& Bernese Mountain Dogs
How I Raise My Puppies:
By the time I am about to breed one of my girls a lot of thought has gone into the breeding.
I start out months ahead trying to find the perfect mate. Ideally, each parent will complement the other to achieve the best possible mix of both parents. My aim is to produce outstanding puppies in health, temperament and conformation.
Both parents of puppies will have had all their health testing done i.e. hips/elbows/eyes/heart and some breed specific genetic testing as per the recommendations of the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) guidelines.
The puppies are born/whelped in a lovely room adjacent to my kitchen. They remain there with momma (until about 4 weeks old) being cuddled/weighed and handled daily.
I have implemented the 'Bio-sensor exercise program' to my puppies.
Studies have shown that puppies who have received these early stimulation exercises,
mature at faster rates and perform better in some problem solving tests
than their non-stimulated littermates. ...Read more...
From 3 to 14 days old, I introduce pups to a different scent on a daily basis: such as coffee, lemons, peanut butter...etc. According to Dr. Gayle Watkins, this daily scenting exercise has been shown to produce adult dogs with exceptional scenting ability.
I start to potty train puppies at 3 weeks of age (those are the boxes you see with wood pellets in it). I eventually move pups to outside 'potty-training'. Puppies that are raised in a clean environment, are much easier to house-train.
Berner pup standing in 'litter box''
Puppies as young as three weeks will seek out an area to eliminate, and try to keep its sleeping area clean. It is so important to maintain hygienic conditions, not only for the puppies' health, but also to facilitate house-breaking when pup goes to its new home.
Puppies in family room filled with a variety of toys and the ever-present litter boxes
At around the 4 week mark they are moved into the family room to be with the other dogs, cat, TV, visitors, indoor play area and outdoor play area and of course momma!
Pups enjoying a romp outdoors
Every week I introduce new articles to the play area to keep them stimulated and around 6 weeks of age we start going outside for bathroom training and for little walks.
Puppies have a more confined area, when I am not in the room with them. The smaller area, supplied with litter boxes, encourages them to keep their 'living' area clean.
Crate training is also introduced at around 6 weeks. This continues until pups are ready to leave for their new homes. A crate trained pup transitions to its new homes much easier, and will be well on his/her way to being house-trained, which translates into fewer sleepless nights for you, the new puppy owner!
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