The Litters Of Bellwether
Thank you for your interest in a Bellwether Puppy. Unfortunately , we no longer place puppies in private pet homes but instead place them with service organizations. We are proud of them for helping their owners achieve a better quality of life!
Thank you for your interest in a puppy from Bellwether, our litters are bred with the primary goal of keeping something for ourselves. As such, we are very selective about what we breed. All puppies are sold on AKC Limited Registration which means the puppy cannot be bred or shown in conformation events but may participate in obedience, agility, hunt tests or any other performance events.
We believe in puppies being reared properly. Litters are born and nurtured in our home. We spend a lot of time, during the first eight weeks, handling and exposing puppies to different stimuli, new experience, and people. Each and every puppy receives a lot of love, playtime and attention. Our puppies are socialized, current on vaccinations, and de-wormed before they go to their new homes. Our pups are versatile, make lovable, loyal companions and can compete in obedience, conformation, and agility and of course make great hunting companions. We will not ship/fly puppies....
At times we have older puppies and adults to place in pet homes. These are puppies we have kept for showing and have for whatever reason not made the cut. None of these reasons will impact their ability to be a great family companion.
We love to hear back from our extended Canine families.
Some of the techniques we use to get our puppies ready to go to their new homes are with programs such as Rule of Sevens and Super Dogs........Techniques such as these go a long way toward producing an outgoing, confident adult.
Since we breed to keep show prospects for ourselves, we do not sell show prospects.
THE RULE OF SEVENS
Pat Hastings, AKC judge and author of The Puppy Puzzle offers these hints for socializing very young puppies.
By the time a puppy is 7 weeks old it should have been exposed to the following:
Been on 7 different surfaces, such as: carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips, newspaper, etc.
Played with 7 different types of objects, such as: big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy balls, squeaky toys, metal items, wooden items, paper/cardboard items, milk/soda jugs, etc.
Been in 7 different locations, including: front yard, backyard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, crate, kennel, etc.
Been exposed to 7 challenges, such as: climbed a box, climbed off a box, gone through a tunnel, climbed up steps, climbed down steps, climbed over obstacles, played hide and seek, gone in and out of a doorway with a step, etc.
Eaten from 7 different containers: metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, china, pie plate, frying pan, etc.
Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard, kitchen, basement, laundry room, bedroom, x-pen, etc.
Met and played with 7 new people: including children and the elderly.
The U.S. Military developed a program in the 1970's called "Bio Sensor." (Became publicly know and is often referred to as the "Super Dog" Program or Bio-Sensor Training for Dogs.) The program was developed to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes. The basic premise of the program is that early neurological stimulation exercises could affect the performance of the dog. The Army's research revealed that early stimulation of the puppy from the 3rd day through the 16th day influence rapid neurological growth and development.
Bio-Sensor is practiced by Bellwether Labradors. We incorporate the Bio-Sensor or Super Dog Program into our puppy socialization development regimen. The Bio Sensor program easily fit into our established puppy rearing process and supports our Values.
Bio-Sensory Training for Dogs improves the development of the puppy's neurological systems by early stimulation and stress. Five benefits have been observed in dogs that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises:
- Improved Cardiovascular Performance,
- Stronger Heart Beats,
- Stronger Adrenal Glands,
- More Tolerance to Stress, and
- Greater Resistance to Disease.
We do not substitute the Bio-Sensory Training for Dogs for socialization and handling of our Labrador puppies. The Bio Sensor method is a well-documented puppy development tool. Many puppies bred for field, security, and guide work are introduced to the Bio Sensor Program as part of their development.