SOME INFORMATION SITES YOU MAY LIKE TO VISIT:   The Volhard Puppy Aptitude/Temperament Test is given at 49 days - before the first fear period begins.  This is done by a certified tester in a place the puppies have never seen before.  This gives a better insight into the puppy's aptitude/temperament.   This test is scheduled for October 23, 2017.  Results will be provided in your puppy package. This test takes approximately 30 minutes per puppy.  This time we are adding bird wings to the retrieve portion of the test for a client.  We can specifically test for special interests - are we looking for pets - show dogs - performance dogs - hunting dogs - scent detection dogs - therapy dogs?  We will have a good idea of what each puppy's strong points and weak points are - and that is usually confirmation of what I've already discovered in my own daily interactions with them.  Some things surprise me - but their temperaments I already know by the test day. This helps me properly place puppies in the right families/situations.  You get a copy of your puppies testing.   Early Bio-Neurological Stimulation, as provided By Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia,  exercises make a tremendous difference in the mental as well as physical development and body awareness of the puppies from days 4-14.  This is the same system the military working dog kennels and many service dog kennels use with their puppies. There are usually 5 exercises but I add a 6th because they are poodles - I add brushing to the list.  "Puppy Culture".  I will also be participating in these age-specific socialization exercises.  I will provide buyers with a list of approved exercises during different weeks of the puppy's life after they go home with you.  I live by Dr. Dodd's limited vaccination protocols and my puppy buyers also follow these guidelines.    This is a wonderful site - you sign up for a account and you may add your puppy's info in the data base or you may have me do it for you.     This is where you can research any dog to see what health testing they have had. You need the AKC registration number but you can also go by the registered name if you don't have the registration number.  I attain CHIC status with all of my breeding poodles.  I go above and beyond the suggested breed-typical testing.      Go here and set up a free account for yourself. You will be able to look for training, clubs, shows, etc. near you.

Feeding Your Puppy  My own dogs have been raw fed for over 14 years and all my puppies are weaned onto a raw food diet. While I strongly encourage raw feeding, I understand that not everyone wants to feed raw. In that case - please feed a 4-5 star grain free dog food. Fromm and Acana are two that come to mind.  In the 14+ years I've been feeding raw - no one in my family and no dog has EVER contracted Salmonella poisoning!  I do live with Clorox wipes at hand to immediately sanitize the prep area and I feed from disposable small paper plates but using a ceramic or stainless steel dish that can be sterilized in the dishwasher is just as good!  

Water is Crucial  You must, at all times, have fresh, clean water available to your puppy.  Dehydration is deadly in young puppies.  That is why diarrhea is so serious - because it dehydrates the puppies - thickening the blood and making the body work harder to keep the puppy alive.  One of the best things to give a puppy with loose stools or diarrhea is packed pumpkin.  Just add 1-2 tablespoons to their meals for ailments relating to changing diet, stress, travel - but bloody, watery diarrhea go straight to the vet.    UC Davis is preparing a Diversity Database of DNA for many breeds and now Poodles are on the list.  This gives you a better snapshot of your puppy's DNA relatedness to the rest of the poodle population.  For spayed/neutered poodles it is informational only.  For those who will have open registration for show/performance/breeding this is an excellent tool - not the only tool - but something to add to your knowledge of your dogs overall inherited health traits.