Our dogs are strenuously tested for health, ability, and temperament.
ALL dogs considered for breeding are health tested and have all clearances through OFA and are Dilute FREE.
We look at titles, certificates and any accomplishments that the parents have accomplished before we consider a dog for our program. This starts long before one of our females even comes into our home. Many times we are on a waiting list for that breeder and have even passed to get a pup from the next go around just to make sure we get the one that best fits us.
Puppy Culture is a birth to 12-week program implementing the science of behavior and puppy development designed to help develop pups to their full potential. It prepares our puppies for life through a series of exercises to be more adaptable, confident and more able to fit in our society. It also helps puppy owners be more effective in their training and understanding their puppies. Since we implement Puppy Culture our litters are more ready to handle life's challenges. They are more resilient, stable, responsive, smarter (if that's a possibility) and their recovery time is even faster. We help shape the puppies futures to be the best that they can be so that they can be the dog that everyone would want to own! We highly recommend you continue on with the program from 8 to 12 (or longer) weeks old. The first 12 weeks of your puppy's life is the MOST IMPORTANT time to shape the way that puppy will live and cope with its life. Puppy Culture is available in DVD, BLU-RAY, and Video on Demand with over 50 lessons arranged in a logical, week-by-week timeline to provide breeders and puppy owners a clear roadmap for raising a puppy.
Much of what people feel is a problem adult - from aggression to lack of focus - often comes due to a failure or omission in the first 12 weeks of life! Since we have the pups the first 8 weeks of their life, we feel it's highly important to do our part in producing a well-developed, well-balanced adult dog. You can still get good results on an older puppy/dog but it will take a lot more time and effort. The first 12 weeks the puppy's brain is a sponge. Once that window closes you have to train behaviors or desensitize.
A typical timeline for our puppies:
Our pregnant female's belly is stroked, while we talk to her in a soothing voice and let the puppies get used to the sound of our voices. She gets lots of love and extra attention. The emotional health of mom reflects on the puppies.
3-16 Days we do Early Neurological Stimulation and Early Scent Integration.
We begin trimming nails every 4 days at this stage
2-3 weeks: Eyes and ears are now open, and socialization begins. We also start potty training at this stage. Yes, I said Potty Training! I highly recommend Poop School Program!!!
3 weeks: They ask for attention. They sound violent but it's normal for them to growl. We keep the nails short and introduce a new toy each day.
At this stage we move them from the whelping box to a weaning pen.
3 1/2 weeks: We start having visitors. We start teaching recovery from fear - bouncing back. We make loud noises, slam doors, vacuum, use blender, drop pans, play noises, etc. They recover almost immediately and don't really have any fear. They need to recover from startling from people. We take each pup out individually daily.
Puppies start eating mush at this stage. We start working on teaching them “here” when we are putting the food down. After puppies get the habit of eating their mush, we will begin to feed in different items, a stainless-steel bowl, a frisbee, plastic, a round disc so it wobbles some, etc. so they get used to eating on different surfaces.
We touch and handle their ears, paws and mouths daily. I begin rubbing their gums at this age to get them desensitized to when they need their teeth brushed.
4 weeks old: We start giving them more space to play and exercise throughout the day. We introduce challenging items and change objects daily. We start introducing other dogs, small animals (big bunny), etc. They are asked to do some problem solving (and dealing with frustration), we do not help them they have to figure it out on their own. It is amazing at this stage to watch them as they master the challenge and get a boost of self-confidence. We start clicker training and teaching them something called Manding. We want them to 'ask' for things instead of expecting, so they must sit when they want something from us - in front of us with no verbal cue. When they do, they get a treat. We introduce an adventure box made on recommendations from Avid Dogs with different textures, colors, items for more stable puppies. If the weather is decent, they will be introduced to the outdoor world. We begin using the word “here” as they come towards us and back to the house. The puppies begin to go on short car rides, and if weather permits, on our side by side or four-wheeler. They have grates to walk over, cat toys to play with, wobbly items, things to step and climb over, different textures to walk over - rock, wood, tile, carpet, cement, dirt, grass, etc. from now until they leave for new homes. We start our clicker training and manding training at this age too. They have to sit to be picked up, get fed, get a treat. etc. We continue this until the puppy leaves our home.
5 weeks: A Fear/sensitive period can set in during this time so we make sure to expose them to new things but if they are overly afraid we proceed with caution. We want their experiences to safe. We have lots of lovey time and continue clicker training. The puppies go for another car ride or two this week.
They begin to spend more time away from their mom and siblings. We do Short periods of training, since they get tired quickly.
6 weeks: They have high curiosity this week. We try to introduce the ducks in the later part of this week. We have visitors come play and work with the puppies setting down the rules beforehand. We introduce the puppy walk and wobble board. We take them to the neighbors for new experiences. We begin crate conditioning them this week.
7-8 weeks: We continue what we have been working on with them as well as work on resource guarding, following our hands/fingers with food in them, give them food puzzles, start on scent training, having a collar on and leash training. Most puppies have been introduced to wings by this point and if they have not, they will be this week. We use different medians with duck scent on them to throw and have the puppies retrieve. This is only for fun, we don’t expect them to bring them back to us just yet (although, many of ours do!)
We start our matching to new prospective families at 7 1/2 to 8 weeks old.
8 weeks: Puppies have been de-wormed, are vaccinated, have microchips and are ready to go!
All of our puppies are raised inside with our family and are handled daily. We have 8 children and 1 grandchild who are constantly around the pups, including all of their friends... so these puppies are socialized from birth and become desensitized too all kinds of noises before we even begin their "training" at 3 days old.
By the time our puppies go home, they are basically potty trained, have been crate conditioned, learned the word here, understand to sit for food or attention, love people and cuddles, have been introduced to a leash and collar and just want to be your best friend. Wings have also been introduced at this point and most pups are retrieving and have been exposed to long distance gun sounds.
We use (and highly recommend) Puppy Culture, Poop School and Aviddog with all of our puppies to give them the best start possible in life.