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OUR DOGS

We live on a farm in western Minnesota, Allan farmed and ranched for many years. A short time ago we decided he should do something he’s wanted to do for years…raise puppies. Our puppies are raised with love, care and lots of attention. We want our pups to go to homes as pets…not as show dogs…we want them to be as loved there as they were here. Our puppies are used to being around people, big and little…when you get them they’ve been vet checked and had their first series of shots as well as any tail or dew claw clipping done. Some of our questions regarding puppies are people wondering whether they should get a male or a female, so this might help in deciding. In the American cocker pack makeup, females rule the roost as in most breeds. It is the females who determine the pecking order, and who compete to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are, as a result more independent, stubborn, and territorial than their male counterparts. The females are much more intent upon exercising their dominance by participating in alpha behaviors such as “humping”. There is a reason people utilize the technical dog term of ‘’Bitch” in a negative connotation – and it refers directly to the behaviors exhibited by the females of the dog world On the other hand, males are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive, and more demanding of attention, never getting enough. They are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody. They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children. Most boys are easily motivated by praise and food, and so eager to please that training is easy. However, males can be more easily distracted during training, as males like to play so often. And no matter what age he is more likely to act silly, and more puppy-like always wanting to play games. Boys are fun loving until the day they die. Females tend to become more reserved of dignified as they age. Witness the human equivalent of the twinkling eyed Grandpa still playing catch at age 70 while Grandma quietly observes from the porch.

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