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How we raise our puppies makes a difference!

What happens during the first 12 weeks of a puppy’s life can completely shape his or her future. At Sassafras Goldens, we take this window of opportunity very seriously! We are able to enhance the natural trainability and temperament of our goldens by implementing the puppy rearing protocol known as Puppy Culture. Puppy Culture represents a gold standard in puppy rearing and early socialization. This begins when our puppies are three days old and we encourage new families to continue utilizing the Puppy Culture protocol at home!

Early Neurological Stimulation

We conduct E.N.S exercises with every litter​ starting when puppies are three days old.

These exercises include: 

  • Tactile Stimulation

  • Head Held Erect

  • Head Pointed Down

  • Supine Position

  • Thermal Stimulation​​

​These five exercises will produce neurological simulations, none of which naturally occur during this early period of life. These exercises impact the neurological system by kicking it into action earlier than would be normally expected. The result is an increased capacity that later will help to make the difference in the puppy's temperament and trainability. However, these neurological exercises are not substitutions for routine handling, play socialization and bonding.

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