Sunday, September 17, 2017

Early Scent Introduction.

In addition to ENS, we started Early Scent Intro with the pups. The long term results of ESI were studied in a 7-year breeding test. Success of puppies trained in ESI compared to a control group was remarkable! In their adult life they achieved scenting titles much earlier ( years earlier!), accumulated more titles overall and their abilities were more complex. ESI has since been used widely by breeder enthusiasts involved in scenting disciplines and the protocol has been endorsed by the American Kennel Club. ESI is used in conjunction with Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS).

A puppy is introduced to a stimulus of a strong smell for about 5 seconds. The puppy is unrestrained and allowed to move freely. Its reaction is recorded as neutral, positive or negative.

Is ESI intended for dogs that are going to have careers in tracking or hunting? No, this is for any puppy! The idea behind these exercises is to stimulate the areas of the brain primed for development spurt. Canines perceive the world predominantly by scent and scent memory. Our human perception of the world around us is predominantly visual. Very much the way we introduce mobiles in our babies’ cribs to stimulate their development, strong scents offered to puppies in neonatal period stimulate their brains and form neural connections for scent memories. But hey, priming these pups for future success in tracking, barn hunt and earthdog will be a lovely bonus. 

Day 1 we used basil. Their little noses for sure detected the smell, we had a couple that were positive, 1 or 2 negative and the rest seemed neutral.
Day 2 was sage..thanks Auntie Stacie for the sage. Today, day 3, I think will be pine needles.
Almost 1 week old...itching to walk. This litter is strong, very active, very vocal and totally adorable. 1 girl and 4 boys still available.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Early Neurological Stimulation.

I did a little reading on ENS and found it to be really interesting, so we decided to enlist the protocol for this litter. Of course there are some articles that don't come out in favor...aren't their always, but I can't see how it will hurt. The pups are already used to being handled daily by multiple people.

What is ENS... The U.S. Military in their canine program developed a method that still serves as a guide to what works. In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program called "Bio Sensor" was developed. Later, it became known to the public as the "Super Dog" Program. Based on years of research, the military learned that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and lasting effects. Their studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in life when neurological stimulation has optimum results. The first period involves a window of time that begins at the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day. It is believed that because this interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development, and therefore is of great importance to the individual.

 The "Bio Sensor" program was also concerned with early neurological stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage. Its development utilized six exercises which were designed to stimulate the neurological system. Each workout involved handling puppies once each day. The workouts required handling them one at a time while performing a series of five exercises. Listed in order of preference, the handler starts with one pup and stimulates it using each of the five exercises. The handler completes the series from beginning to end before starting with the next pup. The protocol calls for each pup, once per day, to do the following exercises:
Tactical stimulation (between toes)
Head held erect
Head pointed down
Supine position
Thermal stimulation

  1. Tactile stimulation - holding the pup in one hand, the handler gently stimulates (tickles) the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip. It is not necessary to see that the pup is feeling the tickle. Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds. 
  2. Head held erect - using both hands, the pup is held perpendicular to the ground, (straight up), so that its head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position. Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds. 
  3. Head pointed down - holding the pup firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground. Time of stimulation 3 - 5 seconds. 
  4. Supine position - hold the pup so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The pup while on its back is allowed to sleep. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds. 
  5. Thermal stimulation—use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds. 
Today was day 1 of Early Neurological Stimulation, and nail trims. I had some helpers. These guys are strong...and took everything in stride today.

Daddy also got to meet a couple of the babies.

Lycan was actually sweet with the babies.
Cutting teeny tiny toenails.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Meet the pups.

Who is ready for some puppy names and pictures? This is our 'A' litter. The kids picked most of the names, these names will be on their families may call them whatever they wish of course. The babies are doing great...they are 2 days old. Momma is doing very well too! Right now they have a number on a temp collar, but in a week they will each have their own color collars.
We have...
 #1 Ace male Blue
 #2 Alvin male Red
 #3 Army male Orange
 #4 Aviva female Pink
 #5 Arrow male Brown
 #6 Addie female White
 #7 Ali male Green
 #8 Anya female Purple
 #9 Abrams male Black

These babies are going to get more love and attention that they know what to do with ;) Love my puppy socializers!
This is Black collar puppy "Abrams" the name is fitting, he is a little tank.

Kitsune is a very good momma, can't stand to be away for more than a few minutes.

Willow and Drusilla enjoying some outside time. Dru, you better not be plotting on my chicks LOL.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

They're here!

Kitsune has kept me in suspense for 3 days. Finally mid day yesterday she started the first stage of labor. The first stage can take forever...she was in it for almost 12 hours. Around 4 am this morning things were getting serious. The first puppy arrived at 4:35 am...with the last showing up at 9:40 am. She was making great time, most were 25-35 min apart...she did take an hour long break twice towards the end. We ended up with a gorgeous and strong litter of 9, 6 males and 3 females!
So proud of you Kitsune! I was pretty rusty, we haven't had pups since our oops litter 8 years ago. Thankfully my friend Michelle was able to be just a text away and kept me calm.

Kitsune took to her babies right away. She did start having a little calcium issue, it seems to be a common issue in some Dutch Shepherds. We have her on high doses for the next few days to a week.

She is a doting and protective momma.

We have them color coded so we know who is who...I think 3 or 4 of them might end up lighter like Lycan.

Nap time for all!