Sallis' Puppy Program!
"Sallis'-Superb- Started- Security- Scent- Search K9s USA!"
Building Foundations for Tug/Toy Drive, Scent/hunt Abilities, Obedience & Agility!
Our puppies here at SK9U start in our training and imprinting program from 3 days old til they leave our program!
Our goal is to create quality healthy working puppies/ dogs for real working jobs across the U.S. Sallis' Puppies are imprinted and tested for appropriate levels of drives and nerves needed to become a candidate for working jobs! We imprint our pups for Fearlessness, Tug/toy Drive & Search ability! We start ENS (ENS Military Super dog ) and scent introduction similar to ESI (Early Scent Introduction) imprinting within 3 days after birth through 18 days old to bring out the most in their development! From then on puppies are continuously exposed carefully to many different loud noises, visual stimuli, tunnels, tires and different surfaces.
Puppies from birth to 2 weeks old- Puppies are started on Early Scent introduction started by “Gayle Watson PhD Avidog ESI Program” The scents we decided to use are similar to what could be used in future working dog training. The 13 scent objects will usually include: Rubber, Burlap, Cardboard, Copper, Leather, PVC, Fruit, Wood, Felt, Jute, Vinyl, Cloth, Money and similar material.
From 2 weeks of age and up- The puppies eyes and ears are now open and, we start exposing them to many different noises and visual stimuli. We will bang pots and pans and play different audio sounds such as street sounds, gun shots, sirens, crowds of people & restaurant noises. We will also add loud kid toys to their environments with lights music and movement.
From 3 weeks of age and up- This is also a crucial socializing period in which puppies will be exposed to various stimuli (different surfaces, water, children, loud noises etc) before they can start showing a fear response which will start around 5 weeks of age. Puppies will be raised around our family and will be worked on K-9 Confidence building obstacles continuously such as walking through tunnels, and on different surfaces (i.e. wobbly/moving, metal, wood, acrylic/fiberglass, carpet, vinyl, fake grass, & water). All obstacles will end with a reward of food at the end of the obstacles. They will also be conditioned on loud noise (such as gun fire and street sounds, pots, pans, ETC).
Around 4-5 weeks old puppies and up- Puppies are introduced to rag/towel work and drive building exercises. This is when we test each individual puppies hunt and prey drive intensity for working jobs. Puppies are encouraged to bite, chase find & retrieve everything at this age (i.e. Tug, Kong, PVC, Keys, Copper, Jerry Can w/ rocks inside, etc). Puppies will also be introduced to a tie back stake out chain in play drive imprinting to build confidence and independence to work on their own. Puppies will also be developed on proper biting and scent drive techniques all throughout there time here training at SK9U. Puppies will also be introduced to spending small time periods in a crate by themselves a few times a day to get them used to time away from their litter mates.
By 6-7 weeks old Puppies- Puppies are now at the age where their brains are fully developed to show the capabilities they can have as an adult and can be properly tested for work-ability. Puppies have also been brought up and tested on tug bite and hunt/scent work from 4 weeks old and up. Puppies have been brought to their highest working drives genetically possible for their age. Puppies first will be tested by our own judgement and experience with using a combination of PAWS (Possessiveness, Attention, Willingness Strength by Jona Decker), the puppy temperament evaluation by KNPV a book by (G. Straatan Highly known KNPV competitor and J Jons) and, for family homes PAT test by Volhard. These tests will show the best potential candidates the for real working jobs, APA, KNPV & similar type training prospects. Notes on J Jons temperament evaluation can be seen below.
Temperament Evaluation Picks!
1.The dominant (leader) puppy(s) the number top dog(s) of the litter- these are usually the biggest and most aggressive dog(s) of the litter because they are the first in obtaining the milk supply! These puppies will require strong handlers. These pups will do best with a job and are usually more suitable For High Level Competition, Tracking and Apprehension Training!
2. The Second in litter rank puppy(s) (follower) is usually the pups that are never far behind the dominate puppy(s). These puppies are usually better suited for softer trainers. These puppies will do best with a job and are usually more suitable for Personal Protection, Dual Purpose Detection, Sport dog training, and SAR training!
3. Third in rank in the litter is a more independent laid back pup- they are usually best suited for trainers that don't have much experience with harder dogs. These dogs with the right bring up will usually still have a chance of making nice family protection/companions, sport dogs and sometimes SAR and other types service dogs!
"Note that there can be more than one puppy in each level of ranking within a litter. Also, other temperament tests will be included to describe each puppies potential. Remember, nothing is set in stone or guaranteed! Every puppy is different and, a lot of the bring up is based on the nurture and raising of the puppies! The bringing up and socializing of the puppies is extremely crucial during the first six months of life. Please read "Our Training Philosophy" for more details. This is why we offer 6 month working guarantees to qualified venues and individuals!"
We test and prep puppies and young dogs for the following situations:
* Fearlessness and stability (loud noises and changing flooring, environments, and visual stimuli)
* Bite and tug drive (grip power and placement) and we will also test the puppy's level of intensity for work
* Hunt drive (will he or she chase and search for a ball or some other object. We will also note whether the pup/dog is relying on visual or using their nose to hunt).
* Retrieve drive will the dog be willing to bring the toy back to the handler if coaxed to do so.
*Willingness to please (excellent trait for SAR, detection and service dogs)
Our Sallis' breeding program focus is to sustain the sturdy dual purpose real working dog for Personal/Family Protection, Apprehension, Detection & SAR training. Our bloodlines are of the old hard police dog lines of extreme high driven and fearless attitudes. Although, some of our puppies can succeed in home situations most should go to experienced handlers because of their high intensity and drive can make them hard to handle!
For Detection and Dual Purpose Candidates:
As Puppies age (around eight weeks of age and older) we add more practice scenarios (always age appropriate training). We start the puppies on search games for one or more favored toys while at the same time familiarizing them with several different surfaces. We make the games more challenging as the puppies advance in their training! We will work On leash and Off Leash independent searches and also test the puppy's drive & ability to find "air scents!"
By 6 months to one year of age- Our bred K-9s will have their tug, ball and hunt drive brought to their highest genetic potential and they will have been worked through many environmental stimuli here at SK9U! Any dogs kept past a year of age will be worked toward a detection, protection, patrol, or sport type title! Please check out our Green Dog Program page for our development and training process for older pups and look at our k9s for sale page for current older dogs and more information on older dog testing and training!
All our puppies come with a Life Time Of Continued Guidance!
To read more on our theories on socializing, imprinting, training phases and k-9 behavioral science/psychology please refer to Our Training Philosophy page!