First of all, we teach the puppies how to use a litter box to alleviate themselves. Each puppy will learn at an extremely young age to go to the bathroom in a designated area. They actually think about where to, "GO". Other puppies, well they just, "GO". We did this for the ease in clean up and so the puppies can stay safe indoors until they receive their second vaccination. This was the first learning opportunity that I did not realized how much the puppies would benefit from. The beauty of our puppies being litter trained is there will be no need to get up in the middle of the night to allow your puppy to alleviate him/herself.
We are firm believers that the full learning potential of a puppy has not been discovered yet. We go beyond what most breeders do. Our puppies are never left alone for hours on end. When my first child was born my husband and I decided I would be a stay at home mom. Now my children are in their twenties and I am still a stay at home mom to my dogs and their puppies.
A few years ago I started an innovative way of raising puppies. I remembered how much fun my children had as toddlers playing on toys made for small children. I thought to my self, "Why wouldn't puppies enjoy playing on something similar?" I created a design and my husband built it for me. I called it, "an early activity center." This devise has a step on one end with a riser that is almost the same height of stairs in any home. The step led to yet another riser that leads to a landing. And finally the landing leads to a slide. The benefits the puppies gain from playing on the device are beyond what I ever intended. Including, as mentioned in our home page, critical thinking and problem solving skills. They learn how to negotiate stairs at an extremely young age. They also learn that even though some things may seem scary, such as being pushed off of the landing or down the slide for the first time, it ends up being a lot of fun. Some puppies even took their fun a step further and learned they could catch their litter mates in an ambush from the landing above by pouncing on them. Plus we have loads of fun watching the puppies learn how to play on our device. When the puppies are almost eight weeks old they no longer go down the slide they climb up it. When this happens, we know they have outgrown the miniature activity center just in time to go to their new homes with all the new skills they have learned.
Please click on this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0cWqtI0hOs
to watch one of our past puppies playing on our early activity center.