podcasts
Genome Barks Podcasts
In our last issue we introduced the AKC and CHF's latest program, Genome Barks Podcasts. Here is a list of podcasts currently in our library which can be found on both and
Remember, a new podcast is released every two weeks.

Breeders of the Year 2005: Peggy and Dave Helming Advice from the Breeder By Peggy & Dave Helming
Shortcuts Are Not Acceptable We were pleased to be given the opportunity to share some thoughts with the fancy on breeding dogs. These observations have been gathered over the 40 years we have been engaged in breeding Newfoundlands and, more recently, during the last 10 years while breeding Portuguese Water Dogs.

For new breeders, it is important to start out slowly and spend endless hours studying the breed with the most knowledgeable people you can. The breeders we have shared time with over the years have been dedicated to improving and preserving the qualities of the Newfoundland and Portuguese Water Dog. The wealth of information and experience they have shared with us has been invaluable. It is amazing what can be accomplished, even in a competitive environment, when people openly share their knowledge with one another in pursuit of a common goal. Read more.

AKC Humane Fund Inside the AKC By Daphna Straus
The AKC Humane Fund Over the years, the sport has missed out on numerous gifts and contributions because AKC structure does not allow a tax incentive for donors. That scenario changed in 2007 with the creation of the AKC Humane Fund, Inc. The AKC Humane Fund is a not-for-profit organization that aims to bring together all dog lovers who are committed to responsible dog ownership. Its first program will be a breed-rescue grants program for parent clubs and parent-club designees. Read more.
X-ray of ball in dog's stomach The Things Dogs Will Eat! By Jerold S. Bell, DVM
Dogs have strong jaw muscles, which allow them to tear and chew many things. We have to remember, however, that their gastrointestinal tract is almost the same as a human's. Anything (aside from dog food) that we would not eat, our dogs should not eat. There are three categories of foreign objects that dogs tend to swallow: Balls, rocks, and other things. I have seen golf balls, Super Balls, rubber balls, and even a tennis ball removed from dogs' stomachs and intestines. Read more.
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Meet AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® By Mary Burch
Responsible breeders want the peace of mind of knowing their puppies are off to a good start. The AKC's newest program, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, is designed to ensure that puppies and their owners have a great life together. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is the puppy level of Canine Good Citizen®. S.T.A.R. is an acronym for "Socialization, Training, Activity, and a Responsible owner," all the things every puppy needs. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is open to purebred and mixed-breed dogs, and the program defines puppy as a dog up to the age of 1 year old. Read more.
Royal Canin Breeder's Handbooks The Science of Breeding by Royal Canin
Breeder's Handbook: Weaning Principal and Method Weaning is the process of transition from a milk-only diet to a growth-promoting food. It ends by the physical separation of mother and puppies. Physiologically, the bitch's milk production increases during the first weeks of lactation to provide everything that the puppies need. However, this reaches its maximum point after 3 to 4 weeks, necessitating another food source for the puppies in order to satisfy their growth requirements. Read more.
  Ronald N. Rella, Director, Breeder Services or (212) 696-8303

© 2008 American Kennel Club

  The American Kennel Club will be presenting its seventh annual Breeder of the Year awards this year at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, California. This award was created to recognize outstanding purebred dog breeders, and is bestowed on individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving the health, temperament, and longevity of their breed.

The AKC's 2008 Breeder of the Year group recipients are Joan Savage, Sporting Group (Stagedoor English Setters); Kathy and Julie Jones, Hound Group (Jasiri-Sukari Basenjis); Lilian Ostermiller, Working Group (De-Li Bernese Mountain Dogs); Miriam "Buffy" Stamm, Terrier Group (Anstamm Scottish Terriers); Luke and Diane Ehricht, Toy Group (Hallmark Jolei Shih Tzus); Eleanor and Bob Candland, Non-Sporting Group (El-Bo Boston Terriers); and James and Sheree Moses, Herding Group (Kaleef German Shepherd Dogs). Congratulations to these deserving honorees!

In this issue we are pleased to present "Weaning Principle and Method," the latest chapter in Royal Canin's "The Science of Breeding" series. It covers the when, how, and what of weaning as well as some diseases associated with weaning.

The 2005 AKC Breeder of the Year recipients, Dave and Peggy Helming, share some observations they have gathered over their 40 years of breeding dogs. Dr. Jerold Bell has an insightful article entitled "The Things Dogs Will Eat!," and from "Inside AKC" we learn about two new initiatives from the AKC, the Humane Fund and the S.T.A.R. Puppy program.

We hope that you will enjoy this issue of AKC Breeder as much as we have enjoyed compiling it for you.

Ronald N. Rella
Director, Breeder Services

AKC Mission Statement
The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.

  AKC Breeder articles are selected for their general interest and entertainment values. Authors' views do not necessarily represent the policies of The American Kennel Club, nor does their publication constitute an endorsement by the AKC.