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  May 23, 2013
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A Window into the Sport of Mondioring

A Window into the Sport of Mondioring
and the Dogs that Set the Bar

This past weekend several members of Leerburg staff and our friends attended the 2013 Mondioring Nationals in Minnesota. We brought along Macey Bundt, one of our office assistants, who enjoys photography as a hobby. This slide show is a compilation of the photos she took of both the competitors and spectators. Leerburg would like to thank all the participants of the trial. For those who have never seen a Mondioring Trial, these photos do a great job of capturing what it's all about. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

May 23, 2013   |   2 Minutes, 50 Seconds

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Question: Can you give me your honest opinion on a puppy I plan on importing to my country?

Hi Cindy

Trust you are doing well.

I need your help, Cindy. I attached a video of a puppy. This is the puppy the breeder selected for me. He is 8 weeks old in this video. Can you give me your honest opinion. This really is a big step for me and this will be the first Dutch Shepherd in my country. According to me the dog shows a lack of drive or interest in the bite work. The breeder reckons he is independent and will be to slow mature. Whatever that means.

Maybe his prey drive has not developed or is not opened yet?

Cindy's Response:

I could not view your video as the file was not compatible with my computer.  what I can say is  as a breeder I know that different puppies show things at different times of the day.  It’s possible the pup is slow to mature or maybe he doesn’t have a lot of prey or maybe in the setting of the litter he isn’t that interested.  Maybe he played a lot earlier in the day and he's tired.  Maybe he doesn't feel 100% today, the list is endless. 

I’d look more at the breeder, what they have produced, the parents of the pup and their progeny to make a decision.  When importing a dog for sport or any working venue, you need to know puppies are a crap shoot.  Even if you went over there and picked it yourself, it’s still a crap shoot.  I’ve kept pups from my own litters that didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped or expected, when dealing with baby animals there are just so many things that can factor into the development.

If you can’t risk the time and money on a puppy, it’s always my advice to buy a young adult where you can evaluate drives, temperament and joint health.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Puppies.

We get a number of Q&As every week, if you would like to read this week's Q&As, click here and check out the 'Recent Questions' section!

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Customer Comments

On Leerburg's GoughNuts K9 Kup Won in the Weekly Giveaway

I just wanted to say thanks for the GoughNuts Kup toy. My American bulldog is testing it out now. It's also my first time ever winning a prize on the net, so I was very surprised when I got the e-mail saying I'd won. I've included 2 photos of Payne testing out her now toy.

Thank you again!

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