The importance of socialisation.....

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    Our pups are born in households and played tapes of all sorts of noises from horses to bin waggons to planes, from four weeks old. They are given all kinds of surfaces including tunnels to walk on too. People start visiting and handling them at four weeks old - they try to have folks of all ages visiting ( a hard job, but someone has to do it ;))

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    The raw research is from Guide Dogs for the Blind UK
     
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    @Boogie I watched a programme a few years ago about Guide Dog breeding, it was set at their Headquarters if memory serves me right. The staff took the interviewer into the puppy whelping area which had rows of cubicles with the bitches with their puppies, they didn't say that they are born in households though? They showed how they select the puppies going forward, their personalities, temperament etc. Very interesting :)
     
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    Only the bitches which have complications are brought in to whelp at the breeding centre. 99% of pups are born in family homes like in the photos below. I visited Mollie in her home when she was four weeks old.

    At six weeks they all go together to the breeding centre and stay together as a litter. This is when they have their assessments. Those who pass come up to puppy walkers at 7 weeks old. :)



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