Leeward Kennels
Purveyors of fine German Shorthaired Pointers
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Puppy Rearing at Leeward

We believe that the manner in which puppies are raised is as important as the genetics behind them.  We go to great lengths to give our puppies the best possible start in life, as we find it pays tremendous dividends in the adult dog.

Our pups are whelped in the house, inspected, identified, and weighed at birth.  We keep a journal on each puppy so we can record their growth and developement on a daily basis.
From Days 3-16, we practice the "Super Puppy" program, or Bio Sensory Stimulation.  Developed by Dr. Carmine Battaglia, this system of introducing the puppies to mild stress is proven to accelerate the development of the nervous system and strengthen the cardiac function of the puppies.  The ultimate result is that the puppies are more confident and better able to handle stress, therefore the dogs develop earlier and handle training better than dogs that did not receive the benefit of this program.

At three weeks of age, the dam and pups are moved into our indoor kennel facility, and the pups begin to eat a weak gruel from our fingers and weaning starts between 3 and 4 weeks of age.  When the puppies are capable of interacting with their environment, a playpen is set up with a variety of toys and obstacles for the pups to play with and explore.  The puppies
continue to have interaction with us several times each day.

At five weeks, the puppies are taken outside for brief periods of play and exploration.  From now until the puppies go to their new homes at 8 or 9 weeks of age, we introduce them to a variety of surfaces, such as grass, gravel, concrete, and dirt, and also to pigeons and other game.  We make detailed notes of each pup's behavior when introduced to new experiences and terrain.  We use this information to evaluate each pup's personality and inclinations so we can help each pup reach its full potential.  Additional, we use this information to help us in selecting the pup we feel is right for each new home, based on the new owner's needs and preferences in a dog.

At six weeks, we begin to separate the pups for gradually increasing periods of time, so that they learn to be confident on their own.  We also spend time with each puppy as an individual, so that they begin to bond even more closely with people.  This helps the puppies bond quickly with their new owners.  We also introduce the puppies to a crate, bathing, and nail clipping.

We follow the latest vaccination protocols, and you will receive a complete health record with your puppy.

In short, we do everything we can to produce healthy, happy, and confident puppies that will grow into happy, confident, and trainable dogs that are able to fulfill their genetic potential as versatile hunting dogs and companions.

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