We frequently get asked what curriculum we use when it comes to raising our puppies. Below are videos going over their weekly curriculum as well as the benefits.
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During the first week of our puppies lives, the first 3 days we do not do much handling as we are letting mom settle into her routine with her baby. From day 3 through day 16 we start with ENS (early neurological stimulation). This is a series of exercises to teach the puppies how to handle some stress and understand that everything will be okay. The exercises preformed are tactical stimulation, head held erect. head pointed down, supine position, and thermal stimulation. These exercises also improve cardiovascular strength, stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, and a greater resistance to disease.
During the second week of our puppies lives we continue their ENS and as well as adding in ESI (early scent introduction). We introduce a series of 16 scents over the course of 16 days. We allow each puppy to smell the container and see their reactions to each scent. The reason behind doing this particular exercise is to increase their nose awareness and confidennce when they come into conact with new smells as they get older.
Week 3 starts a whole new obstacles for the puppies. We start with novelty item exposure, meaning we start exposing them to different objects. We start with basic puppy toys (soft or rope) and start to work our way up to bigger objects. We also start with tactile exposure with different floor textures. Cuddle sessions also begin at this age with a total of 10 different handling exercises. Those exercises are rub ears, cover their eyes, open their mouth and run fingers on their gums, rub belly in circular motions, run hand down their back, run hand and fingers over their tail, touch all their paws, tap nails, run fingers around their neck and under their collar, and touch their nose.
Week 4 we continue with their handling exercises from the previous week, however we do start to apply more pressure as they grow. We also start with sound exposure. We use sounds they will experience in their normal daily lives so that those noises in turn wont startle them or if they startle they recover quickly and with confidence. Their tactile exposure continues and increases as they grow with new objects, toys, etc.
Week 5, our puppies reach the maximum amount of interior tacticle stimulation as well as inside exposure activities. During this week their handling exercises remain the same with an increased amount of pressure. We start working on the puppy, puppy, puppy, recall with treats. They also start with climbing and toy activities that are allowed in their puppy area with them. We also use sound stimulation with them.
Week 6, our puppies begin their outside exposure. They start going outside to explore the puppy play area and with all of their toys as well. Their handling exercises continue with another increase in pressure. They work on other things such as meeting neutral dogs, our children, as well as some extended family members to help with socialization and help them to understand new people are a good thing.
Week 7 is the last week we put the puppies through any testing or additional work as they get to go home at 8 weeks. This week they are being exposed to their first car ride, the vet, as well as grooming habits (a bath) and their final round of exposure to new things. They continue with their outside time as well as being inside during the night. They are playing more and learning boundaries with jumping, biting, as well as boundaries with their siblings. Their handling exercises are also being continued with the maximum amount of pressure.