This is not something new or something that we invented. There are many places on the web that discuss this training method. Some of them go into great detail and explain studies and reasoning and are a wealth of information if you desire to know the nuances of this training.
Our main point is it works!
Here is a brief break down of what we do. Each training session involves handling and working with each puppy once a day. We do 6 things we try to keep to this order so we do not forget something.
We stimulate and tickle the puppy between the toes with a Q-tip.
We hold the puppy securely perpendicular to the ground and raise the puppy up.
We now hold the puppy with the head pointed down and lower puppy towards the ground.
We now hold the puppy in our palm or lap (as the get bigger) feet up and pet their chest and stomach.
We place the puppy standing on cold damp towel or ice pack feet down so they are standing.
We hold and love them individually.(longer than 5 seconds)
These exercises are only 5 seconds for each one. These stimulations we believe produce neurological triggers inside their brains. We only do this once a day and never longer than 5 seconds each.
Socialization with people
We handle each puppy starting from day one. This servers a few benefits. By holding each puppy we can inspect and make sure there isn’t something going on that we might need to address. The experience teaches the puppy they can trust people. It also teaches them submission to the trainer in a non-threating and loving way. It encourages them to do things to please humans. To ensure that none of the puppies get left out or slighted we have a group of friends that volunteer to help out. At least once a week we have one or two people that come over and love, play and hold each of the puppies. These friends take great care to make sure it is a positive experience for your puppy. We have a wide range of volunteers, men and women young and old. As a general rule we do not let children play with the puppies or handle the puppies until the puppies are at least a month old. The main point of this socialization is so each puppy feels and knows it is loved by people.
Socialization with other dogs
After the puppies are 6 weeks old we start to introduce them to some of our other dogs. The purpose is for them to learn boundaries. As they have been growing up around mom and their peers they have set and learned boundaries. Introducing them to other dogs teaches them to not be fearful but to learn respect.
Traveling in cars
At 4 or 5 weeks we start taking the puppies for car rides. We will take 2 or 3 at a time keeping track if they get car sick or anxious. They are inside an airline crate with someone next to the crate to pet or reassure if needed. We start out with ride lasting 5-10 minutes and increase over time until they are riding 45 minutes.
We feel that crate training is very important. Your puppy needs to feel safe, secure inside a crate. They need to know that being in the crate is temporary. They should learn to relax and sleep when in the crate. In our opinion all dogs should be crate trained and used to being inside a crate. If they need to go to the Vet for surgery or some other reason they might need to be crated and we do not want our dogs to be more stressed because of the Crate. You will need to re-enforce this once you have your puppy home.
Do you lead your dog or does your dog lead you? They cannot be completely leash trained by 8 weeks. They will be familiar with a leash and with continued training at your home they should be lead trained in short order.
Most of all your puppies are Loved. They will be cuddled with, held, petted and cared for with love and patience. We do all of these things because we love them and want them to be prepared for their new forever homes.
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We proudly register our Great Pyrenees with The American kennel Club of America. We have limited numbers of puppies each year. We strive to produce the very best Great Pyrenees dogs and puppies that we can.
This is our Great Pyrenees page. We live in the foothills of North Carolina. We have High Quality Great Pyrenees in NC. When we first started looking for our Great Pyrenees dogs we looked to find someone that bred LGDs. We believe in confirmation, health, temperament and the ability to guard.
We are committed to only raising the best dogs that we can. We want high quality Great Pyrenees Puppies. We started with a Great Pyrenees Dog to sire the puppies. Then we needed a Great Pyrenees Bitch to have and to raise the Great Pyrenees Puppies. We follow the guide lines that the Great Pyrenees Standards outlines. We are members of the Great Pyrenees Club of America.
We spend the time and money to make sure our Great Pyrenees dogs are high quality. Any Great Pyrenees dog that we own will have OFFA certified numbers. All Great Pyrenees puppies born here on our farm in North Carolina this includes working dogs to have xrays done.
We do not breed puppy litter after puppy litter just to have puppies. We limit our puppy litters. We sell puppies. Our Great Pyrenees puppies go to forever homes. All of our great Pyrenees puppies are sold by contract. This protects the puppies and also allows us to make sure buyers know the commitment they are making.
The Livestock Guard Dog breeders in our area. Many Great Pyrenees breeders had all of the qualifications but one! That was why we then turned to show quality great Pyrenees breeders to find dogs that came from xrayed hips.
Do Show dogs bred to other Show dogs always produce Show dogs? The answer is absolutely not. Responsible ownership if breeding a quality litter is to follow the puppies to see if you are moving in the right direction. With each litter a responsible Great Pyrenees breeder should be trying to produce the best puppies possible. We believe that it is possible to have a show dog be a great guard dog or at great guard dog should be able to show. We are striving to produce those kinds of dogs. If a Great Pyrenees dog does not have confirmation they can still be good LGDS but should never be used in a breeding plan. If a puppy has very good confirmation, health but not the temperament for guarding then it needs to be placed in only a show home or companion home. It must be a win/win for everyone, but most importantly for the puppy.