The first few months of a puppy’s life are critical to their social development. We are committed to providing experiences that support our goals for every puppy. By 2-3 months we want each puppy to be confident and interactive, have basic house manners, always come to “puppy, puppy, puppy”, and to be thrilled to play tug or chase the lure.
Our goal is to breed exceptional temperaments, in healthy, high quality pups. To prepare pups for the show ring, we practice in a “ring” at home. This gets puppies used to dogs moving in front and behind them, going all by themselves down and back, having a “judge” bend over and touch everything. We keep the time short as this activity can be boring and tiring. We also put my puppies on a table a couple times a week starting at 5-weeks old. Personally, we don’t stack them in the beginning. They just stand up there and get treats. They also do it briefly with their siblings running around below them playing. Just short 1-on-1 time with distractions. As they age, we start setting front feet, later the rear. Then we start asking for a little more time watching me and paying attention, and standing properly balanced and looking expectantly for the treats they so deserve.
When Winsome-raised puppies leave for their new homes, we hope they are ready to greet the world and have the world love them back. We want them to be happy in a crate by themselves, go outside to do business, wait for every opportunity to come running for interaction time, and have a few basic commands – sit, wait, stand, and certainly “come here”. We are dedicated to providing pups the individual time needed for each one to live up to our expectations.