Puppy Culture

What exactly is it?

Puppy Culture is a program developed by Jane Killion, a professional dog trainer, fancier, owner-handler and experienced breeder. It is a comprehensive, organized program for breeders to follow during the critical first weeks of a puppy’s life.   

We recommend all new puppy owners use it as well, to learn valuable training skills!

Puppy Culture represents the gold standard in puppy rearing and early socialization.  Jane has taken years of puppy enrichment practices and created a systematic program, designed for both breeders and puppy owners, to take the guess work out of how to make the best companions.  This system is like a road map which aids in raising mentally strong and emotionally sound dogs, by presenting a training timeline customized by responses to each puppy's developmental markers.  Progressing at the right time for each individual puppy provides optimal results, which impacts their behavior and temperament for life

Just a few of the Puppy Culture protocols include: 

  • Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) to enhance the development of strong nervous systems.  From stroking feet at just a few days old, to turning the puppy in positions that allow increased brain activity and maturity or to encourage correct daily handling.  Tests show that pups with ENS stimulation were more active and exploratory than their non-stimulated littermates.
  • Barrier Challenges designed to instill problem-solving ability and teach the puppies frustration tolerance.  When trained at just the right time for the brain, these challenges will also help create confidence and intelligence.
  • Conditioned Emotional Responses to teach positive associations with important puppy skills, such as crate training, grooming, recall, Veterinary handling, anti-aggression protocols, enjoying the company of humans, and having manners. 
  • Manding, which is a way of teaching puppies a sign language of sorts.  And giving them voice in how to offer polite behaviors and asking for attention, instead of jumping, barking, etc.  Most people will instantly think of a dog begging at the table but it's so much more than this.  Consider at dog who walks on a lead beside you, watching for your signals or sits politely when a neighbor stops to chat while on a walk.  Or a puppy who knows not to disturb while you're working, does not interrupt you while you're enjoying a bath, on an important phone call or in zoom meeting.
  • Attention to People to teach a puppy to be confident enough to make eye contact with humans, and to use this as a communication method, rather than whining, biting and jumping.
  • Puppy Parties to teach the puppies to engage confidently with humans and enjoy activities with humans.
  • Resource Guarding Prevention to help prevent the unwanted behavior of puppies or dogs guarding food, toys, people/their owners, or other valued items.  Separation anxiety and learning to be left alone contently for periods of time.
  • Desensitization to loud noises and new experiences, such as a vacuum, lawn mower, motorcycle or thunder.  Teaching the pup how not to be afraid and recommend owners know how not to reinforce fears.  Did you know that comforting and cradling a scared pup will only reinforce it's belief that there was cause for alarm?  Acting like it's perfectly normal will teach a pup so much more in life skills for loud noises.

We started it, but you can continue it....

If you want a puppy with the best start possible, you want to begin with one which has been conditioned by it's breeder since birth.  And you'll want to do your part in ensuring this training continues through it's most crucial first year of life. 

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