0 - 8 Weeks
Since 2004 we have had the opportunity to develop an excellent puppy socialization / training program. We saw that there was a need for families to receive something extra that would get their puppy off to a better start, something that would make transitioning to a new home much easier for the family and better handled by the puppy.
We knew that there was no way we could add this into our program and do it all ourselves, that is why we now have a great team put together to take care of all aspects of our adult and puppy care. Our goal is to ensure that the lives of our adults are happy and content and that each puppy gets that special touch of individual attention and care needed to develop a well rounded puppy that can go on to be a great therapy, special needs, service prospect or excellent family companion.
Check out our puppy socialization program below, you will appreciate the time that we will be putting into your future puppy!
Included: Daily individual socialization/training sessions, lessons that will last a lifetime!
Early Neurological Stimulation
Below is a description of our Bio-Sensor Early Neurological Stimulation program that we perform with each puppy from days 3 - 16. We have seen a dramatic improvement in sociability, ease of training and overall general health in our puppies since we have started this program. This is an excerpt from an article taken from a dog breeding seminar given by noted breeder, author, lecturer and researcher, Dr. Carmen Battaglia.
In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program called "Bio Sensor" was developed. Later, it became known to the public as the "Super Dog" Program. Based on years of research, the military learned that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and lasting effects. Their studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in life when neurological stimulation has optimum results. The first period involves a window of time that begins at the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day. It is believed that this interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development, and therefore is of great importance to the individual.
The "Bio Sensor" program was also concerned with early neurological stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage. Its development utilized six exercises which were designed to stimulate the neurological system. Each workout involved handling puppies once each day. The workouts required handling them one at a time while performing a series of five exercises. Listed in order of preference, the handler starts with one pup and stimulates it using each of the five exercises. The handler completes the series from beginning to end before starting with the next puppy.
The handling of each pup once per day involves the exercises shown on our slideshow, these five exercises produce neurological stimulations, none of which naturally occur during this early period of life. Experience shows that sometimes pups will resist these exercises, others will appear unconcerned. In either case a caution is offered to those who plan to use them.
Do not repeat them more than once per day and do not extend the time beyond that recommended for each exercise (three to five seconds each). Over stimulation of the neurological system can have adverse and detrimental results. These exercises impact the neurological system by kicking it into action earlier than would be normally expected, the result being an increased capacity that later will help to make the difference in its performance. Those who play with their pups and routinely handle them should continue to do so because the neurological exercises are not substitutions for routine handling, play socialization or bonding.
Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio-Sensor stimulation exercises:
Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
Stronger heart beats
Stronger adrenal glands
More tolerance to stress
Greater resistance to disease
In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non-stimulated littermates over which they were dominant in competitive situations.
Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance. In simple problem solving tests using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, whined a great deal, and made many errors. Their stimulated littermates were less disturbed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons were made, the stimulated littermates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress sound when stressed.
Conditioned Emotional Response
Days 17 - Homegoing
During this stage, puppies' eyes will be opening and they start to become aware of us. We use this time frame to introduce gentle cuddling, holding while walking around and body/mouth examination. We will move into conditioned emotional response by introducing possible scary or irritating exercises (ex. pulling ears, hugging around the neck, clipping nails, etc.) with offers of greek yoghurt then praise and treats on the grooming table, teaching puppies that being handled is a good thing!
Days 21 - Homegoing
Research has shown that puppies begin hearing at around 21 days. During the first week of hearing there is very little startle response to loud noises. We take advantage of this time to begin conditioning our puppies to accept these noises while they are eating, doing something pleasant while they hear, startle and recover.
Puppies will get used to hearing the noises that they will encounter in their future life.
Introduction to the vacuum cleaner, force blow dryer and clippers
Slamming doors, gates and dropped objects
Honking horn and running car engine
Cap gun and firecrackers
High fidelity DVD with noises such as thunder, wind storm, alarm clock, lawn mower, power saw, buzzers, bells, children playing, thumps, bumps and much more
Sound conditioning will continue at each meal until puppies go home to their new families.
Days 21 - Homegoing
Breeders and new owners have a small window of socialization opportunity that will shape their puppies' future lives. Up until the twelve week mark we have the remarkable opportunity to develop puppies that are over and above the norm. Puppies that are well adjusted, intelligent, easy to train and puppies that are prepared to go on to be therapy dogs, service prospects or excellent family companions.
Our individual puppy handling includes:
playing with children, adults, other puppies, adult dogs and cat
playtime with obstacles to promote confidence
familiarizing puppies to carpet, hard wood floor, linoleum, tile, fake grass, real grass, dirt, gravel
introducing different sizes and types of toys and objects to play with
playtime and eating in different locations
obstacles and challenges are used during feeding and playtime to develop confidence
ropping large or loud scary objects to promote startle and recover
Each puppy is born with a set of instinctive behaviors that he inherited from his parents. These behaviors can be grouped into three broad categories - prey, pack and defense - called drives. How many behaviors a puppy has in each drive will determine his future temperament, his personality and how he perceives the world.
To help understand puppy/dog behavior, Jack and Wendy Volhard cataloged ten behaviors and created the Canine Personality Profile. The ten behaviors chosen are the ones that most closely represent the strengths of the puppy in each of the drives. The Profile does not pretend to include all behaviors seen in a puppy but will give us a good starting point for understanding why he does what he does.
This profile is invaluable in helping breeders match the correct puppy to each person/family based on what their particular needs are. Clients love having the ability to see each puppy's score. This information, along with our guidance, gives new puppy owners the confidence that they need to choose the best puppy for years of future enjoyment.
Practical Skills Training
Days 31 - Homegoing
Bringing a new puppy into the home is always a joy but can also be a challenge. We want our families to have success helping their new puppy adjust to their home by including the following individual training. We believe that this lays the foundation for an excellent start.
holding with petting, body/mouth examination
brushing on the grooming table
blow dryer acceptance
doggie door training
introduction to using a litter box
beginning crate training
encourage coming and following with treat rewards
climbing up and down steps
walking on leash
sitting instead of jumping for attention (manding)
exposure to a moving wheel chair, walker, stoller and bicycle