Aspen Hills Australian Shepherds is located in a small rural area in Central Oregon known as Powell Butte just 7 miles east of Redmond. We are a small based hobby breeding kennel dedicated and passionate about producing quality Australian Shepherds that are structurally sound with great temperaments. All of our Aussies live with us inside our home and NOT in dog kennels outside. To date, we have put in 5 years of dedication and research to the breed we love. We are also active members of the Australian Shepherd Club of American (ASCA) as well as the United Kennel Club (UKC) and one who participates with the Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute and Paw Print Genetics in helping with hereditary diseases within our breed which in turns helps breeders make better breeding decisions to promote heathly Australian Shepherds. For more information about this, you can visit www.pawprintgenetics.com and www.ashgi.org.
Besides focusing on our pups being genetically sound, another important factor to our breeding program is the temperament and structure of each pup. We strive to produce each puppy as close to the package as we see fit for our overall breeding program.
Our passion is to provide each puppy it's best start in life by passionately assisting each paw forward for their new exciting journey ahead with you by conducting practices by the Volhards Puppy Aptitude Test as well as Puppy Culture.
The Volhards test is testing each puppy at 8 weeks old so that we can both evaluate all the puppies together during a "Live Video" within our private group on Facebook. This helps us to have a better idea of which puppy will be the best fit for you and your family as well as to better prepare you for their overall training for success. For example, we will place a stranger to the pups in an unfamiliar testing area that the puppy has never seen or been before. We of course will know who the stranger is but the puppies will not. Once the testing has been completed, we will send you their test results via email. It will explain in detail what each testing score means. This is the reason we keep the puppies until they are 9 weeks old. To give us the time needed to evaluate them at 8 weeks of age, however we do plan on changing this up in the near future.
The test goes over these "following subjects" in chronological order to help you follow the videos easier.
Socializing with others
The willingness to follow a person
Testing for dominance or submissive tendencies
Testing of social dominance with a stranger
Testing of any degree of dominance with a person in that they have no control, like at your Veterinarians office
Testing each puppy to see how they react to retriving items from a person
Testing their touch sensitivity
Testing their sound sensitivity
Testing their sight sensitivity and
Testing on how they would react to sudden sounds from unfamiliar objects and in this order.
Each week, once you have joined our private Facebook Group you will receive weekly videos of our pups so that you can go through the journey with us all, all the way up to their 9th week birthday. This allows you to get a better sense of each puppies personality and temperament and again their future training plan.
On the 8th week after the Volhards Puppy Apptitude Test, we can then together finalize which puppy to choose based on your puppy pick position.
For more information about the testing, visit youtube and search for the Volhards Puppy Apptitude Test. It is a basic test we use which we do plan to incorporate Puppy Culture into the test to create our own test we feel works best.
Once you have decided to join our pack and have accepted our invite to our private Facebook page, we do recommend asking our past customers within the group what their overall experience was when they went through this process. I'm sure they would be happy to tell you all about it.
We cannot wait until you join our pack!