The Superdog Training Program (imprinting and temperament testing)
The following information describes how and why we raise all our puppies they way we do.
Their “imprinting” period begins in the neo-natal (newborn) phase at 1 day of age and continues until 21 days of age. This “imprinting” technique consists of a 1 minute repetitive stroking, turning, holding and positioning regime that, when applied at this early age, gives the puppy an extremely confident, trusting attitude when being handled. This is a very gentle process and adapts the puppy neurologically.
This is a delicate time period when a puppy is learning to survive and we introduce this imprinting to allow the puppy to accept new things with confidence and a calmness. This process also helps the 8 week old puppy adapt to any stimulus he or she experiences IE new home, bathing, car trips etc! This calm confidence lasts him his lifetime.
Phase two begins at 3-4 weeks. He is introduced to soft foods and recall training is begun. We continue to handle the puppy in a normal fashion.
Four week old puppies are allow to experience the outdoors. This enables them to learn from their mother about going potty outside. Dogs instinctively want to have a clean sleeping area. The job of house training has begun! Their handling continues with play time and grooming table training for photos and quiet manners while waiting for food and treats.
Phase three, at 5-8 weeks, consists of house time in a group and as an individual. We continue food treats by hand and grooming table training to stand when placed in position.
The puppies have hours of fun in our agility style play yard. All kinds of noise and visual stimulations are experienced at this time.
I like to say our puppies our “bullet-proof” when placed!
The Temperament testing:
This happens at 49 days (7week). This identifies the adult personality of the puppy regardless of their sex.
The testing criteria includes eagerness to please desire to follow reactions to site and sound dominance and submissiveness.
The test requires that each puppy be placed in a strange/new environment. An experienced test giving “stranger” should administer the 9 point test.
The puppy earns a numerical score from each part. From these scores- the puppy’s personality can be identified.
This replicates the puppy going to their new home with a new family.
It identifies those who might be more or less active, or require earlier specialized training and helps the client pick the personality that best suits their lifestyle and needs.