Orange is a socially attracted, middle of the road Airedale. It is possible that he could be a more dominant dog depending upon how he is raised but he will accept human leaders easily. Orange adapts well to new situations and will pair well with children and elderly although he may be too active. Orange is best suited for a seasoned Airedale owner and a more active family with someone home more often. He has a nice softer wire coat similar to Moose. Orange performed well on our retrieval exercise.
Green/Green is middle of the road Airedale with a soft, sweet disposition. Socially attracted, he would make a nice obedience prospect. Green/Green is naturally inquisitive and would be also a good candidate for home protection. He is smart and knows what he wants. He tends to be a little reserved but once he’s away from his litter-mates and gains independence he will be able to be himself- bold and courageous. Green/Green would suit a home with children or elderly. He exhibits Maple’s grizzle coat with Moose’s long and low structure. Green/Green performed well on our retrieval exercise.
Green is a gentle, loving boy who thrives off human interaction, again middle of the road as far as dominance. He willingly accepts human leadership and will train easily. Green adapts well to new situations. He is confident in his approach and would make an excellent family dog, good with both children and elderly although may be inclined to be active. Green has a grizzle coat and retrieved perfectly.
Black is an independent, fairly laid back, socially attracted puppy. He is fairly submissive. Black will easily be taught to come and is very sweet and friendly. This guy will require slight confidence building in new situations and does not adapt well to change or confusion. He is best suited for a home with a regular, structured schedule. He would really love to be an only dog and somebody’s very best friend. Black has potential to be frightened but with proper training and understanding, he will make a phenomenal dog. He will go to a home who has previous owned Airedales. He loves to explorer and tunnel about. He has a sheep-coat and will look a lot like Mugo. Black retrieved wonderfully.
Green/Orange is pretty laid back and accepts human leadership easily. He is more of a middle of the road Airedale as far as dominance goes. Green/Orange adapts well to new situations. He is a great choice for families with children, elderly or first time Airedale owners. He would make a good obedience prospect. Green/Orange is expected to be sheep-coat. He performed well on our retrieving exercise.
Green is a more submissive pup and will adapt well to most households. He has a sweet, gentle disposition and is laid back. He is a great choice for families with children, elderly or first time Airedale owners. Green is a soft coat. He enjoys playing but does not innately return with the toy, he can be taught how to do this.
Black is a comfortable, confident puppy. He willingly accepts human leaders. Black adapts well to new situations facing them curiously. He will be good with children and elderly, although he may be inclined to be active. Black would make a great obedience prospect. He has a wire coat. Black performed well on our retrieval exercise.
Orange is sweet, smart, gentle boy. He is more on the submissive side and will adapt perfectly to most households. Orange is fairly laid back and really just wants to be somebody’s best friend. Orange will train well and get along well with children. Orange enjoys playing with you but doesn’t care for chasing objects that don’t involve human interaction. He has a softer coat.
Green/Purple is a fairly laid back, submissive puppy. He has a wonderful gentle and sweet disposition. Green/Purple will require some confidence building in new situations but once he understands, all is well. Green/Purple appreciates a regular structured schedule. He is best suited for a second time Airedale owner. Green/Purple has a wire coat. He enjoyed our retrieval exercise and succeeded.
Maple & Moose Females
Green/Pink girl is a middle of the road Airedale, she accepts human leadership easily. She is sweet and affectionate. Green/Pink adapts well to new situations and is generally good with children and elderly, although she will be inclined to be active. She has a common sense approach to life. Green/Pink is quite confident and could be a handful for a first time Airedale owner. She is extremely loving and friendly. She could have a tendency to question authority in the household and will require firm, fair and consistent management as an adolescent. Green/Pink retrieves perfectly. She has a soft coat, which is curlier and could be a sheep coat. She will make a good obedience prospect.
Purple/Orange girl is a slightly more submissive Airedale and will adapt well to most households. She is an explorer and fairly confident. She will accept human leadership willingly and happily. Purple/Orange will be great with children and elderly. She also has a soft coat, potentially a sheepcoat. She follows Moose in structure with a larger block head. Purple/Orange retrieved every time. She may require slight confidence building in new scary situations.
Purple is an Airedale with a very spunky, outgoing temperament. She will respond best to firm, fair and consistent handling and would suite a home that intends on raising their pup in a structured environment. Purple has a softer wire coat and a build much like Moose, long and low. Our expectation is she will be the female version of Moose. Purple is a pup on a mission and will be a more active dog, potentially not suitable for elderly or small children. She is more dominant that her sisters and knows just what she wants. Purple not only retrieved but also TRACKED!! She would make a fantastic working dog.
Pink is a more submissive Airedale and will do best in a structured, consistent environment. She will respond excellently to soft, gentle and loving handling. Pink wants to be right by her owners side. She will be very happy in a home where she can be the apple of someone’s eye- a home with none, to very minimum numbers of children and parents that are home more often than not, working from home or retired. Pink will require some confidence building in new situations as a pup but once she understands she’s excellent. She has beautiful structure and a nice wire coat. Both left side paws have a very small bit of white on the toe. She is best suited for a seasoned Airedale owner or someone familiar with terrier breeds.
Purple/Purple is a submissive puppy with a sweet, gentle disposition. She will require a patient owner who will build confidence in her. This pup is best suited in an only dog home, with structure and a regular schedule. She’s not suited for a beginner owner and could take a while to get used new experiences- with proper rearing she will be a fantastic dog. Purple/Purple is a soft coat and looks very much like Maple. She has a very slight white on her chest, we expect it will go away.
Pink/Pink is a middle of the road Airedale. She accepts human leadership easily and willingly. Pink/Pink is gentle and sensitive. She adapts well to new situations and will be good with children and elderly. Pink/Pink may be inclined to be active. She will make a great obedience prospect. Pink/Pink has a wire coat and reminds us much of Mitten (her aunt) as a puppy. She performed excellent in the retrieving exercise.
Pink/Purple is a fairly average puppy. She is human oriented and will succeed as an obedience prospect. Pink/Purple has a common sense approach to life. She has potential to be high-energy and like all puppies, will require quite a bit of exercise. Pink/Purple is a great puppy for a seasoned airedale owner. While she retrieved wonderfully, she is just slightly sensitive to very loud noises, she would not be ideal for a hunting companion. Pink/Purple resembles Moose in structure and has a nice wire coat.
Mugo & Perch Females
Pink is a more submissive puppy. She is such a doll and so so sweet. Pink is a more reserved puppy but will easily come out of her shell once she leaves her litter-mates. Pink is best suited for a home with patient, soft owners who are willing to take a little extra time to familiarize her to new situations and experiences. She will be an excellent dog given the proper rearing. She is larger and has a beautiful wire coat just like Perch.
Purple is a curious, investigative and alert puppy. She should train well and be a great family dog. Pink will happily accept human leadership. She is very loving and enjoys human interaction. This pup would do best in very regular, structured environment. She will be a very loyal and loving companion.She is quite calm and somewhat reserved in new situations while being very alert and moving forward with confidence.
Pink/Orange is a middle of the road Airedale with the potential of being slightly dominant given the opportunity. Pink/Orange will require a structured environment along with firm, fair and consist training. She is very sweet and in new situations, quite passive. Sometimes she may need a bit of reassurance but all in all she is a brave one. Pink/Orange has a lovely wire coat and looks much like Perch.
Pink/Purple is an average to slightly dominant girl. She is bold and confident along with very engaging and sweet. Pink/Purple is very curious, into everything and tends to become slightly distracted. She would be best suited for a seasoned Airedale owner and a structure environment given plenty of exercise. Pink/Purple would be well suited for personal or home protection training along with any other type of work. She performed well on our retrieval exercise. Pink/Purple has a longer wire coat and a very dainty run.
Purple/Orange is a confident puppy and will accept human leadership easily. She adapts well to new situations and will be good with children and elderly although she is inclined to be active. She is best suited for an active family with older children. Purple/Orange is extremely jovial and is a constant tail wagger. She’s into everything and would make a great obedience prospect. Purple/Orange is a soft coat, potentially a sheepcoat and looks like Mugo.
Pink/Pink is more submissive and will adapt well to most households. She will be a pleasure to train. She has a lovely personality. Pink/Pink loves her owners and simply wants to love and please. It’s possible she will be slightly less outgoing and less active than more of our dominant pups. Pink/Pink has a beautiful wire coat and looks much like Perch. She is not the ideal puppy for a working home.
Maple & her dozen dales
It was a big weekend for Maple & her pups as they moved out of their whelping box and into their weaning pen. It's a nice change of scenery for them and they have friends, Mugo & her pups, next door to play with. I am sure the barking wars are about to begin!
Maple is a great mother, as usual. She's getting more free time nowadays as her pups are 4 weeks old. This week, we will begin weaning her puppies and they will soon learn to experience the outside where there's grass, dirt and all sorts of things to entertain them.
We have just introduced toys to the pups and they haven't yet gotten the hang of it but they will soon. We begin working on their paw-eye coordination at a young age. We have also started "potty training" and it's seemingly moving along well.
Everyone is as happy as little lambs; barking, growling, playing, fighting and biting.
Mugo & her tribe
Mugo's pups are enjoying their new neighbors and are growing just as well. They will be 4 weeks old on Tuesday and will also be weaned onto kibbles. They have already shown LOTS of interest in Pachuti's food and let us know by barking that they can't wait to get their chow on.
Mugo & Maple will be happy for a break. Mom & Dad, on the otherhand, will definitely have their hands full with 22 little oinkers needing food, water, love, affection and many lessons. Let the games begin...
Mugo's puppies will learn the outside this week and will have the opportunity to meet Perch! Perch LOVES puppies and cannot wait to meet his babes.
We are beginning "potty training" with Mugo's pups as well and we are beginning notetaking for temperament testing.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Let's talk crates:
To each his own… we use size Large/X-Large Black Wire Dog Crates, specifically Retriever or Journey brand. Females will need and want size large, males can go large or x large depending on the space you are willing to forfeit in your home ;-). We feel the wire crate provides the security and comfort of a "den" for your pup while at the same time familiarizing he/she with their home and lifestyle.
The dog food you will need to purchase is Life's Abundance ALL LIFE STAGES. We do NOT feed puppy food to any of our Airedales, ever! Please be sure to purchase the ALL LIFE STAGES kibbles.
A little about the food:
Life's Abundance is a high quality holistic food with a fair price point. Life's Abundance offers higher quality ingredients, diverse proteins, vitamins A,C,and E, prebiotic and probiotics. The food is sent direct from the warehouse and cooked using a fast bake process which allows superior nutritional content and maximum freshness. One of the main reasons we feed Life'sAbundance is that they have never had a recall!! (They have been in business since 1998). We also appreciate the consistency in product. The food always looks and smells the same from bag to bag. If you would like to buy Life's Abundance online, go to www.HolisticPetFoodandMore.com
The food can be purchased in some stores for a slightly higher price than online direct from manufacturer. We have it shipped to the house for less than the price of our previous dog food from the pet store.
As far as collars and leashes, Airedales have smaller heads. Many times they can slip out of a standard collar. I use a nylon belt buckle style collar on all of our Airedales. They also all have a 6ft Nylon Leash. When we walk on a leash, I use a standard "chain collar". If used properly, this will not bother your dog. It is a nice tool to teach how to walk properly on a leash once basic ground work is laid. **I would much prefer to use harnesses on all of my dogs as they do a better job at distributing the resistance.
For toys, we do not use or care for many plastic toys, especially those that are made in China. We only buy foods, toys and treats that are made in the US due to the quality control set forth. Many toys and treats from China are very dangerous because of their unregulated manufacturing process.
Some of the best toys we have found would be; all KONG products as well as a toys called a SKINNEEEZ (I'm not sure on the spelling). Skinneeez are soft animal toys with squeekers WITHOUT STUFFING. We do not like stuffing. Our Airedales pull it out of the toys and will sometimes swallow it. Needless to say, we only use size appropriate stuffing-less toys now.
Deer Antler Bones are our life savers!!! You will find them to be the best training tool/ teething instrument out there! We use these from 8 weeks onward, they will save your home from teething!!!
Here are a few helpful references for Puppy Parents, I will be adding to these weekly. This is a great way to learn and prepare for your upcoming Airedale as well as learn about what your breeder is interested in! Again, just for reference. If you have any questions feel free to comment on the blog or email/call directly.
"Training Your Superdog" - Author; Gwen Bailey
Fun Games to Teach Dogs
Bringing a Second Dog into the House
Natural Approach to Fleas
Essential Oil Use for Dogs
Dog Food Advisor
How to Deal with Puppy Crying and Separation Anxiety
Dog Nail Trimming the Right Way
Trimming Your Dog's Nails
Crate Training: The Benefits for You and Your Dog
To Crate or Not to Crate?
Using Temperament Testing to Choose the Right Dog for your Family
How to Socialize Your Puppy
AVSAB Position Statement On Puppy Socialization
Pre-Puppy Preparation- Whole Dog Journal Article
The Misty Method- Potty Training Starts with your Breeder
How to Potty Train your Dog in 7 Days (this will take much longer for pups)
Aubert's Airedales Welcomes 22 New Airedales into the World
This blog is updated and created by Ashley Aubert, mama bear to all of the beautiful Airedales at Aubert's Airedales.