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Paw Print Pedigrees: All About the Breeder Page

Paw Print Pedigrees: All About the Breeder Page

When Paw Print Genetics launched Paw Print Pedigrees, the public-accessible database of canine test results performed at our laboratory, we wanted to give our clients a free platform to promote their breeding program and dogs in a simple, easy-to-use format. The goal was to create a one-stop reference site for our clients that matched the one-stop ease of genetic screening at Paw Print Genetics.

Our breeder page allows you quick access to contact information and permits an overview of your kennel, dogs and breeding philosophies and goals.

As you can see in the picture, down the left side of the page a user has instant access to your name, the badges you’ve earned (currently benchmarks of the number of dogs you’ve tested), your website, phone number and email address. You can then upload a picture of one of your dogs to show the user an example of exactly the kind of dog you are producing.

If you’re trying to promote your kennel, prominently displaying your contact information is of utmost importance. With Paw Print Pedigrees, it’s easy to find and connect with potential puppy buyers and other breeders who take genetic screening as seriously as you do. 

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What Your Dog and the NFL Draft Have in Common

What Your Dog and the NFL Draft Have in Common

A yearly NFL tradition is about to take place: the draft. Professional football is big business, with big money involved. In 2013, the NFL topped $9 billion in revenue, and commissioner Roger Goodell has a goal of annual revenue surpassing $25 billion by 2027.

Who a team selects with specific draft picks represents an investment of millions of dollars and can affect their on-field success for years to come. A bona fide star can spur a team to victory, packing a stadium, which increases concession sales, parking revenue and more. When merchandising is considered, a $20-million investment in a player can pay off.

Conversely, when a team selects the wrong player, it can cost them dearly. Not only do they miss out on a game- and franchise-changing personality, the investment in time and money the team makes on the wrong player is lost as well. Reaching for and overpaying a player can continue to impact a team years after the player washes out of the league.

When millions of dollars are involved, nothing is left to chance. College players hoping to break into the professional ranks undergo profiling that would make the NSA proud. The dossier a team collects on ...

Before You Buy Your Puppy - Educate Yourself About Your Breeder!

Before You Buy Your Puppy - Educate Yourself About Your Breeder!

As discussed in my last blog, before buying a puppy, there are many things that the careful and wise buyer wants to educate themselves about to ensure the best experience possible.  Once you have figured out which breed(s) suits/interests you and have educated yourself about the positives, negatives and potential issues, including health issues, the final step is to find possible breeders of interest and most importantly at long last - your puppy!  Many breeders are doing their due diligence to produce and raise the best puppies possible.   0thers are just giving this lip service, and with all the seemingly "right" answers to questions, it is not always easy to tell the difference.

No one can guarantee a healthy puppy.  Just like human couples that do "everything right" during the  pregnancy will say "we do not care if we have a boy or a girl, as long as the baby is healthy".  Even with the utmost of caution, things can and do go wrong.  Some have perpetuated the notion that a responsible breeder can guarantee a perfect and normal outcome in every way and that anything wrong is the breeder's fault.  Just ...

Before You Buy Your Puppy - Educate Yourself!

Before You Buy Your Puppy - Educate Yourself!

Before buying a puppy, there are many things that the careful and wise buyer wants to educate themselves about in order to have the best experience with what should be many happy years with their dog.  First questions are about yourself and what type of dog will best suit you.  Then it is important to learn about the breed, what are the positive and negative attributes, and what health and genetic issues the breed, or particular family of dogs, may be at risk for.  Finally, it is then important to find a breeder whose goals and investment coincide with yours.

The first thing to consider in purchasing a puppy is what type of dog do you want?  Or better stated, what are the qualities in a dog that will get along well with your personality and activity level.  Do you want a puppy at all?    Do you want to raise a puppy; socialize it, potty train it, teach it commands, and, in general, how to be a model canine citizen?  This involves living through the stages of puddles and landmines, puppy chewing with the potential destruction of some of your favorite items, adolescence ...