The feedback I get from my puppy buyers supports my belief that a solid foundation from birth builds a better puppy. That foundation, for my puppies, begins with Neurological Bio-Sensor Stimulation physical exercises which are designed to build neural pathways in the brain as well as teach the body's adrenal system how to react swiftly to changes. I also think it activates the inner ear more quickly as there is usually no motion sickness in my puppies - even those who travel coast to coast.
Beginning with the 2018 litter, I added another facet to the Neurological Bio-Sensor Stimulation with "scent" work. Each day, for 14 days, I'll introduce the puppies to a different scent (if your need something special - let me know and provide that scent for me) and note whether they are attracted, repulsed or neutral on that scent. Since at that early age (4-16 days old) the only senses they have are touch, smell and taste, it is fascinating to watch their noses and brains begin working together. From the 2018 litter two puppies showed the ability to become gluten detecting service dogs as well as an ESA dog. It will be interesting to watch their development as they grow and train.
I utilize the Puppy Culture program as the basis for my socialization of the puppies. I find that the first litter of puppies raised using puppy culture seems to have been better socialized and more confident - able to react to new or startling situations in a much more calm manner with a very quick recovery. They have a curiosity about new things, seem to learn quicker and retain the knowledge. They are very engaged puppies with their families!
Lastly, I utilize the Volhard Puppy Temperament and Aptitude Testing to see where the puppies will fit with regard to future families. Their strengths/weaknesses will be discussed with that puppy's new family. Every buyer gets a copy of their puppy's test results. Usually this confirms what I've already discerned while watching them develop daily. It is still nice to see the testing and results and sometimes it shows me strengths or weaknesses I didn't realize they had! The tester keeps a copy of the testing and is available to discuss the results with you.
I stress Health Testing to CHIC status on both Dam and Sire. What isn't so well known is the amount of work I actually put into the selection of a Sire for my girls or the quality of the Bitch to breed My boy(s) to. My first standard poodle breeding took me almost 2 years to find the perfect dog to compliment my girl. I have gone into pedigrees as far back as 50 generations. I want to know if there are health problems that I can avoid. I run test breedings and get the projected COI of a litter from that breeding. COI is not the only thing I look at ... I look at VGL compatibility and outlier possibilities. I look for general health, longevity, genetic testing and titles obtained through their pedigrees. I will only participate in breeding with like-minded breeders/owners. My standards of temperament, structure, beauty and performance are very high. My aim is, and will always be, to produce the healthiest, most well adjusted, intelligent and beautiful puppy for you. Whether you are looking for a show/breeding prospect, performance, service dog, therapy dog, or a loving pet - I will do my best to accommodate your needs and requests. As I tell everyone I speak with - you don’t really choose the puppy - the puppy will choose you.
I am very picky about my Puppy Buyers. I want to know that the puppies that I put so much thought, hard work and heart into will be as treasured by their families as they are by me. I need to know that I can trust my Buyers to follow the guidelines outlined in the Contract as it pertains to vaccinations and neuter/spay age and use of preventative gastroplexy. I cannot stress that enough. Do NOT let a veterinarian bully you into doing something different. You are your puppy's advocate in all things and I will always be there to back you up. You DO have a say in what is done to your puppy, regardless of what a Veterinarian suggests.
When you purchase a puppy from me - you get me as as part of the package! I will always be there to help you with any questions you may have about products, training, grooming, health or behavior questions. If I don't have the answer - I will reach out to my own breeder network and mentors for the answer. I do know a lot .... but no one knows everything!
I've been asked why I do all these things. They are time consuming and very expensive. The simple answer is - for the love, betterment and preservation of this magnificent breed. There are no perfect dogs, but I do try to get as close to perfect as I possibly can.