PUPPY CULTURE, POTTY TRAINING AND BASIC MANNERS TRAINING
WHAT IS PUPPY CULTURE?
Puppy Culture is a training program based on scientific research gathered from leading behaviourists, dog trainers, veterinarians and scientists. By using the techniques, exercises and practices from this program, we can greatly impact the development of our puppies during their critical first 12 weeks of life which will in turn have lasting impacts for the rest of their lives.
The goal of using the Puppy Culture program is to expose your puppy to a variety of stimuli and strengthen their positive responses and relationships to new challenges that they will encounter in their lives. The Puppy Culture program also helps to reduce the instances of fear responses later in life, helps develop well-socialized puppies, and improves a puppy’s ability to handle challenges and unique experiences.
Puppy culture also bases its training approaches on positive reinforcement. We encourage our puppies to begin learning their manners (e.g. sitting and waiting) using positive reinforcement techniques. It is important to realize that when you receive your puppy at 9-10 weeks old, they are still very much a “baby” so your puppy will not be “fully trained.” We will however, begin to lay the foundations of a happy, healthy puppy by beginning their socialization, potty training and basic manners training during this critical period in their development. You can purchase a copy of Puppy Culture here if you are interested in purchasing the program (please note that we are in no way affiliated with the company, we just really believe in the program).
THE FIRST THREE WEEKS
The first three weeks are important for the puppy’s early neurological development and will have impacts on their health and stress tolerance for the rest of their life. During this phase we use Early Neurological Stimulation. Please watch the video to learn more.
Early Neurological Stimulation
STAGE 1 of LITTE TRAINING
This is an important stage for the mental development of puppies since they are becoming aware of their environment and surroundings. The weaning process will also start at this stage and we will gradually begin to feed puppies food by starting to introduce them to “puppy mush” which is a mixture of their puppy food and puppy formula. They are still feeding from mom at this stage but they will gradually start weaning from mom.
During this phase we will also start the beginning stages of potty training your puppy. We have several phases in our potty training program but at this stage we will begin exposing puppies to a litter area for the first time. Please see the videos below of the first two stages of the litter training program.
THREE TO FOUR WEEKS
Stage 1 of Litter Training
Stage 2 of Litter Training
Socialization and Play
FOUR TO SEVEN WEEKS
At this stage, puppies will start exploring their environments in greater depth. They will also start to respond to voices and recognize people. Puppy socialization will be in full swing at this stage. The puppies will be learning a great deal of their social skills from their mother and eachother. They will also be playing and learning more about proper puppy etiquette. We will begin exposing your puppy to a variety of sights, sounds, textures, objects and experiences that they will encounter later in life. What a puppy learns during this period will greatly impact them for the rest of their life. It is crucial that they are exposed to as many new experiences as possible so that they are familiar stimuli that they will encounter at home and in the world later in life.
Some of these experiences will include:
Different surfaces (vinyl, carpet, tile, wood, wobble, etc.)
Loud and Strange noises (e.g. vacuum)
Nail clipping, brushing, bathing
Exposure to a crate with the door open
Strange objects (e.g. hats, umbrellas)
Toys and Play Time
Toys and Play Time
SEVEN TO TEN WEEKS
By this stage, the puppies will have graduated to their full-sized puppy room since they will have mastered their litter training. We have a very high success rate with our litter training and we will provide advice on how to successfully transition your puppy at home. The feedback that we have received from families about house breaking their puppies has been very positive, so we take great pride in our litter training program. If you watch any of our puppy videos, you will see how our puppies will independently run over to the litter box as needed.
We will begin working on puppy manners at the end of this phase.
We will begin teaching your puppy about sitting and waiting, how to sit on command and expose them to the early stages of crate training. Please note that your puppy will not be fully crate trained, but they will have been exposed to it and have spent some time getting used to being relaxed and comfortable in a crate. We will also continue our litter training during this stage by gradually increasing the area in their play area.
Day 2 of Sit and Wait Training
Day 3 of Sit and Wait Training
Vet Visit: A pleasant experience & Training Time
A trip to TSC for some socialization
TEN TO TWELVE WEEKS
You will be taking your puppy home during at this time so it is important that you continue the socialization and training of your puppy by bringing them to as many places as possible and introducing them to as many people as you can (e.g. different genders, ages, ethnicity, hair styles, hats, etc.). We also encourage you to involve your puppy in experiences that are an important part of your family’s life (e.g. camping, hiking) during this time. We will provide you with some training tips before you leave and we highly encourage you to enroll your puppy in puppy socialization and training classes.