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 exercises which helps 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 car or air sickness in my puppies - even those who travel coast to coast.
Beginning with the 2018 litter, I'm adding 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 will be interesting to see how it works out.
I now 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 be 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 know and sometimes shows me strengths 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 girl. 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. I look for general health, longevity, genetic testing and titles obtained. 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 or therapy dog, or a loving pet - I will do my best to accommodate your needs and requests.
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. I am your puppy's advocate in all things. You are now going to be your puppy's primary advocate and you DO have a say in what is done to that puppy, regardless of what a Veterinarian suggests.
When you purchase a puppy from me - you get me as well. I will always be there to help you with any questions you may have about products, training, grooming 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 and betterment of the breed. There are no perfect dogs, but I do try to get as close to perfect as I possibly can.