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,
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
- 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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
CHECK OUT LINKS RELATED TO OUR BREEDING PROGRAM BELOW:
BONES AND RAW FOOD
EARLY SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM
REPUTABLE BREEDER CHECKLIST
RESPONSIBLE BREEDER VRS BACKYARD BREEDER
GROW YOUR PUP WITH BONES - BREEDING PRACTICE
TRUE TO FORM BY PLUIS DAVERN
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR NSDTR BREEDER