Our Puppy Enrichment Program starts well before the puppies are even conceived. We ensure that the mother is healthy, happy and lives in a loving, stress-free environment. Our dogs are part of our family and live with us in our home. They same can be said for our partner families. While their dogs are part of our program, they are still beloved family pets.
We use the "Bio Sensor" Program and this begins on the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day. Designed by the U.S. Military for neurological stimulation, this program has proven to have lasting important effects on the pups and involves five(5) specific excercises:
* Tactical Stimulation - Holding the pup in one hand, you gently stimulate (tickle) the pup between the toes on one foot.
* Head Held Erect - The pup is held perpendicular to the ground (Straight up) so his head is above his tail.
* Head Pointed Down - The pup is held with his head pointed to the ground (straight down) so his tail is above his head.
* Supine Position - The pup is held in a resting position with his muzzle facing the ceiling on his back.
* 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 performed 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.
* Will improve cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
* Stronger heart beats.
* Stronger adrenal glands.
* More tolerance to stress
* 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 scents such as 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 they begin 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. We will introduce different objects for the pups to explore and continue to interact with the puppies. When opportunity allows for it, our children and sometimes our friends' children will hold them and play with them. We weight them weekly from now on and, weather permitting, the pups get to explore the outdorrs 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 better understand how to handle some 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.
Time to get ready to join their new family!! Each pup will get the full spa treatment shich includes an always relaxing mani/pedi session. The pups are accustomed to these as they have already received each over the course of the 8 weeks we have raised them.
Each of our puppies will go to their new homes 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
* Limited Registration papers
* Microchip information
* Puppy contract
* A blanket with the house smells
* Lifetime support from Forestwood
We are available to answer questions/concerns for each new member of our growing puppy family for the life of your puppy. We want to know your puppy is going well and we welcome all emails and phone calls regarding your new puppy. You'll also be granted exclusive membership to our very active Puppy Family social media page. A great forum for advice, sharing pictures and seeing how our other pups are thriving with their families. the more pictures you send/share the happier we are! We only want the best for each and every puppy and their family.