Our Puppy Enrichment Program starts before the puppies are born. We ensure that the mother is healthy and happy and is kept in a warm loving and stress-free environment. Our dogs are part of our family and live with us in our home. They have full run of the house and are constantly around us.
We have decided to use the "Bio Sensor" Program and this begins on the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day. This program has been designed by the U.S. Military for neurological stimulation which has proven to have lasting important effecton the pups. This program involves 5 specific exersizes.
1) Tactical Stimulation - Holding the pup in one hand, you gently stimulate (tickle) the pup between the toes on one foot.
2) Head Held Erect - The pup is held perpendicular to the ground (Straight up) so his head is above his tail.
3) Head Pointed Down - The pup is held with his head pointed to the ground (straight down) so his tail is above his head.
4) Supine Position - The pup is held in a resting position with his muzzle facing the ceiling on his back.
5) Thermal Stimulation - The pup is put on a damp towel that has been cooled in the fridge. The pup is placed on the towel on his feet.
These exercises are done once a day with each pup for 3 to 5 seconds. This will 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 their performance.
1) Will improve cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
2) Stronger heart beats.
3) Stronger adrenal glands.
4) More tolerance to stress
5) Greater resistance to diseases.
Along with the "Bio Sensor" Program we incorporate "Scent of the Day" with the pups while their eyes and ears are closed. This lasts for approximately 10 to 14 days. They are exposed to grass, hay, dirt, bark, leather, tennis balls, metal, fruit, plastic, rubber and anything else we can find.
Weeks 1 and 2
This is quiet time for the mother and the puppies. No visitors are allowed during this period. We have a spare bedroom in our home that we convert to a whelping room during this period. This gives the mother and puppies time to bond and it also keeps the puppies in a quiet stress free environment. We handle the puppies daily and weigh each puppy to ensure they are thriving.
This week the puppies eyes start to open and it is their first week of socialization. During this time period we move the puppies to an area in the center of our home so they can start to get accustomed to the daily sounds of a family. During this week we will introduce different objects for the pups to explore. We continue to interact with the puppies and have our children and our friend's children hold them and play with them. We weigh them weekly from now on. We will also have some of our close friends come over to play and interact with the pups. Weather permitting the pups get to explore the outdoors towards the middle of this week.
FIRST PUPPY PARTY
This week we introduce all different types of toys for the pups to play with. This helps develop strength, coordination, agility and sharing. This is extremely important to the pups so they develop problem solving skills and will be able to deal with the frustrations in life. During this week we also spend time with each pup individually away from mom and the other puppies. This helps with separation problems and will develop independence and human bonding. We also start to introduce food to the puppies along with mom's milk.
Weeks 5 - 7
SECOND PUPPY PARTY
These weeks are a crucial time for the puppies brain development. This is when the pups are at their most curious and willing to approach people. It is also the time that their natural fearfulness starts to be shaped by their environment. During this period we introduce more complex toys that make noise or move on their own. We also take the pups for car rides and this is the point that we take the pups to the vet for their check up, first shots and microchip. We also have the neighborhood children come and play with the puppies. The puppies are now enjoying many hours daily playing out doors and exploring different textures. Grass, sand, dirt, gravel, pavement, trees, chipmunks ect.
This is when we get the puppies ready for their new owners. We will trim their nails and give them a bath. This has been done a few times during the last 8 weeks so the pups are accustomed to this.
Each puppy will leave here with:
- A flash drive of all the pictures taken from birth to 8 weeks
- Raising a Happy Healthy Puppy Manual
- Parents history
- Vet health information
- 5 Generation Pedigree
- Microchip information
- Puppy contract
- A blanket with the house smells
We will be available to each new puppy owner for the life of the puppy for any questions that arise. We want to know that the puppy is doing well and we welcome all emails and phone calls regarding your new puppy. The more pictures you send us the better. We only want the best for each and every puppy and their new owners.