Pictured above: for public speaking in 4-H, Cherese talked how to train your dog. She placed first for club level, first for district level, and first for North West Regional division, the most competitive level in her age division. She is a dedicated and knowledgeable trainer, loves working with the dogs and puppies.
Our puppies are kid tested and mother approved! Pictured above is my nephew Taiquito with Jack. Taiquito LOVED the puppies, truly put them to the childproof test. We found that puppies can bounce, be stepped on, squished somewhat without permanent damage. They LOVED the attention.
Pictured to the left...Cherese (11 in the photo) and Tsu competing at the Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Championship Qualifier summer 2013. She placed first in the Junior division and third in the Sport division/Novice class. She earned a place in the Worlds Championship in Tennessee, USA.
UPDATE...Cherese placed 1st place in the junior division as well in 2014. She is currently 9th place in World Wide standings!
Ravine Acres Farm & kennel is located east of Millet, Alberta (40 minutes south of Edmonton). It is a family farm, my husband (Jerry) raises beef cattle and has a mixed grain/hay operation. I am home full time as well as the dogs and kids keep me quite busy. We have 3 children Tristan (16), Cherese (13) and Kelsen (10) that help with the dogs, when they are puppies, they require a LOT of love, attention, stimulation, cuddles and playtime.
Our dogs are first and foremost our family pets. They are not kennel dogs, they have a good life of running, playing, quadding with us, horseback riding with us and swimming at the lake. When we go camping, we usually have 2 or 3 (and puppies if at that time we do have puppies). They come into the house for playtime and visits on cold days. They are kenneled in our heated garage on cold nights. In nice weather, they get to enjoy their choice of 6 XXXL dog runs that are decorated with agility structures, dog houses, chew bones and balls. They are normally out in the yard with us when we are outdoors. Being that we are on the farm, we have a very active, outdoor family life.
Our dogs are chosen for their laid back personality, willingness to learn and loving personality. Most all of our mini or toy australian shepherds will have the same interest and ability in physical activity, however they don't 'need' to work such as most mini or standard australian shepherds tend to. They are a herding dog, I however like to produce puppies with reduced herding instinct as most of our families don't have cattle in their back yard. If you are looking for an active and able working dog, I do have a couple of females that will produce what you are looking for, just ask. We do have a couple hundred cows here on the farm, the dogs have the instinct to work and willingness to try, just don't 'need' to.
We have taken our dogs on extended hikes (up steep hills, mountainous terrain), quadding, bike riding, they are EXCELLENT activity partners. Can keep up with just as much vigor and enthusiasm as the big dogs. And if you are not able to get out there, they are just as interested in cuddling on the couch, receiving attention and love. Typical of an aussie as they tend to have an 'off' switch, don't need to go and go.
Since a dog usually has a 6 month heat cycle, every 6 months about 1/2 of our dogs will come into heat. 3 months later the other half will come into heat. Because of this cycle, we will have multiple litters (2 or 3...sometimes 4), then be puppy free for 2-3 months. My females are ideally bred every 12-18 months, some every 2 years.
Our breeding males and females are chosen for quality health and confirmation, CERF eye certified, OFA tested for hips, healthy, happy, very interactive and social. Although distance may make it difficult, if not impossible to come to visit, we welcome all prospective families out to the farm to meet the parent dogs in person as I feel it is important to ensure your future family companion is from a good, healthy environment. For those that live further away, we do offer inexpensive shipping, I take care of all of the details, just ask if you may be interested. Our puppies live Canada wide, some are now living in Europe, Mexico and USA.
We work with the 'puppy puzzle' stimulation techniques that help your puppy adjust to new stimuli with confidence and an open mind. Puppies that are handled with this type of stimulation are reported to be 35% smarter and more trainable than puppies that have not received this type of stimulation from a very young age. As well, we introduce cats, other dogs, livestock, chickens, pigs, multiple ages/sizes of people and children to our puppies. Visits to the elementary school, seniors home, soccer field are all very normal for our puppies, it is important to help build a well rounded, confident individual.
Our dogs have went on to be show dogs (top MASCA Canadian/USA dual champion female 2011), service dogs (autism, hearing impaired), frisbee (disc) champions, agility, flyball and working stock dogs. Our adult dogs are registered with MASCA or ASDR, some dual registered.
We offer a health guarantee and lifetime support of your doggy family member. And always welcome your dog back to our farm if in the future a situation may arise that makes it difficult for you to keep/care for your dog. We will often times do an evaluation, socialization and training, screen and fit the dog with a new suitable placement.
Our doggies go on to a variety of vocations. Pictured above is a pretty gal that was raised here, Ravine Acres Harley. Harley lives with her mom's and has a fantastic, fun acting career. She is a happy, interactive dog that loves playtime, adventure and of course pleasing her people. Her dad is Buddy, mom is Pepper.