Our Puppy Program
Our goal is to raise our puppies in the healthiest environment we can provide starting with our parents. All of our Goldendoodle/Poodle parents have been cleared through OFA for Eyes, Cardio, Elbows & Hips. All of our Schnoodle parents have been cleared through OFA for Eyes, Cardio, and Patellas. They have all been DNA verified and Genetic Health tested through Pawprint Genetics & Embark so they will not pass anything on that can affect their puppy’s health. They are provided with the best Veterinary care, exercised multiple times daily, the best diet and nutrition, and a loving home environment surrounded by their family. We begin our puppy program with Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) & Early Scent Introduction (ESI) from day 3 to day 16.
What is Early Neurological Stimulation and why do we do it?
The ENS program was developed by the US Military as part of their “bio-sensor” or “super puppy” program, and further studied and popularized by Dr. Carmen Battaglia.
The ENS program involves five different exercises done with each puppy once a day. Puppies are tickled on the bottom of their paws and between their toes. They are held straight with their tails down, held upside down with their tails up, laid on their backs, and placed on a cold washcloth. The program recommends staying in each position for 3-5 seconds. This is so the brief changes are enough to stimulate the puppies’ brains but not enough to stress them out too much.
ENS is done while the puppies are in their early developmental stage. The stage that follows early development is their socialization period, which is another critical stage to ensure puppies grow and adapt as optimally as possible. ENS helps prepares them for their socialization period, when they learn how to interact with and trust humans, other dogs, and other species. Using ENS, we ensure your puppies have the emotional development to handle and meet the challenges of socialization.
We choose to use the ENS method developed by Dr. Battaglia because it helps produce dogs who have greater tolerance of stress throughout their lifetimes. They also have more resistance to disease, a more responsive adrenal system, and a stronger heart rate and heartbeat. The methods we use are proven by science and experience to promote the best outcomes for our puppies.
What is Early Scent Introduction and why do we do it?
Early scent introduction (ESI) is a training program for puppies designed to enhance their ability to identify and react to specific scents. Everyday we introduce a strong scent to the puppy for brief intervals and record the puppy’s reaction. The reaction is considered to be positive when the puppy shows interest in the scent, moving toward it. A negative reaction is recorded when the puppy tries to get away from the scent. And finally, when a puppy is neither interested nor disinterested in the scent, this is a neutral reaction.
Dr. Gayle Watkins is a breeder of sporting Golden Retrievers, she began testing dogs to determine the effectiveness of ESI. This involved selecting certain puppies from her litters to receive ESI training, and others that would not receive ESI. The results were nothing short of remarkable. The dogs that participated in ESI had more scenting titles than those that did not participate, and they were achieving titles at ages of up to five years younger than the pups that had not participated. For practical purposes, these results mean the potential for even better companion, service, and therapy dogs. Scent abilities are often very important. Just as an example, when a dog is a companion to a child with autism, his main function is likely to be a guardian of sorts, since children with autism can tend to wander or run off. If the dog can easily follow the child’s scent and locate him or her, that could be a life-saving asset. Another situation in which scent abilities can matter a great deal might be alerting an elderly person to a gas leak, or to something burning on the stove – again, there is the potential for saving a life. Service dogs can also use scent to identify the early stages of diabetic reaction, or the onset of a seizure. All these skills enhanced by ESI. Of course, not all dogs are going to be service or therapy animals.
We perform the Early Scent Introduction because we understand how important a dog’s sense of smell is to him and his brain function. Our dogs’ noses are 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive to smells than our human noses, depending on the dog and dog breed.
What does that mean to dogs? According to Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog, they examine and understand the world through their noses like we see and make sense of the world with our eyes. The area in the brain that processes the data picked up by the nose is 40 times larger in dogs than humans. A dog’s ability to smell is a function of their intellect.
There are many wonderful programs out that a breeder can utilize for socialization of puppies including Avidog & Puppy Culture etc. After doing my research, I have chosen to use a program called Badass Breeder developed by Jeanette Forrey. The curriculum is absolutely wonderful, and the community of breeders is amazing. We are all trying to raise the best puppies and support each other in the process.
We want to expose our puppies to as many sounds, smells, textures, toys, people as safely as we can in the short time they are with us. Everyday we will provide them with a new challenge as we prepare them for their new families! We also have a daily list of 10 puppy handling exercises that we do with gradually increased pressure until they go home. The goal being you will be able to touch and handle your dogs from their paws to their ears for anything and just allows them to know the human touch is a good thing. At 3 to 4 weeks old we take away the whelping pen and introduce the kennel and the litterbox. They will be used to sleeping in a kennel and used to going potty on organic matter. We use Alfalfa pellets which is just grass! We start bathing, brushing, blow drying, getting them used to the noise and vibrations of a clipper. We do their nails once a week both clipping and filing. The more we do with them while they are here, the better dogs they will grow up to be. We then start with their daily curriculum for socialization. We post almost daily videos and photos so that you can follow each litter along their path to success. We will answer any of your questions along the way.
We will begin Temperament testing the puppies around days 49 to 52, at this age we will get the most accurate results. When all my testing and evaluations are complete, I will share the results and videos of the testing. I get in touch with every family who has reserved a puppy starting with the earliest deposit. We will spend time with the puppies and families over video chat and go over all the results so our families can make an informed choice about their new family member. We feel very strongly that choosing the right puppy is more than beauty, color and gender. We will never choose your puppy for you, we will however give you as much information about each puppy so you and your family can be as successful as possible.
What we are testing in the puppies:
- Assertiveness (human)
- Confidence: Belief in his or her own abilities and approach to new situations.
- Motivation Level: Intrinsic desire to work for and with a human. Also, can be called his or her workability.
- Nerve Strength/Resiliency: Ability to handle and manage stress in reaction to situations.
- Touch Tolerance
- Energy Level
- Sound Sensitivity
- Sight Sensitivity
- Prey Drive
- Human Focus or Pack Drive
- Tender-hearted Trait
- Dog Friendliness
All our puppies are well-rounded, stable, reliable, and full of love to share. Our puppies learn early the importance of a positive human relationship. They are challenged and worked daily to create intelligent, balanced pups that display good nerve strength and that learn cause and effect, problem solving skills and a positive association to learning and training. All of our puppies are treated and raised as though they will become service and therapy dogs.