We are committed to giving our puppies the best possible start in life to prepare them for a smooth transition into their future homes. Our goal is to nurture them into very social, happy, confident, eager to learn, and healthy new members of your family! We use the following methods to accomplish our goals: Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) & the Rule of 7. We also expose our puppies to our normal every day home environment and teach the puppies to use a doggie door before leaving our home, with this they already understand the concept of going to the bathroom outdoors. During socialization they are shown basic commands while I tell them the word association for sit, down, off and stay... they may not pick up on it while wanting to play with me, but they grasp what I am teaching them and when continued in their own home they remember basics that were started here.
Early Neurological Stimulation Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) is a process that introduces mild stresses to very young puppies in a controlled way. These stresses help stimulate the neurological system which improves the growth and development of the pup’s immune system, cardiovascular system, and stress tolerance. ENS is done for 2 consecutive weeks starting 3 days after the puppies are born. The process consists of 5 simple and harmless exercises, which are: tactile stimulation, lying in the supine position, held with head held up, tilted upside down, and thermal stimulation. Each exercise is done for 3-5 seconds and the entire process takes about 30 seconds. Tactile stimulation is done by gently tickling or touching in between each of the pup’s toes with a Q-tip. The supine position is achieved by holding the pup in both hands belly up (some pups squirm in this position so a solid but gentle two handed hold is necessary). To hold the pup with head up simply hold the pup in both hands so that the tail is pointed to the ground and the head is above the tail towards the ceiling. From the Head held up position tilt the pup over and hold so the head is towards the ground and the tail is towards the ceiling. You’ll need a damp cool towel for the thermal stimulation. You lay the pup right side up with its belly on the damp cool towel.
These 5 painless and simple exercises are done to prepare our pups for their life’s journey. Only 30 seconds a day for 2 weeks and we see a great improvement in their immune systems and stress tolerances. We will do Early Neurological Stimulation on our pups because of the proven benefits and know it helps them grown into lovable canine citizens.
Rule of 7 Dr. Carmen Battaglia created the Rule of 7’s as a guide to increase a puppy’s exposure. Make sure your puppy is current on all shots before taking him out into a strange area. By the time a puppy is 3 months, make sure he has:
Been on 7 different types of surfaces: tile, vinyl, linoleum, carpet, gravel, concrete, wood, grass, dirt, and wood chips.
Been in 7 different locations: living room, front & back yard, hallway, basement, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, kitchen, kids room, Vet’s office, groomers.
Eaten in 7 different locations: exercise pen, yard, bathroom, basement, laundry room, living room, back yard.
Met and played with 7 new people: include someone in a hat, walking with a cane or in a wheelchair or walker, children and older adults.
Been exposed to 7 challenges: go through a tunnel, climb on a box, go up and down steps, run around a fence, over obstacles, play hide and seek, go in and out of a doorway with a step up or down.
Eaten from 7 different containers: example: human hands, plastic, cardboard, frisbee, pie plate, tin pan, frying pan, elevated bowl.
Played with 7 different types of objects: sticks, big balls, small balls, rope toys, soft fabric toys, squeaky toys, plush toys, paper or cardboard items, and metal items.
Each new, positive experience will help your puppy flourish into a confident companion. Allow your puppy to learn passively by letting them explore on their own, but make sure he is 100% supervised and that it is a controlled environment. Be very careful not to break the bond of trust by using harsh training methods. Training should be viewed as fun and positive. The rule of 7 helps boost confidence, social behavior, and their train-ability.
More Savvy Puppy Info..... All pups are born in our home with constant supervision and socialization appropriate to their age and activity level. Their health and balanced, happy, personalities are our highest priority. I do not breed specifically for show, but rather amazing companions for you and your family. Dew claws are removed. All puppies also receive age appropriate vaccinations, deworming, are microchipped with free registration to new owner. They are exposed to crates as they are in their living area know the doggie door from time of weaning and already use it exclusively by the time they leave our home and join their new families after they are 8 weeks of age. Deposits are $200. Reserve lists will be posted on my site. Deposits are Non-refundable and can be transferred to a different litter or pup if you fall in love with a different pup, a better personality match occurs, or timing is off and waiting to add a forever member to your family is what is best. You can pass up to three times and then your name will remain on the list but be moved to the bottom. Savvy Bernedoodles reserves the right to refuse the sell of a puppy to anyone if it is in the best interest of the puppy. Prices will be posted by the puppys' pictures at the time they become available to deposit holders/public. Posted prices are as a Pet with a spay/neuter contract. Full Registration/Breeding rights may be available to approved homes with an extra cost and contract agreement. I spend countless hours every day to produce healthy, balanced, socialized puppies that will be a lifelong integral part of your family, along with lifelong support of your puppy. I want only the best for them and for you! I will gladly talk, email, or text anyone with questions pre or post bringing home a Savvy puppy of your own! Deposits can be made on my website on the Deposit List or Contact Me pages. Final payments & signed contract must be received by the time puppies are 6 weeks old if sending a personal check and by the time puppies are 7 weeks old for paypal(+3% fee), credit card (+2.5% fee) or cash if personally picking up puppy and I am pre-notified of this . Shipping costs will include Flight, Health Certificate, Vet visit & Kennel ($380) to be paid before travel. No money order or cashiers check will be accepted as any payment. Options to receive your puppy are through flying him/her to your preferred airport, fly in and take your puppy back in cabin (you can meet at my home or I can meet you at the airport to drop your puppy off to you.) or local/drive in pick up. I do not allow visitors for my dogs or puppies on site to preserve their overall health. I know introductions and play time are fun but our puppies' health are my biggest concern. Our dogs live in and around our home as part of the family, and have a safe gated run in our yard as well as a house of their own, with air conditioning (it is Vegas after all!) and doggie doors for training. I have two young daughters that play and interact with all of our dogs and the pups get this same exposure and it helps them grow to be very well balanced in play and giggles,and is the best beginning to structure and training for them to lead happy lives. They experience household indoor and outdoor noises such as ringing doorbell, vacuum, airplanes, cars, yelling children:), other dogs, ect., I will gladly be available if you have any questions, concerns or preferences. I know that bringing a new pet into your home is an important decision and I am honored that you would consider one of our Savvy Bernedoodles or Bernouviers to be your own! All of our past pups are in forever homes with amazing love stories from each. I do keep in touch with new owners and expect the same in return. All of my dogs have done or have scheduled health testing. Results are posted on"Meet the Parents" page in each dog's bio. A little run down of what goes on each week with our puppies: (in addition to the daily snuggles and attention they get as basic puppy love/care here at our home.) Week 1: Weigh in 2x's a day to make sure they are maintaining and gaining weight. Start Bio Sensor Program/Early Neurological Stimulation with all the pups, get used to being touched, nails clipped, dew claws removed, first pictures. Busy first week of life! Week 2: Continue Bio Sensor Program, more nail clipping, weigh in. Week 3: Start playing with siblings, eyes and ears open, come out in living area from puppy room to experience household sights and sounds, nails clipped. Moved from Whelping/Birthing room to Puppy house. Week 4: First bath (usually not fans of that), more play time, cuddles, and attention. Get puppy toys / new stimulation. Introducation to doggie door... and actually start using it... exclusively for the most part within the week! Start weaning from mom and introduction to their own food. Individual pictures before the process of where home may be, video chats (they really don't know why I am aiming the phone at them and not taking pictures and posing them! ) Week 5: Getting used to the doggie door, ramp, stairs and know where to go outside for bathroom, more time away from mom, play time, sleep time, play time! Starting to really love outside if cold, and have lazy days in the AC of their room during summer. Week 6/7: Finish weaning, nails clipped, first vaccinations. The cute factor at this point makes me want to keep them all and live on 100 acres of puppy land! Introductions to other adult dogs, introduction to crates, nail clipping, get microchipped (just a little pinch). Week 8: First set of pups get groomed, nails clipped, blow dried and looking good for their new homes! Week 9+: Treated like our own dogs, play time, familiarize with basic training words and actions, age appropriate vaccinations and dewormings until their new owner finds them or home and ready for them and they go home. :) All pups get freshly groomed, bath, nail clip and blow dry before joining their new owners. I will hold your puppy if you cannot bring them home within 5 days of turning 8 weeks, for a fee until you are ready for them to join you. Second set of vaccinations (timing appropriate if needed.)