Early Behavior Imprinting 

What is it and WHY is it so important?

Animals raised in enriched environments have been shown to have many physiological benifits over animals raised in standard handling conditions.  

•Larger brains
•More new brain cells and neural connections
•Better brain cell survival


The result of these physical changes in brain structure result in the following intellectual and emotional benefits:

•Improved ability to learn and remember
•More emotional stability
•Better resiliency to stress

Too much stimulation and challenge can be as harmful as not enough. Something that is extremely beneficial one week of a puppy’s life could be detrimental in the next, so the perfect balance is needed. 

Evidence shows that animals of any age can benefit from an enriched environment. Even if your dog or puppy was raised in poor conditions, they can grow new brain cells and form new neural connections. Why do I prefer to jump in and start so early?  The critical socialization period is such a short window of time where I have an opportunity to make an impact on their behavior, compared to even a few weeks later in the puppy’s life. This period lasts from about 3 weeks through 12 weeks to lay the proper foundation work for their future.  I want to give my puppies all the brain power I can so that they can absorb as much information as possible during this critical socialization period. 

Training & socialization is an important part of bring home your puppy. I highly recommend the Puppy Culture series to help you better understand the critical stages of raising your puppy and to continue with this protocol thru their 12th week & beyond. Included in this series is crate training, manding (learning to ask for things) recall, leash walking and steps to help prevent resource guarding & separation anxiety. The book, When Pigs Fly, is also a great training tool. 

As part of my program, all my families who adopt a puppy from CMP Kennels will receive a booklet from Puppy culture to continue training once your puppy goes home.

I recommend the Snuggle puppy kit from SmartPetLove which you can buy from me at take home if you are interested.  I keep several of these around for the puppies while they are raised here and recommend them for ease of transition to your home.

Mention in an email if you want to purchase one so I can make sure to have enough New sets on hand for all the families that would like this puppy or the set. 

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The Puppy Culture Exercise Booklet is an important guide to raising a puppy in a healthy and safe way. If every puppy owner would read and follow these guidelines, a huge number of behavioral issues and fractures could be avoided! Indispensable for new puppy owners, and great wisdom and guidance too for breeders to pass along in puppy packages. Booklet includes the following:

•The article "Puppy Fitness That Fits The Puppy" which outlines the whys and hows of appropriate puppy exercise and explains growth plates and “toddler fractures” in puppies.

•"Age Appropriate Exercise Guidelines Charts" With 6 individual exercise guideline charts - one for each of the following age ranges:

8-12 weeks old
12-16 weeks old
4-6 months old
6-12 Months old
12-18 months old
18 months to two years old

 Booklet is 14 pages on 8"x11" - 100# gloss full color print.

$5.95 Retail Value

Snuggle Kit Retails for $69       Snuggle Puppy $39

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