- Table of Contents
- Neonatal Handling
- Safe Socialization with People in the Kennel
- (Poor) Excuses for Not Socializing Puppies
- Housetraining in the Kennel
- Chewtoy-Training in the Kennel
- Teaching Basic Manners — Lure/Reward Training
- Environmental Enrichment Changes Neuroanatomy
- Genes vs. Experience
- Scent Marking: To Pee or Not To Pee
- Estrous Cycles
- Pinpointing the Day of Ovulation
- Mating Preferences
- Pregnancy and Whelping
- Maternal Behavior
- Well done!
Most dog breeders go to great lengths to breed good dogs, primarily selecting for health, behavior, temperament and conformation and so, it would be a great shame for the puppy’s good genes and behavioral potential to go to waste. As you will discover in the following articles, regardless of breed or breeding, there is no greater variable that has a bigger impact on adult behavior, temperament and trainability, than handling, socialization and environmental enrichment during early puppyhood, i.e., prior to 12 weeks of age and especially, neonatally. Ultimately, the dog’s suitability and success both as a companion and/or as a conformation, working or obedience dog depend on socialization and training: 1. In the breeding kennel prior to eight weeks of age and 2. In the puppy’s new home after eight weeks of age.
A young brain can be permanently compromised in just a few weeks with environmental, social and intellectual (training) deprivation. New puppy owners must know how to raise and train a puppy to profit from your groundwork. To facilitate new puppy owner education, the SIRIUS® Dog Breeder Behavior Program provides breeders with free, handy, comprehensive educational materials to distribute to clients vis a vis the prevention (and resolution) of the most common behavior and temperament problems.
A Puppy’s Brain is Too Precious to Waste!