The way we raise pups at Standard Poodle Island
We try to have three liters a year. After the Dame is breed we bring her into the house where we monitor her. We feed extra food and give her extra vitamins and supplements.
Our pups are born and raised in our family room. When the pups are born we assist the mom. We take the pup out of the sack and cut the cord. The first thing a pup smells is a human. We weight the pup and start a chart on each pup to monitor their weight to make sure they are doing well. If needed we will supplement with puppy formula, which we make.
When they are 3 days old we take them to the Vet’s (Corinth Animal Care Center) to have their dew claws and tails docked. (We docked the tails leaving 70% which is show lenght)
The first two weeks we use the BIO-SENSOR METHOD (see below for details). When they are about 2 weeks old we will start the grooming process. We give them a bath and blow dry them about every other day. We keep them in a very clean area. When they are 4 weeks old we will start the grooming process of trimming their feet, faces, and tail, (If you want those trimmed). This will help them to get adjusted to the clippers and grooming.This aids in house training your pet.
When they 6 weeks old we take them to vet to have their 6 weeks health check-up and shots
We give each pup a lot of attention, we hold, rock, and talk to them. We have neighborhoods kids that come over and visit and play with the pups.
Our pups are born and raised in our family room and stay their until they leave for their new homes.
We do all we can to ensure you will have a great pet for your family.
Methods of Stimulation
From: "Developing High Achievers"
by Dr. Carmen Battaglia
May 1995 AKC Gazette
The U.S. Military in their canine program developed a method that still serves as a guide to what works.
In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program called "Bio Sensor" was developed.
Later, it became known to the public as the "Super Dog" Program.
Based on years of research, the military learned that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and lasting effects.
Their studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in life when neurological stimulation has optimum results.
The first period involves a window of time that begins at the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day.
It is believed that because this interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development, and therefore is of great importance to the individual.
The "Bio Sensor" program was also concerned with early neurological stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage.
Its development utilized six exercises, which were designed to stimulate the neurological system.
Each workout involved handling puppies once each day.
The workouts required handling them one at a time while performing a series of five exercises.
Listed in nor order of preference the handler starts with one put and stimulates it using each of the five exercises.
The handler completes the series from beginning to end before starting with the next pup.
The handling of each pup once per day involves the following exercises:
1. Tactile stimulation
Holding the pup in one hand, the handler gently stimulates (tickles) the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip. It is not necessary to see that the pup is feeling the tickle. Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds
2. Head held erect
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. Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds.
3. Head pointed down
Holding the pup firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground. Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds.
4. Supine 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. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
5. 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. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.
These five exercises will produce neurological stimulations, none of which naturally occur during this early period of life.
Experience shows that sometimes pups will resist these exercises, others will appear unconcerned.
In either case a caution is offered to those who plan to use them.
Do not repeat them more than once per day and do not extend the time beyond that recommended for each exercise.
Over stimulation of the neurological system can have adverse and detrimental results.
These exercises impact the neurological system by kicking it into action earlier than would be normally expected.
The result being an increased capacity that later will help to make the difference in its performance.
Those who play with their pups and routinely handle them should continue to do so
because the neurological exercises are not substitutions for routine handling, play socialization or bonding.
Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises:
Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
Stronger heart beats,
Stronger adrenal glands,
More tolerance to stress
Greater resistance to disease