Puppy culture

Northern Creek has utilized Puppy culture protocols to raise our litters! The first weeks of life is proven to develop faster then any other time in a puppies development. Breeders have the key to unlock a puppies full potential. It is proven science that this program provides a puppy with the tools to be successful. I understand early socialization is important and starts at birth. Raised using puppy culture protocols sends a more confident, outgoing and well adjusted puppy home that will adjust quickly. I encourage everyone who gets one of our puppies to visit the link below. Look at some of the free materials offered to learn things.

From Birth to 12 Weeks

3-16 Days Old

Early Neurological Stimulation Exercises–

Five exercises stimulate puppy to learn to coup with small stresses.

  1. Tactical stimulation (tickles in between toes)
  2. Head Held Erect
  3. Head Pointed down
  4. Supine Position (Back)
  5. Thermal Stimulation (reaction to cold cloth)


These five exercises will produce neurological stimulation, non of which naturally occur during this early period naturally. Experience shows that sometimes pups will resist these exercises, others will appear unconcerned. These exercises impact the neurological system by kick starting it into action earlier than it would be normally. The result being an increase capacity that after will help to make the difference in performance.

Benefits of ENS

Five benefits were observed in canines that were exposed to Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. These benefits are as follows:

  1. Improved cardio Vascular performance
  2. Stronger heart beats
  3. Stronger adrenal glands
  4. Better tolerance to stress
  5. Greater resistance to disease

In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non-stimulated litter-mates over which they were dominant in competitive situations. Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance. It was found that problem solving tests using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, whined a great deal, and made many errors. It was found that the stimulated pups were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress sound when stressed.

Week 3

The Enrichment Effect:

Puppies receive an expertly enriched environment, the benefits of which will last a lifetime. This continues every week until puppies leave.

  • Puppies start branching out with limited visitors
  • Startle recovery exercises
  • foundation exercises prevention of separation anxiety.
  • Potty trays are added into the whelping area
  • desensitizing the puppies to the clippers, dryer using smaller house items.
Week 5

Core Skills:

Puppies learn to communicate with us in socially acceptable ways, learning the communication trinity, how to solve problems and finding their voice.

  • Clicker training starts. Learning their core skills: Attention, Manding, come.
  • Fear Starts: at week five puppies are for the first time, capable of experiencing true fear. I avoid any experience during this time that might cause lifelong fear problems.
  • Crate training begins doors open fun chewy bones are introduced to get puppy to go into crate on their own.
  • Outside potty begins
  • Grooming continues
Week 7

Behavioral prevention:

Puppies learn to love having someone take their food, toys, bones, and other Items. This helps prevent resource guarding.

  • Puppies are taught:
    • To sit on cue (manding)
    • To come when called
    • To give up a toy
  • Crate Training:
    • Enter crate (kennel up)
    • Eat in crate with door closed
    • Chew bone in crate door closed (settle)
    • Nap in crate with door closed
  • Car Training:
    • We start the beginning of this week with just engine running chewy bones for distractions. Then we will take a short car ride.
  • Grooming continued
  • Potty Training outside continues
Week 4

Age Appropriate enrichment:

  • Larger weaning pen is introduced
  • Emotional resilience exercises are done
  • Problem solving games are introduced
  • Crate training begins doors open
  • Weekly grooming and bath time (Fun Sunday)

Week 6


Introduction of Novelities

This time is important for puppies to see all things, people children, men and women. We invite many families to bring their diversity to the table during this curiosity phase. Special play days where you can come help teach.

  • Puppies practice their training skills in real life settings. You will learn Manding is asking politely to be petted not jumping for it..
  • Puppies see different objects daily
  • Crate training:
    • Puppies begin to nap in crates with door open
    • Puppies eat in crate door closed
  • Car training:
    • Puppies play in car, engine off
  • Potty training outside continues
  • Grooming training continues
Week 8

Transitional week

Training continues from week 7

  • Sit, come, Crate, hand targeting and manding are all continued
  • Crate Training
    • Enter when asked
    • Eat in crate door closed
    • Chewy bone in crate with door closed
    • Overnight sleeping in crate door closed
  • Car Training
    • short car rides all week
  • Resource guarding work continues
  • Loose leash walking
  • Distraction attention work
  • Grooming continues
  • Potty training outside continues

Weeks 9 thru 12 are all the same protocols from weeks 6-8. I hope this outline helps with understanding where we are and what your puppy is working on.

All our puppies go home between 9 and 9.5 weeks before the fear period starts. Please be careful not to frighten your puppy during its fear period this has life long consequences. It’s is ideal to send puppy home before this time to adjust quickly to their new home an surrounding. Don’t ask your friends over or have a large gathering during this transition time. Allow your puppy time to adjust to his/her new family. Remember we are all they new so they are seeing things they haven’t before. Spend the first week quiet, enjoying them, setting up house rules and working out schedules. Allow puppy plenty of rest time and a safe place to be when your not watching them! I will provide their schedule here, but they will adjust well to yours given that week transition. I gave you 2 of the twelve weeks to imprint on your new addition. Make these few weeks count don’t waste the opportunity to teach things. Just don’t frighten them and laugh about their response. After all, they are just babies and their fear should never be apart of your entertainment.

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