Taking care of the mother in a stress-free environment is HUGE. The puppies can pick up on that stress hormone from the mother. Also ensure the mother receives proper exercise, nutrition and attention. We continue taking out pregnant mother on walks so that they get the exercise they need. We feed our moms the best food we can find. We want to make sure that they get all the nutrients that them and the babies need. By making sure that all of this is taken care of, we will help the mother produce the best puppies she can.
Do you know what ENS stands for?
ENS or Early Neurological Stimulation is when we introduce the puppies to mild stresses in a controlled environment. We do this because the stresses cause the the neurological system to be stimulated and overall improves the growth and development of the puppy. The puppies are gently handled using a series of exercises to produce brain wave activity that would not naturally occur otherwise. It is over the course of two weeks and it takes about 3-5 seconds per puppy per day. They are as simple as rubbing a QTip over the puppies paws. We base this off of the U.S. Military's "Bio-Sensor" program. Once again ENS can and will have significant and last effects on the puppies. We do this because we have seen the benefits on our puppies. We want them to flourish and grow into the best puppies and dogs that they can be.
OVERALL CARE OF THE PUPPY
We begin human interaction and development exercises from the moment the puppies are born, and continue throughout their stay at our breeding facility. We provide gentle daily handling from the day the puppies are born which has been shown to improve their ability to thrive by many studies. To help the puppy develop into a calm and confident dog, we provide the puppy with many different situations, stimuli, and exercises.
We also introduce our puppies into new scents and smells. Puppies eyes and ears are not open when they are born, but their nose is. This helps the puppy use its nose. We do not use smells that are appealing, as in smells like treat or dog food, we use chives and herbs. The sole purpose of this is to help the dog learn to use its nose, but not to appease its taste buds.
We provide our puppies with an environment enriched with different things. We do this comfortable to introduce the puppy to something new and foreign, but to not cause fear. We also work with our puppies with crate training. We want our puppies to know that no matter where they are, the crate is a safe place.
We also believe in training our puppies for transportation. We practice in cars and other transportation to get our puppies used to the different ways of transportation that you use. By doing this we help the puppies with any anxiety they get during transportation and let them know that it is safe. We also prevent issues with any of these things in the future by addressing them in a controlled environment.
Being a groomer myself, I believe that this next step is very necessary. We touch all parts of the puppy from the time they're born in an effort to desensitize to touch. Because many animals have a dislike or fear to grooming, we begin by making it a very positive experience. By the time our puppies leave, they are comfortable with bathing, brushing, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, nail clipping, and more.
While it is important to work with the litter as a whole, we also work with each puppy individually. We believe that to properly assess each puppy as a whole, we do it individually, with the litter mates, and with other approved dogs.
We continuously watch body language, and monitor heart rate for signs of stress during all of these exercises, situations, and stimuli that we do.
From week three to week twelve of a puppies life is an important period. This period of development is associated with the development of many social behavior patterns and a great deal of learning about the environment. Much of what is learned during this early period is permanent and provides a foundation for behavior patterns throughout their entire life. To decrease the possibility of fearful responses as a puppy develops, it is essential to expose them to many people, places and things during the socialization period wWe also introduce friendly, rock solid adult dogs for the puppies to interact with, so they learn appropriate "doggie language" from others in addition to their mom and other dogs in our home.