How we are raising Puppies using the Puppy Culture Protocol

Weeks 1-3 

Our most important job is to look after mum, as she feeds and tends her pups. The pups naturally stay close to Mum for warmth, security and feeding. 

We weigh pups daily and perform Early Neurological Stimulation exercises to help them to develop both physically and in terms of brain function. Touching a Q-tip to their toes, holding the puppy gently in different positions and placing them briefly on a cold soft  surface are all examples of these exercises.  

Weeks 3-4 

As soon as puppies can hear and see, they are moved from the whelping box area in the quiet room to a larger puppy pen in the kitchen where they will see and hear the sights and sounds of everyday family life. They are introduced to new items every day, and we start to wean them. This is the time when they need to experience as many different textures, shapes, sounds and experiences as we can provide with toys, boxes, tunnels, ramps, wobble boards and the opportunity to interact with our other dogs. 

Weeks 5-6 

As puppies become more mobile they start to be given challenges. By this time they are eating solid food. Weather permitting, they are taken outside to toilet. moving them away from puppy pads. they are introduced to different sounds, textures, surfaces and new scents and given the opportunity to explore indoors and outside.

Socialisation with new people and dogs continues.

Weeks 7-8

Preparation for new homes. Spending more time out in the garden, weather permitting, and learning to toilet outside; learning to sleep alone at night: the puppies are moved into single crates with their own bed and a toy and puppy pad for overnight sleeping and getting more exposure to outside world by going out and about in the pet buggy  or pet carrier to experience the sights, sounds and scents of towns, country parks and dog friendly cafes. The mini schnauzer puppies will also have experienced a ride in a car to the eye specialist vets between the ages of 6 and 7 weeks and undergone eye drops being administered and a specialist eye assessment for any signs of congenital hereditary cataracts.

 

Weeks 9-12

As the puppies become more independent, their socialisation widens to visits to dog friendly attractions with the adult dogs, initially in a pet carrier and, later, on harness and lead in local towns and other busy places to gain confidence in noisy areas and with the sounds and smells of traffic. 

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