What to Look for in a Reputable Breeder. Part 2

Puppy Curriculum. The first 8 weeks of a puppy matter and they matter a lot. These are weeks that you can’t get back. A puppy only has 16 weeks of brain growth when their brains are like sponges and they are completely open to new experiences, sights, and sounds. After 16 weeks socialization to new things can be done but it is way harder. The first 8 weeks they will go through their Neonatal stage, transitional stage, and begin their socialization stage. Knowing when each stage has begun and adjusting curriculum appropriately is so important. Every litter will hit these stages at different times. Puppy Curriculum isn’t just giving puppies some toys. It is doing intentional activities, introducing sounds, people, sights, etc. at a specific time in development for the best outcome. It is watching for development changes and adjusting accordingly. I personally use Puppy Culture Curriculum with a tad of BAB curriculum thrown in. Your breeder should be able to explain what curriculum they are using and why. I have chosen these because they work. Since using puppy curriculum I have had a major increase in the amount of Service Dogs that come out of my program not to mention all of the well rounded family pets.