Issues and Opinions

 
In addition, we have written on a number of subjects concerning...
Euro or German Boxers     Health Issues in Boxers     Issues and Opinions
Christmas Puppies     Choosing a Breeder     About our Contract
Ohio Canine Legislation     Housetraining Puppy
 

The purpose of our puppy contract is not to scare you, but to inform you of the responsibility and the dedication that will be required of you as an owner of a Laymani puppy. These are not animals that can be tied outside and fed once a day; these are animals that require your time, patience, companionship and understanding. When you give them this, you will have a devoted friend and companion for life. You will receive a socialized puppy ready for you to mold into your own pet. The manner in which you raise your puppy will determine what kind of adult companion you will own. This is your responsibility. This will take a lot of human interaction, but it’s worth it. If done correctly, you will end up with a very loyal, affectionate friend. We will do our best to guide you in choosing the best puppy for you and to point you in the proper direction while raising/training your puppy. If you have any questions about raising or the well-being of your pet, please feel free to contact us. We will try to counsel you in what has worked best for us and our animals. In feeding guidelines and any medical treatments – we always try a reasoned, methodical approach first. The wrong foods / and over vaccinating, can and does cause many health problems in dogs, so if you want a breeder that goes along blindly with the pharmaceutical companies then please buy from someone else.

When you purchase one of our puppies, it is for its entire life. Raised properly, they will bond with their owners, immediate family, and people they are raised with. So if you cannot make a lifetime commitment to this very special animal, please do not bring one into your life.

 

We take pride in the amount of research we put into our Boxers.  Denise and I read just about anything we can find on Boxers and dogs, in general.  We spend a fair amount of time talking to other breeders and to veterinarians.  Of course, we use web and tv resources, too.  When we write for our website, we bring all of that information to bear and write extemporaneously.  Unfortunately, others in the business find copying easier than doing, so pieces written here based on our experiences and expressing our opinions are occasionally seen, nearly verbatim, on other sites.  You will be able to tell that the material is copied by looking for consistency in writing.  You will find the same wordage, spelling, and sentence structure commonly used throughout our site.  If you should happen on a site that finds snagging our material easier than writing their own, please let us know.

In addition to the writing on our website, the photographs of our adult dogs / puppies and the entire website structure are our intellectual property and, as such, are copyrighted.  If you wish to link to material on our website, please let us know.

 

Laymani Boxers has chosen our adult dogs with great care for good temperament, sound muscular / skeletal structure, and conformation to the Boxer standard.  Our breeding program is intended to continually improve the conformation of our line, while maintaining the good health and temperament we have begun with by careful, consistent breeding practices.

Our intent is to provide great Boxers and great service to our Laymani Families through our program.  We do not restrict breeding rights by requiring spay/neuter or charge premium prices for certain puppies.

 

Though Fawn and Brindle are the official Boxer colors, the breed comes in an enormous variety of shades and combinations of color.  Many breeders strive for a maximum amount of "flash" (up to 30 percent white coloring) in their program by breeding Flashy dogs together.  Genetics will then return a goodly percentage of Flashy puppies, but it will also return a fair number of White or Check puppies.  What happens to those puppies?  Many breeders euthanize such puppies at birth, a practice that seems inherently unfair to many viable puppies.  After all, if you bred that puppy intentionally, don't you have a responsibility to care for it?  German breeding programs have established that breeding a Flashy dog with a "plain" dog greatly reduces the occurance of White puppies.  Of course, it also reduces the percentage of Flashy puppies, which have that bit of extra flair in the show ring.

At Laymani Boxers, our goal is to produce family-friendly, sound Boxers.  If you examine our website, you will readily see that we are breeding "flash" to "plain" intentionally.  Actually, that gives us a nice variety in Boxer colors for our Laymani Families to choose from.

 

Another slant on the question... "Which breeder should I choose?"

At Laymani Boxers, we feel that a good breeder must have a breeding plan.  Ours flows out for at least ten years and is continually adjusted as we learn more about our own Boxers.  By now, you probably know that one quality of a good breeder is to strive to improve the breed.  From our perspective, that requires knowledge of both the good and not-so-good qualities in your adult dogs, and it requires a generational approach to improvement.  In other words, if your prospective breeder is breeding the same dogs over and over, then buying new dogs to breed over and over, there is no generational plan for improvement being executed.  Your breeder should be ready to tell you about the qualities of individual dogs, what intended breedings within the program are intended to produce, and where the program is heading over a number of years.

Denise recently urged me to speak further about picking a breeder, and I began to realize that you may not have the ability to see a breeding plan or know how to determine if a generational plan is being executed.  So...  Does the breeder have a website?  Is it hosted on one of those "free" places or do they have their own domain (such as...www.laymani.com)?  Is there continuity in their kennel, or are they always displaying new dogs?  Do they retain and support any retired dogs?  Do they have any adolescent breeding prospects grown up from within their own line?  Do they have their own stud?  Can they tell you about the health histories of their dogs?  Do you have the sense that their breedings are purposeful and designed to improve their line?  Are their adults confined to a small dog-run on concrete?

Remember, when you see "quality puppies" in an ad, its just another buzzword.  Try to find a quality breeder to find your special puppy!  The breeder and the program your puppy comes from will determine whether you are spending big dollars at the emergency vet's or big time playing with your new puppy.

If you are visiting breeders, please watch how they relate to their dogs.  You can tell what kind of relationship is there.  Can you see all of the adults and the spaces where they live?  What are they eating and drinking?  Do the dogs have shelter and soft places to lie down?  Do they have toys?  Are there obstacles for running and jumping in their area?

When you see the puppies, do they look strong and healthy?  How does their coat look?  Do they have bright eyes?  Are they playing?  Are they inquiring and energetic?  Ask for the average birthweight and average "go home" weight of their puppies...Boxer puppies should range around .75-1.25 pounds at birth and average "go home" weight should be around 8 pounds.  Will the breeder give you the name and phone number of their veterinarian?

If you ask yourself these questions, you will be able to easily eliminate 90% of backyard or puppymill breeders, and you will greatly improve your chance to bringing home a healthy, happy puppy!

 

Do you show your dogs?

Yes, we did!  Our Bullmastiffs were carefully chosen with pedigree and show qualities in mind.  Cash was shown a number of times, and we attended a weekly show-handling class.  We really enjoy dog shows and are currently searching for the right Boxer pup to take back to the showring.

 


Housetraining Puppy

Dogs love ritual and order, but unlike a grown dog, your puppy is coming home with few preconceived notions of "how it goes".  A two-month-old puppy is just beginning to have physical control of elimination and has no understanding of your home or the larger outdoors.  The puppy has been protected and kept in a den-sized space most of its young life.

You have been a diligent new puppy parent.  You read some books that were full of contradictions, and that was terribly confusing.  So, you asked questions at the pet supply store about how to care for your puppy, and of course, the 18-year-old employee sold you a crate with a divider so you could restrict the puppy's movements and prevent it from soiling the crate.  You realize that you work all day, so your plan is for the puppy to live in that crate nearly all day.

Here are some scenarios that might happen when you bring your puppy home...

Your puppy is a member of the family, so you give it freedom of the whole house immediately.  Unfortunately, it finds a corner to eliminate in and sets up scent markers that will draw it back over and over.  Additionally, your puppy's nose is so sensitive that it can smell an area that a past pet of you or a previous resident has used, though you may smell nothing.  A dog will naturally go away from its sleeping space and toward the edge of its territory if allowed.  Your puppy doesn't know any better.  It is doing a natural thing.  Punishment is ineffective.  It just confuses the puppy and the situation gets worse.

Or, you put your new puppy in that brand new crate, with the divider set to a very small space.  You were told that a dog won't mess in its own sleeping area and that this method is "how its done".  The first night goes well.  You play with your puppy all evening and put it to bed in its new crate.  The next morning, you play some more and place your puppy back in the crate for the day, while you go to work.  When you get home, the puppy has eliminated in the crate, stinks of urine, and has tracked puppy-poo on the nice new doggie bed in the crate.  You probably didn't know that this baby still has limited control of its functions and that it would not be able to wait for hours and hours without "going".

Or, you are watching TV and notice that your puppy is patrolling the room and sniffing the floor.  Of course, you have puppy food and water available near the door all the time.  As  you jump up, grab the leash and head for the door, your precious pup squats on the entry rug and piddles.  Missed again!  Once again, punishment doesn't work.

Or, you fed your puppy and took it outside for a walk.  Your pup did its business and you proudly entered the house, turning your puppy loose to romp.  The puppy ran around the living room twice and pooped right on the carpet.  Whoops!  How did that happen?  You were right on top of the situation.  What nobody told you is that some dogs need two tries to finish the job.  Discipline isn't the trick, here.  You just have to learn your puppy's habits.

A look at the ingredients of the above situations may give you some perspective...

1. Yes, the literature is contradictory.  Since it is, I suggest you err toward experience while discarding written advice that doesn't make sense.  Does the pet supply house employee actually raise puppies, or does he sell dog crates?  Does your vet raise puppies, or does she treat sick dogs?  Does your breeder raise puppies?  Bingo!

2.  Should your new puppy have the freedom of the house, including your champagne-carpeted dining room?  Of course not, you know better.  You won't even let your 8-year-old nephew go in there with his shoes on.  Restrict your puppy to hard-surfaces that are easily cleaned until it has earned your trust of its ability to restrain itself.

3.  A young puppy has a short-term bladder.  It is just learning to control itself and must consume several times the calories/body weight of an adult dog in order to grow properly.  On top of that, You cannot last all day without a bathroom break.  What makes you think your puppy can?  If you force your puppy into a small crated area, you are setting it up for a bladder infection or compacted bowel, because it really shouldn't be "holding it" for several hours.  You are also teaching it to eliminate on its bedding and perpetuating bad habits.  Since you already know that your puppy shouldn't be able to withstand a day in a small divider-restricted area, that should be the first thing discarded when you setup your crate.  Once again, No Divider for the whole day.  We actually recommend setting the puppy's crate up with a towel near the door and paper away from the door.  Your puppy will be able to eliminate, if needed, and won't dance through the dirty paper to greet you at the end of the day.  The towel will be easily cleaned, should it get dirty.  The crate tray is easy to swipe down with Clorox Anywhere or Nature's Miracle.  By the way, we also recommend a crate with a front and a side door to make cleanup that much easier.

4.  When setting up your puppy's crate, consider placing a small tarp beneath it, to further protect the floor from spills and smells.

5.  If you were to go on the "lotsa water" diet, you would be running for the bathroom all day long.  If you leave food and water out for your puppy all the time, expect a similar puppy response.  Puppies need 3-4 feedings a day.  Their bodies cannot consume enough calories in one or two settings.  By the way, dry kibble is largely dehydrated (that keeps it from spoiling) and your puppy needs lots of water to digest it.  Puppies simply need to "go out" often.  Pay attention to your puppy's habits for more success.

6.  When you come home and take your puppy out of the crate, go straight to the door and outside.  You may also be starting the "bell method".  Don't forget to ring the bell on the way out.  Just as you would with children, restrict food and fluids just before bedtime and ensure your puppy has an outside potty break before bed.

7.  We have mentioned "no punishment" several times.  It simply isn't effective.  You should work with the natural way your puppy operates to attain success.  Your puppy doesn't want to eliminate where it sleeps.  It naturally wants to go the edge of its territory.  It needs to go to the bathroom within a few minutes of eating and drinking.  It cannot "hold it" for long periods of time.  It wants to follow the schedule that you set up and maintain.  It really responds to ritual and patterns.

8.  Dogs are heavily scent-driven, so the smell of previous accidents can be a setup for future problems.  Nature's Miracle is a good, readily-available cleaner.

9.  Dogs function in the "now".  Your puppy isn't thinking about how successful housetraining was the past two weeks.  If you have a setback, return to the basics.  Remember, that all aspects of successful training are people-dependent.  Your commitment to a common-sense schedule and rigorous application of these basic principles will drive your puppy's success. 

 


...about taking home a Christmas Puppy

Many breeders and pet stores actively strive to have puppies for sale this time of year, because everyone wants a puppy for Christmas!

At Laymani Boxers, we hope you will consider that Christmas decorations can be dangerous or lethal to a young puppy, and that the chaos of the season can create a nervous, confused puppy.

We promote calm home placement experiences.  Our puppiesare raised in our home and are already house-socialized, but when introduced to your home, they need time to get acquainted with its scents and textures, learn new boundaries and meet family members.  If you want the Christmas puppy experience, we actually encourage you to bring your puppy home early enough for her to feel comfortable in your home before all the excitement begins.

As an alternative to the “Christmas Puppy Moment”, Laymani Boxers can provide a beautiful professional photo of your puppy in Christmas Regalia, a keepsake birth announcement and a puppy packet. Or, we can even provide a Holiday Gift Certificate (for them to choose their puppy now or from future litters) that you can present to the person receiving the puppy as a Christmas gift. And, we look forward to Family visits with your new puppy.

Please call 740-678-2627 or email laymaniboxers@gmail.com for more details.

 

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