Above...my kitchen floor when it is cooler outside. Everyone enjoys to hang out with me. Walking around at times is rather difficult.
Our puppies are kid tested and mother approved! Over the years, we found (not on purpose of course) that puppies can bounce, be stepped on, squished somewhat without permanent damage. They LOVE the attention.
To the left...
This is what my couch looks like when I try to update the website. Lots of helpers. That are really not that helpful. It makes it a much longer but far more enjoyable task. Everyone tries to help, they get offended if I decline their offer to help.
Ravine Acres Farm & kennel is located about 10 minutes off of the Anthony Henday, near Edmonton, Alberta.
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 take turns indoors regularly on cold days (well, pretty much every day over the winter...my kitchen looks like a massive dog rug as they all loiter on the floor). They are kenneled in our heated shop nightly. 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 in the country, 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.
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.
Now and then we are looking for a co-own (guardian) family for future kennel candidates.
Our co-owner option is available to those that already own one of our dogs or are good friends of someone that owns one of our dogs, and live with in 1 hour (give or take a bit) from Edmonton.
Email me directly @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you may have any questions!
Pictured above...Cherese and Tsu competing at the Hyperflite Skyhoundz World Championship Qualifier summer 2015, it was a very windy day, some of the throws got a little displaced. She earned a place in the Worlds Championship competition in Tennessee, USA.