HOW WE RAISE OUR WOLFHOUND PUPS
We only have perhaps one litter a year at the most. Sometimes we may breed less frequently, and often a couple of years will elapse between breedings. We breed when we want to add to our pack because of a specific characteristic. We are trying to breed to add to what we have without sacrificing the good health and longevity that we seem to have with many of our hounds living a healthy and ACTIVE life with double the life expectancy of the average wolfhound. It is not unusual for our pups to routinely live 12-13 years. Prior to a breeding, Dam and Sire will have appropriate testing done on hips, elbow, hearts etc. We are also believers in having Risk Assessments done on any possible genetic issues to help determine if a match is a sound one. All of our pups also go through testing before they are released to their new homes.We do have a notification list and a pre-approval list for our pups. If you are anxious for a pup at a time that we don’t have any, we would be happy to help you find other responsible good breeders. Please remember that having a good knowledgeable breeder behind you who is willing to stand behind your pup and stay in touch with you when you need it, can be worth more than gold when you need breed specific information on growth, vaccinations etc.and veterinary care, training, and help on whatever other issues may arise. All good breeders should be willing to go over important breed information and helpful information with you when you pick your puppy up.
This is what we do prior to the sale of our puppies:
1. All puppies are born in our home and loved and handled several times a day by my husband and myself. From the first day that they are born, we do Neurological Sensory Stimulation with every pup. This is a program developed by Carmen Battaglia and used in Military canine programs that has proven to develop more intelligent, healthier, more tractable dogs that are not as prone to effects of/from outside stress. We keep extensive logs and keep tract of their weights and personalities, all wormings, and vaccinations. We monitor Mom and babies constantly, often sleeping next to the whelping box for at least their first 3-4 weeks. During this time, the pups are never without our (my husband or myself) supervision. They are exposed to different soothing sounds with music(Classical or celtic) playing often. They have several well puppy checks before they are released to you. Their health is guaranteed, and they come with a warranty against genetic defects. They all go through liver shunt testing as well. We require that you stay in touch with us at least once a year to let us know how you and the pup are doing. *WE WANT TO KNOW* If there are any problems that we should be aware of and *WE WANT TO HELP*. All of our pups are extremely well socialized with people and other animals including their cat. We send weekly e-mail updates with photos of all pups.
2. We put together an extensive (approximately 500 plus page) puppy book (which keeps growing yearly) with nineteen divided sections of information on Care and Feeding, Breed history, all Vet records, health concerns, some basic information on genetics and epigenetics, your pedigrees, generational photographs of parents and siblings, Literature, current veterinary medical/research info specific to wolfhounds, training tips for obedience, show, and plain good citizenship, and possible behavior issues that could arise(How do I get my dog to stop digging, How do I get my dog to come when I call and not run?)….all to be accomplished gently and with sensitivity to your dog, and a host of other pertinent information including where to find good dog “stuff” like the best doggie door. We also personally go over the care and feeding with you and give you an important check list of reminders when you pick your puppy up. Many of our puppy owners have told us this book has been their “bible,” and they continue to have it in a special place so they can easily refer to it as they need it.
3. At 3 weeks they are moved to an area in our home where there are more sights, sounds, and surfaces, and they are slowly introduced to the rest of the pack. From 3-5 weeks We increase the *”Sensory Stimulation” *with our pups to at least twice a day. Some call this “Super Dog” training” again based on documentation from a veterinary school studies on the effect of early neurological stimulation in developing high achieving individuals who later in life have been proven to be healthier, less prone to negatively react to stresses and develop health related problems associated with stress, and ultimately the pup becomes a more “brilliant” and healthy individual who is capable of adapting well to new situations to become a joyful easily trained family member.
4. At 5 weeks old, they are moved to their own secured yard and puppy house next to our house to explore their world outside. We continue to maintain constant vigilance. In their puppy yard they have a whole realm of new experiences from their sonotube tunnels to go through and on which to play. They have their varied toys, other secure hiding places for nap time along with their own clean heated if necessary puppy house with a doggy door to the outside which they learn very quickly to use. The ultimately learn very quickly to keep their house clean which makes a lot easier transition to their new homes. They are all secured in their puppy house at night. On occasion they have supervised access to the big yard around the house.
5. At about 8 weeks old we take them for their first car rides and take them for their first leashed walks so these are not brand new experiences by the time they are ready to go home. At 8 weeks they get their 8 week vaccination and we do aggression testing with them. Not too long after that, our puppy patrol kids come out to play with them and let them crawl all over them. The kids help with some of the basic training so the pups get used to little people. At 9 weeks they have their final vet check here on the ranch with a home Doctor visit.
6.You will have our vet’s name and number for referral and for future reference for your vet if your vet is not familiar with wolfhounds. You are most welcome to call any of our puppy parents for a referral. Our relationship with you is as you wish it for the life of your dog. We do require updates.
7. We love to sell to show homes with emphasis on “home.” However, Regardless of someone wishing to show, we will only sell to people who can assure us that our pups will live in the home with them and not be a kennel dog. We have an extensive contract that covers our requirements that you may also see on this web site.