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Update Your Border Collie’s Microchip Information

At Shadewood Farm, we microchip every border collie puppy, adult and rescue before they leave our property. Microchipping your pet can greatly increase your chances of them coming home, IF you keep your contact information current.

If you haven't updated your contact information, do it today! Don't forget to update your pet's veterinarian's information too. Here's an BBC article that drives this point home.

Dog microchips: Outdated contact details leave animals unclaimed

''More than 4,700 stray dogs in the UK couldn't be reunited with their owners last year due to outdated microchips, animal charity Dogs Trust has said.''

''The charity found 37,283 dogs were

Puppy Socialization

Socialization is exactly what it sounds like – learning how to live within society. As humans, we learn socialization so that we can live and work in our communities and get along with other people we encounter. When it comes to puppies, we actually demand quite a bit more than we do of other humans. We expect puppies to be able to coexist not just with their own kind, but with us, and with animals of completely different species. We expect them to be able to behave politely in a variety of different environments, and to accept as normal things

Early Scent Introduction: What It Is and Why We Do It

Early scent introduction (ESI) is a training program for puppies designed to enhance their ability to identify, and react to, specific scents. Each day, the trainer introduces a strong scent to the puppy for brief intervals, and records the puppy’s reaction. The reaction is considered to be positive when the puppy shows interest in the scent, moving toward it. A negative reaction is recorded when the puppy tries to get away from the scent. And finally, when a puppy is neither interested nor disinterested in the scent, this is a neutral reaction.
Seven Years of Research
Dr. Gayle Watkins is a breeder

Early Neurological Stimulation: What It Is and Why We Do It

Over the course of time, mankind has experimented with various ways of improving performance, not just in humans, but in animals as well. The conventional wisdom has always been that early age is the best time to stimulate growth and development, and today we know with certainty that early neurological stimulation (ENS), also known as Bio Sensor training, has a huge effect on developing canines.

Using the Electrical Encephalogram (EEG), researchers have been able to measure the way in which a puppy’s brain responds to stressors like changes in muscle tension, emotional stress, and excitement, and have determined that puppies that

Critical Periods of Development in Puppies

Many people think of puppy development as happening in just a few stages – they’re born, then their eyes open, and eight weeks later, they’re ready to leave their mother and litter mates. There is actually quite a bit more to puppy development. In fact, there are at least 10 major stages in a puppy’s development.
The Neonatal Period
This is the first 13 days in a puppy’s life. During this stage, the puppy’s eyes are closed, and he has no control over his bodily functions. The puppy can neither see nor hear, and is completely dependent on his mother. During this

AKC Breeder of Merit Program

The AKC Breeder of Merit program is designed to recognize exceptional breeders – those who display an above-average devotion to their breed of choice, commitment to AKC standards and the AKC community in general, and a dedication to promoting purebred dogs. AKC breeders of dogs that exemplify the standards for the breed in terms of ability, temperament, and appearance who meet certain criteria are eligible to become Breeders of Merit.
The Requirements for the AKC Breeder of Merit Program
In order to become an AKC breeder of merit, breeders must have been involved with AKC events for five years at a minimum,