Puppy Nursery

Puppies are grown in our house with our family. Even when the weather is bad, we have designated portions of our house for puppy play areas where they may run, play, and develop their young minds and bodies. They're also mixed up with the many noises, scents, and activities of a busy family with small children. Each week has certain goals that have been established through time and study. Our puppy areas are cleansed and disinfected twice a day. We attempt to create a bright, clean, appealing, caring, and pleasant environment for the pups and their mothers.  It is our responsibility to teach puppies that humans equal love and that there are proper ways to investigate, react to, and interact with the world around them.

The first eight weeks of a puppy's existence are crucial for forming reactions to the world around them. Because of what we do when the pups are here in our house during their initial weeks of life, we've received a lot of favorable comments about how readily our puppies adapt to training and adjust to their new homes. The Puppy Culture Method is something we use and embrace because we believe it results in happy, well-adjusted pups and happy pet owners! We also employ the Bad Ass BreederEarly Neurological Stimulation (ENS), Early Scent Introduction and Temperament Testing.  We also use the Rule of Sevens, and the Misty Method, as well as our own tweaks, techniques, and processes that we've acquired through many years of growing this breed.

This comprises the fundamentals.

Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) is a set of handling exercises that has been shown to modify the brain's reaction to new stimuli. Developed by the United States military to promote trainability, brain function, and the production of tolerant and relaxed pets. Early Scent Induction: Each day, provide a fresh scent to excite the brain. The ENS/ESI procedure is carried out on days 3 through 16 of life. We progress to puppy massages as they grow older, where we get them comfortable to having their jaws, paws, and ears rubbed.
Behavioral Training
We start toilet training and teaching on etiquette like as sitting or "manding" while a human is around by week three. Baths, nail clipping, and blowdries are given to puppies once a week to get them acquainted to the process. We focus on bite inhibition, resource guarding, and crate training as they become older.
New Experiments
Puppies are introduced to properly trying situations as they get older, such as learning to climb out of their whelping enclosure on their own or figuring out how to get to their feeding dish when a little obstacle stands in their way. Small slides, stairwells, and a variety of materials to walk on are all available. These activities are intended to teach puppies how to solve problems and remain calm in unfamiliar situations. It strengthens their bodies and minds.
Puppies spend time with "nanny dogs" who help train them and socialize with people of all ages. Every day, we give them new experiences, such as vacuum cleaners, music, water, vehicle trips, new sounds, new pet pen configurations, ball pits, stairs, new toys, slides, people wearing hats and masks, and so on.

Training pups from the beginning takes a lot of time and effort, but it's well worth it when you see the training click with each youngster.

To put things in perspective, a litter of eight pups is a lot to offer specialized care to, much alone daily individualized attention, training, and conditioning for eight weeks, but it's the time spent on these puppies that makes the difference. The half-hour it takes every night to educate pups to take goodies so you can successfully praise them later. The three hours it takes them every night to comb through the entire litter in search of their first box game. The 15 minutes it takes to convince each puppy that you taking their cherished object is the finest thing that could ever happen to them is well worth it.   These are the activities that provide pups the tools to seek enrichment and confidently engage with their surroundings. It is for this reason that they are bold.

Days 0-14

In their whelping box, the puppies are kept warm and may feed virtually continuously. They are constantly observed at all times of the day. We give customized bedding that helps our puppies to crawl on their stomachs with traction. As research is establishing the link between hip dysplasia and environmental variables like whelping box material, correct traction in the whelping box is critical for optimal hip and knee development. We weigh our puppies twice a day to make sure they're getting enough milk and developing correctly. At 3 days old, we start ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) & ESI (Early Scent Introduction) with the puppies.Please visit our Pages to learn more about them Early Neurological Stimulation & Early Scent Introduction

Days 14-21
Puppies' eyes open at 14 days of age, and they start "toddling" around. We begin taking them on automobile drives to desensitize them to the motion of being in a vehicle. This ensures that the pups do not have accidents when they return home with you. We feed meals to them at week three and include a toilet tray with their bedding. This is due to the fact that they automatically begin to leave their nursing bed in order to eliminate. If a breeder fails to notice these indicators, she may be able to influence this natural inclination by failing to provide a "separate" bathroom space. Within a week, the litter pan will be used more frequently than the bedding. We finish the ENS & ESI training and continue to love and hold our babies.

Week 3

This is a fantastic age to be alive! You would not believe there's much that can be done with such a young puppy, but you'd be wrong. Puppy pups have practically little fear at three weeks old, according to research. They do have a high startle reaction, though. As a result, this is a great time to start teaching "Startle Recovery." Anything that will scare the pups, such as dropping metal dog-food plates, slamming about, vacuuming, sneezing, coughing, or dumping a stack of books. We play Canine Audio Therapy sounds over a speaker. We also cut puppy nails to help them get used to having their feet handled. Finally, we will ensure that each puppy is removed one at a time and that we spend specific time with each one.  This aids in the development of a healthy human link as well as the reduction of separation anxiety later in life.

Week 4

Puppies are already carrying toys and loving chasing each other and getting plenty of exercise. Physical activity in early puppies has been shown to assist their brains expand the ability to learn and bond, according to studies. As a result, we expand their dwelling area at this period. We continue to expose them to new barriers and sounds while also creating difficulties for them to overcome. We created problem-solving scenarios for them, such as a basic barrier between them and their food that they had to learn to navigate around in order to get food. At this age, problem solving and learning are critical, and we have a lot of fun coming up with new methods to accomplish it! At this age, we also begin "Clicker Training," which is a fantastic tool for the puppy that it can use it's entire life.

Week 5

We've had the luxury of encouraging a startle recovery response in the puppies without having to worry about actual fear up until now. However, as the puppies near 5 weeks of age, the game shifts. We employ extra caution when exposing the puppies now that they are developing actual fear responses. A single occurrence can have a long-term impact on children at this age, when they are in the "fear imprint period." We're keeping a careful eye on individual reactions at this critical period to see if we need to assist a puppy overcome a phobia of a specific sound, item, scent, or texture. We're also working on clicker training, "manding" (as described in "Puppy Culture"), overcoming barriers, interacting with people and animals, and toilet training.

Week 6
At this age, puppies are incredibly curious. They're approaching a peak period for socializing and continuing to have good times. This is an excellent age to begin introducing them to as many people as possible. We also introduce them to more unstable things, such as small agility equipment, to help them gain confidence. We'll definitely start playing in the outdoor puppy yard about week 6 if they haven't already.  Puppies are taken to the vet, vaccinated and given health evaluations.

Week 7

Our puppies have a good handle on potty training at this age, generally only using the potty pads to eliminate. They're highly lively, and their capacity to "mand" (as discussed in the Puppy Culture films), overcome shock, learn, and even love demonstrates our hard work with them. Baths and nail trims are second nature to them, as is brushing.

Week 8

. We continue to work with the puppies.  Socialization is continued. 
Puppies are Temperament Tested during this time.  The examination tells us how the dog's structure compares to that of the "standard" breed. Evaluator examines the dog's anatomy, especially the head, as well as its disposition. This is a crucial day for the litter since we will determine whether or not to keep a puppy for breeding.  Periods of fear begin. Fear periods are a natural part of puppy growth; nevertheless, understanding how to cope with them, what to do, and most importantly, what not to do, has long-term consequences for the adult dog and his family. With our knowledge, we can both notice when a puppy is going through a fear stage and assist them get through it without causing any stress that may impact their disposition in the long run.Periods of fear begin. Fear periods are a natural part of puppy growth; nevertheless, understanding how to cope with them, what to do, and most importantly, what not to do, has long-term consequences for the adult dog and his family. With our knowledge, we can both notice when a puppy is going through a fear stage and assist them get through it without causing any stress that may impact their disposition in the long run.  Puppies are taken to the vet again, vaccinated, microchipped and given another health evaluation. 

Week 9

We continue our work with the puppies
..  Puppies' weaning pens are being extended to give them more area to exercise and avoid fighting, while new enrichment items and toys are being provided on a regular basis. Kibble Nibbles, Wobblers, Squirrel Dudes, and plush Kongs are among the new kibble dispensers. Puppies and dogs who labor for their food are calmer, have fewer behavioral issues, and learn to tolerate frustration.  Puppies receive their first puppy groom by a professional groomer, faces, feet and fanny's are clipped. 

Week 10

Our hard work comes to an end, and the torch is handed on to our new family, who are both nervous and eager