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From the moment our puppies open their eyes we begin their socialization. As each animal grows and develops three kinds of stimulation have been identified that impact and influence how it will develop and be shaped as an individual. The first stage is called early neurological stimulation, and the second stage is called socialization. The first two (early neurological stimulation and socialization) have in common a window of limited time. When Lorenz, (1935) first wrote about the importance of the stimulation process he wrote about imprinting during early life and its influence on the later development of the individual. He states that it was different from conditioning in that it occurred early in life and took place very rapidly producing results which seemed to be permanent.
Generally, genetics account of about 35% of the performance but the remaining 65% (management, training, nutrition) can make the difference. In the management category it has been shown that breeders should be guided by the rule that it is generally considered prudent to guard against under and over stimulation. Short of ignoring pups during their first two months of life, a conservative approach would be to expose them to children, people, toys and other animals on a regular basis. Handling and touching all parts of their anatomy is also necessary to learn as early as the third day of life. Pups that are handled early and on a regular basis, generally do not become hand shy as adults. *Carmen L. Battaglia
CRITICAL PERIODS OF SOCIALIZATION FOR PUPPIES: With all of the studies to prove how important the first few weeks of life are it is crucial that as breeders we socialize our puppies during the first 8 weeks of life. Ages 3 weeks to 12-14 weeks are THE most critical developmental stages of life for puppies - This is the SOCIALIZATION PERIOD. Dogs MUST BE EXPOSED to other dogs from ages 4 to 6 weeks. Dogs MUST BE EXPOSED to people from ages 6 to 12 weeks. Experts used to think we had until the dog was 16 weeks to socialize him to people, but they've discovered this to be inaccurate. If we fail to sufficiently socialize our puppies at this age to all sorts of dogs and all sorts of people, we will wind up having a dog that is always scared of other dogs and people. Now you can see why it's so important for breeders to do what they're supposed to do during these critical ages.
During the socialization period, puppies need to be exposed to all situations that it's likely to encounter during its life. THIS is the time to take your puppies to puppy kindergarten classes.
Keep in mind at around 8 to 10 weeks, puppies go through a fear period where it's very susceptible to physical and psychological trauma, and if something bad happens during that 2 week period, the effects could be permanent and irreversible. Dog's who experience abuse at this age, or if they have bad experiences with vets or other dogs, or ANYTHING that causes them emotional or physical harm, this poor dog will be traumatized for life by those scary events. Maybe now you'll realize that punishing your puppies for housetraining accidents when they're going through this fear period can cause terrible problems with your relationship. If you scare him by punishing him now, he will never fully trust you.
The U.S. Military in their canine program developed a method that still serves as a guide to what works. In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program called "Bio Sensor" was developed. Later, it became known to the public as the "Super Dog" Program. Based on years of research, the military learned that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and lasting effects. Their studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in life when neurological stimulation has optimum results. The first period involves a window of time that begins at the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day. It is believed that because this interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development, and therefore is of great importance to the individual.
The "Bio Sensor" program was also concerned with early neurological stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage. Its development utilized six exercises which were designed to stimulate the neurological system.
1. Tactical stimulation (between toes) - Holding the pup in one hand, the handler gently stimulates (tickles) the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip. It is not necessary to see that the pup is feeling the tickle. Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds.
2. Head held erect - Using both hands, the pup is held perpendicular to the ground, (straight up), so that its head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position. Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds
3. Head pointed down - Holding the pup firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground. Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds
4. Supine position - Hold the pup so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The pup while on its back is allowed to sleep struggle. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
5. Thermal stimulation - Use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
These five exercises will produce neurological stimulations, none of which naturally occur during this early period of life. Experience shows that sometimes pups will resist these exercises, others will appear unconcerned. In either case a caution is offered to those who plan to use them. Do not repeat them more than once per day and do not extend the time beyond that recommended for each exercise. Over stimulation of the neurological system can have adverse and detrimental results. These exercises impact the neurological system by kicking it into action earlier than would be normally expected. The result being an increased capacity that later will help to make the difference in its performance. Those who play with their pups and routinely handle them should continue to do so because the neurological exercises are not substitutions for routine handling, play socialization or bonding.
Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were:
• Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
• Stronger heart beats
• Stronger adrenal glands
• More tolerance to stress and
• Greater resistance to disease.
• In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated littermates over which they were dominant in competitive situations.
Our Pet Pavilion Puppy Intensive Care Unit comes all the way from Korea since it's not available in the U.S.
Temperature & humidity control, Anion function, High-density oxygen supply, Nebulizer
Look at all the benefits for our little guys and girls with short visits to the Pavillion. The reason we feel refreshed in the woods or countryside is that there is high anion, the atom element with an electrical charge. If we get anion, it increases the vitality by accelerating the metabolism of the cell and it cleans our blood and helps swifter recovery from fatigue, heavy sleep and increases our appetite.
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High Desert's focus and goal is to create the premier whelping environment for our dogs. From the moment they are born our Frenchies receive the best to begin thriving and growing into wonderful long lived companions. The puppies at High Desert deserve and get the best of modern technology and up to date equipment to assure the healthiest and happiest Frenchie puppies possible. Our goal: to produce the most incredible Frenchies possible through genetics, socialization and holistic therapies.
Please peruse our site and read about what we provide for our growing puppies. You never know what nature will surprise you with and we are prepared to battle the most difficult puppy. We are proud and yes, we smile every time we watch all our puppies play and thrive ~ life is wonderful.
May your puppy be a super puppy too,