I have never been without a dog in my life. For 53 years, I have always loved and owned a variety of breeds. Some were healthy and some not so healthy and all with different temperaments. I work hard to breed the healthiest, smartest and most friendly pups I can. Due to my past experience with dogs, I've been inspired to learn what is best for dogs' health. For instance, I don't believe it's just coincidental that the 5 billion dollar kibble industry started 60 years ago and cancer in dogs has skyrocketed over the past 50 years. Statistically, 50% of dogs end up with some type of cancer. Most breeders feed kibble which gave me incentive to research dog food nutrition, DNA health traits and early sensory stimulation with pups.
Firstly, I breed only exceptional parents which have been DNA health tested and cleared for their breed specific health defects. I have spent many hours studying “objectively” what’s the very best in nutrition for dogs. Dogs are carnivores and research shows they need 90% protein and fats (meat, bones, and organs) and only 10% carbs to thrive! Kibble is very dehydrating (which in turn, is taxing on their organs), having at best, just 40-50% protein, consisting mostly of harmful carbohydrates and there's only a few brands not made from the contents of trash delivery trucks. I learned that an exceptional, high quality, raw dog food is, in fact, what’s optimal for our dogs. Yes, it is a little more expensive, but we are talking fetal (organ, brain etc.) development and I don’t want to deprive these precious creatures of any health benefits. After all, one wouldn't give a human child cereal only to eat, and never raw fresh fruits and veggies. Talk to me about what I feed, as companies are always changing their products.
Lastly, I have learned that the most important time for sensory learning in a dogs life is from birth to 16 weeks. It is crucial that a breeder takes extra steps to allow for exceptional development those first 8 weeks they are in our care. We do neurological stimulation from 3 days to 16 days which benefits them physically and emotionally. We don’t keep them (or any dog) outside or in a kennel. They are with our family socializing, until they are ready to go home. The puppies get picked up, touched, and loved on several times every day. We even teach them at 6 weeks, to sit and take treats from our hands. We socialize them to household sounds, touch, and visual socialization. Many puppies in kennels never get to hear vacuums, pots and pans clanging, fire alarms(in the middle of the night), loud music, knocks at the door, see people with hats, sunglasses, umbrellas, etc. and then benefit by recovering from these sensory inputs at this sensitive age. -Wendy
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Some puppy training I do with each litter