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 it can't be done when she is close to being in heat because the hormones can make the joints a bit laxer than usual as part of preparing for pregnancy. It takes an average of 6-8 weeks to get your results back from OFA.I would be worried about her lack of muscle tone since you say that she is getting all of this exercise. Of course, dogs outside alone are rarely exercising. They may play and roam in bursts but the actual energy they expend is very little. She...
is he willing to spend the money necessary to do it right? OFA in the KS area is going to run somewhere between $200 and $300. You will want them to do hips and elbows. You will also need to have eyes tested - this needs to be done every year through CERF. Thyroid is recommended.
if you think that there is even a tiny reason to be worried about her hips DO NOT breed her until she has been certified through OFA as good or better. No dog should be bred without an OFA rating, preferably with known hip ratings on as many dogs in the pedigree as possible.
in some areas, it is illegal to chain or tether dogs for any amount of time or for any reason
I know a lot of people who actually take their ***** for a car ride for every potty break. they don't want the scent anywhere near their house you can also give chlorophyll tablets to your ***** to decrease her scent when she is in heat
it's technically possible for every pup in the litter to have a different father.       There is a mismate shot that you can give to the dog within a certain timeframe after the breeding to insure there is no pregnancy.
 if she has been free roaming, your brother had best have her thoroughly checked for STDs. Unlike humans, bitches can literally pick it up from the "toilet seat" AKA when they squat in grass where an infected dog has peed. At this point, she may not even be able to conceive if she is infected. If she does conceive, it's likely that she will miscarry.and running with the neighbor's lab constitutes a pack and more likely to rack up kills that you don't even know about...
 the part about not training until they are full grown is totally false. Training starts as soon as the pup comes home. Basic things like wearing a harness, obedience as needed, then when a few months old, pulling light objects like milk jugs and slowly advancing to pieces of 2x4 and on up. No, you won't train them on an actual weighted down sled until older, but if you wait until they are 2-3 years old (full grown) to start training, the dog will be old enough...
I would say that, if driving less than 4 hours to make sure you get the best dog for your needs, then you need to wait until YOU are the one making the decisions. What will they say when you need to go to a training class? Or need to drive some place to pick up equipment? Most sport people drive farther than that just for training classes. 4-5 hours for an event is a short drive. You say you want to do 4H with the dog. You're going to be traveling. Simple as that. ...
 that isn't far. They might even meet you halfway.
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