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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.


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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 seconds

2) Then holding the pup just as securely with his head down for a few seconds

3) Then holding the puppy on his back securely between your hands for a few seconds

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 fingers.


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Although, I no longer breed dogs. I do offer In Home Pet Care, Pet Massage and Positive Trainging Classes.


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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 method.
Wendy Volhard's choosing the right puppy.

Early Neurological Stimulation
By
Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia
Breeding Better Dogs Author


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Your 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



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