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Our Puppy Program

& Development Timeline

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Puppy Handling

Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS)

Tactile Sensory

Enrichment Experiences

Expand Nest & Remove Puppy Pads 

Transitional Period

Transitional Period

Puppy Handling

Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS)

Tactile Sensory

Enrichment Experiences

Expand Nest & Remove Puppy Pads 

Puppy Handling

Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS)

Weight Watch

Neonatal

Socialization Period

Closed Crate with Meaty Bone

Novelty Training

Resource Guarding

Puppy Parties

Free Stacks

Socialization Period

Second Fear Stage

Structural Assessment

No Off Premise Events

Leash Walking

Attention Exercises

Socialization Period

Errand Socialization

Introduce Water Play

Vet Visit

Crate Release Training

Stack and Deliver

Socialization Period

Expanding World

Barrier Challenges

Interactive Toys

Weaning Pen

Outdoor Time

Treat, Touch & Clicker Training

Manding

Socialization Period

Errand Socialization

Introduce Water Play

Vet Visit

Crate Release Training

Stack and Deliver

Adolescent Period

Early Adolescence

  6 - 9 months

  Fully Developed Brain & Body Weight

  Increased Energy Levels

  Puppy will

  • Test Boundaries

  • Challenge All Members of their Family Pack

  • Question All Behavioral Guidelines

Late Adolescence

  9- 18 months
  Fully Developed Joints & Bones
  Puppy will

  • Do More Difficult Activities & Challenges

  • Be Ideal Age for Alterations (After 1st Season)

Puppy Handling

Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS)

Weight Watch

Pad Training

Neonatal

Puppy Handling

Startle Response & Teething

Sound Protocol

Socialization

Litter Box

Raw Bones

Shaping Emotional Response

Socialization Period

Litter Conflict & Shaping

Texture & Stability Experiences

Open Crate

Free Stacks

Treat Training

Narrow Space & Crowding

Pack Nannies

Weaning

Socialization Period

Behavioral Evaluations

Heeling Biting and Tugging Foundation

Attention Exercises

Socialization Period

Off Premise Socialization

Puppy Classes

Introduce Outside Breeds

Career Assessment

Barrier Frustration Work

Socialization Period

Errand Socialization

Introduce Water Play

Vet Visit

Crate Release Training

Stack and Deliver

Socialization Period

Socialized Puppy

  • Exhibits Independent & Exploratory Behavior

  • Initiates Comfortable Interactions

  • "Everything Else is Dangerous until Proven Otherwise"

Reinforce Socialization

Juvenile Period

Young Adult

  18 months - 32 months

  Puppy is

  • Sleeping Less

  • Initiating Novelty Experiences

  • Demanding Attention and Exercise

  • Wanting Mental Stimulation

  • Requiring Continued Training

  • Ready for Endurance Training

  • Less Tolerant of Puppies

  *This is the age most dogs are

    surrendered to shelters.

Adult

Mature 

  32 months

  Socially Mature

  Well Socialized Dog Will

  • Navigate Their World Freely

  • Manifest Self-Control

  • Express Both Retreat and Confidence in Conflict Resolution

  • Be Good Citizens

  

  Vet Visits every 6-12 months

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Looks similar to a Fear Stage

Puppy Recovers quickly after being startled

Sudden movements and loud crashing noises strengthen Recovery Response

This Response  signifies a puppy is transitioning to their Socialization Period

Startle Response

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Transitional Period

Late Adolescent

Young Adult

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Looks similar to a Fear Stage

Puppy Recovers quickly after being startled

Sudden movements and loud crashing noises strengthen Recovery Response

This Response  signifies a puppy is transitioning to their Socialization Period

Fear Stage

the first 12 weeks

Nutrition, Enrichment & Age Appropriate Challenges

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WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

WEEK 5

WEEK 6

WEEK 7

WEEK 8

WEEK 9

WEEK 10-11

WEEK 12+

Week 12 -

6 months

6 months -

18 months

Neonatal

Transitional Period

Socialization Period

Juvenile Period

Adolescent Period

Handling, ENS & Weight Watch

Handling, ENS, Weight Watch & Pad Training

Handling, ENS, Tactile Sensory, Experiences, Expand Nest

Startle Response & Teething: Sound Protocol, Socialization, Litter Box, Raw Bones, Shaping Emotional Response

Expanding World: Barrier Challenges, Interactive Toys, Weaning Pen, Outdoor Time, Treat Touch & Clicker Training, Manding

Litter Conflict & Shaping: Texture & Stability Experiences, Open Crate, Free Stacks, Treat Training, Narrow Space & Crowding, Pack Nannies, Weaning

Endurance: Closed Crate with Meaty Bone, Novelty Training, Resource Guarding, Puppy Parties, Free Stacks

Behavioral Evaluations, Heeling Biting and Tugging Foundation, Attention Exercises

Second Fear Stage: Structural Assessment, No Off Premise Events, Leash Walking, Attention Exercises

Off Premise Socialization, Puppy Classes, Introduce Outside Breeds, Career Assessment, Barrier Frustration Work

Errand Exercises, Introduce Water Play, Vet Visit, Crate Release Training, Stack and Deliver

Aptitude Building

Independent & Exploratory: 

Testing Boundaries & Challenging Members of their Family

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Transitional Period

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The Proof is in the Puppies

Healthy hearts, endocrine and nervous system

Age appropriate weekly developmental aptitude challenges

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Changing the Future of Dogs One Puppy at a Time

A program built to support breeders, continue research and introduce modern techniques during puppy development

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In 1970s the Army developed a training program called Biosensor, to make Super Dogs.

The research concluded that early stimulation between the 3rd through the 16th day accelerates rapid neurological growth, strengthens endocrine and cardiovascular system health, and it concluded that small stimulants over short durations within the first few days led to remarkable behavioral and biological advantages when compared to the neutral group. Much of the research suggested ENS benefits all neonatal mammals. That being said, all stimulants should be avoided if an infant is undergoing stress or trauma within the first few days.

During Biosensory, puppies are introduced to small stressors for 3-6 seconds each day, in addition to human handling.

The 5 exercises include:
1.
Tactile stimulation – pup is gently cradled in one hand as a Q-Tip is gently stroked between each of the pups toes.
2.
Puppy held in upright position – With both hands the pup is held so that it's head in straight above it's tail
3.
Head pointed down – using both hands you support the pup as you turn the pup upside down
4.
Cradle position – you support the pup as you have them lay on their back in your hands
5.
Thermal stimulation – taking a washcloth that has been cooled in the refrigerator for 5 minutes you place the pup on the cool washcloth with their belly touching the washcloth.

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