Happy New year everyone!
As I sit here writing this, I am watching a snowstorm develop into a BLIZZARD! It is definitely a winter wonderland here in the Pacific Northwest!
We are about a week out from our next selection day of a litter of 4 little girls, and we have a second litter of girls that will be ready for selection in another month......AND we have a new litter of 6 just born this past week. How exciting!! Such a fun way to ring in the new year, after a little hiatus from raising puppies!
I will be updating the nursery this week with updates and contacting the next families in line to select, so watch your emails :)
We are also excited to begin offering continued training and Q&A webinars in 2017.
Over the years, I have enjoyed getting to know our families and learning how our puppies are doing in their new homes. Most of the pups are placed to be therapy dogs, and they are doing fantastically. This was why I developed my breed, and the genetics behind these puppies is a wonderful start for a career in emotional support or therapy--even service training. This breed is extremely intelligent and they thrive on challenges and learning. In the beginning, it was a given that our dogs would be involved in training programs and rarely did we receive emails or calls with behavior issues arising, as the families were working very closely with their companion and had the help of a trainer. As the breed has grown in popularity, we have been receiving more inquiries who want a Habibi for a pet, or saw their picture and think they are cute. While we are always thrilled to hear our dogs are loved, we have noticed a trend with many of these new families, and that is not understanding how to communicate or train their dogs properly. Many actually have caused their puppies to become fearful or exhibit anxiety from the poor communication. We started receiving lots of typical puppy behavior questions from families, such as; puppy crying at night or exhibiting separation anxiety, nipping, or how to potty train them. These are all very typical puppy behaviors that are easily managed, but what I realized is that these families are just not set up for success with the proper tool kit to even know how to address these issues. Most were handling things with methods that were actually the opposite of what needed to be done, which was undoing all the work we had put into their puppy before they went to their homes. Each family is very well meaning, but one thing was clear. If you do not understand how dogs think or what their behavior actually means, how in the world are you going to be able to communicate appropriately with your new puppy? This realization has been the influence for me to start working on my new continued education webinars and training for all my families. I really want everyone to have the same positive experience, and they can! They just need to have the proper tools and understanding so they can be set up for success. While there are many schools of thought on how to train dogs, I will be sharing our methods and the training that we use and recommend because it has been a tried and true method that simply WORKS. I am so excited to embark on a new journey with all of you, and cannot wait to share this fun new adventure!
Wishing you and yours a very peaceful and happy new year!
Julie, Abdo and the Gang at Habibi Bears :)