Our Breeding Commitment.
We are dedicated to breeding quality Bernese Dogs. Dogs with sound temperaments and strong genetic makeup,
producing healthy puppies who have been started with everything they need to succeed. We think it is very important to know that we are passing on lovable, gentle, adorable personalities.
All of our breeding dogs are genetically tested for Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) and Von Willebrand disease (VWD) through Paw Print Genetics. They are also OFA certified clear of Hip/Elbow Dysplasia. Of course, there are no guarantees that a dog will not get something in his/her lifetime, but setting them up for success from the start gives them the best chance of living a long and healthy life.
During the first few weeks of the puppy’s life, we incorporate Puppy Culture ENS (early neurological stimulation). This method gives the dog a superior advantage because it stimulates the neurological system .
In the first 16 weeks of a puppy's life, they can learn more than they can in a lifetime.This period is called the Imprinting Period. We provide an enriched learning environment for your puppy during his first weeks of life We follow the structured, research based program in order to give your puppy every learning advantage that we can in the time that we have them.
Week 1 - 2 Starting at 3 days old puppies start the Early Neurological Stimulation or ENS This has proven to provide the following lifelong benefits to dogs
improved cardiovascular performance
stronger adrenal glands
more tolerance to stress
greater resistance to disease
and then comes sound
at 3 weeks of age we introduce sounds,
vacuums, childrens voices and play, music, lots of classical, studies have shown increased brain power in mammals who have been exposed to complex melodies in Mozart compositions, :) trains and fireworks from youtube, sudden loud noises. At this time we also introduce pee pad areas and its amazing how quickly they catch on to use them
At 4 weeks, puppy gruel is introduced. We use Goats milk to start and then add a raw freeze dried chicken dinner pablum in with the milk. they stay on this till nearly 6 weeks when they are slowly introduced to raw minced lean chicken and goats milk. We try to introduce different protein meats before they go home such a beef, turkey and lamb
Shortly after introducing food, we introduce bath time, nails clipped, ears cleaned, lots of loves and cuddles and general elements of bathing. During this time we also start with the "puppy puppy puppy" call, this gives an amazing start to future response to recall.
The puppy playpen area..by the time a puppy is 7 weeks old it should have been exposed to the following, and we try to get in as many as we can, this is called "The rule of seven"
1. been on 7 different surfaces, carpet, vinyl, laminate, newspaper, snow, grass, wood, gravel woodchips etc
2.played with 7 different kinds of toys, balls, fuzzies, squeky toys, cardboard boxes, milk jugs, (they love the boxes)
3. Been in 7 different locations including front yard, backyard,basement, kitchen, living room, car, crate or kennel, deck.
4.Exposed to 7 different challenges, such as, climbed on and off box, step2 steps and slide, going through a tunnel, up and down small steps, climbed over an obstacle, played hide and seek, gone in and out of a doorway with a step.
5. eaten from 7 different
containers, ie plastic, metal, plates, frying pan (lol) we dont always make 7 on this one
6. Met and played with 7 new people including children. Our puppies get lots of child exposure
Also in the first two weeks our babies are weighed twice a day to ensure everyone is getting enough nourishment, larger litters can require 2 hourly feedings of puppy formula at this time and receive 24/7 round the clock care, including lots of cuddles and snuggle time.
Lack of early socialization and negative human interaction can lead to long term temperament issues, ranging from fear, timidity, aggression, anti social and all around bad behaviors.
All this and more, because your puppy is worth it !!