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Noel's Cockapoo puppies

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 (EPPPuppy 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).

"What we do or do not do as breeders sets that dog up for a life of success". ~ Suzanne Clothier (Relationship Centered Training).

Busy - Busy, September 23

A full day of learning and fun!

So thankful for a sunny day to get outside (it's been so wet and rainy).  The pups played with us and Apple's litter and enjoyed exploring in the yard. It was a windy and blustery day which provided another experience for the pups - who were unfazed - too busy romping about, climbing through tunnels - under pools - through small spaces (between the fence and puppy yard), and following the big girls around (Aria, Charlotte Ann, Ridley & Eevee).

Taking the fun inside. Noel and Apple's pups are enrichment rockstars - nothing too scary - nothing they can't approach - because...we've laid a solid foundation of trust, care, support. They know we are here, and we've never let them down! We are their cheerleaders - their biggest fans. 🐾❤️

Tunnels and forts, September 22

Over, under, around and through!

Fun exploring and learning through play.  Another group playtime with Noel and Apple's pups.

"Age appropriate challenges encourage the puppies as they learn to move, and in turn, it can be considered that they are moving to learn." ~ Suzanne Clothier (Relationship Centered Training, Enriched Puppy Protocol)

Activity Cube Fun, September 19

Noel's puppies love to play.  I love that in positively presenting novel experiences (sights, sounds, textures) they are learning and adding to their "reference library".  The idea being that developing an extensive "library" puts many stimuli into the "known" category.  With more "known", our pups are less likely to be fearful of "unknown" because they see them as variations of "known" (familiar stimuli).

Bigger space, September 19

Today, momma "moved out" of the puppy pen. This means more space for the puppies and helps us to work on weaning.  Of course, they still sneak "snacks" during their playtime (in addition to their few times a day feedings from Noel).  

Puppy Snuggles, September 16

Reid adores our puppies!  He often climbs in to play - snuggle - and chat with them.

Pups still nurse from momma, though we are starting to reduce the number of feedings from her.  They get a yummie slurry of softened kibble, formula and freeze-dried lamb.  From the cute lapping sounds I'd say they like it!

Enrichment rockstars, september 13

Balls ✔️

Balloons ✔️

Dinosaurs that roar ✔️

Taking everything in stride with wagging happy tails ✔️

outside with the big girls, september 11

Time for some fresh air with a trip outside to their puppy playpen.  Noel's pups love to be part of the fun, and have taken to all "new" environments and activities with ease.  The only fussing is when momma Noel comes out and they realize they can't get to her.  No is on the way.  Along with momma milk, Noel's babes are getting a slurry mixture of softened kibble - formula - and freeze dried lamb - YUMMIE!

Back inside and ready for naptime.


All the puppies, September 10

What's more fun than playtime with one litter?  Playtime with two litters!! ❤️🐾💙

Now that Noel's pups are a bit bigger and doing better on their feet (and closer in ability to Apple's pups), we have combined playtimes.  We included momma to help keep them at ease and provide a level of comfort and reassurance. They did wonderfully and Apple's pups were thrilled to have more buddies to play and romp about with.

Not ready for the fun to be over. Playtime continues (for some).

Moving Day - Check Out our New Digs, September 3

At a little over 3 weeks, Noel's puppies have moved into their new pen with more space to play - larger litter box - and space for momma to stay close by (or leave if she wishes).  They weren't sure what to think of Aria and Charlotte Ann wrestling but took the new noise with ease.  They explored, played, and promptly fell asleep.  

Over the next several weeks, we will continue to increase their space and introduce them to new and novel people - toys - textures - sounds and smells.  

Our puppy curriculum incorporates puppy raising practices from Suzanne Clothier's Enriched Puppy Protocol (EPP) and Jane Killion's Puppy Culture Program.


🐾 We provide age appropriate challenges to encourage the puppies as they learn to move, and in turn, they are "moving to learn". 

🐾 Puppies experiences (good and bad) help shape their understanding of the world.  Our goal is to make learning about new and novel a safe and enjoyable experience.

🐾 Research shows, the effects of an enriched environment (or lack of) appear to be long lasting, and possibly permanent. 


"Breeders have an obligation to prepare each puppy to develop the highest degree of coping skills and adaptability possible

in that individual.  This is the best insurance that a dog will have the highest quality of life possible, 

free from mental or emotional distress."

EPP, Suzanne Clothier 

ENS & ESI with Drew & Reid, August 19

Drew and Reid were my helpers today with puppy ENS and ESI.  Normally Tyler's "get to" the little boys were thrilled to be the ones to help out. 

Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) are specific handling and stimulation unlike normal handling.  There are 5 excercises (as you'll see in the videos below):

     1. Tactile stimulation.

     2. Head held erect (count of 5).

     3. Head poited down (count of 5).

     4. Supine position (count of 5).

     5. Thermal stimulation (count of 5).


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

Early Scent Introduction (ESI) was developed by Dr. Gayle Watkins, Avidog founder, Head of Education at GoodDog, and owner of Gaylan's Golden Retriever.  ESI helps puppies with their nose awareness and enhances their ability to identify and react to scents.  Like ENS, ESI is done days 3-16 of a puppies life and has been found to be beneficial for their development.


For more information on ESI and Dr. Gayle Watkins click here:


ESI - Avidog - Introducing Scents to Neonate Puppies 

Tonight's scent for ESI: Lavender

Results: Tango - (no thanks), Charlie 0 (whatever), Zulu 0 (whatever), Delta 0 (whatever), Lima - (no thanks), Juliet - (no thanks).

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