Training training training…

And in case you don’t know what I’m going to chat about, it’s


I really started becoming interested in training when I met Amy Jensen of Baxter and Bella Online Puppy Training. Amy and I were assisting JoAn of Ellsworth Australian Labradoodles with a litter that were being evaluated for conformation. Amy was making a final decision that day on a puppy that she would train for the organization, “Good Dog Autism”. I watched her evaluate a couple of puppies and asked some questions. Chili was the winner and so was I that day because I met Amy and was introduced to Baxter and Bella.

I had just purchased my girl, Mika and I thought I was pretty educated and well prepared to start my breeding journey. After spending just a few minutes watching both JoAn and Amy, I knew I was completely clueless! Luckily for me, my foundation girl Mika is a one in a million dog with an excellent lineage. She is so trainable and has always been willing to do what I ask her. She trusts me and I trust her. I didn’t however know anything about training her and more importantly I didn’t understand why it was so important to do so.

We have come a long way in the Beehive Fur Friend journey. I am committed to become a top notch breeder of Goldendoodles and Spinone Italiano but perhaps what I have become even more passionate about is…


I encourage my families to at least take a stroll through the Baxter and Bella Training website and highly suggest and just about beg them to invest the minimal amount of money it costs to purchase a lifetime membership. I simply cannot tell you the difference it makes in the dog long term. Amy has been a trainer for over 20 years and has been training dogs for “Good Dog Autism” for the last several years. She has created a program that even children 8 and up can do. All of this and it’s done by you in the privacy of your own home at your convenience. I simply cannot say enough great things about this training program. I wish I could shout from the rooftops that anyone and everyone that adopts a puppy NEEDS this amazing program! I am part of the Baxter and Bella Partners Group and we offer feedback and work with B&B to make sure we are all doing our very best to raise amazing pups that transition beautifully into the online program.

Why training? If you have ever met a dog that jumps on you, barks at you, runs out the door for hours of the get in your car and come find me game or had a dog that simply just doesn’t listen to your commands, you know the frustration, fear and embarrassment (not to mention the possible fines/tickets from the dog catcher) that goes along with those dogs. It’s stressful and makes being a dog owner not much fun. On the contrary, if you have met a dog that is well trained, regardless of the breed, fur, name, size etc…you tend to really like that dog. My first well trained dog was a Doberman and although she wasn’t a dog I would have chosen for myself, she was well trained and free and so we got her. Well guess what? To this day she is one of my favorite dogs. Mika has been trained but not perfectly. I still had a lot to learn and we train everyday now. She doesn’t do a ton of training when she has a litter of pups to care for but outside of those few weeks, we are always working on something…Dogs love training and it is so good for their mental health and ultimately for yours too!

If you know someone that is getting a dog or has a pup/dog that needs some help, send them to and feel free to use my breeder code: BEEHIVE for 25% off of a lifetime membership! You will all thank me later, I promise! Until then, enjoy watching this awesome pup from Mika’s most recent litter being trained by dad and a mom that has never owned her very own dog before! I think they’re doing a killer job!!! Way to go you two, way to go! P.S. You’re going to make excellent kid parents someday too!

Juneau and his parents teaching him some great things at almost 11 weeks old.

Grain Free or NOT?

I was reading an article from Hemopet, (a blood bank for dogs) and Dr. Dodds take on the whole “grain free” rage that happened about a year and a half ago…it appears that they are not really any closer to a sure conclusion and so Dr. Dodds suggest some bloodwork that can be done and sent to UC Davis for answers. Long and short of it all is that if you feed grain free for specific reasons and feel that it’s what is best for your pup, then you may want to have your dog’s bloodwork done and calm your fears. I personally feed my dogs a couple of different dog foods at different times and I am at peace with my choices. If you are concerned, I would recommend that you follow up with your veterinarian and have your dog tested. I will post any updates that I hear about and also feel free to subscribe to Dr. Dodds Hemopet newsletter. I try to follow her protocol for immunizations on puppies as I trust her many many years of research. I recommend this protocol to our BFF families but also support your choice as the owner once you have your new BFF in your home.

The following is an excerpt from the most recent newsletter from Hemopet,

Again, where are we in September of 2020?

We are nowhere closer to having the appropriate and correct answers. This is going to take some time.

Remember, if you’ve stopped feeding grains to your companion dog, think back to the many reasons why you stopped. It could be to prevent leaky gut syndrome, to help curb food sensitivities or intolerances to a particular grain, to maintain optimal weight in your dog, etc.

If you are worried, we understand. We suggest having your veterinarian take a blood sample to measure the methionine, cysteine and taurine levels in both whole blood and plasma, and send it to a diagnostic laboratory (University of California – Davis or University of Wisconsin) experienced with the appropriate reference ranges for circulating taurine. If the levels are lower than normal for dogs, please discuss the appropriate next steps with your veterinarian. Please send the information on your dog, including the food you are feeding, breed, health regarding DCM and retinal degradation, age and weight to the FDA. You and your dog would potentially be helping millions of other dogs. Sept 10, 2020/Hemopet/Nutrition

And we have a lot of precious reasons to help all dogs!