Home Raised & Loved
I am an ethical breeder and I breed with integrity and love. I strive to give you a healthy and happy puppy for a lifetime.
This is an elite program that ensures that breeders are completing all recommended health testing on their parent dogs, educating families on the best care for their puppy, taking full responsibility of every puppy they produce, providing an enriching curriculum to enhance their puppies socialization period, and honoring their puppies by giving them a voice. We couldn't be more proud of what we have accomplished as a breeder and look forward to continuing to improve and enrich our program as well as help others!
We follow the Badass Breeder curriculum to raise all of our puppies. This program starts with our parent dogs and ensures that we are honoring them, their health, and their well-being first and formost. Every puppy born into our hands is a miracle. We are responsible for teaching each one of them that the world is a good and safe place. We will empower them while they tackle tasks that challenge their nerve strentgh in order to build confidence. We do this every day with handling exercises, scent introductions, sound desensitizations, and exposure activities
Early Scent Introduction / Early Neurological Stimulation
Early neurological stimulation consists of a series of exercises conducted between day 3 and 16 days after birth. This period is a time of rapid neurological development for the puppies. By exposing the puppies to certain stimulations during this time it can have life-long benefits. Studies have shown that puppies exposed to ENS had improved cardiovascular performance (stronger heart rate), stronger heartbeats, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress, and greater resistance to disease. This method was designed by the US military in order to improve the performance of working dogs.
Early scent introduction consists of a series of careful exposures between days 3 through 16 after birth to a new scent every day from a variety of carefully selected scents. This process helps to increase nose awareness and confidence! This scent introduction is great for preparing puppies to be working dogs such as hunting dogs, tracking dogs, gluten alert dogs, and diabetic alert dogs! We also record each puppy's reaction to the scent (positive or negative) to assist people in choosing a puppy that is most likely to excel at one of these tasks if they are specifically looking for a speific type of working dog. Aside from service animals that may need an exceptionally great sense of smell, ESI can also help prepare puppies that are solely going to be human companions. By exposing them to these scents from a young age, we are preparing them to come into your home and live their life with you where they may frequently encounter scents such as normal household smells, nature smells, and animal smells. Some scents we introduce are soil, tennis balls, coconut, oatmeal, leather, allspice, alpaca fiber, pine chips, and more!
We begin potty training with the puppy as soon as they begin getting up and playing. We do this by creating a separate potty area starting in the whelping box for them to go to. Puppies have a natural behavior of moving away from their sleeping area to use the bathroom. By giving them this seperate space they are better able to differentiate between sleep, play, and potty areas as they grow, thus learning the importance of going potty in a designated area. Once they are older, we begin taking them outside (weather permitting) to allow them to learn going potty on the grass outside as their designated space. This helps tremendously with the transition from our home to yours. A puppy that is difficult to potty train causes a lot of emotional stress on your family as you explore your new family dynamic of raising a puppy. We want to make that process easier and less stressful for you by beginning it while they are young. It is important, however, to understand that they are still puppies and are NOT going to go home fully potty trained. They will still have accidents in the house without constant training and positive reinforcement with potty training
We begin crate training with our puppies as we believe that it is important for their transition home, as well as their safety and potty training. By getting them used to sleeping in their crates alone at night before they go home, it makes the first few nights away from their littermates easier and less stressful for them as they are already used to it. By creating a safe comfortable space for them in their crate, your family will be able to keep them safe from anything that they could get into when you cannot watch them. Crate training is also extremely important in aiding with potty training. By crate training them, it is easier to prevent nighttime accidents since they cannot wander throughout the house to find a place to potty. We begin crate training by using a snuggle puppy for them to sleep with, covering their crates with a lightweight/breathable blanket, and playing classical music (which is good for their mental development and stress management). We send this snuggle puppy home with them in order to help them with their first nights home. Although we start with crate training, it is important to understand that the first few nights away from their littermates can still be a bit difficult for them as they adjust. They may "cry" a bit at first, but our hope is that you and your puppy will have a peaceful transition
Sound desensitization is one of the ways we socialize our puppies when it comes to new sounds. By exposing the puppies to many different sounds at a young age, they are less likely to fear them (or start barking) as adults. We expose our puppies to a wide variety of sounds to prepare them for a lovely future without fear such as fireworks, doorbells, kids playing, animal noises, doors shutting, items dropping, different voices (deep, high pitched, children), different genres of music, etc. This desensitization allows for more opportunities to explore and learn about new things while they are young instead of developing bad habits caused by fear.
We use exposure activities to introduce the puppies to new things and surfaces. By exposing the puppies to a variety of items and challenges at a young age they are able to build confidence and nerve strength resulting in them becoming a less fearful adult dog. We expose our puppies to a huge variety of tactile, balance, and surface activities to set them up for a successful future without fears of walking on reflective surfaces, uneven surfaces, raised surfaces, textured surfaces, steps/ramps, or wet surfaces. This exposure, like sound desensitization, allows for more opportunities to explore and learn about new things in their new environment while they are young and impressionable.