It’s Puppy Season at Valhalla

Good News 🙂  We have 4 litters of puppies on the ground with a variety of ages, colors, and genetics to choose from.  Bad News 🙁  The available puppies are all males.  Each litter born this spring has been predominantly males with only a handful of females that were all pre-sold.  If you have are in the market for a new Bird Dog and hunting companion, please call the kennel at 303-644-4300 (2) and set up a time to come out and see the selection of puppies.  Roan puppies and White and Liver puppies are available and ready to start going home starting June 21st- July 14th.   Prices vary between $1200-$1500 depending on the litter.

Policy on New Clients

We are currently only accepting reservations for existing clients at Valhalla Kennels. As much as we would like to welcome new customers and provide services and boarding for those looking for a quality facility that caters to sporting dogs we need to first serve our existing clientele.  We strive to provide quality care and customer services but we have experienced an influx of new inquiries that make it impossible to meet everyone’s expectations. 

Valhalla’s 30-90 day training program will still be operating as usual and accepting new training dogs that are committed to advanced training goals.  

For existing clients and new training clients please reach out to us and we will email you an invite for the Valhalla Kennels app.  Once your account is set up and you accept the invitation you’ll be able to schedule future boarding,  update payment information, and see the vaccine status of your dog(s).

 

Canine Contagious Respiratory Infection

As many of you are already aware, there is an unusual respiratory infection in dogs here in our area of Colorado and several other states as well. Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDCP) outbreaks are commonly called Kennel Cough and occur in dog populations regularly. These outbreaks are typically caused by known pathogens such as Bordetella, Influenza, Parainfluenza, Mycoplasma, Coronavirus, and others, as well as a combination of these pathogens.

The Infectious agent of this most recent outbreak has not been definitively identified. Veterinary labs are currently testing samples to identify the cause, but it is yet to be determined. It could be a new virus, bacteria, or a mix of more than one.

What we can tell you:
– It is likely contagious between dogs via airborne respiratory droplets.
-No link has been made between sick dogs and respiratory illness in humans.
-Symptoms can include coughing, sneezing, nasal and/or eye discharge, low appetite, and lethargy. Seek veterinary care if your dog exhibits these symptoms.
-Cases tend to fall into three categories: 1.) Chronic to mild kennel cough for 6 to 8 weeks (most cases) 2.) Chronic pneumonia (occasional cases) 3.) Acute pneumonia that becomes severe and potentially life-threatening (rare).

We recommend caution, rather than being overly worried. As with all contagious illnesses, the risk is higher in boarding facilities, grooming facilities, training centers, dog shows, shelters, doggie daycare centers, dog parks, and high-traffic pet stores. Even well-vaccinated dogs can contract this infection.

At Valhalla Kennels we strive to limit exposure by:
-Not co-mingling dogs from different households in the exercise area.
-Not accepting sick dogs into the facility and immediately sending sick dogs home
-Daily disinfecting of all runs and communal spaces
-Sanitizing all drinking and food bowls daily.
– In addition to vaccinating for common respiratory infections that are included in the Bordetella & DHPP vaccine, we now recommend dogs receive the Canine Influenza vaccine before boarding.

**Realize that even vaccinated dogs can get CIRDC and strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols can not eliminate the risk of exposure**

Dogs Unlimited and the Field King Products

Valhalla is proud to carry a select inventory from Dogs Unlimited and the Field King line of products.  Over the years Dogs Unlimited has maintained the highest standards in training gear that meets the rigorous demands of Gun Doggin’.  Check our Pro-Shop and stock up on the basics such as whistles and checkcords or visit http://www.dogsunlimited.com/ for the full catalog of Gun Doggin’ gear.

The Pro Shop at Valhalla Kennels

A Day in the Life of a Bird Dog in Training

Now this is my favorite part of the morning, even better than seeing the morning crew and getting to play.  I watch eagerly as the trainer walks back and forth, loading up all the Bird Dogs that are staying at the kennel for school.

I can barely hold in my excitement.  Actually, I can’t hold in my excitement, which is why I’m jumping up and down, barking as loudly as I can, hoping I can catch his attention.  My training time might be the best part of the day but waiting for my turn is the worst.

I know I could find every bird in the field, maybe even every bird in the whole world, if only he would hurry up and get to me.

Finally, he comes to my kennel and it’s off to the training grounds.  Accessorized with a Dogtra E-Collar that beeps so the trainer can’t lose me, I am at last let off leash to do what I do best.

I find every single bird and I know the trainer is proud of how far I’ve come with my Bird Dog Training.

I have done my best and back up the kennel we go.  I can tell the staff have already finished feeding and medicating for the morning and now they are focusing on the daily sanitation of our kennel runs.

I like all the ladies who work here.  They may not let me out to run in the field and hunt birds but they are kind and patient and let me play in the yards all day long.

Thank goodness, its dinner time.  I definitely earned my meal tonight.  I lick the bowl clean, then wait for another turn in the exercise yard.  It’s the perfect way to end the day!

Being at Valhalla is my happy place!