Puppies are temperament test the puppies at seven weeks... We use the Obedience Personality Test (OPT) adapted from Stanley Coren's book, "The Intelligence of Dogs."

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On the third or fourth day, we start a regimen developed by the U.S. Army called Bio Sensor or Super Dog program .










Diana's Kerries

Diana Thompson
2524 West 13th St.
Wichita, KS 67203
Work:(316)942-2151
Home:(316)722-8597
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Diana's Kerries

Diana Thompson
2524 West 13th St.
Wichita, KS 67203
Work:(316)942-2151
Home:(316)722-8597
Diana@DianasKerries.com


Kerry Blue Terrier Puppy Socialization & Development
Weeks before the puppies are born I begin to prepare for the whelping. I separate the bitch from the other dogs and begin to take her to work every day.

One week before delivery of the pups, the whelping box is set up and the bitch is encouraged to sleep in the box. I now start to sleep on the floor next to the whelping box until the puppies are born so I can monitor the female through the night.

When the puppies are born, I weigh each one and record their weight on a card. The day the pups are born, we begin to handle and talk to each puppy. I carefully monitor the puppies daily and record their weight and food intake.
Diana's Kerries, Kerry Blue Terrier, Puppies, Socialization
We currently use a synthetic carpet mats under our puppies. We have several mats that are cleaned and frequently replaced. Newsprint is a good absorbent underlayment, but we feel that the synthetic mats allow better control of the environment.
We remove dewclaws and dock their tails on the third day. On the fourth day, we start a regimen that supports the neurological and physiological development of the puppy that was developed by the U.S. Army; Bio Sensor or Super Dog program.

Click here for more information on the Bio-Sensor/Super Dog program.

We also begin to touch the puppies all over their bodies so they get used to being handled by humans. Each puppy gets 15 minutes of individual attention daily. Friends are also encouraged to come over to our home and handle the pups. Children, under close supervision, also handle the puppies.

The puppies are safe from exposure to humans and healthy dogs for their first six weeks. Two days after birth, a newborn puppy receives milk known as colostrum from the mother that is loaded with her antibodies.

These antibodies help the puppies until they receive their first vaccinations. (The only time adequate antibodies are not received are when the puppy does not receive colostrum or the mother's antibodies are low due to poor health or vaccinations that are not current.)

About the time the puppies begin to leave the whelping box, we begin to brush, groom, and clip toenails. We let the behavior of the bitch and puppies determine when we introduce the other household dogs. I also introduce solid food.

The social interaction of the bitch and littermates is very important. However, we strongly believe that it is critical that the puppies are handled by a variety of people and socialize with friendly dogs at an early age.

At three weeks, we start to wean the puppies off the bitch so she can remain in top physical condition and will dry up quickly when the puppies are weaned. At this point, the bitch has done her primary job; to get the puppies on the ground and healthy.
Diana's Kerries, Kerry Blue Terrier, Puppies, Springer Spaniel

Now the rest of "The Pack" begins to help more with the care and socialization of the puppies. The Pack in our households includes my family, friends, and our other pets. (We currently have two female Kerries and a spayed Springer Spaniel.)

Around five weeks, depending on the development of the puppies and the weather, they are introduced to the outside. It is about this time that we introduce the puppies to play and socialize with friendly adult dogs. We strongly believe the socialization of puppies with other dogs is extremely important. This is especially true because Kerries have a reputation for being aggressive towards other dogs.

 

Our goal is not to mold a Kerry that is submissive, but create an environment that the dog can be dominant and confident, without resorting to aggressive behavior and fighting.

The puppies play with the other dogs daily. It is interesting to watch the older dogs take some of the burden off the mother, allowing her to relax and take time away from the puppies. Puppies and the older dog take on very close relationships. We closely monitor the puppies, the mother, and the dogs during the process.

We perform temperament tests on the puppies at seven weeks. We use a stranger to the puppies to implement the test. We use the Obedience Personality Test (OPT) adapted from Stanley Coren's book, "The Intelligence of Dogs." Click here for additional information on the Obedience Personality Test.

We believe that the OPT is a good benchmark to measure against past and future litters. It give us an indication of each puppy's personality. We use the test to help us place each puppy in the right home. Test results are shared with the new owners in their puppy packet.

Between 7 and 9 weeks, the puppies are graded for conformation. We have several people who are knowledgeable about Kerry Blue Terriers grade and give their opinion about the puppies.

At nine weeks, we begin to place the Kerry Blue Terrier puppies in their homes.

We believe that all puppies will develop a well-rounded personality, given a good genetic makeup, if the puppies at an early age have been:
> Handled Daily (15 Minutes Of Individual Attention and Bio Sensor),
> Exposed To Wide Variety Of Environments and Situations,
> Handled Frequently By Human Strangers (Including Children),
> Allowed To Socialize and Play With Friendly Dogs,
> Learn To Handle The Inconveniences Of Life (Bathes, Ears Cleaned and Hair Removed, Grooming, and Nails Clipped),
> Interaction With Littermates, and
> Lessons Learned From Mom and Grand Mom (Diana).

- Diana Thompson

Diana's Kerries, Kerry Blue Terrier, Puppies, Socialization
This page last updated on Sunday, September 26, 2010.
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I sleep on the floor next to the whelping box until the puppies are born so I can watch over mother to be...
Diana's Kerries, Kerry Blue Terrier, Puppies, Socialization

The day the pups are born, we begin to handle and talk to each puppy...


Diana's Kerries, Kerry Blue Terrier, Puppies, Socialization

I monitor the puppies daily and record their weight and food intake...
Diana's Kerries, Kerry Blue Terrier, Puppies, Socialization

Socialization of puppies with other dogs is extremely important... Our goal is to produce a dog that is confident and socialized amoung dogs and people.
Diana's Kerries, Kerry Blue Terrier, Puppies, Socialization