Running time- 5 hours, 21 minutes
Puppy Culture has taken America by storm. This 5 DVD disc set is being hailed as a true masterpiece, and is a hugely informative wealth of information, filling a long existing shortage of knowledge for the best practises of raising puppies.
Most dog enthusiasts are aware of at least some of the recommended "socialisation" activities discussed in many books. However, sometimes, why we do them, and just how they impact on later life, is not always clear.
In this DVD, Jane Killion, along with a number of other prominent experts, including Jean Donaldson and Carmen Battaglia, explore in detail the critical early periods of development that each puppy goes through as well as what you can do to increase your odds of raising a happy, socially successful, and trainable dog. Over 50 lessons are organized on a logical, week-by-week timeline to give breeders and puppy owners a clear roadmap for raising a puppy. The film follows one litter of puppies, bred by Jane Killion, through the programme and checks back on them over the next three years so you can see the profound, almost unbelievable, results of the Puppy Culture program!
Claimed as one of the important works to come out in recent years, this DVD is a must see for anyone who breeds dogs, or comes to own a young puppy, or who works with puppies on a professional basis.
Killion begins by telling us that the first 12 weeks of a puppys life shape his future. Only the lightest of touches make a permanent impression, meaning that as breeders we have the power to change the outcome of a dogs future. She continues to explain why she decided to make this DVD, adding that the origins of many behaviour problems can be traced back to the first 12 weeks.
Killion starts with the pre-natal period, she discusses genes and how they work, as well as how the emotional and physical health of the mother affects the puppies. She adds that during this period the first concern is to ensure that the bitch is relaxed, well fed and comfortable, also explaining the benefits of caressing the mothers side during pregnancy.
We then move on to the neo-natal period. Killion comments on dogs being an altricial species, meaning they are not fully formed when they are born. She explains the significance of this is that dogs develop fear later on, which is why they have a critical socialisation period. Killion then looks at how puppies communicate at this age, as well as the importance of the routing reflex and why puppies twitch in their sleep. She also considers how a certain amount of stress and struggle is appropriate during nursing, as well as how being exposed to very light stress at this stage can have beneficial results. Dr Carmen Battaglia, the author of Breeding Better Dogs, takes us through the recommended protocols and benefits of exposing puppies to light stress, providing specially-formulated exercises.