We raise our puppies using the "Rule of 7's". This simple rule is discussed further by Pat Hastings in Another Piece of the Puzzle: Puppy Development, a book that we recommend to all new puppy owners. Following this rule makes sure that each of our puppies have done the following by seven weeks of age:
The greater the variations in their positive experiences, the more well rounded the puppies become. Over the years, as our program has developed, we have added two additional rules to the training of our puppies, which includes:
Car rides are another important part of puppy socialization here. Every puppy accompanies us for several short road trips to town, they are not crated for the ride. The first ride they are held by a family member and subsequent rides they advance to sitting in the seat by themselves. We also believe that the puppies should each spend short amounts of time on their own away from their littermates and mother. This time helps them to become more confident as an individual. Each puppy will also spend a few nights in a crate alone before going to their new homes. This is the beginning of crate training for them as we aim to make the transition into their new homes as seamless as possible.
As simple as these rules seem, they do make a undeniable difference in the life of each and every puppy. We highly recommend continuing with a few rules or goals in your home once your puppy arrives to continue their lifetime of learning and socialization. Visit our Dog Blog post Rules for Life, for a few ideas.
I am the owner of Prodigy Farms and only second to the love for my dogs, is my love for educating dog owners on canine care and behavior. I am the stay at home mom of three amazing boys that are active in the rearing of our puppies. With a background in nursing and years spent competing in the dog world, I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve that I like to share with others here. So welcome to my blog, I hope that you are blessed by your visit and will find tools and information here that will enable you to raise and train a happy healthy dog to create a lifetime of joy with!