My socialization process includes:

  • Newborn socialization with Biosensor techniques, a process developed by vets and the military to produce dogs more resistant to stress, and more adaptable to changes in environment.
  • Born in our home ,they receive lots of people bonding with kids, and folks of all ages on a restrictive basis . Pups live and interact with my adult dogs.
  • The 7's: 7 types of floor, 7 new challenges, 7 types of food dishes, 7 different locations, 7 different play objects, 7 different people
  • Access to their own puppy yard, as well as going in the BIG yard daily, as well as puppy walks .
  • Loud sounds, such as firecrackers and vacuums
  • Bathing, shaving, and standing on the grooming table
  • Pet DVD's and radio by their play area with animal noises, sights and sounds
  • Introduced to housetraining, litter box training
  • Crated individually and with littermates at least a few times before going home
  • Individual playtime and alone time 
  • Trips to the vet, agility classes(all that movement and noise!!) beach   
  • Water (seasonal only)
  • Started with lead training
  • Clicker training introduction- learn to sit and come when called
  • Retrieving
  • Car rides
  • A different object in their play area at least every other day- boxes, play structures, teeters, cans, carboard tubes, noisy toys, balance ball etc
Our 8 week socialization plan - why our puppies stand above the rest.
Week 1: Puppies are handled during the birthing process, weighed, and marked with a colored color. They are weighed and held daily. At day 3, their tails are docked & dew clasw removed. On day 3 we start the  biosensor exercises. Otherwise they are kept with mom in a quiet warm enviroment.
Week 2: Biosensor is continued daily. Weighed daily and held gently. Still kept warm and with mom, as growth and food are most important. Bedding is changed as often as needed for puppy and mom's comfort. Puppies may start opening eyes during this week. Start worming.
Week 3: Biosensor is continued until day 16. Weighing continues  Pups have family visitors holding them gently,  Mom spends a bit more time away, and pups are up toddling around with open ears and eyes. They get soft toys of multiple sizes to play with. Soft food and goats milk is introduced. We move them out of the whelping box at the end of this week.
Week 4: Puppies are in a small area with fencing, walls, and windows. Eating, sleeping, and pottying areas are available to them. Introduction to large litterboxes  and paper show them the correct area to eliminate. Music daily. Total darkness and silence at night. Soft, hard, and chewy toys available. Toys available, as well as the mini tunnel. Hard food and fresh water available as well as soft food, but mom still feeds and  stays with them day and night. Handled by many visitors and taken out for their first outdoor time with mom. Allowed supervised play in other rooms in our home. Usually wormed this week. First bath and dry Given NeoPar at 4 1/2 wks & 6 1/2 wks
Week 5: Puppy area gets bigger, and allows them a larger play space that is on the tile, allowing them the opportunity to make better choices of going potty in their litterboxes. They are getting very good at this by now! Larger play objects are added, like a small pause table, tiny jump, cardboard boxes, teeter board,large stuffed toys. A new toy is added daily, in a variety of textures and sizes. Pups play daily with adult dogs that are not their mother. Pups go outside to play in our big yard (in any season) twice daily for up to an hour. They start to learn the doggie door. In summer, they get a baby pool to play in (supervised) Music and talk radio stations change daily for different noises. Fan, vaccum, and loud bangs are introduced. Of course lots of visitors including children and older folks.Starting on weaning, hard kibble is available at all times, and soft food is offered 3 times per day. Bathed and shaved on face, feet, and tail.
Week 6: More cognatively able, the pups get the full puppy room, with no more papers, and just two large litterboxes. Accidents outside the boxes are infrequent.  Morning and afternoon they are allowed to go into the full yard . Mom is beginning to feed infrequently. New toys include a mini dog walk, tiny teeter totter, cardboard tubes and more. Bird wings are used as fetch toys. All these build on activities and challenges from past weeks.
Week 7: Car trip as a group. In summer, go to the beach to feel sand and go in the water. Introduced to clicker training, come, and sit. Lots of outdoor exploring, fetching toys, and learning to interact with adult dogs who like, and dislike them (learning social cues). Puppies get a full haircut and bath. By this time they have been in every room in our home. One litterbox available with many trips outside to potty. Firecrackers/gunshots are introduced in a safe way. Activities are continuing to build on last weeks. Formal temperament testing is completed by a stranger to the litter. They are also evaluated by us and other breeders for their physical structure and our show picks are picked near 8 weeks. Shots and vet checks are done at the vet at almost 8 weeks. Final worming is performed. 
Week 8 & 9: Health certificate and microchip issued by vet according to Florida State Law. Puppies start to go to their new homes and begin their lives with their loving families!