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Border Collie Puppy Culture

What is border collie puppy culture and why do we do it?

Border Collie Puppy Culture is a comprehensive program designed to give puppies the best possible start in life. It promote the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of puppies. The Puppy Culture program covers everything from prenatal care to early socialisation and training, with the goal of producing well-adjusted and confident puppies that are prepared to thrive in their new homes.

Here at Bordermeade Border Collies we follow Puppy Culture Protocols.

Our Border Collie Puppy Culture program covers a wide range of topics, including:

Prenatal Care

The program includes guidance on proper nutrition, exercise, and stress management for pregnant dogs. This helps to ensure that the puppies are born healthy and with the best possible start in life.

When a dog is pregnant, she requires extra care and attention to ensure the health and well-being of both the mother and her puppies. Here are some things we do when caring for our pregnant dog:

  • Proper nutrition: Pregnant dogs require a high-quality, balanced diet that is rich in nutrients. We prefer to feed them small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than one or two large meals.
  • Regular exercise: Moderate exercise is important for pregnant dogs to maintain their overall health and prevent excessive weight gain. However, we avoid strenuous activities or jumping as it may harm the puppies.
  • Veterinary care: Regular check-ups with our veterinarian is essential to ensure that the dog’s pregnancy is progressing normally. Our vet may recommend additional vaccinations or supplements to support the health of the mother and her puppies.
  • Proper rest: Pregnant dogs need plenty of rest and relaxation. We make sure they have a quiet, comfortable place to sleep and avoid disturbing them when they are resting.
  • Monitor for any changes: We keep a close eye on the dog’s behaviour and any changes in their appetite or energy levels. If we notice anything unusual, we consult our veterinarian immediately.
  • Prepare for whelping: As the due date approaches, we make sure to prepare a safe and comfortable whelping area for the dog to give birth. If we feel there is a problem we contact our veterinarian immediately.

In summary, taking care of a pregnant dog requires attention to proper nutrition, exercise, veterinary care, rest, and monitoring for any changes. By providing these essential components of care, we can ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy for our furry friend.

Border Collie Puppy Culture - Neonatal Period

The neonatal period is a critical time for puppies as it is a time of rapid growth and development. This period starts at birth and lasts until the puppies are around two weeks old. During this time, the puppies are entirely dependent on their mother for warmth, nutrition, and protection. Born weighing between 198 and 400 grams on average. They are blind and deaf and their primary activities are sleeping and nursing. Their eyes and ears begin to open around 10-14 days, gradually improving their senses. Puppies are unable to regulate their body temperature and rely on their mother for warmth. Reflexes, such as rooting and suckling, are crucial for feeding. Their nervous system is rapidly developing, but motor skills remain limited. This stage is critical for growth, as puppies gain strength and double their birth weight by the end of the second week.

  • Proper nutrition: Puppies rely on their mother’s milk for the first few weeks of life, as it provides all the essential nutrients they need for growth and development. It’s important we ensure that the mother dog is receiving a high-quality diet to support milk production.
  • Keep them warm: Puppies cannot regulate their own body temperature in the first few weeks of life, and they rely on their mother and littermates to keep warm so it’s important we provide a warm and comfortable environment. We use a heating pad or lamp to keep the area where the puppies are kept at a temperature of around 29-32°C.
  • Proper hygiene: We keep the area where the puppies are clean and dry to prevent the spread of bacteria and infection. We ensure the puppies are clean and dry either by mum or we will intervene. It’s important to prevent the build-up of faecal matter, which can lead to infection.
  • Socialisation: Early socialisation is important for puppies to develop into well-adjusted adult dogs. Puppies learn to interact with their littermates during this period, which is an essential part of their socialisation. They may not be able to interact with other dogs in the first few weeks of life, so it’s important we handle and interact with the puppies daily to help them get used to human touch and handling.
  • Monitor for any health issues: We keep a close eye on the puppies’ and any changes in their activity level, appetite, or behaviour we think is unusual, we consult with a veterinarian immediately.
  • Motor skills: Puppies are born with their eyes and ears closed and are unable to walk or stand. They rely on their sense of smell to find their mother and littermates.
  • Sleep: Puppies spend most of their time sleeping during the neonatal period, as their bodies are growing and developing rapidly.

In summary, the neonatal period is a critical time for puppies, and proper nutrition, warmth, hygiene, socialisation, and monitoring for any health issues are essential components of care during this time. By providing these essential components of care, we can ensure a healthy start for our puppies.

Watching each individual puppy and seeing what learning experience he’s ready for. And learning what those experiences are and how to effectively serve them is a big part of our Border Collie Puppy Culture program.

Why is this so important? Because things that are perfect in one developmental period could be useless or even detrimental in the next, and vice versa.

Early Neurological Stimulation of the Border Collie Puppy

Border Collie Puppy Culture
Border Collie Puppy Culture
Border Collie Puppy Culture
Border Collie Puppy Culture
Border Collie Puppy Culture

Early neurological stimulation is a method of early puppy care that involves specific exercises designed to stimulate neurological and sensory development during the first few weeks of life. Some of the exercises may include tactile stimulation, such as gently rubbing the animal or infant with a soft cloth or exposing them to different textures and surfaces. Other exercises may involve visual stimulation, such as exposing the animal or infant to different colours and shapes.

Here are some key benefits and techniques of early neurological stimulation we use in our puppies:

  • Improved stress response: Early neurological stimulation can improve a border collie puppy’s stress response, making them more resilient to stress and better able to cope with new experiences.
  • Enhanced learning ability: Stimulation of the nervous system during the first few weeks of life can help enhance a puppy’s learning ability later in life.
  • Greater physical development: The exercises involved in early neurological stimulation can help promote the development of the puppy’s muscular and skeletal systems.
  • Reduced susceptibility to disease: Puppies that receive early neurological stimulation may have a reduced susceptibility to certain diseases due to the stimulation of their immune systems.

The Bio Sensor program involves a series of exercises that can be performed on puppies starting at three days old and continuing until 16 days old. These exercises include:

  • Tactile stimulation involves gently stroking the puppy’s body with a damp cloth, or  rubbing between the toes of one foot with a cotton bud for between three and five seconds which helps to improve their stress response and enhance their learning ability.
  • Head held erect: Holding the border collie puppy upright with its head held in an upward position for three to five seconds each day. The purpose of this exercise is to stimulate the puppy’s neurological system, which can improve their stress response and enhance their learning ability.
  • Head pointed down: Holding the puppy with its head pointed downward for three to five seconds each day. This  exercise may help improve the puppy’s posture and balance, leading to greater physical development.
  • Supine position: Holding the puppy on its back for three to five seconds each day. The purpose of this exercise is to help improve their muscular and skeletal development.
  • Thermal stimulation: Placing the puppy on a cool surface and then a warm surface for three to five seconds each day. This exercise helps improve immune system. By performing this exercise regularly during the first few weeks of life, our puppies may have a reduced susceptibility to certain diseases. Additionally, this exercise may help improve the puppy’s thermoregulation, which is the ability to regulate their body temperature.

The purpose of the above exercises is to stimulate the puppy’s neurological system and help improve their stress response. By performing these exercises for just a few seconds each day, we can help improve our puppy’s neurological and sensory development, our puppies may become more resilient to stress and be better able to cope with new experiences and may develop greater physical coordination leading to a healthier and happier adult dog.

Benefits of Stimulation

  • Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
  • Stronger heart beats
  • Stronger adrenal glands
  • More tolerance to stress
  • Greater resistance to disease.

Border Collie Puppy Culture - Early Scent Introduction

Early scent introduction is an important aspect of our border collie puppy culture training. We introducing puppies to a wide range of scents that they will encounter throughout their lives. This is done between three and twelve weeks. This process not only helps our puppies develop their sense of smell but also helps them become more confident and well-adjusted dogs.

We start by introducing our puppies to different scents in a controlled environment. We use a variety of scents such as herbs, spices, essential oils, or even scented toys. We place the scents in a container and let our puppies sniff it. If a particular puppy shows interest, we reward him/her with treats or praise.

Border Collie Puppy Culture - Sound Therapy

At 2 weeks of age puppies eyes are starting to open and they are starting to toddle about. Their hearing is beginning to develop.

At this time we start exposing puppies to a variety of different sounds to help them become more comfortable and less fearful of noises they may encounter throughout their lives. This type of training can be particularly helpful for puppies who are easily frightened by loud or unfamiliar sounds.

We gradually expose puppies to a range of sounds at a low volume, and gradually increase the volume over time as our border collie puppy becomes more comfortable. Some of the sound we use are common household noises, such as vacuum cleaners, doorbells, and sirens, as well as more unusual sounds, such as fireworks and thunderstorms as well as unexpected loud sounds such as whistling, dropping a metal food bowl, clapping, doors closing firmly etc. We also play soothing music such as classical or peaceful sounds.

At this time, our puppies are starting to interact with their litter mates and mother. They can well and truly see by 5 weeks of age and their hearing and smell are developing and baby teeth are starting to emerge. At around 3 – 4 weeks of age our puppies will be introduced to solid food and start to be weaned from mum. Separated for short lengths of time.

Border Collie Puppy Culture - Transitional Stage

The border collie puppy culture transitional stage is a critical period in a young dog’s life. This is when they are in their new home with new unfamiliar items and people. It is the phase between the end of the socialisation period (around 14-16 weeks of age) and the beginning of adolescence (around six months of age). During this time, puppies go through a range of physical and behavioural changes as they continue to develop and mature.

One of the most notable changes during the transitional stage is the development of adult teeth. Puppies will begin to lose their baby teeth and grow their permanent teeth. As a result, puppies may be more inclined to chew on things to alleviate their discomfort, so it’s important to provide them with appropriate chew toys and discourage destructive behaviour.

Puppies also start to become more independent during this stage and may challenge their owners’ authority or exhibit “teenage” behaviour. This is a normal part of development and it’s important for owners to continue to establish boundaries and provide consistent training.

In addition, puppies may experience fear periods during the transitional stage, where they become more fearful and anxious in new situations. It’s important for owners to continue to socialize their puppies and expose them to new environments and experiences in a positive and controlled manner.

Overall, the border collie puppy transitional stage is a period of significant change and growth for young dogs. With proper care and training, our new fur families can help their puppies navigate this stage and set them up for success in adulthood.

Being a great breeder is more than following some protocols & checking off some boxes. It is largely about making observations & then making appropriate decisions based on those observations.

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