Seeuferhause Rottweilers are dedicated to excellence, and as such understand the need to give our puppies every opportunity for success. Obviously that starts at home.
All of our puppies are actively socialised in various environments from the age of (4) weeks. This early environmental socialising begins with trips to my nursery office on a daily basis, getting them away from mum and somewhere new with new sounds, smells etc.
Then, between the age of 5-6 weeks we start bringing the little guys on walks around the property – 20 acres helps to provide a new experience on a daily basis. At 6 weeks the pups have their first big trip to the vet for their vaccinations and then we start bring them out on trips in the car and the dog trailer.
By this time the pups will have been moved out to a puppy run in amongst the noise and hustle and bustle of the kennel. Here they will be exposed to dogs barking, jumping at fences, growling etc – this certainly helps the puppy become immune to
such things. Between the ages of 7-8 weeks the pups are placed in their new forever homes.
So, that’s where the breeder’s direct responsibility stops, or does it?
I don’t believe so. My belief is that as working dog breeders we need to ensure we have programs in place to educate people on the proper upbringing of their puppy. We also need to understand that as first time puppy owners or even second, third etc most people don’t know where to go for this sort of professional advice, so I feel it is our responsibility to provide some direction to a trusted source.
It is my sincere belief that providing this outlet, the number of dogs bought and left in a backyard without adequate socialising and training will reduce, and we will have a better educated public owning these types of dogs. Hence, the Puppy Program.
What is it?
For the last 12 months we have teamed up with Brad Griggs from K9 International, a professional K9 Trainer to bring a structured puppy program to our puppy buyers.
There is a reason for this and the reason is simple: I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER!!
Whilst I have a good, in depth understanding of what it takes to train a dog and how to raise a puppy, when it comes to teaching
people a new skill set, I’ll leave it to the professionals.
It is tailored specifically to first time puppy buyers and it aims to provide answers to all the questions that people might have:
- My puppy is chewing things, how do I stop it?
- How do I teach my dog to come when called?
- How do I teach my dog to sit?
- My dog seems wary of the wheelie bin, how do I help it overcome this?
- How do I stop my dog jumping?
That’s just a sample of likely questions. The multitude of questions varies by puppy owner and their particular circumstances.
The program is an introductory (2) sessions, of approx 45mins each. This will give the trainer time to evaluate and assess your puppy and determine the best approach to any issue or just general training. The trainer will also offer insights to raising your puppy and in particular the importance of socialising.
The program is made available to Seeuferhause puppy people at no cost – we pay for this on your behalf. Subsequent training after these 2 sessions are encouraged however individual arrangements will need to be made with the trainer.
At this stage the program is only running in Melbourne, however will be expanded over the next couple of months to include every capital city where possible. I f possible we will endeavour to provide a couple of options in each city to cater for geography.
We are currently negotiating with professional K9 trainers in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney and hope to publish our new
partners in the coming weeks.