Breeder of Working Line Dobermanns for Work, Sport or Active Companions

How I Raise My Puppies


Mental Development and Stimulation

  • my puppies are raised in our home to ensure exposure to the sounds, activities and smells of a typical household
  • Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) exercises from day 3-16
  • Early Scent Introduction (ESI) from day 3-16
  • large, indoor puppy pen filled with opportunities for problem solving
  • large, outdoor puppy pen filled with more problem solving opportunities
  • training/conditioning to come, introduction to crates and car rides


Social Development

  • my puppies are raised in the home to ensure regular interaction with people
  • dam has free access to the puppies until they go home
  • interaction with our other dog(s), if appropriate
  • my puppies meet 50-100 different people before they leave our home


Physical Development

  • outings on the property/outdoors
  • wading pool
  • various, age-appropriate physical challenges
  • introduction to housebreaking
  • highest quality nutrition


Nutrition

  • dam is fed a high-quality, balanced, homemade raw diet with additions of top-rated kibbles, in order to prepare the puppies' intestinal flora
  • introduction to solid food at 4-5 weeks
  • my feedings and supplements rotate and are seasonal; please inquire about details by email


Health

  • regular deworming
  • first set of vaccines
  • health check from a licensed veterinarian
  • microchip
  • UC Davis Genetic Diversity test on all puppies
  • vWD testing, if not clear by parentage


Assessments

  • structure and type
  • ​temperament testing using the Avidog APET test