The first few weeks of a puppy’s life is spent in a warm whelping box in my bedroom room where they will start developing their ability to see, hear, and walk.
Puppies are weighed twice a day the first couple weeks to insure everyone is growing properly. Nails grow very quickly on new puppies so we trim them ever few days to keep mama more comfortable. Around three days old we start ENS (early neurological stimulation) as well as ESI (early scent interdiction).
After they become more mobile, puppies are given a bigger area in the main part of the house where they can experience all the sights, sounds, and smells of daily life in the home. Litter training starts as soon as puppies can walk, making it easier for new owners to house break them.
Each day puppies are given new objects with differing texters and scents to help develop there curiosity rather than fear. They are interduced to different sounds including fireworks, thunderstorms and busy streets just to name a few. This is to help desensitize them to things they will most likely encounter at some point in there life. We taking puppies on several car rides a week to help prepare them for there new life and lesson the stress of that first car ride home. Starting around four weeks of age we begin working individually with puppies using fun little games such as ring the bell or touch the box. This teaches the puppies they can offer a behavior and get a reword, building the trust and bond they share with people. We also start teaching them how to "mand" this is a polite way of asking for things by sitting calmly and quietly.
Kennel training starts around four weeks of age with access to a large open doored kennel and will slowly build up to each puppy taking there morning nap in their individual kennels with the doors closed.
Weekly grooming including bath, blow dry, brush out and nail trim/file starts around puppies four week birthday.
We use adventure walks and fieldtrips to introduce puppies to new environments with different sights, sounds, and smells.
Our puppies spend their first 3 weeks in a clean, worm, cozy whelping box in our bedroom.
E.N.S. stands for early neurological stimulation. We do this with all of our puppies between 3 and 16 days of age.
This shows some of the things we do with our puppies to help them grow into strong,