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Nya's Winter Pups

CHC Families Only

On this page I'll be sharing with you a bit more about the 8 weeks we have raising your pup!  


I'll share pictures and videos from our day - to include enrichment protocols and puppy curriculum (Puppy Culture) we use to raise happy, confident, stable, well-loved, well-adjusted, enrichment seeking pups.

Many breeders claim to use science-based curriculum and protocols (Puppy Culture, BAB) as well as ENS but not many actually do. That is why I will be sharing here, with you (transparency).


"The proof is in the puppies". ~ Jane Lindquist (Puppy Culture).

Transitional Period Begins, December 16

Nya's pups have entered the Transitional period that is approximately 14-21(27) days of age. This period begins when eyes open and ends when the pups can walk, see, bark, and go potty by themselves. We've begun very gentle daily handling not meant to stress the puppies, but rather to begin to condition them to human touch. We are their first human relationship, so we make sure our contact and touch is loving and gentle - creating a positive human experience - with the goal of showing our pups that the world is safe, and people are kind. We keep their environment stable, calm and quiet (well, best we can).

On days 18, 19 & 20 we conduct "loud noise exposure".  These are brief moments of controlled "loud".  Pups at this age do not yet fear sound, so it's a great time to start on desensitization of loud noises.

     Day 18: Washing machine door opened and closed (hard).  Marcie had a slight startle, all others flinched slightly in their sleep.

     Day 19: Jar dropped on counter.  Linus moved slightly, no noticeable response or movement from others.

     Day 20: Metal spoon to ceramic bowl.  Charlie Brown looked up, but showed no noticeable movement or startle.  Littermates continued sleeping with no notice.

During this period we also provide "Whelping Box Novelty Item Exposure".  Each day a "new" item is placed into the puppies whelping box allowing them to explore this novel item at their own pace.  Showing our pups that "new" or novel items are ok during this time helps them to build confidence and handle stress of new things as they grow and develop.

Below are pics from day 20 - Whelping Box Novelty Item Exposure - Pineapple 

Linus checking out the pineapple, while Marcie and Charlie Brown sleep. Lucy enjoys cuddles with Drew and Sally decides she wants to get in on the love. 

Charlie Brown giving it the sniff. Not so sure about the texture, but so proud of him for bravely checking it out.

Linus takes a turn at investigating....guess he must of liked it 'cause he went on to lick and nibble at the pineapple.  Lucy still looked for attention and love from Drew - while Charlie Brown, Sally and Marcie took a rest from all the "excitement".

After a couple of minutes, Marcie joined in.  Linus continued to motor about like a little drunken sailor and Lucy ventured over to see for herself what all the hubbub was all about. 🍍

End of ENS and Neonatal Period, December 12

Last day of ENS for these cuties....they've done fantastic and have actually been quite docile and easy to work with during the daily excercises.  This week we move into the Transitional period where the pups will be introduced to tactile items, new experiences and daily cuddle sessions.

Step 1: Tactile Stimulation


Step 2: Head held erect 

(Charlie Brown)


Step 3: Head pointed down 



Step 4:

Supine position



Step 5:





Daily weight check-in and tracking


*Classical music for a calm environment



Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS), December 1

ENS are specific handling and stimulation unlike normal handling.  These excercises do NOT take the place of normal love and attention (touching and stroking of our pups). 

Scientific studies have shown that the results & benefits of ENS are:

🐾  Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)

🐾  Stronger heart beats

🐾  Stronger adrenal glands

🐾  More tolerance to stress

🐾  Greater resistance to disease

For more information on ENS and Dr. Carmen Battaglia click here:  

ENS - Breeding Better Dogs

ENS - AKC Article 

ENS - Puppy Culture (puppy program used here at CHC) - Video clip w/ Dr. Carmen Battaglia

Red & Buff - Boy

Red & Buff - Girl

Red & Buff - Girl

Black & White - Boy

Black & White - Girl

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