Joie De Vie Beaucerons is committed to giving our puppies the best possible start in life to prepare them for a smooth transition into their future homes. Our goal is to nurture them into social, happy, confident, eager to work/show, and healthy new members of your family! We use the following methods to accomplish our goals: Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS), Puppy Training - The Von Falconer Way, and the Rule of 7. We also implement drive development and teach the puppies to use a doggie door before leaving our home. We offer continued training and socialization until the puppies are 6 months old, depending on your goals, for a negotiable fee.
Early Neurological Stimulation
Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) is a process that introduces mild stresses to very young puppies in a controlled way. These stresses help stimulate the neurological system which improves the growth and development of the pup’s immune system, cardiovascular system, and stress tolerance. ENS is done for 2 consecutive weeks starting 3 days after the puppies are born. The process consists of 5 simple and harmless exercises, which are: tactile stimulation, lying in the supine position, held with head held up, tilted upside down, and thermal stimulation. Each exercise is done for 3-5 seconds and the entire process takes about 30 seconds. Tactile stimulation is done by gently tickling or touching in between each of the pup’s toes with a Q-tip. The supine position is achieved by holding the pup in both hands belly up (some pups squirm in this position so a solid but gentle two handed hold is necessary). To hold the pup with head up simply hold the pup in both hands so that the tail is pointed to the ground and the head is above the tail towards the ceiling. From the Head held up position tilt the pup over and hold so the head is towards the ground and the tail is towards the ceiling. You’ll need a damp cool towel for the thermal stimulation. You lay the pup right side up with its belly on the damp cool towel.
These 5 painless and simple exercises are done to prepare our pups for their life’s journey. Only 30 seconds a day for 2 weeks and we see a great improvement in their immune systems and stress tolerances. We will do Early Neurological Stimulation on our pups because of the proven benefits and know it helps them grown into lovable canine citizens.
Puppy Training - The Von Falconer Way
Day 22-28 - single most important week in a puppy’s lifetime
Now aware of his environment, he learns to accept discipline & learns submission.
Touch conditioning every day this week: very quick touch of each puppy twice a day.
Introduce puppy toys of all different materials. Rubber, vinyl, plastic squeak toys, metal, glass (small brown vitamin pill bottles with no lid), Leather, and fabric (long sock tied in 2 knots). Do not skip any of the materials.
Guard the puppies against trauma of any kind. The puppy can be moved for about 30 minutes to a new environment but keep the main environment the same and make sure they are there most often.
Day 29-35 - Sound conditioning:
Make loud bangs 4 times a day when puppies are sleeping, eating, playing, but NOT while they are looking at you or coming towards you.
Play recordings of babies crying, trains, crowds, traffic. etc. The dam should be away from the puppies while this is being done.
Introduce stable male as “daddy” to teach them different perspectives from the start.
Day 36-42 The Following Response: 5 minutes daily per pup up to week 7 with no one around
Take each pup separately to a large grassy area. Place pup on grass and walk away without speaking or looking. Go 10 feet, stop, face the pup, and wait quietly.
Clap hands, move body back and forth until he sees you and approaches.
Hold the pups head in your hands for 3-4 seconds, then walk away slowly again.
Repeat over and over until the pup follows you when you walk away.
Continue sound conditioning and introduce new people, animals, wheelchairs, strollers, and children.
Rule of 7
Dr. Carmen Battaglia created the Rule of 7’s as a guide to increase a puppy’s exposure. Make sure your puppy is current on all shots before taking him out into a strange area. By the time a puppy is 3 months, make sure he has:
Been on 7 different types of surfaces: tile, vinyl, linoleum, carpet, gravel, concrete, wood, grass, dirt, and wood chips.
Been in 7 different locations: living room, front & back yard, hallway, basement, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, kitchen, kids room, Vet’s office, groomers.
Eaten in 7 different locations: exercise pen, yard, bathroom, basement, laundry room, living room, back yard.
Met and played with 7 new people: include someone in a hat, walking with a cane or in a wheelchair or walker, children and older adults.
Been exposed to 7 challenges: go through a tunnel, climb on a box, go up and down steps, run around a fence, over obstacles, play hide and seek, go in and out of a doorway with a step up or down.
Eaten from 7 different containers: human hands, plastic, cardboard, frisbee, pie plate, tin pan, frying pan, elevated bowl.
Played with 7 different types of objects: sticks, big balls, small balls, rope toys, soft fabric toys, squeaky toys, plush toys, paper or cardboard items, and metal items.
Each new, positive experience will help your puppy flourish into a confident companion. Allow your puppy to learn passively by letting them explore on their own, but make sure he is 100% supervised and that it is a controlled environment. Be very careful not to break the bond of trust by using harsh training methods. Training should be viewed as fun and positive. The rule of 7 helps boost confidence, social behavior, and their train-ability.