Natural puppy rearing starts with making sure their mother has an exemplary diet before conception, during pregnancy, and while nursing. This will ensure a good whelping (birth) experience, healthy puppies, and a good foundation for growing into strong, healthy, happy dogs.
While we do attend the whelping process of our dogs, assisting them as needed, we avoid with unnecessarily interfering as much as possible the first week. During the second week, even before puppies have opened their eyes, we begin the Puppy Culture program on the puppies. This is a program that focuses on neurological stimulation to help naturally increase nerve and brain health.
Early Neurological Stimulation
When puppies are in their second week of life they respond in a very interesting way to stimulation. During this time period it is critical to introduce them to a variety of stimuli so that they can develop into the best version of themselves while still in a safe environment with their mother and siblings. This includes introducing them to tactical stimulation, thermal stimulation, and various spinal positions that may not otherwise occur in their daily lives. We make sure to handle our puppies at least once a day in order to help them recognize these stimuli and develop into amazing young dogs.
Studies involving these early stimulation exercises have shown that these puppies mature at faster rates and perform better in certain problem solving tests than their non-stimulated litter mates.
The U.S. Military started this program on their dogs and it soon spread to the dog world of breeders who were interested in breeding exceptional dogs as well. It became known as the “Super Dog” Program. For full article, see the link below.
Puppy Culture incorporates this super dog program that we employ with our puppies. Puppies put through this program of neurological stimulation have been found to:
- Have improved heart rate
- Stronger heart beats
- Stronger adrenal glands
- More tolerance to stress
- Greater resistance to disease
Other improvements included:
- Puppies were more active and exploratory
- Puppies were calmer during tests involving challenges with problem solving
- Puppies were calmer when faced with new situations and stimuli.
For more information on the theory and procedures behind this practice, check out this article.
Our mothers nurse their puppies until they decide to wean them themselves. This is often by 7-9 weeks. However, when the mother begins signaling behaviors of weaning, then we begin to supplement with goat’s milk, but only following nursing sessions. Eventually, around the seventh week we start the puppies on a mixture of goats milk and raw beef, and a high-quality, holistic kibble. We use kinesiology, as instructed by Wendy Volhard and Kerry Brown, D.V.M., in their book Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog, to choose the appropriate food for each individual litter.
For more information on natural rearing, we recommend an article called A complete Guide to Raising A Puppy Naturally by Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM.
We focus on lifetime immunity. To accomplish this we use homeopathic medicine called “nosodes” that support puppies in the development of antibodies against canine diseases. How does this work? Nosodes are homeopathic (super diluted) remedies made from diseased tissue. Now I’m not a doctor, but according to Basic Microbiology, sixth edition, nosodes work similar as to what happens when one catches a virus. Our body senses that it has been exposed via the mouth, sinuses, or skin and quickly begins the process of building a defense (antibodies) against it. In the case of nosodes, these are oral immunizations. Nosodes are a natural option for the process of building lifetime immunity against common puppy and adult dog diseases.
These nosodes do not contain thimerosal mercury derivative, polysorbate 80, ethylene oxide, ethylene glycol, sodium phosphate dibasic, monosodium glutamate, or aluminum hydroxide. There are no side-effects, no cancer causing agents, nor long-term side-effects. Here at Doodles & Poodles Naturally we go the extra mile for our puppies and dogs. Anything short of that we feel is unacceptable.
For more information on the pros and cons of puppy vaccinations, check out the articles below.