Creating Resilient Puppies Through Curriculum
Puppies that take part in a developmentally appropriate curriculum are shown in studies to be more intelligent emotionally and intellectually. Puppies raised on a first class puppy curriculum are also more resilient to stress. Who doesn’t want a bulletproof puppy ready to take on the world!
In order to create bulletproof puppies a responsible breeder must have a proper educational background in order to properly socialize the puppies. There are plenty of puppy curriculum programs on the market today. I personally have taken classes from many reputable programs including Puppy Culture, Empowered Breeder, and AviDog. I currently raise all my puppies using key elements from these three amazing programs.
A first class puppy curriculum doesn’t consist of just throwing random toys into a small playpen and walking away. Each item that the puppies interact with must be developmentally appropriate and serve a purpose. For example, if I’m working on sound desensitization it’s not enough for me to just play a recording of a police siren daily. The puppies need to hear different sounds in different locations at different times. Hearing a police siren on a recording device is a lot different than hearing a police siren outside. It’s important to recreate real life situations as often as humanly possible.
I keep all of the Shih Tzu puppies in my responsible breeding program until they’re 11 to 12 weeks old. Puppies go through a critical period of development during the first 12 weeks of life that cannot be replicated. As a responsible Shih Tzu breeder it is my duty to make sure that the puppies from my breeding program receive all the tools necessary to be successful in life. At Arizona Sunrise Shih Tzus, I make it my mission to produce bulletproof puppies that are ready to take on the world!