To successfully raise and evaluate our puppies I have studied countless hours, attended many classes through Puppy Culture, Avidog, Empowered Breeder, The Honest Dog Breeder, and Breeder's Bootcamp programs. I have been mentored by other accomplished breeders and continue to further my education and create relationship
These exercises by Dr. Carmen Battaglia are performed days 3-16 for improved cardiovascular performance, stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress and greater resistance to disease. The exercises that are performed are tactical stimulation, head held erect, head pointed down, supine position and thermal stimulation.
Dr. Gayle Watkins advises ESI to increase nose awareness and confidence. Puppies are exposed to a new scent each day during days 3-16. We use scents that are found in the environment and are sure we do not use scents to entice the taste buds, we want the nose to be activated. Their reactions are then charted as positive neutral, or negative.
The handling exercises advised by Jeanette Forrey, the creater of the Empowered Breeder Program, are as follows, rub ears, cover eyes, open mouth and run fingers on gums, rub belly in circular motions, run hand down back, run hand and fingers along tail, touch all paws, tap nails, run fingers around neck and under collar and touch their nose. This is done to puppies from Week 3 and beyond. This helps puppies prepare for all the handling they will encounter from the vet, groomer, owners, kids and much more.
We believe in empowering our puppies and not enabling them. As we set up developmental curriculum each day and week, we focus on luring with our voice and hands. We give puppies the opportunity to problem solve, complete challenges, build confidence, tolerate handling, and work in a variety of space, noise, and situations. This curriculum helps shape our puppies to be confident, compliant, brave and trust in humans.
We begin potty training our puppies around 2.5 weeks old by creating and introducing a potty area in the puppy pen. Puppies have a natural tendency of moving away from their sleeping area to use the bathroom. By beginning this habit while young, we hope to make it easier for you.
We introduce our puppies to crates as well. We believe crate training, not only assists with potty training, but also is a very important tool to utilize, especially if you are unable to supervise your puppy with your full attention at the time.
Around 5-6 weeks old we partner with Russ Bishop of of Maligator Training to evaluate our litters. "Russ Bishop is an expert in dog psychology and behavior. His certifications are through P.O.S.T., the only training program in the country recognized for expertise in dog psychology and behavior by the U.S Supreme Court." We have been pleased with our experience with him and consider his knowledge and experience invaluable in helping us find the right home for each one of our puppies. This gives us the opportunity to advocate for our puppies and help better assist you in choosing the puppy that will fit your needs.
Now, each evaluation is a snapshot in time and not a guarantee of your puppy's future personality. You play a huge role the first few months with your puppy in how you raise, train, socialize and care for your puppy after they leave our care.