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Can I Order Now and Use the Tests in the Future?

Can I Order Now and Use the Tests in the Future?

Paw Print Genetics offers exceptional discounts and sometimes you want to take advantage of those discounts, but you don't have any dogs to test today.  Keep in mind that your order never expires and remains open until we have received your samples and completed your testing.  Order as many dogs as you want in the same order and send them at your convenience.  We do not hold samples. Rather, we will test them as we receive them, so use some now and some later. The tests will be in your account until you need them. 

Here are some tips on how to order now to take advantage of the sale and use those tests in the future.

1. You must enter a call name, breed, date of birth (month/year) and sex for each dog in an order.  All of this information can be changed when you get ready to use the samples.  Many people call them Dog1, Dog2, etc or Pup1, Pup2, etc.  You can make them all males and put the current month and year as their date of birth. Having them all males with the same birth date helps as a reminder to change this information when ...

Paw Print Genetics Heads to the Bluegrass State

Paw Print Genetics Heads to the Bluegrass State

Paw Print Genetics is heading to Louisville, KY to attend the Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows.  We will be onsite Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 16 -18.   We will be placing orders at the show, so please come prepared with your dog’s information and we will be happy to assist you.  

Paw Print Genetics offers the largest selection of inherited diseases for more than 350 breeds of dog, and there is something for every breed of dog! You can order single tests including tests for diseases, coat colors and traits or order your breed-specific panel.  We offer the most comprehensive testing options in the industry. Click here to search for available tests in your breed.

With the highest standards in canine genetic testing, Paw Print Genetics will examine each mutation region twice with two independent methods. Your results will be reviewed by and signed out by both a PhD geneticist and a veterinarian. All of your dogs and results will be kept in your secure online account, so that you have access to your reports at anytime.  Any leftover DNA is saved for you, at no charge, should you need further testing in the future.

Participants at the ...

Paw Print Genetics will attend the Pheasants Forever 2017 National Pheasant Fest in Minneapolis

Paw Print Genetics will attend the Pheasants Forever 2017 National Pheasant Fest in Minneapolis
Paw Print Genetics' CEO, Lisa Shaffer getting her puppy fix from J & L Boykin Spaniels at Pheasant Fest in 2016.

Paw Print Genetics is heading to Minneapolis, MN to attend the Pheasants Forever 2017 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic.  We will be onsite Friday, February 17 - Sunday, February 19, in booth 621.  We will be placing orders at the show, so please come prepared with your dog’s information and we will be happy to assist you.  

Paw Print Genetics offers the largest selection of inherited diseases for more than 350 breeds of dog, and there is something for every breed of hunting dog! You can order single tests including tests for diseases, coat colors and traits or order your breed-specific panel.  We offer the most comprehensive testing options in the industry. Click here to search for available tests in your breed.

With the highest standards in canine genetic testing, Paw Print Genetics will examine each mutation region twice with two independent methods. Your results will be reviewed by and signed out by both a PhD geneticist and a veterinarian. All of your dogs and results will be kept in your secure online account, so that you have access to your reports at anytime.  Any leftover DNA is saved for you, at no charge, should you need ...

What To Test? - Selecting Sample Types for Genetic Testing

What To Test? - Selecting Sample Types for Genetic Testing

With canine genetic disease testing becoming an increasingly common practice in both pets and breeding dogs, more and more veterinarians are being tasked with assisting their clients with sample collection for genetic testing. Paw Print Genetics (PPG) accepts a large variety of sample types that can be used for DNA extraction. In some cases, certain sample types may be much more convenient or logical to submit for testing than others.

I thought customer service was dead...Paw Print Genetics proved me wrong. By Justin Riegsecker, JARS Labradoodles

I thought customer service was dead...Paw Print Genetics proved me wrong.  By Justin Riegsecker, JARS Labradoodles

The following is a letter written by a Paw Print Genetics' customer, Justin Riegsecker, posted here with his permission.  Click to find out more about JARS Labradoodles.

I started JARS Labradoodles three years ago when I purchased my first Australian Labradoodle stud.  I am very fortunate in that my father has been a breeder for over 43 years - fortunate because he allowed me to get started by essentially giving me three amazing Moyen Poodle females.  More importantly, I am fortunate because he has taught me many things about raising puppies and how to deal with the unexpected.  I'm sure you know the proverb about the difference between giving a man a fish or teaching a man to fish.  I really feel like I was given the fish AND taught how to fish.  Our business has grown over these three years and I've merged JARS Labradoodles with my father's Goldendoodle breeding program. 

My father is old school - doesn't know much about the internet and the power to reach millions of potential clients across the United States.  I have a Bachelor's degree in business and marketing and had spent several years in sales prior to ...

On the Road Again to the Rose City Classic

On the Road Again to the Rose City Classic

Paw Print Genetics is heading to Portland, Oregon to attend the Rose City Classic Dog Show.  We will be onsite Thursday, January 19th - Sunday, January 22nd.  We will be placing orders at the show, so please come prepared with your dog’s information and we will be happy to assist you.  

Paw Print Genetics offers the largest selection of inherited diseases for more than 350 breeds of dog. You can order single tests including tests for diseases, coat colors and traits or order your breed-specific panel.  We offer the most comprehensive testing options in the industry. Click here to search for available tests in your breed.

With the highest standards in canine genetic testing, Paw Print Genetics will examine each mutation region twice with two independent methods. Your results will be reviewed by and signed out by both a PhD geneticist and a veterinarian. All of your dogs and results will be kept in your secure online account, so that you have access to your reports at anytime.  Any leftover DNA is saved for you, at no charge, should you need further testing in the future.

Participants at the show will receive special show discounts that will save you up ...

Paw Print Genetics will be at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs Annual Dog Show

Paw Print Genetics will be at the Kennel Club of Palm Springs Annual Dog Show

Paw Print Genetics is heading to Palm Springs, California to attend the Kennel Club of Palm Springs Annual Dog Show.  We will be onsite Thursday, January 5th - Sunday, January 8th.  We will be placing orders at the show, so please come prepared with your dog’s information and we will be happy to assist you.  

Paw Print Genetics offers the largest selection of inherited diseases for more than 350 breeds of dog. You can order single tests including tests for diseases, coat colors and traits or order your breed-specific panel.  We offer the most comprehensive testing options in the industry. Click here to search for available tests in your breed.

With the highest standards in canine genetic testing, Paw Print Genetics will examine each mutation region twice with two independent methods. Your results will be reviewed by and signed out by both a PhD geneticist and a veterinarian. All of your dogs and results will be kept in your secure online account, so that you have access to your reports at anytime.  Any leftover DNA is saved for you, at no charge, should you need further testing in the future.

Participants at the show will receive special show discounts ...

A Thank You From Our CEO

A Thank You From Our CEO

As we head into 2017, I want to thank you for using Paw Print Genetics. Our goal is to exceed your expectations every time you use us, from our concierge level of service, our uncompromising commitment to quality, and our highly accurate testing. We are passionate about bringing you the tests that you need to enhance your breeding program and to be a partner with you to help you breed the healthiest dogs possible.  We know that you have a lot of choices in genetic testing laboratories and are grateful that you continue to choose Paw Print Genetics. 

Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year,

Lisa G. Shaffer, PhD

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year from Paw Print Genetics

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year from Paw Print Genetics

I like to use this time of year to reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of the past year. Paw Print Genetics (PPG) was founded only a few short years ago, launching our first set of canine disease tests in 2013.  Our commitment to excellence in both testing accuracy and customer service quickly propelled us to the top of the canine testing industry. In no other testing laboratory can you find the highly skilled staff of veterinarians and PhD geneticists eager to help answer your questions and guide you to the useful and informative testing that you need for your breeding program. Aiming to be the best, our web-based ordering system is unparalleled in the industry.  This didn’t happen by chance, as we continuously talked to our customers about how we could improve our systems and deliver a product that was user friendly and met their high standards, comparable to their own breeding principles.

This year was not without its challenges, but overcoming obstacles makes us stronger.  We ended litigation over PRA-prcd and CEA, allowing us to be listed as an approved laboratory with the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Fighting for our customers’ rights to have a ...

Paw Print Genetics uses the Latest Technologies to bring Customers Enhanced DNA Profiles and Paternity

Paw Print Genetics uses the Latest Technologies to bring Customers Enhanced DNA Profiles and Paternity

Providing a unique DNA profile to identify a dog or performing paternity to qualify a sire is not new. In both humans and canines, these services have been around for decades, but so has the technology.  The use of microsatellite markers has been the mainstream technology for identifying people and dogs since the early 1980’s.  However, these particular markers are best used to exclude a suspect or exclude a sire, but trying to prove identity or prove that a sample is from the one and only possible sire is much more difficult.

Welcome to the 21st century!  The old microsatellite markers were just not good enough, in some cases, to distinguish a sire from his sons or brothers from one another.  And in true Paw Print Genetics fashion, we are just compelled to do everything better than anyone else! Introducing single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs. These are small changes in the DNA that tend to be different between individuals, including relatives.  Paw Print Genetics is using a proprietary set of 99 distinct SNPs found in different locations throughout the canine genome to uniquely identify individuals and better qualify sires.

Take a look at the ‘heat map’ ...