Starting on Day 17 we keep the puppies on a vigilant schedule of socialization, handling, and play therapy that we have designed to enhance stable temperaments and create a good working personality. Our goal with this program is to develop structurally sound puppies with temperaments that are:
Energetic with a higher drive for working and
Not sensitive, or reacting negatively, to different
sounds or textures.
Have a stronger chase, follow, prey drive, and
Resilient and environmentally stable when exposed
to new objects and different places.
Focused and show intensity in play and training,
such as games of Tug-O-War.
Willing to please. Can
show evidence of boldness but not become so independant that they do not respect their owners / trainers.
Able to problem solve without becoming frustrated
Each week brings the
puppies into a new stage of learning, and we change our levels of exposure and
duration of handling to accommodate their daily and weekly developments.
New sights, sounds, textures, smells, and tastes are exposed to the puppies
Even in the winter, on the warmer days, our
puppies get "play and explore time" outside with their mom.
By the time our puppies are ready for their new homes, they have walked on many different
surfaces, eaten from many different containers in many different places. They
will have been exposed to many different sounds, visual stimulations and will
have played in several different areas, both inside and out. The puppies will
be handled by, exposed to, and played with by many different people.
playing with many different types of toys, the young puppies will have played on
several pieces of mini agility equipment to help prepare them for a career in
that sport. This is a great benefit to folks who are interested in
pursuing Agility training.
Herdabout Shelties' puppy agility play pen.
During week seven and
eight, the puppies will start making short day trips to see the big world as
well as traveling in a car and sleeping in a crate. We keep accurate
records of each puppy and their individual reactions to the handling, which are
sent along with the puppies to their new homes.
Introduced to Mechanics' Shop and Donuts
Many new sights, sounds & smells here!
Summer puppies spend time with us in the pool learning to swim.
We use the Ugo Potty Training System with our puppies. Not only does this keep our puppies and their
pen clean, but by the time our puppies go to their new homes they
are used to going in one spot.
Curiosity, experimenting, action, reaction.
Sights, Sounds, and Textures.
Herdabout Shelties' puppies get lots of learning and experience in their first two months with us.
Want to see how our puppies are raised? Watch this video of our puppies out in our puppy agility yard as they play in and on different pieces of puppy agility equipment learning how do walk on different surfaces, building good muscle tone and confidence.
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