Aglow Standards is proud to offer such an exceptional program to raise our litters! As a professional and conscientious breeder, I strive to provide our puppies with an enriched environment as this has been proven to develop a more confident and easily trained dog. Our goal is to set each puppy up for success. I truly feel that Puppy Culture takes that a step further. For me it was an obvious decision to add this invaluable tool to my program to further our puppy's development and well-being. I understand how important early socialization is and this starts with a committed breeder. As a new puppy owner, you will take home a puppy who is more confident, outgoing and will adjust quickly to new situations. We are one of the very few standard poodle breeders who have implemented this program. I encourage you to visit the Puppy Culture website https://www.puppyculture.com to learn more. I have seen these benefits first hand in my previous litters. Obviously it takes more time to raise a litter using these methods, but as a committed standard poodle breeder, I feel it is 100% worth the effort!
Puppy Culture represents the gold standard in puppy rearing and early socialization. Puppy Culture is a program used by breeders and puppy owners all over the world to improve the lives of their puppies and to limit behavioral issues. This is done by helping puppies to cope with and move past things that would otherwise cause issues as adults. I believe Puppy Culture is a valuable resource for caring and ethical breeders, along with new and old puppy owners. Breeders especially, by using Puppy Culture, can improve the future lives of their puppies and it dramatically makes a difference when comparing a puppy raised by Puppy Culture vs a puppy raised the alternative (non Puppy Culture) method. Less issues, more brain development, more bonding, more balance and the ability to adjust better are just some of the benefits.
Early Neurological Stimulation Exercises-
I begin ENS on the day following the tail dock/dewclaw removal that is done on Day 2.
Listed in order, I start with one pup and stimulate it using each of the five exercises. I complete the series from beginning to end before starting with the next pup. This specific handling of each pup once per day involves the following exercises:
These five exercises will produce neurological stimulation, none of which naturally occur during this early period of life. Experience shows that sometimes pups will resist these exercises, others will appear unconcerned. 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. These neurological exercises are not substitutions for routine handling, play socialization or bonding---that is done as well.
Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were:
In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated littermates over which they were dominant in competitive situations. Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance. In simple problem solving tests using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, whined a great deal, and made many errors. Their stimulated littermates were less disturbed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons were made, the stimulated littermates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress sound when stressed.
Training continues as does practice.
Early scent introduction (ESI) is a training program for puppies designed to enhance their ability to identify, and react to, specific scents. Each day, I introduce a strong scent to the puppy for brief intervals, and records the puppy’s reaction.
The reaction is considered to be positive when the puppy shows interest in the scent, moving toward it. A negative reaction is recorded when the puppy tries to get away from the scent. And finally, when a puppy is neither interested nor disinterested in the scent, this is a neutral reaction.
Dr. Gayle Watkins is a breeder of sporting Golden Retrievers. Over seven years ago she began testing dogs to determine the effectiveness of ESI. This involved selecting certain puppies from her litters to receive ESI training, and others that would not receive ESI. The results were nothing short of remarkable. The dogs that participated in ESI had more scenting titles than those that did not participate, and they were achieving titles at ages of up to five years younger than the pups that had not participated. As always, my goal is to give my puppies every advantage.
For practical purposes, these results mean the potential for even better companion, service, and therapy dogs. Scent abilities are very important. Just as an example, when a dog is a companion to a child with autism, his main function is likely to be a guardian of sorts, since children with autism can have a tendency to wander or run off. If the dog is able to easily follow the child’s scent and locate him or her, that could actually be a life-saving asset. Another situation in which scent abilities can matter a great deal might be alerting an elderly person to a gas leak, or to something burning on the stove – again, there is the potential for saving a life. Service dogs can also use scent to identify the early stages of diabetic reaction, or the onset of a seizure. All these skills enhanced by ESI. Of course, not all dogs are going to be service or therapy animals but the benefits are incredible for companion dogs as well.
I perform the Early Scent Introduction on our Standard Poodle puppies because I understand how important a dog’s sense of smell is to him and his brain function. Our dog's noses are 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive to smells than our human noses, depending on the dog and dog breed.
What does that mean to dogs? According to Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog, they examine and understand the world through their noses like we see and make sense of the world with our eyes. The area in the brain that processes the data picked up by the nose is 40 times larger in dogs than humans. A dog’s ability to smell is a function of their intellect. I want to give our puppies every advantage to develop to their full potential.
To expose my puppies to ESI, I begin when they are three days old and stop at day sixteen. Our current scent box contains: Soil, pine shavings, cinnamon, star anise, lavender, black tea, tennis ball, coconut, leather, rabbit, chamomile, alpaca fur, cloves and lemongrass. This is a customizable selection. At times I have included a different assortment.
Every day, I introduce a new scent. To do this, I pick up the puppy or sit on the floor with the puppy in my lap. I hold on to the puppy with one hand so that he does not squirm away before the scent is introduced. Then, with the other hand, I hold the scent-bearing object about an inch away from his nose. If he wants to move toward the scent, I let him. By the same token, if he wants to move away from it, that is fine too. Exposure to the scent continues for 30 seconds if the puppy is actively engaging with the scent. Then we note whether the reaction is positive, negative, or neutral. Then we repeat the procedure with the other puppies in the litter.