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Puppy Socialization 

The first 12 weeks of your puppies life are known as the critical socialization period. During this time your puppy is the most moldable. Meaning your puppy is most likely to accept and adapt to new experiences. We take full advantage of this. Your puppy will stay with us the first 10 weeks and will experience as many new things as possible. We work to make these positive and or make the difficult situations fun and interesting. Our aim is to create the most confident family member who seeks out new adventures. This takes a mix of genetics from bold parents and nurturing this potential well. Not every puppy will be naturally outgoing. But we can create an environment that will help all puppies build confidence into adulthood. We are building a foundation, you are building the house.
Please remember you MUST continue the work at home.


The first 10 weeks:

Puppy Culture is the program we use as our guide in the socialization process. We appreciate the straight forward plan this program provides. We do adapt it to fit our breed, each litter and each puppy as they are all unique.
We focus on; ENS, manding, clicker training, free shaping exercises, leash work, crate conditioning, nail trimming, bathing, grooming, house training, visiting new places, going for drives, meeting new people and new animals and much more... We start these things, remember you must continue training at home to solidify what we start here. 


ENS: Early Neurological Stimulation aids in "improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate); stronger heart beats; stronger adrenal glands; more tolerance to stress; and greater resistance to disease".

Manding: asking politely for attention by sitting when approaching a human rather than jumping up. 
Free Shaping: allowing the puppy to discover what you are wanting them to do by using a clicker and bait as positive reinforcement. They learn to offer behaviors until you reward what you want them to do. Free shaping is a jumpstart to life long obedience training. 
Crate Conditioning: We help the crate become a positive place for puppies from a few weeks old, making crate training a smoother process. 
desensitization: Puppies will experience a variety of sounds from city sounds, lawn mowers, vacuum, barking dogs, children, lightening, fire works and anything else we can find. We will play these sounds via recording while puppies are resting or chewing on a yummy bone. We gradually increase sounds as puppies are comfortable. Starting these sounds before puppies start to experience fear will help them be more adaptable to them as adults. Some sounds are apart of daily life and will be experienced in person. 
Grooming: We use an electronic tooth brush during our ENS protocols to stimulate the puppies nervous system. We also continue this until puppy goes home as it helps puppy become used to being groomed. We also file puppies nails with a Dremel from just a few days old on. We aim to make this a positive experience so puppies will continue to enjoy their nail trim into adulthood. Again you MUST continue this at home to keep your puppy comfortable with the grooming process. 

Nutrition: Our dogs and puppies receive a mix of Kibble and raw meat/veggies/fruit/eggs. We also use yogurt, and fermented grains for gut health. We typically use Dimond foods but we do change things up from time to time.  
See our Facebook page for videos of current and past litters doing these exercises. 


Going Home

You've gone through the process and it's finally time to bring home your baby. 
1. Take the "With Open Arms and a Level head"​ brining home puppy course. This course is $99 and completely online. We rewatch this with each litter as we can continually learn and grow. Purchase this course before you bring your puppy home. It will help you feel more confident when the day comes. 
2. Find a local trainer, class or dog club. Everything is better with friends. Taking a class in person or connecting with other dog people will help ease the bumps on your journey. Please let us know if you need help finding a local trainer or club.
Get the gear... you really dont need all the fancy dog stuff. But there are a few essentials we recommend having before puppy comes home. 
-Crate (get a medium crate with a divider or a small and medium crate) We expose puppies to all types of crates, so get one that best fits your space. 
- XPen: if your space allows, an Xpen will give your puppy a space place to play while your eyes are not on your puppy. Having a potty area in the xpen can eliminate the need for taking puppy out at night or while you're not home.  
- Flat collar and leash: you will need a small collar to start and a medium when your puppy is an adult. 

- Nail Dremel: the amazon basic electronic dog nail Dremel works great and is rechargeable. We have used ours for several years.
- Kong Beehive Toy or similar toy you can stuff with treats, puzzle toys and lick matts are great too. Buying a variety of toys that are affordable (think dollar store or an amazon variety pack) is a great way to see what your puppy likes. Most dogs find a couple toys they enjoy more than others. 

Food: We send puppy home with a week of food, having more on hand is helpful. 

Link to our Amazon list below:

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