Sunday, March 10, 2019

New Canine Good Neighbour Title for Oscar

Today at the Scarborough Kennel Club dog show, CH Barbevoix Oscar de Northrock earned his CKC Canine Good Neighbour title and can now add the letters CGN after his name.  Thank you to his co-owner Nellemarie Hyde and her family for raising such a delightful dog.  He's always such a pleasure to be around!  Oscar was bred by Catherine Verge and we are so happy to share our lives with him.

Oscar is by Northrock's All Night Boogie and out of Barbevoix Spezia dit Holala

The Canine Good Neighbour title is earned when a dog passes a non-competitive twelve step test that evaluates the dog's ability to perform basic exercises as well as demonstrate good manners in everyday situations. 

The handler and the dog must complete the following steps in order to pass the test:

  1. Accepting A Friendly Stranger
  2. Politely Accepts Petting
  3. Appearance and Grooming
  4. Out For A Walk
  5. Walking Through A Crowd
  6. Sit/Down On Command and Stay In Place
  7. Come When Called
  8. Praise/Interaction
  9. Reaction To A Passing Dog
  10. Reaction To Distractions
  11. Supervised Isolation
  12. Walking Through A Door/Gate

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Pascal x Summer Puppies: Seven Weeks Old

This has been another fun week with Bert and Ernie.  They have been spending a lot of time outside of their puppy pen, visiting different rooms in the house and have had two car trips and visits away from our house.

Their teeth are really coming in and their biting is getting harder!  Lots of appropriate chew toys and bones are provided for them and they are learning bite inhibition when they play with one another and the older dogs.

Providing a little "bridge" to climb on in their pen helps them to learn about edges and they enjoy the novelty of the new item.  They are also having fun playing with the slide.   And the hot dog scent trail was a big hit!

First Bath for Ernie

The puppies had their first baths this week and handled the experience very well.  

Although the weather outside has been cold and windy, we've taken advantage of breaks in the weather and sunny skies to get outside for brief recesses with the puppies. 

Puppies in our litters are usually identified with small puppy collars.  Those weren't needed for Bert and Ernie so this week we began habituating them to the collar.  These aren't break away collars so we only put them on the puppies when they are being supervised.  We wouldn't want them to accidentally get caught up on anything with the collars. 

Our time with these precious puppies is soon coming to a close and we are treasuring these last few weeks with them.

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.  
You don't need to have a facebook account to view them.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Pascal x Summer Puppies: Six Weeks Old

We are so in love with these curious and playful puppies.  They had a wonderful week and seem so very much like little dogs now.  They are far more co-ordinated than they were even just a week ago and enjoy climbing over and under things.  The adventure box is still a source of great fun for them and the tunnel is another favourite.
They are little chewing machines now that their teeth have really broken through their gums and making sure that they have appropriate chew toys as well as bones to help ease their desire to gnaw and chew goes a long way.
Amazingly we've had a break in the cold weather and heavy snow and managed to get outside for some fresh air this week.  It was a very positive experience for the puppies and we are so happy with how well they handled the new experience.  


We rotate the items in the puppy pen on a regular basis so that the puppies get to experience novel stimuli.  We're also having them out and exploring other rooms in the house, listening to sound recordings, eating out of different containers, and visiting with the other dogs in the house.


Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.  You don't need to have a facebook account to view them.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Best Puppy In Group for CH Barbevoix Oscar De Northrock

Oscar came back out to play at the Woodstock and District Canine Association shows this past weekend. For his first show of the new year on Friday, February 22nd at the Limited Breed - Group One show, he was awarded Best of Breed and then went on to win Best Puppy In Group under judge Anna Hewson. 

Nellemarie Hyde, Oscar's co-owner and I are grateful to the judges for rewarding our boy in the ring this weekend and to Peter Scott who expertly handled Oscar to all of his wins.  Bred by Catherine Verge, Oscar is by Northrock's All Night Boogie and out of Barbevoix Spezia dit Holala. 

Monday, February 25, 2019

New CKC Championship for Hadfield!

CH Northrock's Fly Me To The Moon CGN
We are thrilled to share the news that this past weekend at the Woodstock and District Canine Association dog show, Hadfield completed the requirements for his conformation title* going Best of Winners under judge Grant Townsend.  Hadfield is the fourth puppy from our Boomer and Ellie litter (Northrock's All Night Boogie x UR01 CH Northrock's Eau De Joy CGN) to earn his CKC Championship and we could not be more pleased.  Hadfield lives with his co-owner Marisa Victor and we are grateful to the judges for recognizing his quality and also to his handler Noreena Seery who piloted him to his wins.

Hadfield has a terrific temperament and lives a wonderful life with his family which consists of Marisa and Marc, their four fabulous kids and a sweet, elderly Duck Toller.  He's a great family dog and I look forward to hearing all about his future adventures.

*Pending CKC confirmation.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Pascal x Summer Puppies: Five Weeks Old

It's been a great week for Bert and Ernie.  Their puppy pen continues to have new things added to it and they've had trips to visit other rooms in the house.  Visitors have come over to help socialize the puppies and the Pascal and Summer pups have taken it all in stride.

Bert poses for his 5 week old puppy portrait.

Ernie sitting nicely for his 5 week old portrait.

 Summer continues to be a great mother.  She is still nursing them, even though they have now started on solid foods, she really enjoys spending time with her two boys and is often in the pen with them; playing or sleeping with them or nursing them and cleaning up after them.
The puppy pen during their fifth week.  The floating balloon as well as hanging toys offers some visual stimulation for the puppies, they are regularly using their potty boxes and enjoy running through and playing in their tunnel.

Soft dog beds and big stuffed animals give them a cozy place to curl up for a nap.

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Pascal x Summer Puppies: Four Weeks Old

The fourth week, also known as the Awareness or Identification Period (21 - 28 days) was an exciting time for the puppies as they made the big move from the guest bedroom to the main floor of the house.  
Now their pen is set up in the room which would normally be our dining room (right next to the kitchen and living room) and they are exposed to the sounds, smells and sights of household life. 

Potty training continues to go well with the addition of potty boxes and pellets. 

We also let them gnaw and chew on some bones in preparation for the introduction of solid food next week.

The puppies are more mobile and quite good at getting around their space.  They engage with their dam and with one another in the form of play fighting and wrestling, mouthing and batting each other.  They are also making more vocalization and sounding and acting more like little dogs.

Our family is enjoying them immensely and they get lots of cuddles and handling throughout the day.
Summer continues her excellent mothering and nurses the puppies regularly though she is increasingly spending less time inside the pen, she can come and go to her puppies as she wishes.  

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.