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Mating safely and effectively

Mating essentials 101

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Hi Guys

Believe it or not, there's loads involved with successfully mating dogs and that's for male and female dogs. And if you don't get it right, you won't have puppies and it will be maybe 8 months before you can try again.

When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • have a safe mating environment
  • identify when a bitch is ready for mating
  • plan matings for best outcome
  • manage and schedule matings
  • predict whelping date to within a few days
  • troubleshoot mating problems (male and female)


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
Courses start at the date scheduled on the sales page here (in the course description above). A 30 day money back guarantee applies to all courses, starting from the date of enrolment or date of course release; which ever comes the latest.
How long do I have access to the course?
Forever. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days of enrolling or course release date (whichever is later) and we will give you a full refund.
Is it possible to fail the course?
No. There is no pass or fail. You will, however be given recognition for each course you complete. Those who complete all the courses in the MDWP core course set will also receive MDWP Pet Dog Breeder Training completion certificate.
How hard is it?
As a professional writer (as well as dog breeder), Lady Fi presents complex ideas in easy to understand language for anyone over 16. Better, this is done in 10 minute video presentations, backed up by a short quiz. You won't get lost!
Is there a benefit to doing all the courses?
Yes, and at many levels. While every course is stand alone on a particular topic, the School's suite of courses have been developed so that everything you need to know about being a responsible and successful pet dog breeder are covered.
Is there some order you recommend for doing the courses?
Apart from your first course being My Dog's Breeding Passport, you are free to select whichever order you fancy. In the rare event there is a pre-requisite course recommended, this will be made clear in the sales page for that course.
Can I leave public feedback?

Yes. Every lecture has room for you to publicly add your comments. These are not pre-screened. Transparency is a key part of being a great dog breeder and this extends to the MDWP School too!

Your Instructor


Lady Fi
Lady Fi

Lady Fi (Fiona Douglas) is a pet dog breeding expert who, together with husband David, trail blazed professional purebred pet dog breeding in Australia.

She is founder of the My Dog Wants Puppies School (2017) and principal instructor.

Lady Fi became a dog breeder in 2005 when she formed Dachshund Australia. Since this time she has met with overseas breeders and imported dachshund patterns and colours not before seen in Australia.

Dachshund Australia’s health and happy puppies are highly sought after by families both nationally and internationally.

Animal welfare is close to Lady Fi’s heart. Most recently, she contributed a pet welfare initiative that became law in December 2017 under the Victorian Government Puppy Farms legislation.

In collaboration with industry colleagues, she has helped progress the use of science in dog breeding. For example, bringing ultrasound technology to fellow dog breeders so they can more accurately determine if an emergency cesarean is needed, foetal comfort/distress, foetal age, and whelping date.

She represented pet dog breeders on the Victorian Government industry advisory panel for the revision of the Victorian Dog Breeding Code of Practice,. She did this in her capacity as voluntary executive officer of the Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders Inc. (AAPDB). Currently she is a member of the AAPDB committee.

At 56 years of age, Lady Fi brings to the My Dog Wants Puppies School her enduring passion for dogs, underpinned by her professional and business experience, her formal training and her personal experiences as a dog breeder.

She holds an honours degree in Agricultural Science, a masters degree in Social Work and she is a qualified Professional Counsellor.

My Dog Wants Puppies School is the culmination of Lady Fi’s life journey to date, calling on her skills in the areas of writing, teaching, scientific understanding, and her compassion…all this powered by her deep love of dogs.

Background prior to breeding

David and Lady Fi got their first dachshund in 1983; a standard black & tan smooth hair called Gina. A dachshund has been by their side ever since.

Fiona started her career in the 1980s as a lecturer in horticulture. When David and Fiona’s daughters were born, she started a business, Inkling, as a freelance agricultural journalist and educational consultant. This business grew, allowing David to leave his work and the family to leave Melbourne and head to the countryside.



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