Finally, we teach our puppy owners to enjoy each puppy for the precious individual he is, and to tease out the best qualities in that puppy, rather than holding the puppy up to an arbitrary yardstick and labeling him as a problem if he does not measure up.
Many puppies are labeled as having behavior or temperament issues when they are simply being served an inappropriate experience for their developmental age. This can hobble the puppy for the rest of his life with an unjust label that will cause people to treat him in an unthoughtful manner. By letting the puppy lead, you avoid this and enjoy your puppy for the wonderful individual that he is.
So you watch the puppy and see what learning experience he's ready for. And learning what those experiences are and how to effectively serve them is a big part of the Puppy Culture program.
From when the pups are 2 weeks old, a new object is introduced every day. The first week the objects are tactile in different materials, since the pups are too young to interact with them. When they are 3 weeks we introduce object that move and make sounds. At 4 weeks the objects are of the nature that the pups can interact with them (carry or climb over). This teaches the puppies to respond well to novelties.
From 3 weeks we do daily sound desensatizing with all kinds of sounds (horses, airplanes, babies, thunderstorms etc). In the short time frame from when the pups can hear but haven't developed a fear response, we also give them startle and recovery training. As they grow we give them barriers to overcome, both in their every day play area and in order to reach their food or a reward.
When the puppies become interested in food we "charge up the clicker" which means that we train the pups to associate the clicker with a reward. As soon as this is done, we begin different kinds of target training which is entirely positive enforcement based. It's unbelievable how quickly they work out what they need to do in order to get their reward. "Manding" means that the pups sit still demanding attention or a treat, rather than jumping at us in order to get it. This behavior is rewarded every time and the pups pick it up so easily. Due to manding, when the pups move to their new homes they are perceived as "polite" and sensible rather than pushy and unruly which helps their interaction with people tremendously.
As the pups get older we also train basic heel work, down, recall, show stack and start nose work. They are continuously crate trained and take car rides and get to see a great deal of the world outside in order to get top notch socialization.
Our pups are potty trained to use a litter box from 3 weeks of age. The success rate varies from time to time and pup to pup but our experience is that they really learn the concept of using a litter box.
These are just some of the things a PC-puppy has experienced while in our home. Needless to say, we want our puppy families to continue to work with their puppies in a similar fashion in order to allow the puppies to grow into the best versions of themselves - filled with self-confidence and a positive attitude.