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  My intention is to deal with the problems arising from the breeding of dogs, but the novice breeder would do well first to take a little time to study what makes a dog happy and contented—in other words, the main things which influence his life. He asks very little of you, and yet if you will give him these few things, he will repay you a hundredfold. Nor will his repayment be entirely in the form of love and loyalty. If you are breeding dogs, you will soon find that they will give a much more tangible type of gratitude, the type that may be passed through the teller's wicket at the bank.

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  There will be many who will laugh at the idea that a man can make a living, or even get by, without having a large kennel. To those I say, should the occasion ever arise when you have to do it, there may be a surprise awaiting you. That was my own experience a few years ago. I found myself unable to carry on my regular work, but I had two dogs and a bitch, besides an old building which I remodeled into a kennel where boarders might be comfortably housed. Thus, between the two litters raised that year, the stud service which my dogs supplied other breeders, and the boarders which I took in and cared for, I managed to keep away from the red side of the ledger. 

  There will be many who will laugh at the idea that a man can make a living, or even get by, without having a large kennel. To those I say, should the occasion ever arise when you have to do it, there may be a surprise awaiting you. That was my own experience a few years ago. I found myself unable to carry on my regular work, but I had two dogs and a bitch, besides an old building which I remodeled into a kennel where boarders might be comfortably housed. Thus, between the two litters raised that year, the stud service which my dogs supplied other breeders, and the boarders which I took in and cared for, I managed to keep away from the red side of the ledger.

  This is merely cited as a bit of encouragement to beginners who are holding off as a result of financial considerations. These must be given plenty of thought, but if one plans ahead and uses a little imagination, many of the difficulties will vanish. For instance, the food problem can be greatly simplified by becoming friendly with a butcher who does his own killing. Heads and lungs, which ordinarily go into fertilizer, can be a big item in the daily diet of your dogs. Cooking them is work, and if undertaken in a small kitchen may give rise to the exchange of pungent remarks between the members of a marital partnership, but your dogs will appreciate it even if the little lady does not. When mixed with damaged loaves of bread, which may be bought very cheaply from any bakery, this meat and broth more than cut my feed bill in half, and the dogs thrived on the diet. However, do not attempt to feed this alone to your dogs. In conjunction with prepared dog foods it is excellent, but when fed alone it does not supply the necessary vitamins, minerals, and roughage which are contained in the commercial foods. The fact that this meat and bread may be obtained is no news to those who have bred dogs before, but to the utter novice it may be a useful tip.

  Another thing to keep in mind is that dogs are like human beings in this respect: The better their surroundings and the healthier the dogs, the better their offspring will be. Children born in the slums, or puppies whelped under adverse conditions, seldom reach the top in physical development. Therefore, before the subject of breeding is touched upon, the beginner would do well to study what goes to make a healthy and contented dog.
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