Tuesday, December 6, 2016

And then there were NONE!

And then there was ONE! Baby Sutton is now “Hadleigh" (Moonlight's Had to See You) joining Alex & Lulu in Las Vegas. Alex originally wanted a boy puppy, but first priority was a ZeneπŸ‘™Baby. Hadleigh (& her sisters) represent what I hoped for out of this breeding in breed type/temperament. Paws are crossed this little one will contribute to the future of Moonlight πŸŒ™ Looking forward to the trio traveling back to the CA show circuits! Can’t wait for the next Moonlight Meet-up! 

Bye Bye Hadleigh! We will miss you! 😘 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

And then there were TWO!

And then there were TWO! Baby Sawyer is now “Charlie" (Moonlight's Wait and See) joining Bill & Amy and their girls in San Diego. They've wanted a Vizsla for quite some time after meeting the breed while on vacation. So glad it worked out for Charlie to join this lovely family, and we're looking forward to hear how she gets on with their King Charles Spaniels, Tess & Lily 🐾 Can’t wait for the next Moonlight Meet-up!

Bye Bye Charlie! We will miss you! 😘

Thursday, December 1, 2016

And then there were THREE!

And then there were THREE! Baby Skye is now “Frankie" (Moonlight Beginning to See The Light) joining Hillary & Ray in dog-friendly Santa Cruz. They've connected with all the fabulous Vizsla folks in NorCal and have quite the V-network going. Looking forward to hearing about Frankie meeting her cousins in the area (IG) @zak_the_vizsla @denyzola and @kikiandopel We love our extended family of V's 😁 Can’t wait for the next (NorCal) Moonlight Meet-up!

Bye Bye Frankie! We will miss you! 😘

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Thoughts on Puppy Raising

The hardest part of raising a puppy is not to stifle them. Yet we must be there to protect them every step of the way. Finding that balance, between freedom and protection, is a difficult one to find. We want to tend to their every need, and cuddle away every whimper, and when we do, we stunt their emotional growth. We keep the fearful ones fearful, and the bold ones simply find us irritating.

Our puppies must learn to problem solve, and work out their own difficulties. Our job is to find the balance of when to help them, when to give them a kiss and a nurturing shove forward to work it out on their own, to know when to laugh at them for the dumb error that they just committed, when to force them to succeed and then reward them as though it was their own brilliant idea, and when to simply protect them and keep them safe.

When raising a puppy, I use what they offer to build their confidence. My past two weeks have been spent with two wonderful baby boys. Both are needing help dealing with big adult dogs at the park. Both pretend to act over confident and 'cool' when they really would rather climb inside my jacket and be carried! Growing up is scary, and my understanding and help, and hand-holding, has given them the courage to act like stellar lads.

My first little man had a fabulous temperament, and fabulous raising thus far, so he only needed teasing reminders such as "Grab your Ball" when passing a dog. By keeping his mind on the soother in his mouth, his manners were spectacular, and he had the confidence to move on past temptation.

My second little puppy could not have been more different. He had no social skills, and only confidence through his teeth, so pretended he was the biggest and toughest dog in the world. He needed to be carried past dogs and see them from the safety of arms. Then he needed to be on the ground, with hands guiding him, reminding him that is was me and him against the world. Now we are at the stage of going past the dog, and throwing a cookie in the direction that I want him to go (straight past). I am giving him a reason to leave the encounter. I'm not forcing him. It is his choice to leave (so he keeps all his power). I've just presented a darned good reason why he should leave. This little man has given me his heart and soul. He tries hard to please - but he has no idea how to behave. It is my job to show him how. Because of all that he has missed, he is never going to be the role model at the dog park. But he can learn manners, and how to be a well adjusted, confident adult, by being schooled on what is wanted, and by watching my well behaved adult dogs demo for him.

We are repeatedly told that dog training is science. I disagree. I think it is more like art. Each dog is a blank canvas, and it is up to us to create our perfect dog. We are given a topic, and then the creation is left in our own hands.

There certainly is a scientific component to it; If you do this - you will get that. But first you must envision your canvas so that you know what you want to create, and then you use your science to help you get it.

This is the reason that if you present one problem to ten dog-trainers, you will get ten answers. All might be right, but each trainer will create a very different canvas, depending upon what they saw.

Monique Anstee
Victoria, BC

And then there were FOUR!

And then there were FOUR! Baby Scout is now “Wink" (Moonlight's TBD) joining Din & Ross and older brother, “Woodford” @woodford_on_the_rocks on Instagram (from our 2013 Shout Out Litter) in San Diego. Always a huge compliment having a family ask for another Vizsla from you, but considering I adore these guys the choice was easy!  Can’t wait for the next Moonlight Meet-up! 

Bye Bye Wink! We will miss you! 😘 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Go Home Day is approaching!

Time to put together the Moonlight Vizslas "Go Home Bag" for the Girl Gang/Seeing Double Litter! Time flies when you're having fun! 😁 Each bag includes good stuff to get each pup started off right in their new home...chewies, soft blankie, handouts on puppy raising/training/socializing, treats, stuffed toys, toothbrush/paste kit, Kong and MV tote bag!