We help your program identify your goals by spending time gathering information from your organisation. This process aims to gather essential information from, and interview, the key people in your organisation in management, and in the field to ensure we understand your client needs and expectations in order to enhance your dog production. Of equal importance is knowing the weaknesses you wish to minimize in your dog colony, and the desirable traits you wish to maintain and solidify.
During this phase we will work with you to;
This can be challenging but also very exciting as we identify the building blocks for the future in consultation with your management staff and in line with your strategic goals.
The critical learning at this stage is that appraisal does not mean a backward step!
We will spend more time with your dogs and staff cementing ideas in the following areas;
One of the most effective ways to progress your program quickly is to introduce genetic material from dogs that are proven to enhance or dilute trends in a breeding program.
Career Dogs has relationships with breeding programs, relating to many different breeds of dog, in all corners of the globe. We will find the dog that can offer you these options. We do the leg work required to search for dogs or semen, researching pedigrees and gathering data on the dog and their production history.
Depending on your country and its import restrictions, options that may be available are – the import of adult breeding animals, the lease of broods, puppy purchase, stud dog lease or frozen semen acquisition.
In order to present options in these areas, Career Dogs Australia needs to discuss with you;
With this information at hand, we can present you with all options. We aim to ensure you maintain genetic diversity, and continue to develop your working dog ‘type’ and success rate.
Production planning is often where a breeding program needs the most support.
Contrary to common belief, production planning is not just breeding a certain number of pups or training a specific number of dogs over a set time frame.
Factors to consider in planning your dog production include:
In a program that runs on a “wait and see” approach there will often be disappointment – especially when succession planning is not well mapped out for key breeding lines or key individual dogs.
Often a brood will be bred ‘one-last-time’ in the hope of a miracle (otherwise known as a daughter:-)). We help you to avoid panic, and enjoy the security of replacing your breeding dogs while they remain in their prime.
Career Dogs can help by discussing;
An experienced breeder in the service dog industry will often confirm that a good working dog is not necessarily a good breeding dog, and vice versa.
A service dog breeding animal has unique qualities that can be difficult to articulate or define, but having observed such dogs over the years, I have found that they become easily recognisable during assessment.
We have extensive experience in assessing potential breeding dogs and can work alongside you to ensure that the dogs moving on to your breeding program offer great potential. It is important that the selection of your breeding animals is made in collaboration with your training department, but not exclusively by it.
We will work with your goals in mind to develop required working type and quality;
Career Dogs can assist in maintaining breeding lines to ensure they continue, remain flexible and improve in quality from one generation to the next. We discuss with you;
It is important to have processes in place once a quality program is established, to ensure it is maintained.
Successful planning in this regard ensures quality lines are not mismanaged or lost over time.
Career Dogs Australia is experienced in improving the practical skills and knowledge base of service dog organisations through staff lectures and workshops.
We cater to small or large groups with a group of six or more being ideal.