Info About Our Puppies
The birth of a litter of Chaland Puppies is an event that has been carefully planned. Read below to learn how we gain/continue our breeder education.
We want to give your puppy the best beginning in life that we can. To do that, we follow several principles of natural rearing along with a careful program of socialization and interaction to produce terrific puppies!
Between their 3rd and 16th days of age, we follow the Early Neurological Stimulation aka Super Dog Program.
Week 2 & 3 we give more specific stressors during handling. They can experience the hustle & bustle of active family life from the whelping box in our home. Puppies begin experiencing new toys in their whelping box.
Week 4 we begin playing a special CD of sound effects at a low volume for an hour or more per day. Up to this point, they have been hearing the TV and experiencing normal family life, the addition of the CD will allow them to experience sound stressors (people screaming, sirens, etc) in the comfort of a known environment. If pups and dam choose, our pups may also begin weaning this week. We allow puppies to spend ample time with their dam during this period and still allow them to nurse. We begin work with the clicker to teach them how to interact with humans.
Week 5 We pay attention to the potential for fearful behaviors around Day 36 and then they begin experiencing new surfaces - cardboard, carpet, tile, the metal of a wheelchair ramp, etc. They also experience new objects - tunnels, leaves, etc. Imprinting may begin this week and continue on, building into positive, gentle training.
Week 6 we begin giving more individual attention to each puppy, away from the litter. All experiences are kept completely positive, upbeat, and exciting. This week they are introduced to new things - tennis balls, wooden and metal spoons, pvc pipe, etc. By this point imprinting in tracking, protection, etc has begun.
Week 7 we have puppy evaluations done using a combination of evaluation programs. We do use the Volhard's program called the Puppy Aptitude Test (P.A.T), however, we also evaluate puppies with the PAWS Working Dog Evaluation. Another evaluation used is the Brownell-Marsolais Dog Screening. This week, puppies will be fully weaned. Puppies are vet checked this week and given first vaccinations/nosodes. Puppies are provided their own areas and housetraining may begin. More training and socialization will occur.
Week 8 - 12 Depending on the method of the puppy going to its new home (picked up, flying, ground transport) and whether it is a pet, working, or show quality puppy, some puppies will begin going to their new homes during this time frame.
This program (above) demonstrates only a small part of the time and interaction that we give to our puppies. So much more goes into the handling, gentle training, and socialization (and did we say FUN?) of raising each puppy up.
We often offer the following items in a packet to go home with your puppy:
· Socialization/Training Skills Learned Checklist
· Health Records (shots/nosodes/wormings/growth chart)
· Puppy Profile Test Information and Results
· Copy of Parents OFA Certification
· 5 generation pedigree
· AKC Registration Application
· AKC Standard
· Recommended Reading List
· Various Articles of Interest
· Breed Club Application
· Vet, Trainer, and/or Club Reference in YOUR area (as requested) AND if you live locally, we are happy to help you continue your training journey. Angela is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).
Our Reward Program
We want to thank you for raising your puppy to be the best dog that it can be. So, we offer a reward program to thank you for obtaining titles/certifications with your dog. Talk to us for more information about the program.
A Word On Contracts...
We require that all of our puppies, adults, and rescues go to new homes with a written contract of agreement between us. This is nothing to be concerned about and is becoming more standard with responsible dog breeders and responsible rescues. We are happy to provide you a copy of the contract prior to puppy pickup so that you can have your attorney review it. We want to ensure the dogs that we produce are kept in a loving environment and provided for adequately. Each contract is written with the particular details of the puppy/dog purchase, therefore there is not a single contract form used. Happy Tails!
Waiting List Info & Better Breeding Commitment
A bit about the waiting list:
You can always call when the litter is born already, but the waiting list is used to accumulate prospective owners. We do not even breed a litter without having a waiting list of several people who are wanting a Chaland puppy. Also, there are only so many puppies per litter and without being on the waiting list, you may miss your chance to own a Chaland puppy out of the upcoming litter.
Since our litters are sporadic (we've produced 9 litters in 15 years) this could mean having to wait a year or more before having a Chaland puppy. You are welcome to call about a litter that is available because each puppy is an individual and will not necessarily be a match for someone on the waiting list. If the puppy is a match for you, then we are most happy to welcome you into our Chaland "family"!
A bit about our commitment to responsible breeding:
Through formal education (a Bachelor's Degree in Biology having passed helpful classes in Cell Biology, Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Zoology) and informal education (reading/utilizing information from various sources - books, websites, seminars etc), we have attempted to build a foundation of general breeding knowledge and breed specific information (i.e. pedigree knowledge, knowledge of the standard, etc) that is useful in planning and producing quality puppies.
In addition, we have successfully completed the ABCs of Dog Breeding Program. We are proud of taking these steps to aid us in producing puppies that will meet the present and longterm goals of our breeding program. The process of gaining our "breeder education" never ends!
Let us help you train your puppy! We offer individual sessions & group classes for basic obedience, competition classes, and puppy classes.