Int'l Ch Perennial's Heeey Norton CGC, TDI
Call name: Norton
Ocotilla's Promise of Oodo Shash
Call name; Trixie
The "Unthemed litter"...(considerations being taken)
Whelped 7-20-2014; 5 males; 3 females
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How we raise & socialize our puppies:
We LOVE puppies, and we want our puppies to go to forever homes!
In order to do this, we will seem "invasive" when interviewing a potential family for one of our pups, but in learning as much as we can, we can better place with you, a great puppy match!
Weaned at around 4 weeks old, from their dam, we take over the feeding and care of the litter.
We take time to socialize them individually, as well as together as a group. Taking them to various areas around the inside AND outside of our home, helps in strengthening their little minds and bodies.
At 49 days old, we have the Volhard: Puppy Aptitude Test performed, as indicated, by a stranger to the litter, as well as in a room they have never been in.
Having applied this test to every one of our pups, has greatly helped in permanent placements.
Since 1996, when we bred our first litter, and out of 58 pups throughout the years since, we have only had to re home 2.
Let me help you understand the reasonings behind this placement method....
From the time a litter is whelped, to the day they start going to their new, forever homes, I am the one, that spends the most time with them.
In a litter of similar colors and personalities, for someone just coming for a short time, to choose, there is limited quality, observation.
I get to watch them wiggle and squeal, as day old's, as well as keep a journal on when, who's eyes opened, their hearing started, and the recognizing of their little "voices". Watching them stand on wobbly legs, and witnessing the "bully" get "checked" by momma, and recording each pups personality as *I* see it.
At 7 weeks old(49days), puppy minds are said to start retaining. This is when we strive to complete the temperment test, in order that we hit the "window", of achieving, and before any further "learning".
Each pup is tested, and according to the scores, are placed into 3 categories.
1) Dominant 2)Submissive 3) Middle of the road
We take into consideration, the new owner's lifestyle, when placing a pup, as well as their preference in male or female.
An active family/person, is better suited for a dominant personality, as the activity/work level, for that dog, helps greatly in "a job to do".
A dominant personality, would NOT be suitable for a family with young children, or a not so active person/couple.
In those instances, I will offer the choice of a more submissive pup, or one that is middle of the road.
Now, that said, we breed for true golden temperment and work ethic.
While our pups have MOSTLY resulted in the "Middle of the road" types, we have had some on the submissive side, with one or two more dominant.
The latter of those, have done wonderfully in the performance arena's. Mostly agility.
We don't require that the new families involve themselves in dog sport, as our goldens can achieve greatness as couch potatoes!
We will assume, however, that when you take one of our pups home, it will be kept as a part of its new pack. Inside, with you.
Training these little minds, is actually pretty easy.
By the time our gang heads to their new homes, they have been taught to respond to their "puppy" name(they are all called, "Puppy", which will easily translate to their NEW name, by using "Puppy Max", etc) until the "Puppy" part, is weaned off, to just their new name.
They will learn; Sit, wait, down, as well as stand. They will "come", although, not by that "command". Come is the most mis taught, command. Therefore, we will discuss, in person, the gameplan, in continued learning for your pup.
We believe in crate training, and request that if you don't, have an open mind to the benefits.
As a private kennel, taking outside dogs, we have seen the benefits AND disadvantages, as a result in crate training, and, not.
Dogs in general, need their space. It is to be respected, and not misused. Crates help offset separation anxiety, if done from puppyhood on.
I hope this has helped in understanding some of the way we believe, and look forward to hearing from you.
Marta & Harry
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