"The puppy that's had a thoughtful, well planned rearing that introduced it to a broad array of people, places, things, and experiences during its earlier months, pays closer attention, absorbs training more easily, stays focused longer, more easily tolerates novel people, circumstances, and dogs, knows how to learn and remembers longer. It has a different brain in size & complexity than it's under-reared counterpart."
- Dr. Gayle Watkins, PhD
Creator of Avidog International
Breeding • Raising • Training
Our hope is for every pet family to get a puppy from a reputable source whether it's a Boxwood Doodles puppy or another reputable program.
Where you get your puppy from matters!
A puppies biggest window of growth and development is from 3-16 weeks of age (with 3-12 being the most critical). We start this on day 3 and continue until we hand your puppy over to you.
We raise all our puppies in a loving, enriched environment inside our home off the living room. When we say these are in-home raised puppies, we mean it! Our puppies come from healthy, happy parents who were genetically tested to be free of common issues so we can do our best to ensure they will live long, happy lives with their family. We take great care raising each puppy to give them a sound foundation to become a well-rounded puppy who is prepared for life with you. We ensure the moms feel loved and cared for, and are stress free so that they in turn are excellent mothers to their puppies. The puppies are carefully and lovingly handled every day. Weight checks are done daily and sometimes twice a day to ensure they are gaining weight and thriving.
We follow and utilize three methods of early neurological stimulation and handling, timed to coincide with specific periods in the puppies life where they are most receptive to it.
1. BIO-SENSOR PROGRAM - Early Neuro Stimulation & Early Scent Stimulation
Bio Sensor stimulation exercises starting at 3 days of age until 16 days of age and is based on years of canine research by the military in order to increase the puppies future learning capacity.
Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were:
Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
Stronger heart beats
Stronger adrenal glands
More tolerance to stress
Greater resistance to disease
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.
2. PUPPY'S RULES OF 7 BY PAT SCHAAP:
By the time the puppies are 7 weeks of age, they should have been exposed to 7 different types of surfaces and textures, played with 7 different types of objects, experienced 7 different locations, met 7 different types of people and attempted 7 different challenges.
3. JANE MESSINEO LINDQUIST'S PUPPY CULTURE FOR BREEDERS:
We incorporate many of the Puppy Culture principles into our puppy raising, like manding, grooming table practice, treat switching (to prevent future resource guarding), etc.. Puppy Culture is a comprehensive guide as to what can be done with and for puppies at each point in their development to ensure the best possible outcome for the puppy and is back in research. It's a "how to" on raising confident, happy puppies, using early neurological stimulation, enrichment and resiliency exercises to encourage the best out of each puppy at each stage of its development. We utilizes clicker training, marking god behaviors with a yes, and a treat to keep our puppies motivated.