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Our ethos as breeders has never changed from when we 1st started researching this wonderful breed; We wanted to share our lives with the healthiest and happiest bulldog we could find, we did not want the heart ache of loosing another dog to illness and suffering.
Now, nearly 10 years on it is still the same. In fact, if anything as health testing within dog breeding has progressed and developed, so has our passion and undertsanding as breeders.
We are always striving for better, we are open minded to new technoloy and testing we can introduce to help further the breed, and want to ensure we do all we can to breed the healthiest dogs we can, for the dogs sake but also the people coming to us to add to thier families.
We do not have puppies avaible often as we only breed when we feel we can improve on our dogs, and better the breed for the future. We also breed when we want to keep puppies for our program: Our dogs are our family we care deeply about them. We do not breed for money or glory we do this our hobby and want to breed genuinely healthier dogs that will live happy, fulfilled lives with good families that can enjoy their company for many years
As a mother and being the ‘primary carer’ for both our dogs and our daughters it is imperative to me that our dogs are bomb proof around our daughters and all children. When the children are not at school they are with me helping care, train and exercise the dogs This experiance has given us a good understanding of what makes a dog good with children and how to train and shape them into the best family pet.
Our daughters are a huge part of how we raise our dogs and any puppies we have here, the bond they have with our adults dogs and create with our puppies is crucial in shaping the dogs we raise.
We believe more breeders need to take responsibly for the dogs they breed; In every aspect form the health and the temperament to the diet and socialisation –
In our eyes it’s all down to the breeder to ensure this is all done to best possible standard.
One of the first basics we try to install in our puppies is calm, gentle and relaxed behaviour gets attention – To do this when we ever we enter the room they are in; we do not look, speak or acknowledge them until they are calm & relaxed….
Once they are sitting nicely they are relaxed and are quiet we will go over to them and stroke, play and give them a fuss. We find this method really works as it only rewards the positive and correct behaviour in the pups. They soon learn that jumping around, yelping and barking and acting crazy will not get them the attention they want. This is started from as early as they are aware of us entering the room.
We find this training also helps with separation anxiety;
Can you imagine being a puppy in a play pen with your litter mates, you have played with them and all your toys and are looking for something else to do…? The door opens….people walk in and they smile, fuss over you, make squeaking voices, feed you and you get let out to run around and have lots of fun and excitement!!... You start to associate people with fun, excitement, food, comfort – You would never want them to leave would you?... Better still when they did leave you would wait until they came home, thinking the only time all this fun and excitement happens is when they walk through the door.
These early behavioural issues are often formed by the puppies’ first encounters with humans, and when they have not taught them how to act correctly. This may not solve any potential problems but we are sure that when our pups leave us here they have a good clear understanding of being calm and gentle = affection and play.
We feel it’s very important to introduce all our puppies to a crate and we recommend their new families invest in one. When used correctly crate training is a very effective training tool and will become a comfortable place of rest place for your dog.
From as early as we can we introduce our pups to a crate slowly – We take the time for each puppy to have time away from the litter to be alone, and get used to their own company, as well as to do some basic training with us one on one. Part of that one on one training is learning about the crate and that it is a nice safe and peaceful place for the puppy to be. To do that we let them play about in it, give them treats when they lie down and relax, and practice shutting the door for short periods of time. We only ever shut the door when the pup is completely relaxed and only ever open it when they are calm. By the time they leave us they are happy to be in crate, and understand that is the place where they are too sleep and be calm.
If introduced in a positive way travel in a car does not have to be stressful for your dog, and we introduce our young pups to short, relaxing and positive car trips from around 5 weeks old. We only drive around the block and take time to build up journeys slowly – This helps to prevent travel sickness and give the pups confidence when it comes to car travel.
We also introduce all our pups to the collar and lead, again with positive training methods that you will be able to continue at home, so when the time comes to them getting out and about they can get stuck into enjoying their surrounding rather than worrying about learning to walk on the lead.
As we detailed in the ‘learning calm’ paragraph above we try to install all our pups from as early as possible that calm, relaxed behaviour is correct – We do this by ignoring any unwanted habits such as jumping up and nipping. All puppies will go through a nipping stage, and they love to jump up by we hope that by shaping them from an early age not to act this way it will help with these issues at a later date.
Jumping up: Anyone that visits the pups are asked to continue the same practice as us; to ignore the pups until they are calm and sitting nicely. This is easier said than done as puppies are pretty irresistible and it is hard not to want to talk to them in a squeaking baby voice!...
But when people approach the pups we will encourage them in a sit position and ask the visitors to not get eye contact or give any attention until they are calm and relaxed. We give visitors treats and direct them as to which pup is the calmest and most relaxed thus deserving of the treat.
It is very hard to train a whole litter, but the basics will help and it has proven to work.
Nipping is puppy’s favourite thing and also a very important part of their development. This is where the interaction in the litter and mother is very important, It from this playing the pups will learn the basics of what is called ‘bite inhibition’ this is basically how hard not to bite! This will be taught by the mother, litter mates and our other dogs as well as us and our daughter.
It is extremely important that they learn how hard they can nip, and that their jaws can cause pain, the only way for them to do this by nipping and getting a reaction from whomever they are nipping. Our older dogs do a good job in teaching this as does mum and litter mates, but us on the other hand is different we need to teach that nipping is painful and not allowed – We do this by a loud squeaky ‘ouch’ loud enough to stop the pup and startling enough to school them a bit, it is exactly what the litter mates will do, and they soon learn from them when they are playing too hard.
Throughout all of these stages and methods of raising our puppies we can’t under estimate the importance of our other stable, relaxed and well behaved dogs around them – They teach the pups in a completely different way to us, and the other older dog’s role is invaluable when raising a litter. Both our males and females dogs are all actively involved in raising the entire litter and are a big part of our ethos here.
We people come to us for a puppy we want to make sure they are the perfect possible home for or pups for many reasons, we want to be sure that the puppy is happy, safe and secure for the rest of their life with their new family. But we also want the family to get the right puppy for them, a puppy that will grow into an adored member of their family.
Out of one litter of puppies every single pup is very very different, this is very apparent from an early age. There characteristics and personality will start to really shine through to us at around 4 weeks old, it’s at this age we really start assessing their personality’s firstly for our breeding programme but also to find the perfect homes.
Many people will expect to turn see the pups and pick the nicest colour or the one that chews their shoelaces.....
We do not do things that way, we will take into account all your requirements and wants from a puppy, your life style and your experience, understanding and then recommend the puppy that we believe will best suit you. We will match the puppies energy level, their ranking in the litter (how dominant or submissive they are) how they interact with our other dogs and us, as well as visitors etc . We are assessing and analysing the puppies every second to be sure we have not missed anything.
We like to find the perfect match for everyone human and canine we have yet to get it wrong, everyone is always happy. We will not give preferance over colour either - For us this not what the breed is about - The dogs temperment and energy level is the priority.
From day 1 of life we begin socialising our puppies - We use a program called ‘Puppy Culture’ created by an excellent breeding/trainer and dog expert Jane Killion. The method was created by her to shape puppies during their most influential period of development - The 1st 12 weeks of their life.
We follow her methods and the results are fantastic, and combine this with our own testing and socialisation methods and we couldn't be happier with how the puppies leave us at 10 weeks old: Well adjusted, mentally prepared, social, confident and prepared to continue training where we have left off.
You can read more about the Puppy Culture methods on the website (click banner below) and watch some brilliant videos that explain the concept and most importantly the benefits and why we believe in this process so passionately. All our puppies leave us with the DVD to continue this brilliant method when they get into thier new homes to ensure your puppies develop into well adjusted and well balanced adults. We are very proud to raise our litters this way. To read more visit our page on this website or direct to the puppy culture website by clicking the banner below.
Both us and most importantly our children are present in whelping box as much as possible handling, touching and interacting with the puppies and with the mother. This early interaction is vital for the puppies’ development as this is when the early connections in the puppies brains are made that can have a bearing on their overall temperament. Dogs communicate on a whole other level to what we see and hear - When they are born they can’t see, or hear, but they can smell and are instinctively in tune with subtle changes in energy from their mother, it is instinctive to them to communicate in this way.
If when us or our daughters enters the room and they smell us and their mothers energy’s changes and reacts in a negative, fearful or aggressive way the puppies will sense that and they will instantly associate her smell with these reactions, that will always be hardwired in them – Training and socialisation may break it, but the fundamental initial human contact will always be negative. This is why the temperament of the mother dog is so important when choosing a puppy to be a family pet.
It goes without saying that all our girls here are nothing but overjoyed at the sight or smell of us or our daughters or any visitors !
This is without any doubt is passed down to their offspring, we have watched this with the puppies we have kept and raised. We have seen it is not just our daughter that they associate happiness and comfort with it is any child, they are all naturally & instinctively drawn to children and have been raised since the day that they were born to know how to act and responded correctly and that children are a source of kindness and comfort – This is to me the breeders job – To take breeding that step further, to understand every part of the puppies development and growth, to shape and prepare the puppies for their new life.
This early socialisation continues up until the day they leave us here through our own techniques combined with the puppy culture program ; Our daughter feeds them, grooms them, plays with them – We encourage her to discipline them correctly too, so they understand their boundaries with children. Children behave so differently to adults and for a dog that has not been raised around children this can prove harder to deal with. Children are loud, fun, fast and energetic – They are extremely attractive to puppies to jump; nip and chase, lucky for us our daughter is now very experience in dealing with naughty puppies and plays a vital role in raising them.
As a breeder we see our role as being more than just a person that cares for the puppies – We want to ensure they get off to the best possible start in life and to do that we start training as early as possible – This is to discourage any unwanted behaviour such as separation anxiety, messing in the house, chewing etc... all the things that naughty puppies do.
We have one on one time with all our pups they learn a bit more about living in a family set up alone rather than as a litter. We introduce them to the hoover, hair dryer; we teach them about not jumping up on the sofa or chewing children’s toys and anything else they are not allowed! We just encourage basic etiquette from as young as possible in the hope that it will make their new owners lives easier and give them more time to settle their new family member in and enjoy them rather than start from scratch with the basics of training.