Red-Dawn Border Collies  



How Red-Dawn Pups are Raised

Newborn pups are so cute. They are all fat and strong. Our babies are born in the main part of our house and raised in the kitchen or den area.. Their eyes open by two weeks of age. By four weeks old we are able to begin understanding each pup's temperament. They are moved to our climate controlled dog room for play time in the large play pen and short visits outside. At 6-7 weeks of age each pup is temperament tested. The 'tester' is an experienced dog trainer familiar with the evaluation. We use the world renown Volhard temperament test, the same test used on potential guide dogs, military / police dogs, drug dogs etc. We should have a fairly good idea of each pup's core temperament through the test and our experiences with each pup for the last 6 weeks.

As our pups grow we do 'stress' tests. We follow traditional Early Neurological Stimulation protocol. Starting from birth we handle them each day. Pups are placed on a variety of different surfaces, textures and temperatures (in moderation of course) before their eyes ever open. Research has proven that the more a pup's brain absorbs from birth to 16 weeks the stronger they are both emotionally and physically. In fact, some scientist believe that early 'stressing' of pups actually prevents disease later in life.

Imprinting Our Pups

Three weeks of age is the fun time. We introduce many different sounds of varying volume and pitch; bang pots and pans; sound off alarms; play music of every type and style; and speak in both loud 'dominant' and soft 'soothing' tones. Pups are regularly handled by men, women and children. Puppies learn to come when they are called when they are three weeks. It is simple actually. Each time we feed them their food we say the word "Come". Each time the pups see us and come bounding towards for attention we say "Come". When we are playing outside with mom and her pups we run away from the litter saying "Come!" All our pups go to their new homes with a solid recall, guarantied!

At about six weeks of age we take nature walks with mom and her litter on the farm. They meet the horses, the goats, the cats, the birds, play in the pond (weather permitting) and jump, leap and enjoy the outdoors. This accomplishes two things: it teaches them that people are to be followed, develops motor skills and acceptance of "the big scary world".



Training Our Pups

The pups take many car rides and spend time at friend's houses. They meet a variety of adult dogs of all ages and sizes - we are quite careful to only expose them to animals and environments that we know are free from disease.

All pups learn to climb stairs and maneuver on baby size agility equipment. To top this all off we begin training the pups at six weeks. Not only do they learn to come when they are called, the pups are also imprinted to playing ball & tug, crate training, 'no-bite' plus, they are introduced to 'clicker' training.

Dr LaCroix, Animal Opthalmologist examining a Red-Dawn border collie puppy at 7 weeks oldOur puppies are examined at 7-8 weeks old by a veterinarian and are allowed to go to their new homes at 8 weeks.

Through this extensive socialization and training we hope to produce a pup that adjusts quickly to your home, making your life just a little bit easier.