Our puppies are whelped and raised in our home. We believe in the importance of early neurological stimulation, and we socialize our pups to a variety of people, sounds, experiences and environments while they are with us. Once the puppies reach seven weeks of age a litter evaluation is performed by us, along with additional qualified breeders, to assess the conformation as well as temperament/energy levels of the pups in order to help us properly place them in their forever homes.
Puppies will be available for pick up after eight weeks of age and we believe it is of the utmost importance puppies remain in our care until at least this age. Puppies are still learning valuable dog manners, behaviours and socialization lessons from their mother, littermates and our other dogs at this point and we will also be taking this last week with them to make sure there are no issues with food or vaccination reactions prior to them leaving. The puppies will have been examined by our vet, have received their first shots, have completed their de-worming, and will be microchipped. We follow Dr. Jean Dodds Canine Vaccination Protocol. A good explanation of Dr. Dodds' protocol can be found by clicking here.
Our puppies and dogs are raised on a high quality diet and we ask our puppy families maintain this level of nutrition by continuing to feed a high quality kibble such as Royal Canine, Natural Balance,Taste of the Wild, Orijen, Wellness Core, etc. or consider a raw diet.
With regard to socialization, we encourage our families to ensure their pups receive as much exposure to other dogs and humans as possible so that they can continue to develop into confident, well behaved dogs. We require you to take your puppy to “Puppy Kindergarten” and continue on to obedience classes if possible. If this is not a realistic option, we ask you set aside time each week to practice commands and socialize your dog on a regular basis. Berger Picards are highly trainable and excel at a variety of activities, they generally aim to please and love to learn however, they require a positive training approach. They do not respond well to harsh corrections, and lose motivation very quickly with repetitive exercises. Proper training and socialization while they are young is vital to good behaviour as adults. Berger Picards do very well when they have consistent training with clear rules and expectations delivered in a fair but firm manner.
A Berger Picard puppy grows very quickly. You will blink your eyes and wonder where that cute little puppy went, only to be faced with a puppy brain in a tall, lanky body. Please keep this in mind as during this time you may need to increase their food as well as limit vigorous activity during major growth periods. We ask that you limit stairs and refrain from running with your dog until its growth is complete to reduce the risk of damage to joints and growth plates. Your Berger Picard will not mature fully until two to three years of age (both mentally and physically). We encourage you to consider waiting to spay or neuter your puppy until it is fully mature.
Any puppy is a life long commitment, and not without it's challenges. We offer a lifetime worth of support and assistance for all of our Capstone puppies. While we do our best to place our pups in their forever homes, we will ALWAYS take back any of our dogs at any time for any reason.
While we understand life gets busy, we encourage all of our puppy families to send us regular updates and photos as you will always be a part of the Capstone family.