“Bandit” – Adoption Spotlight!

“Bandit” – Available to a Performance or Companion Home 

If you’ve considered adding a companion or performance borzoi to your life, have a look at THIS adorable little face – you’ll never see another one quite like it!  

Bandit’s keen to chase and capture – a great athlete in the making!
Itty bitty Bandit…

On August 4th 2017, Seamus x Melody had a litter of gorgeous, sweet and healthy borzoi puppies.  

Like all the dogs born here at Aria, puppies from this 2017 “Van Morrison” litter begin life with all the advantages we can give them.  Intensive pedigree research, as well as temperament testing and health screenings are all crucial parts of our breeding program, and all our litters receive the “SuperDog” puppy development exercises used by the US Army. You can read about the exercises in an upcoming blog post we have planned soon.

Bandit’s 8 Week Photo

We strive to breed borzoi that excel in their lives, whether that be in the show ring, the field, as a beloved family pet, or (as most of our dogs) some combination of all of the above!

“I can’t WAIT to meet you!”

Bandit shows a lot of potential as a performance dog, plus a LOT of personality – she’d make a great companion, as well.  To inquire, check out our puppy adoption questionnaire, here —> LINK TO QUESTIONNAIRE

To see our other available puppies and dogs, go to our available dogs page, here —> AVAILABLE DOGS AND PUPPIES

 

Puppy Development Series 1- The Magic of the First Month


On July 15, 2015, Lancelot x Bridget had a litter of  borzoi puppies. The “Irish Airs” litter will be the subjects of a series of posts about early puppy development  here at Aria.  Watch them grow up and learn how you can use puppyhood experiences to help build confident, resourceful adult dogs that handle stressors well and are emotionally solid in a wide variety of situations.

The Magic of the First Month -Individualism

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Little puppy Seamus has escaped the puppy pen and the mauling of his brothers and sisters, to enjoy a dignified nap with mom, Bridget.

Click HERE to see their video! “They’re starting to get interesting!”

Something magical starts happening around the first month of a puppy’s life –  Individualism!  Once their eyes are fully open and they’ve had a little practice moving around on purpose, suddenly, they start to realize that they are a unique entity and can affect the world around them.  This is the beginning of personality, and the seeds of the dog they will become.

They learn their first lessons about touch, texture, bite inhibition and so much more while they’re bumbling about at this age, simply being adorable.  It may not look like much to our eyes, but their little brains and bodies are working overtime to grow and learn.

It’s an exciting time to be a puppy! Yay for individualization!

Administrative Schedule for A Litter -What to Do Before They Go Home

Most people raising a litter of puppies did NOT get decide to do so because they were just dying to do paperwork – but, sadly, you do need to take some time away from the rewarding work and do the boring work too.  Here are a few guidelines on some of the things you’ll need, paperwork wise, for an AKC registered litter here in the United States. 

This is Bandit

AKC Paperwork

  • Pay the Stud Fee.
  • Register the Litter Online (for natural breedings with no lease agreement)
  • Register the Litter by Mail (for all other breeding situations)

If you are registering the litter by mail, you will need to send a self-addressed envelope with a check made out to the AKC and the Stud Fee to the stud owner and/or any other co-owners.

Schedule Important Evaluations and Events

This is Freckles.
  • Structural Evaluation
  • Temperament Testing
  • Puppy Walk (you may want to send out “save the date” invitations for any puppy parties/events you have planned – get that on the calendar too!)
  • Puppy Pickups

Testing and Health Appointments

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This is Minnie.
  • First Well-Puppy Exams
  • Schedule Eye Exam
  • Schedule Heart Exam
  • Fecal Exam
  • Schedule Vaccinations at appropriate times
  • Microchip Implantation
  • …and don’t forget to schedule any other breed-specific testing, screening or registry you wish to participate in.

Going-Home Preparation Shopping List

  • Microchipping Service (AKC Reunite, Avid, HomeAgain)
  • Collars
  • Leashes
  • Toys
  • Adult Dog Kibble (for use as training treats)
  •  Tubes of Bravo, ProBalance, or other supplementation
  • Notebooks, Binders, Sheet Protectors for your Going Home Books
  • Any Whistles, Lanyards, or Clickers

Going Home Books

Many breeders like to send their pups home with their new families complete with a “Going Home” Book.  Part Baby-Book, part contract keeper, and part owner’s manual, a Going Home book is a customized reference you can put together for each family, customized for each puppy they’re bringing home.  It can include candid puppy photos, copies of your contract/purchase agreements, all of your health records, testing, microchip information as well as any handouts you’d like to provide on the pup’s pedigree, color photos of the proud parents, and anything else that could come in handy.  In addition to being handy to have, this can end up being a treasured keepsake, and a place where they store ALL their dog’s records, in time.  Here’s what you can do to prepare a good, useful Going Home book to send along with your puppy:

  • Order a pedigree
  • Have your puppy contracts and warranties in order
  • Fill out a good medical history
  • Share your ongoing notes on your puppy’s temperament testing and training
  • Print out good color photos of both the sire and the dam to share
  • Have a health certificate and any other travelling papers in order
  • A structural evaluation
  • A pamphlet or some information on the breed

What You Should Provide To New Owners

  • Puppy Book, including all of the above
  • Leash and Collar
  • Food/Supplements
  • Training Treats
  • Whistles/Lanyards/Clicker – Training Basics
  • A Familiar Toy

Be sure to register the puppy with the AKC and activate their microchip when the buyer is there, provide all the health records and a copy of their contract and warranty.  They’ll want to look to you for guidance in the months to come, especially if they’re new to the breed, and will appreciate any details on their particular puppy that you care to share.  Most people absolutely love getting candid puppy pictures!

Having all your paperwork in order, and some thoughtful extras helps ensure a smooth transition where everyone can relax and enjoy the happiness that comes along with knowing that another great dog went to another great home and will go on to lead a life where they are loved, appreciated and cared for.  After all, you worked hard and went the extra mile  to give them the best start you could – and now it’s time to savor the results!

 

Introducing “Bandit” – 8 Week Photos -Available!

On August 4th 2017, Seamus x Melody had a litter of borzoi puppies. Over the next few days, we’ll be doing something a little different with our “Daily Cute” and introducing the girls that aren’t spoken for.  If you’ve considered adding a companion, performance or show borzoi to your life, have a look at THESE cutie pies! 

Like all the dogs born here at Aria, puppies from this 2017 “Van Morrison” litter begin life with all the advantages we can give them.  Intensive pedigree research, as well as temperament testing and health screenings are all crucial parts of our breeding program, and all our litters receive the “SuperDog” puppy development exercises used by the US Army. You can read about them in an upcoming blog post we have planned soon. We strive to breed borzoi that excel in their lives, whether that be in the show ring, the field, as a beloved family pet, or (as most of our dogs) some combination of all of the above!

This is Bandit.

This is an 8 week old photo of “Bandit.” Better hold on to your heart… your wallet, your keys, and ALL the toys. This little girl is quite the character with her unique markings and irresistible smile.  She’s always ready for some kind of adventure.  She loves a good snuggle, too.  With her speed and energy, she’d love to have a go at lure coursing or another sighthound performance sport.  Bandit is available to a performance or companion home. $1000

Look at that sweet face!

The link to our questionnaire is HERE.

   Feel free to contact us on Facebook at Aria Borzoi to inquire about pedigree or any other questions you might have.  

 

 

Introducing “Freckles” – 8 Week Photos -Available

On August 4th, 2017, Seamus x Melody had a litter of borzoi puppies. Over the next few days, we’ll be doing something a little different with our “Daily Cute” and introducing the girls that aren’t spoken for.  If you’ve considered adding a companion, performance or show borzoi to your life, have a look at THESE cutie pies! 

Like all the dogs born here at Aria, puppies from this 2017 “Van Morrison” litter begin life with all the advantages we can give them.  Intensive pedigree research, as well as temperament testing and health screenings are all crucial parts of our breeding program, and all our litters receive the “SuperDog” puppy development exercises used by the US Army. You can read about them in an upcoming blog post we have planned soon. We strive to breed borzoi that excel in their lives, whether that be in the show ring, the field, as a beloved family pet, or (as most of our dogs) some combination of all of the above!

This is Freckles.

This is an 8 week old photo of “Freckles.” See how she lives up to her name?  This little girl is one constant smile factory, and we think she’s going to be a versatile bundle of energy that will do well in the show ring, coursing field, and as a loving companion.  She has an agile, athletic way about her already, and she’s always up for a game of “borzoi and wolves” with her littermates!  Freckles is available to a show, performance or companion home. $1000

Here is Freckle’s 8 week photo.
Happy “Birth-Day” Freckles!

The link to our questionnaire is HERE.

   Feel free to contact us on Facebook at Aria Borzoi to inquire about pedigree or any other questions you might have.  

 

 

Introducing “Minnie” – 8 Week Photos – Available!

available borzoi puppy

On August 4th 2017, Seamus x Melody had a litter of borzoi puppies. Over the next few days, we’ll be doing something a little different with our “Daily Cute” and introducing the girls that aren’t spoken for.  If you’ve considered adding a companion, performance or show borzoi to your life, have a look at THESE cutie pies! 

Like all the dogs born here at Aria, puppies from this 2017 “Van Morrison” litter begin life with all the advantages we can give them.  Intensive pedigree research, as well as temperament testing and health screenings are all crucial parts of our breeding program, and all our litters receive the “SuperDog” puppy development exercises used by the US Army. You can read about them in an upcoming blog post we have planned soon. We strive to breed borzoi that excel in their lives, whether that be in the show ring, the field, as a beloved family pet, or (as most of our dogs) some combination of all of the above!

available borzoi puppy
This is Minnie.

This is an 8 week old photo of “Minnie.” This little girl is a bundle of happy, and loves to play with her littermates and charm ALL the people.  She has a scrappy attitude and is good at figuring things out. Minnie is available to a companion home. $1000

Minnie – 8 Weeks Old
Day 1, Girl 4 “Minnie”  Happy “Birth-Day”

The link to our questionnaire is HERE.

   Feel free to contact us on Facebook at Aria Borzoi to inquire about pedigree or any other questions you might have.  

 

 

Bio Sensor and Scent Exercises

Bio Sensor Exercises

Did you know that from day 3 through day 16, there are a set of easy exercises you can do with your newborn puppies that help maximize their potential as performance dogs later in life?  These Bio-Sensor exercises stimulate their neurological and physical development and were developed for the SuperDog program for the US Army.  There’s only a small window of time for this program to be most effective, and keeping track on a developmental schedule will help you be sure you don’t miss this opportunity. If you’d like to see a video on the process, one is available here. 

These little sniffers are ready to be exposed to new scents as early as 3 days!

You can also introduce scents during this time frame.  Each day, introduce a new scent item.  While each puppy takes their turn investigating the offered scent, put them on a level surface, or hold them in your lap – so long as they are safe from falling.  You can choose a variety of scent items for these few days, focusing on things they might need to be familiar with in their adult life.  For example, bird dogs would benefit from exposure to pheasant feathers.  Law enforcement dogs could be exposed to some of the scents they might encounter on the job. Therapy dogs could sample some hospital scents, like antiseptics and cleaning products.  Blankets that smell like other pets in the household, or dirty laundry from family members are good choices, too.

Hold the scent near their nose, a half inch to an inch away, and allow the puppy to interact with the scent at will for at least five seconds. If the puppy moves forward to engage with the scented item, allow them up to 30 seconds to continue smelling. Repeat the process with each pup.  

You can see a video on early scent introduction here

Keeping track and making little notes of each session may sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually pretty rewarding. As time goes on, you can learn a little bit about the personality of each pup.  Who is good at self-soothing?  Who is normally quiet, and who is always vocal?  Who is the first one to

Little Denzel is one seriously mellow fellow! He was a great little puppy from the moment he was born. Here he is, falling asleep while being weighed. You can see my notes to the left.

explore a new scent or toy?  All these things can be important later, when deciding which pup is the best fit for which home.  

There can be a very thin line between “good” and “great.”  Going that little extra step early on can help YOUR puppies stand out as superstars later in the ring, on the field and as pets and companions.