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Choosing a Service Dog

Summary Checklist

Summary Checklist: Send old clothing with scent  Buy food Take water jug Plan sleeping location Plan puppy’s daily schedule Plan potty location Who is going to clean potty area? Size the crate for adult dog Buy or collect puppy or dog equipment Find a vet Find a groomer Find training puppy classes and basic classes

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Later Questions for the Breeder

Questions for Later Conversations 1. Breeder is aware of their breed limitations and weaknesses (behavioral, genetic etc) and willing to admit them to potential buyers. All lines have them but not all breeders acknowledge them. Some have ‘breed blindness” where their breed is perfect.  2. Choose dogs from long-lived lines for their breeds. For example

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Puppy Buyer Etiquette

Puppy Buyer Etiquette Finding a Quality Puppy has two sides to the coin. Just as you are looking for some specific things from the breeder, they are also looking for some specific things from you. A reputable breeder wants to know the people their puppy is going to spend his life with, and in what

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A Fabulous Breeder will Also…..

A Fabulous Breeder will also: 1. Do the Early Neurological Stimulation Program (Super Puppy Program) on the puppies between Day 3 and day 16. Watch this video on ENS program. 2. Start house training as early as four or five weeks. The breeder provides a potty area within the puppies living area. Avoid the use of puppy

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Fear Periods

Fear Periods Onset of fear period varies for different dogs. At 4-8 months the puppy becomes the equivalent of a teenager and forgets everything you taught him, yet he starts exploring the world more independently.  A growth spurt accompanied by hormonal stages and different parts of brain developing before others cause them to act unpredictably.

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Secondary Socialization Period

6-12 Weeks is Secondary Socialization Period Puppies need to continue to be socialized thoughtfully and often to humans. This social “imprinting” changes the dog forever and is the foundation for adult behavior.  Between 7 to 8 weeks, the mother loses interest in the pups, both for feeding mouths with sharp teeth and psychologically getting overwhelmed

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