Curriculum

"Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen."
~Orhan Pamuk~

For our curriculum we use a combination of BAB, "Badass Breeder" to provide a structured curriculum to ensure that puppies learn the world is safe, people are kind, and dogs are friendly and "Puppy Culture", to breed and raise socially well-adjusted puppies and give them the best possible start in life, both highly reputable programs.

Week 1

During the first week handling is brief to limit stress to daily weigh ins and a few minutes of holding.  Only as much as the new moms are comfortable with. Often it is more stroking the puppies while in the whelping box.

Week 2

Puppies are handled gently on a daily basis, stroking them, snuggling, making sure they stay used to human touch.  Daily weigh ins are continued through week two to ensure puppies are growing properly.  ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) and ESI (Early Scent Introduction) is introduced in this week. ENS introduces gentle stress to the puppies’ bodies, and has been shown to strengthen immune systems, cardiovascular systems, and tolerance to handling.  ESI is designed to enhance their ability to identify, and react to specific scents. Each day puppies are introduced to a strong scent for brief intervals and the puppy's reactions are recorded. Eyes are beginning to open during this week!

Week 3

Puppies are handled gently on a daily basis, stroking them, snuggling, making sure they stay used to human touch.  Daily weigh ins are continued through week two to ensure puppies are growing properly.  ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) and ESI (Early Scent Introduction) is introduced in this week. ENS introduces gentle stress to the puppies’ bodies, and has been shown to strengthen immune systems, cardiovascular systems, and tolerance to handling.  ESI is designed to enhance their ability to identify, and react to specific scents. Each day puppies are introduced to a strong scent for brief intervals and the puppy's reactions are recorded.

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