Our job actually involves two areas to which we pay very special attention.

First of all – prenatal area, which is the way we care for a pregnant females.

Secondly – the way we care about proper puppy socialization, taking into account all critical stages of puppies development, before they arrive to their new homes.

PRENETAL STAGE

First of all, we are very concerned about the health care of the pregnant females. Not only by giving them proper nutrition, but also providing positive stimulus.

Research have shown that offspring of bitches that were subject to various stress, during pregnancy will be nervous and timid.

Hormones developing stress as well as “happiness” hormones affect developing fetus, especially in the third trimester. This can be beneficial for the puppies or not (in case of stress) and it affects learning abilities, tendency to extreme behavior or emotional sensitivity of young puppies.

Therefore, it is very important to provide every pregnant female with special care.

When the puppies come willingly into this world, prenatal phase ends

NEONATHAL PHASE (0 – 12 days)

Accordingly to some dog behavior experts each puppy should go through the early neurological stimulation. More in the article “Early neurological stimulation.”

In short – every day, every puppy goes through short – 3 minute sessions, during which it is taken in hand, turned on his back and put on a cold towel. All this is to expose puppy to a gentle stress. Such regular stimulation contributes positively to physical and mental development of the puppy.
We used to do this, but we do not anymore. In Wlochata Pasja we do not put young puppies through such stress. It is easy to overdo and this we would not want for the puppies. Accordingly to the knowledge presented by my personal authority specializing in dogs behavior – Turid Rugaas – puppies should be left with their mother and nothing should be done with them. They need to feel safe and be in a quiet and safe environment. Therefore all we do in such an early stage is to handle them gently during everyday cleaning routine.

TRANSITIONAL PHASE (12 – 20 days)

Taking an advantage that puppies open their eyes and ears we turn on the radio. However the sounds should be peaceful and quiet. So we usually turn the lullabies or stories for children. We gently pick the puppies up and holding them in our arms we introduce them to the surroundings letting them sniff. However puppies still most of their time spend with their mother. Sessions with humans are very short.

SOCIALIZATION PHAZE (3 – 12 weeks)

I always divide this phase to the following:

1. Socialization with litter and mother
2. Socialization with people
3. Introducing various stimuli

Ad.1 Socialization with mother and the litter

We let puppies for interactions between themselves. We do not interrupt little fighters. They have to learn from each other how to use the dog’s language, so that in future will be able to resolve conflicts. By the end of this phase, the pups will go to their new families. Very important thing that puppies need to learn is biting inhibition (controlling grip of the jaws). It is very important lesson. When one puppy bites another, the first squeaks and fun ends – for a puppy that bites it is a punishment, “I bit too hard, fun is over now.” Another time, however, the same puppy will get his ear bitten, so that he could see how it hurts. In this way puppies learn to control the strength of the grip of their jaws and they learn this from each other. The mother, also gives hers precious teachings, when the puppy bites too hard, she goes away and milk ends ;- ).

Puppies also learn to communicate via so-called “calming signals”: rotating their heads, nose licking, yawning, tail wagging ect. Let’s take, for example, tail wagging, which may not necessarily mean “I am friendly to you, let’s play”, but how will the puppy know it if they separate him from his siblings too quickly (some breeders do it as they want to get rid of the puppies fast). For this puppy each tail wagging could mean the same (regardless of whether it is full of enthusiasm, waving on all sides saying “Let’s play”, or sticking, tight tail, carrying out small and quick movements which means –“do not come too close”). Since the puppy will not be able to tell the difference he will very easily be able to come into conflict with other dogs. It is therefore important to allow interactions between the pups in a litter, and I pay very special attention to this.

Ad. 2 SOCIALIZATION WITH PEOPLE

Socialization with other dogs is very important – because the puppy needs to know which species he is representative of. However socialization with people it is not less important as puppies will live in other environment in the future – with people. It is therefore very important to show them different people. Women, men, children, high, low, thick, thin, dressed up in different costumes. Therefore, I invite friends to visit. Puppies have the opportunity to see people of different kinds. People are required to give them some treats – food is a very strong positive reinforcement and a small puppies are already large gourmands. In the future, puppies should not be afraid of strangers – if only our work will be continued by new owners.
If I neglected the issue of socialization during this critical period, and the owners would not pay such a great attention to it – we could together lead to the emergence of behavioral problems in the future.

Ad. 3 Introducing puppies to various stimuli

This is my favorite part!

This is a really great opportunity to play with the puppies – go through the open box or tunnel. Puppies for the first time meet the grooming table, where they are combed, ears are cleaned and nails clipped. We often vacuum the floor so they get accustomed to the sound of it. Generally, puppies are introduced to various stimuli that they may face in the future. It is very important – the more stimulus the better. Such experiences in the future will act as a specific vaccination, when as adult dogs will have to face different challenges.
During this part I work on the puppies sense of smell. I let them sniff a lot and therefore I build enriched environments for them. That means that I put as many weird objects as I can find in a house. I fill those objects with treats and I let puppies play on such field. So they go around, sniff and find the treats which they eat immediately.
By sniffing puppies learn how to cope with stress in the future. Such short sessions make puppies tired for many hours – this is how it works. You do not really need a long and active walk – let our dog sniff.

Enriched enviroment

Enriched enviroment

Enriched enviroment

Enriched enviroment

Enriched enviroment

Enriched enviroment

We do the basic training here too. It is nothing big – just few basic commands as sit, down or hard five – it is especially to introduce your puppy to the positive reinforcement training in the future

Sit

sit

Down

Down

gimme five!

gimme five!

So by the time your puppy will go to you, we have a lot of work here, but also a lot of fantastic fun! I always say that sleepless nights are worth it for 2 reasons – puppy licking your face and happy families they go to.

You have to remember however that what we did in Wlochata Pasja is only the beginning – the rest is up to you! Have fun!

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All of the puppies go through socialisation. Special socialisation plans are build for each litter. Please see below how some parts of socialisation look like:

Week 1
Mother and pupies stay together. The only thing you have to supply them with is safe envoroment.

Week 2
Puppies still stay with their mother.

Week 3

Puppies still stay with their mother. This week special exercised must be introduced. Those are exercises of membraine, that emilimate motion sickness in dogs. First seeing and hearing stimuluses must be introduced at this stage.

Week 4

Puppies start to explore. New hearing, seeing and sniffing stimuluses must be introduced

Week 5
Puppies meet different people (sometimes strange people) and are introduced to different strange sounds and articles.

Week 6
This week the work on “enriched enviroment is continued”, Still puppies meet surrounding, different textures and noises.

Week 7
Here positive reinformcement training begins. It is all done expecially for the puppies so they get to know what does the positive reinforcement training is. We teach them how to sit, lay down and give a high five:)
At the training with their new owners they can skip that part as they are already trained;)

Week 8

We continue the training and meet different people, hear strange sounds and many many things

More information about socialising your puppy you will find in SOCIALISING section.
I reccomend reading

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Socialisation in practice 2

Stories of the first litter puppies and our ways of socialization:

We were born on 11-th May. Oh it was a loooong night! It was very cozy in mom’s belly but here – outside is so much better! Our mom says that we will open our eyes within a few days. She Keeps telling us how beautiful this world is. We can hardly wait for this moment. She also told us not to be afraid because at the beginning we will only see through a “white fog”, but we can not wait anyway!
Here are our pictures as one day old puppies.

Halo to ja!

Halo to ja!

OOOO to jest ten świat!!??

OOOO to jest ten świat!!??

O rrrraaanyy!

O rrrraaanyy!

What is happening to us now? Lady who takes care after us put a colorful bands on our necks. She is weighting us every day, so she knows that we put on weight just fine. If we do not – or even worse – if we lose on weight, she has the special milk ready for us. Mummy’s milk however, is just the best and the healthiest milk ever! It boosters our immune systems and protects our organisms until we get our vaccinations.

Pani waży!

Pani waży!

We are 7 days old now. We grow very fast and strong. Some of us already try to stand up on their own feet! They are still week but as they say – practice makes perfect! The Lady took some photos of us today.

Ale mięciutko!

Ale mięciutko!

Cieplusio tu!

Cieplusio tu!

Dobrze mi tutaj

Dobrze mi tutaj

Jak miło sie przytulić!

Jak miło sie przytulić!

W koszyczku

W koszyczku

Śliczności

Śliczności

Spaaaać!

Spaaaać!

Since we are 3 days old, the Lady does something strange with us. We do not understand a bit of it, but mummy tells us that it is for our own good. She tells us that it is for us to develop better and she says that such early stimulation (of course we can hardly understand)
* will improve cardio vascular performance (our heart rates)
* will stronger our heart beats,
* will stronger our adrenal glands
* we will have more tolerance to stress, and greater resistance to diseases

For us it simply means that we are lifted, tickled with a q-tip and other fun things. We do not make a fuss of it – since it is for our own good…

Łaskotanko po łapkach

Łaskotanko po łapkach

Na pleckach

Na pleckach

Głową do góry

Głową do góry

Głową w dół

Głową w dół

Zimny ręczniczek

Zimny ręczniczek

We are 3 weeks already! Our eyes and ears have just opened. The Lady handles us very gently and shows us different rooms. She shows us all the world! We listen to the radio and check out different surfaces.

U Pani

U Pani

U Pani na rączkach

U Pani na rączkach

Na ręczniczku

Na ręczniczku

Ręczniczek

Ręczniczek

A co to?

A co to?

Ładnie siedzę?

Ładnie siedzę?

Obwąchać kanapę

Obwąchać kanapę

Na kafelkach

Na kafelkach

Na kafelkach

Na kafelkach

Na ręczniku

Na ręczniku

Już wstaję

Już wstaję

Prawie wstałem

Prawie wstałem

We try to walk.
„I bit my brother’s ear” (quoting caramel boy). It is so nice to have brothers and sisters. We will soon start playing with each other. The Lady promised to give us some toys – we can’t hardly wait

Z rodzeństwem fajnie jest

Z rodzeństwem fajnie jest

Na kanapie

Na kanapie

Siostry mogą być fajne

Siostry mogą być fajne

Wtulić sie w siebie

Wtulić sie w siebie

Mięciusio

Mięciusio

We start to control our bowels ourselves so the Lady takes us to the newspaper bathroom, as soon as we wake up. She teaches us where to go when we want to pee. We do not quite understand that yet but it certainly helps to keep our bedroom clean and dry. After all our mummy does not catch up with us anymore, the way she used to. We have to take some responsibilities too!

Wieczorna toaleta

Wieczorna toaleta

W toalecie fajnie jest

W toalecie fajnie jest

The Lady clipped our claws today. She explained us that we hurt our mummy already and we may as well hurt each other. We did not feel a bit of clipping – we were too much concentrated on our delicious breakfast.

WOW! The Lady put us on a scale and guess how much do we weight?? We are all above 1 kilo (some of us are smaller 1,1 and some are bigger 1,25). All together we weight above 11 kilos.
The Lady gave us worming treatment today. Well we did not fuss too much. Something different than milk – finally. We can’t decide yet if we liked it or not, but mummy tells us that there are better and tastier things waiting for us when we grow up a little bit more.
We got a bigger house too!!! The one with a puppy door where we can get in and out whenever we want to (of course when the door is open). Mummy can jump in from the other side too. Ohhhhh life is great!

Nowy domek

Nowy domek

Nasz nowy dom

Nasz nowy dom

The Lady often uses this specific word, and we finally seem to get it. “SOCIALIZATION”
The Lady says that during this specific period of time the most important are: contacts with our mom, siblings and people. So she shows us different objects and we are allowed to jump on them, go underneath or climb. This is so much fun!

We also listen to different sounds. Vacuum-cleaner, squeaky toys and even the real storms! In this time of the year – there are lots of them, especially in the mountains. Storms are pretty nice – we like them because this is the time when we get tasty treats. The Lady says that it is done for us so we are not afraid of storms in future.
The Lady teaches us that transportation cage is ok. We can always find there great treats. The Lady tells us that it is important for us to get used to it as we might see it again in our new homes.
This is fantastic time – time of exploration!
The Lady says that this special period will last few weeks and she keeps on repeating (quoting one man) how important this period is for us: “All events that happened, as well as those that did not happen will shape dogs behavior forever” (trans. Edyta Gajewska) S. Coren “How Dogs Think. Understanding the Canine Mind”

Some photos of us:

We eat from different bowls (metal, plastic, glass)

Nowa Miseczka

Nowa Miseczka

Serduszkowa miseczka

Serduszkowa miseczka

Porcelanowa micha

Porcelanowa micha

We meet different objects

Czy to jest ...jadalne??

Czy to jest ...jadalne??

Mięciusie to

Mięciusie to

Interesujace!

Interesujace!

Niebieskie....Puchate

Niebieskie....Puchate

Zabawa z reklamówką

Zabawa z reklamówką

A ja sie zważę

A ja sie zważę

Zabawy z piłeczką

Zabawy z piłeczką

Explore:

Magiel??Pierwsze widzę!!

Magiel??Pierwsze widzę!!

Z wieszakiem...

Z wieszakiem...

Na kartonie

Na kartonie

Baaaaardzo interesujace miejsce ta szafka

Baaaaardzo interesujace miejsce ta szafka

Schodzimy[/caption

Eat in a transporter:

Jamy w transportówce

Jamy w transportówce

Schodzimy

aaaaaale pycha

aaaaaale pycha

After this we look like that:

Potem wygladamy tak...

Potem wygladamy tak...

This week we are going to the vet.

Lately we have many guests

Today we are having very important visitors who will do the temperament testing for us.

A co Ty robisz?

A co Ty robisz?

Ale Radość

Ale Radość

Chyba lubicie po mnie chodzić

Chyba lubicie po mnie chodzić

A mogę na plecki?

A mogę na plecki?

Oddawaj tego lizaka

Oddawaj tego lizaka

Dogonie Cie!

Dogonie Cie!

Już jestem prawie tak duży jak Ty

Już jestem prawie tak duży jak Ty

Kto to za nowy domownik?

Kto to za nowy domownik?

Slicznosci

Slicznosci

Taaak przytulaj! Byle delikatnie

Taaak przytulaj! Byle delikatnie

We have just opened reservation list for the Autumn litter

Mother: Rutlands Golden Glamour
Father: Rutlands Black Onyxe

EXPECTED AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE PUPPIES
Expected sizes: medium, standards
Expected coats: Open fleece, curly fleece
Expected colors: Apricot, Red, Black, Caramel, Gold, Cream

All of the puppy buyers are welcomed to visit us to see the dogs.
All of the puppies can be picked up in Poland or in Germany.
Delivery of the puppy is also possible – we deliver puppies personally.

Please see below the photos of the past litter of the couple.

All of the puppies go through socialisation. Special socialisation plans are build for each litter. Please see below how some parts of socialisation look like:

Week 1
Mother and pupies stay together. The only thing you have to supply them with is safe envoroment.

Week 2
Puppies still stay with their mother.

Week 3

Puppies still stay with their mother. This week special exercised must be introduced. Those are exercises of membraine, that emilimate motion sickness in dogs. First seeing and hearing stimuluses must be introduced at this stage.

Week 4

Puppies start to explore. New hearing, seeing and sniffing stimuluses must be introduced

Week 5
Puppies meet different people (sometimes strange people) and are introduced to different strange sounds and articles.

Week 6
This week the work on “enriched enviroment is continued”, Still puppies meet surrounding, different textures and noises.

Week 7
Here positive reinformcement training begins. It is all done expecially for the puppies so they get to know what does the positive reinforcement training is. We teach them how to sit, lay down and give a high five:)
At the training with their new owners they can skip that part as they are already trained;)

Week 8

We continue the training and meet different people, hear strange sounds and many many things



RECENT DOCUMENTATION ON SOCIALIZATION YOU WILL FIND HERE:

We have Australian Labradoodle puppies. Fili – 1-st time mom!

We have Australian Labradoodle puppies!

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Elzbieta Gajewska
Australian Labradoodle Breeder in Poland
First Professional Australian Labradoodle Kennel in Poland


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