You would think the work was done once you do the genetic charts and
decide on a mate. Ha! Now that the pups are born you get to help form
their personalities for the rest of their lives by playing with them.
Well actually it is called stimulation. It starts with the placement of
the whelping box and continues until approximately 6 months of age.
This stimulation helps with their cardio vascular system, heart beat,
adrenal glands and their tolerance for stress. The trick is to provide
the right amount of stimulation at the right point in time.
The first type of stimulation is from 3 days after
birth to about 2
weeks of age.
1) Holding each puppy securely in both hands with his head up for a few
2) Then holding the pup just as securely with his head down for a few
3) Then holding the puppy on his back securely between your hands for a
4) Then laying the puppy on his stomach on a cool towel
5) And placing a Q-tip between their toes
But before they
even reach the age of evaluation they need the extra
stimlation. From the 3rd day after birth to 2 weeks they need to
be handled every day. Picked up and held above your head,
carefully turned over in your hands, also place their feet on a cold
surface for 1 sec. Also, held so their feet dangle between your
Although, I no longer breed dogs. I do offer In Home
Pet Care, Pet
Massage and Positive Trainging Classes.
Puppies temperaments are
formed by their breeding
and how they are raised. Temperaments start forming at birth. So choose
a responsible breeder who understands this and works with the Volard
Volhard's choosing the right puppy.
Early Neurological Stimulation
Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia
Better Dogs Author
next 4 legged family member needs to be raised with people. If
these pups are raised in the barn, then their temperment is going to be
more adjusted to other dogs rather than people. Family bonding
starts at birth not at 6 weeks.
Wendy Volhard is the author of the way a person should evaluate puppies
when checking out a litter. www.volhard.com