Too funny, since I include myself in that generic "old guard" remark.
I agree that many newbies to the animal world seem to start out in the outdoors and then gradually stop saying "I prefer that lighting", when the learn how wonderful indoor studio work can look.
I shot commercial work for many years and used hot lights. When I built my studio I soon realized that myself and the four legged clients could not take the heat. But it sometimes works for babies
I have to turn up the heat for the rug rats - LOL
Jim, I am looking forward to more images of your new pup. How about posting some here?