Rocky Mountain Rawhide Olde English Bulldogges and Olde French Bulldogges

Why Our Puppies Are Superior

I believe you will not find a better quality, easier to raise puppy than what we offer here at Rocky Mountain Rawhide.

Health

All of the dogs owned by Rocky Mountain Rawhide are tested for potential health problems prior to being used as breeding dogs. We want to make sure that the puppies we produce are truly superior. We can only do this with genetic screening. We check their eyes, their heart, look for blood and adrenal problems, screen for temperament flaws and radiograph their hips. We only breed the dogs who pass the tests and have been cleared of problems. We only breed dogs with hips that will have or have been deemed minimally “good” by the Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). We never use dogs that show signs of temperament problems, lameness, heart defects, or any other life threatening or life altering conditions.

All of our puppies are guaranteed healthy upon their arrival to your home. They will be clean, they will have been vaccinated, vet checked for heart, structural, and dentition problems, and wormed.

Two RMR Olde English Bulldogge pups

Socialization

Our puppies are born in the house, not in a kennel. Our dogs live in the house, not in a kennel. Our dogs and puppies interact on a daily basis with all types of creatures, farm machinery, and people. They live with horses, cows, sheep, goats, cats, llamas, chickens and pigs. They live on a working ranch with strangers and customers coming and going on a regular basis all day long.

Our dogs need to have excellent judgement in who to greet with wagging tail and who to greet with hackles up. It is a judgement that could mean the end of my business if they make poor choices, but, they don’t. They are real working dogs on a working ranch and they take their jobs seriously but they don’t make stupid decisions.

RMR Olde English Bulldogge pup "Cha Cha" and friend

RMR Olde English Bulldogge pup “Cha Cha” and friend

They are neither chained nor kenneled. The Fed Ex, UPS, and postal carrier guys don’t think twice about delivering, wading through those big, muscular bodies as they make their way to the front door. But, would someone ever consider breaking into our house?  Not on their life.

Proper socialization teaches dogs that different people, unusual animals, and interesting things are a normal part of everyday life. A young puppy’s brain actually grows when properly stimulated by these activities. The more socialized, properly stimulated brain on these tiny puppies creates an adult dog with a much better tolerance of new, unusual, or potentially frightening encounters with the unknown.

The unknown could be the mail carrier, the poodle next door, the umbrella in your mother-in-law’s hand, or the next-door-neighbor’s little boy in his new Spider Man suit. Our dog knows that there’s a difference between a little boy in a costume and suspicious-looking stranger lurking in the shadows and he’ll react according. An improperly socialized dog tends to clump all things not in his immediate frame of reference in the “DO NOT TRUST” category. They can become dangerous, unpredictable, and unreliable.

Because our dogs are working dogs in a real working environment, it gives us the advantage of really learning about our individual dogs and their abilities and natural tendencies. This knowledge, combined with our socialization practices, gives us a real good look into our breeding stock’s genetic potential. In other words, we know how good our dogs can be because we see it every day as we live with them, work with them and play with them.

Environment

Probably the most obvious advantage of acquiring a Rocky Mountain Rawhide puppy is the ease in which they housebreak. Our puppy people are always amazed at how fast their new puppies become housebroken.  There is a definite advantage to buying a puppy from an Animal Behaviorist. We know how to steer that puppy towards cleanliness. From the time he’s 3 weeks old and his self awareness is starting to blossom, he’s given a choice. He can move a little bit away from his sleeping area and relieve himself in a special area reserved for that purpose, or, he can “go” in his blanket and have to live in it for a few hours.

RHR pup "Alladin" at a young age - all the confidence in the world!

RMR pup “Alladin” at a young age – all the confidence in the world!

When puppies are consistently given a choice they tend to learn to use it. By the time our puppies are eight weeks old, if they can, they will remove themselves from a living area and relieve themselves outside. This is a major step toward the puppy becoming housebroken as soon as they are physically capable. Our puppies want to go out side to relive themselves. They already know how to use a dog door to go outside. They know how to go up and down steps to accomplish these tasks. When you think about it, dog doors, steps, going from hot to cold, light to dark, these are all potentially scary things for a new puppy to get used to along with the whole concept of being housebroken.

"Kiara" Rocky Mountain Rawhide Olde English Bulldogge pup

“Kiara” Rocky Mountain Rawhide Olde English Bulldogge pup

By giving the puppy a head start on these things from day one, by the time the new owner gets the new puppy home, walking from the cool house, through the doggie door, into the hot, bright, light and down the steps to “potty” outside, and then reversing everything to come back in is old hat. This is why our puppies are so much easier to housebreak than puppies coming from an environment where having unclean puppies is thought of as normal. It isn’t. Puppies raised on dirt, or newspapers and not kept clean will simply become accustomed to living in filth. Can they be housebroken at a later age? Yes, usually. But, it’s sure faster, easier, and cleaner, to start that process from day one.

Training/Problem Solving and Support

RMR Olde French Bulldogge "Kirby" and his owner at training class

RMR Olde French Bulldogge “Kirby” and his owner at training class

Most reputable breeders are going to do everything in their power to help the new owner with questions, concerns, and problems. But most breeders are limited to their layman’s knowledge of dogs. Frequently sufficient, but sometimes not. Rocky Mountain Rawhide is owned by Terry Jester, an internationally recognized expert in the behavior of animals. She is also endorsed by The Humane Society of the United States as being “Effective and Humane” in her work as a behaviorist and trainer. So, when someone has questions regarding their new puppy from Rocky Mountain Rawhide, the answers are going to be backed by 30 years of critically acclaimed, proven, professional experience.

Our advise isn’t based on guesswork, it’s backed by many years of good, solid “been there– done that and this is what you do” knowledge.

Puppies are encouraged to follow at every opportunity. This helps to create puppies that view people as leaders, and the puppy as a subordinate pack member. This creates an easier to train dog.