How our puppies are raised...
Learn more about our PROVEN approach to raising well SOCIALIZED goldendoodle, sheepadoodle and bernedoodle puppies.
Socialization, Desensitization and Potty Training
Overview of Puppy Schedule
Birth: Weight gain is our priority. The puppies are weighed twice a day until they have surpassed their birth weight and then some.
Weeks 1-3: Early neurological stimulation (ENS) is the focus during these weeks. Puppies are held daily. During the ENS exercises, puppies are held upright, upside-down and on their backs. We rub their belly, paws, tail, ears, etc. getting them used to this sensation of touch.
Weeks 3-5: Desensitizing is the focus. During this time period, we focus on exposing the puppies to different sounds and textures. They are introduced to concrete, carpet, grass and mulch surfaces. They are also exposed to sounds like vacuum cleaners, blenders, doors opening/closing, music, etc.
Weeks 5-8: Weaning and doggy door training is the focus! This is when your puppy learns to be a big puppy! We begin weaning the puppies from mom and letting them eat puppy mash/kibble. We also teach the puppies to use the doggy door so they can POTTY OUTSIDE. It is their natural instinct to do this. We do not teach them to use a litter box or pee pads. This simply teaches them to potty on something square inside….that would be your rugs! We can’t have that!
Weeks 8-10: Time to enroll in crate training! We teach your puppy to like their crate. Puppies go home knowing that their crate is their safe place.
Weeks 10-12: Leash and basic obedience training! We teach your puppy manners! They learn to walk with manners on a leash, as well as basic commands like “sit” and “stay”.