How we raise our pups
raising pups week by week
We watch each puppy closely as it’s individual traits and characteristics are developed. We spend enormous amounts of time encouraging proper development of each pup! This early socialization and confidence building is critical!
Week 1-2 - Early neurological stimulation (See http://breedingbetterdogs.com/article/early-neurological-stimulation)
Week 3 – Pups continue to be held a fair amount. (Visitors who have no prior contact with dog parks/random dogs play with pups -- this is to prevent the transfer of Parvo.) Many breeders do not welcome visitors for fear of litters contracting Parvo. We believe that the importance of a litter being well socialized is greater than the risk of Parvo...so we continue to welcome visitors! (Visitors wash hands, take off shoes, and handle pups with great care.)
Week 4 – House training starts and routine clipping of nails. Various toys and experiential stimulation begins. Adventure box is part of puppy life. Pups begin by eating in the box. This makes them quite relaxed around noise. On occasion I will find them tapping the items with their noses to make them clang!
Week 5 – Adventure training begins to encourage confidence in pups. (see http://www.avidog.com/raising-puppies-to-be-brave-the-top-10-ways-to-create-confident-dogs). Training also begins for pup to mouth on toys – not people’s hands! Pups stay in kitchen during the day and sleeping puppy room at night.
Week 6 –Pups begin routine “field trips”. They get used to riding in the car and experience different terrain. Pups face new situations and their confidence soars as they learn how to handle and solve new problems. Basic manners continue: pups begin to learn not to jump but to sit before being fed.
Week 7 – Pups receive the Volhard Aptitude test. Problem solving skills and field trips continue.
Week 8-9 – Field trips and socialization continues. Pups are microchipped and go to their forever homes! (Pups need to stay with their litter until at least 8 weeks to maximize confidence.)