Puppy Education

Puppy Culture
By Jane Killion

• Puppy rearing from birth to 12 weeks and older.

• Learn from top veterinary behaviorists, breeders and dog trainers.

• Scientifically proven to greatly improve outcomes for puppies.

Jane Killion has assembled a team of experts to give fascinating insight, deep wisdom, and practical instruction for breeders, puppy owners or anyone else who touches puppies. Over 50 lessons are organized on a logical, week-by-week time-line to give breeders and puppy owners a clear road map for raising a puppy. The film follows one litter of puppies through the program and checks back on them over the next three years so you can see the profound, almost unbelievable results of the Puppy Culture program!

Early Neurological Stimulation
By Dr. Carmen Battaglia

Newborn pups are uniquely different from adults in several respects. When born, their eyes are closed and their digestive system has a limited capacity requiring periodic stimulation by their dam who routinely licks them in order to promote digestion. At this age they are only able to smell, suck, and crawl. Body temperature is maintained by snuggling close to their mother or by crawling into piles with other littermates. During these first few weeks of immobility, researchers noted that these immature and under-developed canines are sensitive to a restricted class of stimuli which includes thermal and tactile stimulation, motion and locomotion.

The Rule of Sevens
By Pat Hastings

By the time a puppy is 7 weeks old it should:

  • Been on 7 different surfaces, such as: carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips, newspaper, etc.

  • Played with 7 different types of objects, such as: big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy balls, squeaky toys, metal items, wooden items, paper/cardboard items, milk/soda jugs, etc.

  • Been in 7 different locations, including: front yard, backyard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, crate, kennel, etc.

  • Been exposed to 7 challenges, such as: climbed a box, climbed off a box, gone through a tunnel, climbed up steps, climbed down steps, climbed over obstacles, played hide and seek, gone in and out of a doorway with a step, etc.

  • Eaten from 7 different containers: metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, china, pie plate, frying pan, etc.

  • Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard, kitchen, basement, laundry room, bedroom, x-pen, etc.

  • Met and played with 7 new people, including children and the elderly.

When it comes to raising puppies, opinions on methods are as varied as the individuals themselves. That said, there are some methods that are tried and true; I have listed a few below for your perusal.