Raising Puppies the Best Way
How your breeder raises their puppies matters. The mental health of your dogs lifetime starts when they are still young. We truly believe in raising puppies to be confident, outgoing, and have a started understanding of the learning process before they head home at 10 weeks of age. Here are some fun videos to show you what they do in our home!
We believe in setting our puppies up for the best success possible. This includes structural health! Our puppies get a chiropractic adjustment done at 8 weeks of age, and this is to help us know all the joints and structure of each puppy before they leave. They feel better and we love seeing happy bouncy babies once they are done!
All of our puppies are raised in our home. We have other dogs, people, children, and animals all over our property for the puppies to watch and interact with safely. Our home is not quiet long, and is a great place to introduce a hectic environment before babies head to their new homes.
We follow all the Puppy Culture Protocols on Potty Training. We start at 2 weeks of age, and make sure they are set up for success. We provide plenty of potty areas around the play pen, and as they grow shrink the potty area and build more play areas. They get a clean play pen daily, and lots of sanitization protocols to keep babies safe.
You as a Golden Owner will forever need to groom your puppy. Thankfully, Golden's don't need an extreme amount of grooming, but they do need some! We start working on trimming paw pads, bathes, blow drying, and many other things. Keeping it slow and rewarding often will help puppies get used to this in a low stress way. And if we start this before they go home, their life isn't changing too much once their owners do it.
Nail Care is also a big part of your dogs weekly grooming routine when they go home. So we make it a weekly thing while they are in our home. Positive experiences in a safe environment will lead to happy puppies.
When we can we always find ways to introduce new things to our litters. Our winter litters obviously do not swim, but we love our summer litters to go to our dock practice after they have been vaccinated.
A small outing with their littermates builds a great confidence boost for puppies. We want to ensure our puppies are happy to travel and explore the world around them with their new owners. We go in a wagon to keep them off the floors. They are always so happy to see the world around them!
Letting puppies meet children and adults of all ages is a priority, but we also prioritize safe play with these children. Teaching kids how to respond to puppy antics before they play with our litters is important. We do not want puppies to have a bad experience or the kids to not enjoy them.
Crate Training is huge, and not something that should be started when the puppies go home, but should definitely start while in the breeders home. We want to make sure all our puppies are ready for this big step and aren't seeing a crate as a scary thing for the first night in their home.
Feeding in the crate, keeping crates available for chosen nap times, and crating while cleaning are all ways we build their understanding of the crate. Lots of positive moments for the babies so they are happy to get in and take a nap.
We place puppies according to their temperaments and structural evaluations. Because of that, new puppy owners will be waiting until they are 7 weeks and evaluations are done before they know which puppy will be theirs. We breed for service dog quality, so knowing which puppies will work for the job is crucial. We will always have puppies in every litter that will need to be placed into a pet home. Those homes will receive an amazing puppy who did not meet the service dog criteria, but are perfect for family life.