Puppy Development

Lauren 9.30.13

Welcome to the Von Der King Puppy Development page. We take great pride in producing some of the best German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd and Belgian Malinois around. Our puppy development program incorporates a Bio Sensor Stressing Program developed by the US Military along with constant human interaction / socialization and a custom Audio File designed to desensitize the puppy to specific environmental sounds and stressors.

Here are a few exercises we do to place the puppy under stress in order to encourage their development.

  • Tactical Stimulation (between toes)  – Holding the pup in one hand, the handler gently stimulates (tickles) the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip.
  • Head Erect Position – Using both hands, the pup is held perpendicular to the ground, (straight up), so that its head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position.
  • Head Down Position – Holding the pup firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground.
  • Supinal Position – Hold the pup so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The pup while on its back is allowed to sleep struggle.
  • Thermal Stimulation – Use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving.

These stressors are started around the puppies’ third day of growth, with the intention to aid in the development of neurological functions and improve the dogs over all neurological, cardiovascular, and endocrine system.  Research has shown improvements in cardiovascular performance, heart rate, adrenal glands, stress tolerance, and  resistance to disease.

Here is a brief weekly overview of our Puppy Development Program.

Week 1

  •  Most people do not know that puppies are born blind and deaf, consequently leaving touch, smell and taste as the primary senses. At this early age is when their initial development and training beings.  Scent based problem solving with nursing as the primary reward.
  • Bio Sensor Stressing Begins

Week 2

  • Scent based problem solving with nursing as the primary reward.
  • Bio Sensor Stressing continued

Week 3

  • Scent based problem solving with food based reward.
  • Introduction of custom Audio File.
  • Hearing and recognition of Kennel noises and everyday Environmental Aspects.

Week 4

  • Noise based stimulation while eating.
  • Increased Human Contact and Social Interaction.
  • Hearing and recognition of Kennel Noises and everyday Environmental Aspects.
  • Integration of environmental agility/footing aspects to kennel.

Week 5

  • Integration of more environmental agility/footing equipment in kennel.
  • Increased Complexity / Environmental Problem Solving for food.
  • Increased Human Contact and Social Interaction.

Week 6

  • Integration of more environmental agility/footing equipment in kennel.
  • Increased Complexity / Footing / Environmental Problem Solving for food.
  • Integration of various training sounds (from a distance) including Gun Fire.
  • Increased Human Contact and Social Interaction.

Week 7

  • Integration of more environmental agility/footing equipment in kennel.
  • Increased Complexity / Footing / Environmental Problem Solving for food.
  • Integration of various training sounds (from a distance) including Gun Fire.
  • Increased Human Contact and Social Interaction.

Week 8

  • Puppies Going Home
  • First Round of Shots
  • Puppies Tattoo/Identification Code

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