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Tollchester Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers

Breeding Program

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At Tollchester we are extremely proud of the high quality puppies our breeding program has produced. We attend numerous seminars/workshops on the art and science of breeding dogs, including those of reproductive experts Myra Savant Harris, Carmen L Battagalia and Robert Hutchison. Continous education ensures we are up to date on the latest breeding, whelping and raising techniqes to produce the 'perfect' puppy.

We strongly believe Tollers should be versatile family dogs. This is why exceptional health, temperament, soundness, working aptitude and breed type are all of utmost importance to us when making a decision on a breeding.

We believe breeding should consist of a community of people who care for the breed and do their best to educate others. We support mentorship programs for breeding and believe every breeder (both experienced or not) should have a community of dog people. At Tollchester all of our toller owners are part of our family and our community. We keep in contact with our puppy buyers and host events multiple times a year to encourage owners to take part in events - picnics, bbq's, dog shows, gatherings, etc...

For our breeding program, we've set very high objectives. Our number one goal is the production of healthy, sound toller puppies with ideal temperaments and conformation. Every breeding is planned months in advance with the ambition of producing top quality show dogs that possess the ability to 'work'. A wise person once told me "breeders should never breed dogs that aren't needed for their breeding program. All breedings should be done with the same goal in mind, to produce top quality dogs you the breeder would want to keep" Therefor whether your dog will be show, in obedience, agility, hunting, earth trials, lure coursing or family dog, each litter is produced with the same aspiration in mind - to produce sound dogs both body and mind who can preform their 'job'.

We believe in health clearances on dogs/bitches used for breeding. We do not use dogs/bitches in our breeding program that have any type of genetic defect or disorder, nor dogs that are not within the 'standard' in any way.

All our litters raised at Tollchester are whelped in our home and are raised 'underfoot' until they are ready to go to their new homes at 8-16 weeks of age. Puppies are socialized with other dogs, cats, adults and children. All puppies are started on basic retrieving, obedience, crate-training and housebreaking. We perform puppy aptitude, structure evaluations and temperament testing on all our puppies, prior to placing them in their new homes. Our puppy aptitude tests are to make sure the right puppy goes to the right home.

At Tollchester many of our mothers live as foster dogs or co-owned dogs at their families home a majority of the year and come to our home for vaccations or whelping. For our mothers we have set up a room in our home for the 'Puppy Nursery' which gives the new mother some privacy. This room is set up with seprate climate control to keep the room at a ideal tempeture and is furnished with a comfortable whelping box lined with crib padding, quilts and heated padding for the newborn puppies.

We believe in excessive handling of puppies to mold them into versitile adults. This is why all our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever puppies born at Tollchester are raised with "Early Neurological Stimulation" also known as the "Bio Sensor program" or "Super Puppy program". By following the methods of stimulations written by Carmen L Battagalia we strive for the production of better puppies. The five benefits have been noted from this type of stimulation include, stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress and greater resistance to disease.

To encourage advanced stimulations in our puppies past the 'new born' state we follow the "Rule of Sevens" on our maturing puppies. The Rule of Seven is a socialization protocol that indicates that all puppies by the age of seven weeks should have been exposed to the following

- 7 different surfaces (carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips, etc)

- Played with at least 7 different types of objects (big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy toys, squeaky toys, paper or cardboard items, metal items, wooden items, leather items, milk jugs, etc)

- Been in 7 different locations (front yard, back yard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, crate, kennel, etc)

- Met and played with 7 new people (including men, woman, children and older adults)

- Been exposed to 7 challenges (climb on a box, climb off a box, go through a tunnel, climb steps, go down steps, climb over obstacles, play hide and seek, go in and out a doorway with a step up or down, run around a fence)

- Eaten from 7 different containers (metal, plastic, paper, china, pie plate, glass, etc)

- Heard at least 7 different loud sounds (alarm clock, whistle, siren, gun shots, radio, dinner bell, air horn, etc)

When our toller puppies turn 3 week old they are started on our perfect puppy potty training program. By the time the puppies are 8 weeks old a majority of them are fully litter box trained with shavings and started on out door potty breaks. We have had glowing reports on the progress of our puppies as they go to their new homes and many of the pups are fully house trained between 10-14 weeks of age!

We stress proper socialization and training at an early age is given by new owners! We recommend at minimum of 16 weeks of puppy training. It is said over 96% of dogs in shelters who die from euthanasia are not formally obedience trained. A "good" dog is made with the proper training and guidance! You and your puppy will be a happier pair with proper training and care. We are advocates of dog pychology and their menthods of 'training'. A example of this style of guidance for your dog is the followings of 'the dog whisper' aka Cesar Milan

At Tollchester, all our dogs are holistically raised. All our puppies are weaned onto the raw diet (BARF) for optimum health, nutrition and development. We are not purists with the raw diet and many of our toller pups will be introduced to a high quality kibble prior to leaving to their new homes which makes our puppies flexible on diet when going to their new home; some owners choose 100% raw food, some choose 100% kibble and some choose a combination diet. Check out our BARF page for more information.

We are very apprehensive about over-vaccination. Vaccines are a matter where more is not better! All our puppies are raised on a limited vaccine protocal (6 week parvo vaccine, 8 week parvo vaccine, 12 week parvo vaccine, 16 week distemper vaccine and a 20+ week rabies vaccine). Tollers are a breed who can be sensitive to overvaccinations including anaphylatic shock and death so for this reason we encourage limited vaccines with ANY toller puppy.

We strongly believe, breeding should be left to the fanciers who are dedicated to improving their breed. We are advocates spay and neuter programs for puppies going to companion homes. Check out our early spay and neuter page for more information on altering a puppy while they are immature. Keep in mind 'early neutering and spaying' in many sports enthusists opinion is alteration before full sexual maturaty (average is 12-18 months in tollers). Click here for information regarding the pros and cons of neutering after sexual maturaty.

All toller puppies are sold with a comprehensive written sales contract/guarantee which includes a lifetime of help, advice and assistance to all our puppy buyers! Puppies are tattooed/micro-chipped and registered with the Canadian Kennel Club.

Every toller puppy is sold on a CKC non-breeding agreement, if you wish to breed this can be lifted later only if the puppy is put onto a co-ownership contract with the breeder, passes all health clearances, meets the breed standard, and has a good temperament. All pet puppies that are not going to be used for show or breeding must be spayed or neutered.

Each toller puppy will be sent home with an inclusive puppy package with parent’s pedigrees, training/grooming tips, and information about your puppy.

Our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers are available to approved homes only! Once we have received your toller application we will contact you; if you don't hear from us in 48hours please call us or email us. If you are approved for our waiting list you will be kept up to date with current litters, future plans and any references of puppies currently available I can provide. When a litter is bred at Tollchester and a breeding is confirmed you will be contacted in regards to our litter waiting list. If you wish to be placed onto our litter waiting list a deposit will be requested to hold a spot on this list. You will be sent a deposit contract prior to your deposit that will explain methods of payment and the requirements and responsibilities of the non-refundable deposit. Payments are payable in US funds for US and Foreign residents and Canadian Funds for Canadian residents. Waiting list for a litter can range between 2months to a 1 year depending on the individual needs of the person and puppy.

Finding the right home for the right puppy is one of my highest priorities. As the breeder I always reserve the right to choose which puppy goes to which home. When the litter is born evaluations start instantaneously. After 8 weeks of observation, a temperament test, and a conformation evaluation your puppy will be chosen for you. If for some reason a suitable puppy is not available for you, you will have the choice of the following litter or choose to go to another breeder. I don't require anyone take a puppy, if for some reason you are unable to take a puppy you have until the last minute to back out. I am always willing to give references to reputable breeders.

All show/performance prospect puppies are chosen first and take priority over pet puppies. This is because of the special requirements a show/performance puppy has. Show/performance puppies are ONLY placed in serious show/performance homes.

If you would like to meet our dogs in person, visits to our home are welcomed, but are on an appointment only basis. Please contact me at to set up a time for a visit.

At Tollchester we are part of the NSDTR Club of Canada (BC Director for 2005/06), Canadian Kennel Club and the BCATC











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