All of our puppies are introduce to a majority of training techniques.
Assistance and Therapy canine companions dogs are trained to perform a variety of tasks.
Our puppies have outstanding pedigrees that come from generations of long top champion lineage of some of the highest world-class, award-winning dogs with strong pedigrees accolades in the dog show world.
We breed to produce structure, beauty, brains and temperament. We selectively choose the best meticulous breeding programs and undergo extensive temperament testing, training and socialization.
Our puppies are individually trained starting at 5 weeks up to 6 months of age that are directly related to the individual´s disability.
- At day one our puppies are introduced to standard socialization
- By one and two weeks of age Our puppies are individually trained performing with early neurological stimulation.
- At four weeks of age, as this is our puppies busy week, start with early scent training, social learning, dog attention training, light and sound training, temperament training, item recognition training, car training, command training with distractions, introduction to potty training, name introduction, leash training, and weaning.
- (Puppies that will be a service or therapy working dog) At five weeks up to 6 months of age our puppies are individually assistance or therapy trained that are directly related to the individual´s disability.
Standard Socialization Program
Socialization is critical in every puppies development. Social patterns are formed and a great deal of learning occurs regarding the puppies surroundings, people, and other dogs. Most veterinarians recommend not taking puppies to public places where other dogs have been before vaccinations have been administered. Our socialization program are divided into stages to insure the proper exposure along with many health risks younger puppies face.
Biosensor Training (Neurological Stimulation)
Tactile stimulation – Holding the puppy in one hand, gently stimulating (tickling) the puppy between all toes on any one foot using a Q-tip — stimulation time 3-5 seconds. It is not necessary to see that the puppy is feeling the tickle.
Head Held Erect – Using both hands, the puppy is held in perpendicular to the ground, (straight up), so that its head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position — stimulation time 3-5 seconds.
Head Down Position – holding the puppy firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground — stimulation time 3-5 seconds.
Supine position – holding the puppy so its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The puppy, while on its back, is allowed to sleep — stimulation time 3-5 seconds.
Thermal stimulation – using a cool damp towel (refrigerated for at least five minutes–prepare two so one waiting and cooling back down for the next puppy). Place the puppy on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving — stimulation time 3-5 seconds.
Benefits of Stimulation
Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were:
- Improved cardio-vascular performance (heart rate)
- Stronger heart beats
- Stronger adrenal glands
- More tolerance to stress
- Greater resistance to diseaseIn tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated litter mates over which they were dominant in competitive situations.Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance. In simple problem solving tests using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, whined a great deal, and made many errors. Their stimulated litter mates were less disturbed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons were made, the stimulated litter mates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress sound when stressed.
Early Scent Training (ESI)
Introducing new scent daily to each puppy
- Natural Items
- Fruit, Herbs and Spices
- Training Items
Record keeping on
- Which items each pup likes, avoids and is neutral toward
- How long each pup engages with each item
- Over time, how the pup does in its future scent work
Imitation Training (Social Learning)
Science has proven that our dog’s have a predisposition to socially learn from each other and they socially learn from humans. Dog’s as people do, will learn items that are easy individually, and items that are hard or risky, they learn better socially. For our puppies we train by play, and that play forces them into numerous situations where social learning takes place. There is always a puppy that shows resistance to going through the tunnel, yet when they watch their siblings, or even I have gone through to show them it is no big deal, they quickly will try and master the task.
Dog Attention Training
This is to build focus and attention. Successful dog training depends upon attention. If a dog is distracted or disengaged from his handler while training, his learning progress will be slow. We build different training techniques for each puppy to learn ways to receive the dogs full attention, as an example, when you are ready to bring your dog in after a few hours of play instead of calling his name, you have a “code” that he will come on demand.
Assistance and Therapy Dogs
Kitty’s Hero’s Program
We have started a program called “Kitty’s Hero’s.” The program is where we will donate one puppy per litter and have it trained to become a assistance dog to those who cannot afford it for FREE. The way this program works, will be by funding of donations for the discounted cost of the breeding and training. Phillips’ Dawg House will donate one puppy and half the breeding costs for it to be trained. That puppy will start service training as early as four weeks of age. Our goal is to reach the amount of donations needed to get that puppy trained for that specific disability. This program will be made towards children 18 or younger who qualifies for ADA disabilities act.
We offer two types of Assistance:
Our Non-Funded assistance and therapy dogs – $$
Funded assistance and therapy dogs – Free
Why did we name the program Kitty’s Hero’s?
My son’s dog Kitty has aspired us, as he has devoted his time and energy to be the best he can be and trained to become a wonderful working service dog. Most breeders move towards showing there dogs in just shows, as we are more inspired to help others and bring out the potential of our dogs to really succeed in life, not for tricks, treats, trophies or money, but to become someones hero, companion, mentor, guardian angel, furever friend and did someone say treats?!
The name “Kitty’s Hero’s” move towards our goal to provide this service to children 18 year or younger with disabilities. This falls close to our hearts as our dog “Kitty” has become a trained working service dog for my son who has a disability, as kitty has brought so much life back into our son.