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Raising Camelot House Puppies 

Early Scent Introduction 

During the neonate period of a pup's life (birth to two weeks of age), while the eyes are still closed and his/her ears are not fully developed, the pup's main senses are touch, taste and smell.  All of these aid the pup while in the whelping box with his/her mother and siblings.

As a breeder, it is vital to utilize this early time in a pup's life to introduce new scents, which in turn will develop adult dogs with remarkable scent capabilities.  By developing a pups' scenting ability, pups can go on to become service dogs or earn hunting/ field titles.  Dr. Gayle Watkins developed Early Scent Introduction to expand a pup's scenting ability in these areas:  

  • Interest in scenting
  • Ability to detect scents
  • Ability to follow scents

Between 3 and 16 days of age, each Camelot House pup is introduced to one new scent a day, scents that are typical to a home environment, outdoors and training.  These pictures show a variety of scents in which the pups are exposed.
A well trained dog is 
the best kind of dog, but
 a well socialized one is even better!
BioSensor (Early Neurological Stimulation)

BioSensor, Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS), is also done at Camelot House.  This was initially used by the military in a program referred to as the Super Dog program. In 1995, it was introduced to dog breeders by Dr. Carmen Battaglia.  According to Dr. Battaglia, ENS affords wonderful benefits to dogs.  These include:

  • Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate) 
  • Stronger heart beats
  • Stronger adrenal glands
  • More tolerance to stress
  • Greater resistance to disease

Early Neurological Stimulation is done in the 3 to 16 day period during the neonatal age when the pup is developing at a rapid rate.  It uses the pup's sense of touch and basically involves six different activities with each pup a day.  These exercises, along with handling the pups often, are critical because both help them get accustomed to touch and light stress, which are important aspects in their early development.

Sound Training

An important component of the early training done at Camelot House is sound training.  The pups are exposed on a daily basis to sounds that can sometimes elicit fear in dogs, e.g. fireworks, thunderstorms, city sounds, etc.  By exposing pups to these sounds before the fear period, the pups will become desensitized to them and should not have an issue with sounds that cause so many dogs to become fearful throughout life.  This is all part of the foundational training done at Camelot House in order to help a pup transition well to its home.  Testimonial - "Moose is good about noises.  He just sits and listens if a loud vehicle goes by.  And when the UPS guy came - he didn't bark at his truck or at the package by the door or at the knock at the door." ~ Amanda

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Once the puppies are walking, they are exposed to toys of all textures, sizes, sounds, shapes, etc. to engage them.  They also have tunnels and various toys to go through and climb upon.  Giving them opportunities to work through situations where they are encouraged to utilize their minds is of major importance.  
Introduction to Pine scent
Introduction to Bark scent
Introduction to Grass scent

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Grooming is yet another part of the Camelot House training protocol.  The pups are given weekly baths and groomed on a grooming table with various grooming tools, as well as a grooming dryer.  Their nails are clipped on a weekly basis as well.  Again, this is all part of the foundational training done at Camelot House to help the pups transition well to their homes.
Social Training

An important component at Camelot House is the socialization of pups.  This begins soon after birth with visitors to our home, folks who hold and love on the pups.  We plan for the pups to be around people of all ages from the beginning.  

Depending upon the nomograph results, we will take safe visits to public places or friends' and relatives' homes to expose the pups to new people, environments, sights, smells, sounds, textures, etc.  With the pups leaving Camelot House at 8 1/2 weeks of age, our time is limited in what can be accomplished with socialization in public places; therefore, we strongly encourage owners to incorporate this type of socialization into their pup's lives once they take them home.  

Socialization must be a fundamental part of training during the first 16 weeks of life.  Positive experiences during this early developmental period of pups' lives will have a direct tie to how they relate to new people and environments throughout life.  It goes hand in hand in developing a confident, non-fearful pup.  Owners should continue to socialize their pups throughout life.  

Crate & Potty Training

In the puppy area, there are trays are set out with wood pellets in which the pups can potty.  This is favored over potty pads because the scent closely resembles outdoors and greatly aids in potty training.  Pups are taken out periodically throughout the day for potty breaks.  When pups leave Camelot House, they are not yet alerting that they need to potty.  Owners will need to take pups out to potty when they awaken in the mornings and after naps, as well as after meals and last thing at night.  If the owners are vigilant in this practice and take their pup out the same door every time, it will not take long before the pup will begin alerting the owners themselves.  Owners should refrain from potty pads because this will take potty training backwards and the process will be much longer.  Pups that go home at 8 1/2 weeks of age will have been exposed to the crate.  Pups that stay until 12 weeks of age will be sleeping in crates throughout the night with our family getting up during the night to take them out for potty breaks.    
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Introduction to Carrot scent
Introduction to Vanilla scent
Introduction to Banana scent
Introduction to Apple scent
Introduction to Moss scent
Introduction to Orange scent

Puppies are like sponges and we believe it is our responsibility to insure the important developmental time period is utilized well. Owners are expected to continue with training once they take their pups home. We prefer they continue formal training with their dog for at least one year. The goal at Camelot House is to start pups off right by establishing a foundation upon which owners can build.