What We Do
1. Search for, train and test our sire and dams to ensure you are getting nothing but the best in health, intelligence, temperament and bloodlines.
2. Expose the puppies to the "Essential 7 Regime". This elite service dog program exposes the pups to 7 different categories of 7 different stimuli in each. One example is to feed the pups in 7 different locations. You will receive a copy of your pups chart in their puppy packet!
3. Starting at 4 weeks old, each day our pups undergo a program I devised, based on handling needs. I call this our "Puppy Massage" program. This 8 step approach is taken to make sure that all puppies are exposed to various types of human touching, handling and sensation. New owners will be educated on this program (video and handout) so that they can continue at home with their puppy! This is especially important for children in the family to take part in as well.
3. Raise our puppies with our family, in our home, so that puppies are exposed to all of the sounds and life with a family. Pups are not raised in a separate facility or room. Our pups are in our family room so I can monitor and socialize constantly.
4. Perform the ENS (early neurological stimulation) AKA the Biosensor program on each pup to improve performance in trainability, health and potential. See the puppy packet tab to view research and documentation outlining the importance of this approach.
5. Begin training early! We begin the instinctual “den potty training” at 3 weeks old, where puppies learn to differentiate areas of their whelping box as potty area and sleep/eat/play area. This is a crucial step, for it makes potty training much easier. At 4-5 weeks old, we start going outside and learn the "potty" command. We begin work on appropriate house manners (no jumping, no taking, no biting, etc...), we practice calm focused behaviors where pups learn that they are held to a high expectation in order to receive their needs (food and affection). For example, puppies will learn to be calm and sitting before food is served. Lastly, we introduce a kennel.
6. We begin the vital role of socializing your new puppy. We carefully follow the developmental stages and introduce them to outside stimulus as they are ready. Behavior modification is used when needed. For example, if a puppy is afraid of a stroller when introduced, I will specifically work with a puppy until that fear is eliminated. We also provide mental and physical challenges daily- items that move, items to chew on, climb on and carry, along with tunnels, obstacle courses, scent work and confidence building activities. Play helps develop strength, agility, coordination and skills to function as an adult. Puppies also began using problem solving skills which is vital in producing intelligent dogs. Puppies that do not have these daily challenges become "poor learners" who are unable to handle frustration and are limited in their coping skills. According to Dr. Ed Bailey, this is when breeders have the "power to improve nerve conductivity in both speed and accuracy. Recovery time of the neural synapses is shortened as the chemical and electrical signals react faster and faster and the nerves can fire repeatedly quicker. The brain mass increases dramatically as nerve cell density increases." 4E Kennels works very hard to expose and "work" our puppies so that they can be adult dogs who have appropriate coping skills, high intelligence, the desire to work for humans and sound temperament.
7. We perform the puppy aptitude test at 7 weeks old to help make sure you get a puppy that fits you, your lifestyle and your needs.
8. We provide countless pictures and videos of the puppies during the first 8 weeks with us. Locals are also encouraged to come visit during our scheduled visitation time!
9. Provide a health guarantee - 2 year guarantee against fatal/severe genetic defects.
10. A puppy packet that includes all puppy documentation - including the puppy socialization chart.
11. Age appropriate vaccinations and deworming
12. Hybrid Registration Papers if applicable.
13. Puppies that are Shipped: a kennel and target training on your scent before they fly home to you. You will mail me a piece of cloth with your scent on it. This will reduce stress when the pup smells you as you pull them into your arms for the first time!
14. A puppy blanket with mom's scent.
15. A toy.
16. A sample of food.
17. Unlimited Breeder support as well as a "family".
19. Provide you with a puppy that will bring you unconditional love, play, humor, companionship, service and the most non-judgmental friend you will ever have (we all need one of those)!
20. Puppy kindergarten, basic obedience, advanced obedience is offered for locals!
What You Need To Do
1. Make the most important decision - choose your puppy based on your needs and wants.
2. Fill out the interest form, and pay your $300.00 non-refundable deposit.
3. Continue to treat your dog as family. Goldendoodles are people-oriented dogs and were first bred in the 1990's to develop guide dogs suitable for visually impaired individuals with allergies. Doodles have become extremely popular! People love their trainability, friendliness toward people and other dogs and their affinity to shed very little, if at all.
4. Continue basic obedience training. Doodles are in the working group and were bred to work. Keep them busy- even if by teaching them fun tricks to do. Most Doodles love to work!
5. Continue working on the puppy socialization chart - this will establish a confident friendly dog for the rest of his/her life and continue with our Puppy Massage Program. This will continue to solidify a bond, create trust and increase tolerance to all types of human touch.
6. Continue regular vet check-ups.
7. Provide fun toys and bones.
8. Get ready for cleaning! Stock up on baby wipes for a quick clean to the face after eating or to wipe down messy paws! I have also found that clorox wipes and items to clean up accidents (they do happen unfortunately) are vital. I have had great success with potty training and am here to help! Please gate or block off most of your house. A kitchen area is usually the best place because it is generally floored in tile or laminate and is situated by the back door. Try to avoid letting your puppy have too much of the house and carpet until potty trained.
9. Get ready for some sleep deprivation. I wish I could eliminate this for you, but I can't. Your puppy will go through a few tough nights, but it does not last too long and it will be worth it!
10. A kennel/crate if the pup is not shipped. I strongly recommend that the puppy sleeps in his/her kennel for at least the first two years of life. This is crucial in potty training and helps tremendously with teaching your new pup his/her "place" in the family. They cannot become the pack leader- this could only bring about behavior problems. It also aides in appropriate house manners and training, for your pup cannot get into mischief and chew on items when you are not able to monitor him and her.
11. Give lots of positive praise and love. Ultimately, a puppy just wants to please you and many times they don't understand "human speak".
12. Have a sense of humor. Puppies are just plain funny. Yes, I know chasing them around the house as they have a whole roll of toilet paper flailing behind them can be frustrating, but stop and enjoy the moment. Look how proud they are of themselves. They worked hard and ultimately are showing you how clever and funny they are. Revel in that silly moment. Then walk calmly to your stash of bones, call your pup's name so he/she leaves their masterpiece. Wind backup the role…it usually is usable and can provide you a quiet chuckle each time you use a piece!
13. Have patience! Refer to #12.
14. Learn some dog language if need be. Remember a dog does not know English-they have their own languages (verbal and non-verbal). For example, did you know in the dog world, reaching to pet a dog on the top of the head is impolite and seen as threatening when first meeting a new dog? You should always greet a dog palm up letting them sniff first. Understanding some basics in the way dog language world, can go a long way! I have recommended some great books on the 4E Favorites tab.
14. Join our "4E Kennels 4Ever Goldendoodle Family" (link on home page) facebook group for a connection with current 4E doodle owners This is a place to share and get advice. Promise to send updates and pictures!