Socialization

ENS

In addition to the normal daily handling, snuggles, kisses and care we give our puppies, we also follow the guidelines established in the techniques of Early Neural Stimulation, or ENS.  This is another way we at BuffBoxerPuppies.com give your puppy the best start possible.

Early Neural Stimulation is a technique that was developed by the U.S. Military for their canine program in an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes.  This program came to be known as the “Super Dog” program.  The military learned that performing early neurological stimulation exercises with puppies could have important and lasting effects on the resulting adult dog.  The research showed that dogs exposed to specific early neurological stimulation exercises were able to handle stress better and were actually more resistant to disease, had stronger adrenal glands, stronger heart beats and Improved cardio vascular performance. Breeders also find that these pups are less prone to an over-reaction to stimuli, tend to be much more social, and adapt to change more easily than their non-stimulated litter mates.

Visit  http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/breeding/ensp.htm for more information on ENS.

 

Volhard Puppy Aptitide Test (PAT) 

WHY WE PUPPY TEST

We test each puppy at the age of 49 days in order to provide our customers with an accurate assessment of what their puppy’s disposition will be like throughout adolescence and adulthood. This enables the owner to have a complete profile of their puppy’s social, and mental state and be more prepared for the challenges that always come with dog ownership. We are excited to offer this service as one of the many perks of buying a puppy from BuffBoxerPuppies.com.

 

WHAT IS PUPPY TESTING?

Some of the tests we use were developed as long ago as the 1930’s for dogs bred to become Guide Dogs.  Then in the 1950’s, studies on puppies were done to determine how quickly they learned. Later on in the early 60’s more tests were developed to determine if pups could be tested for dominance and submission.  These tests determined that it was indeed possible to predict future behavioral traits of adult dogs by testing puppies at 49 days of age.  Testing before or after that age affected the accuracy of the test.

The test we use is now known as the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test, or PAT.  PAT uses a scoring system from 1-6 and consists of ten tests.  The tests are done consecutively and in the order listed.  Each test is scored separately, and interpreted on its own merits.  The scores are not averaged, and there are no winners or losers.  The entire purpose is to select the right puppy for the right home.

The tests are as follows:
1. Social Attraction – degree of social attraction to people, confidence or dependence.
2. Following – willingness to follow a person.
3. Restraint – degree of dominant or submissive tendency, and ease of handling in difficult situations.
4. Social Dominance – degree of acceptance of social dominance by a person.
5. Elevation – degree of accepting dominance while in a position of no control, such as at the veterinarian or groomer.
6. Retrieving – degree of willingness to do something for you. Together with Social Attraction and Following a key indicator for ease or difficulty in training.
7. Touch Sensitivity – degree of sensitivity to touch and a key indicator to the type of training equipment required.
8. Sound Sensitivity – degree of sensitivity to sound, such as loud noises or thunderstorms.
9. Sight Sensitivity – degree of response to a moving object, such as chasing bicycles, children or squirrels.
10. Stability – degree of startle response to a strange object.

Visit http://www.volhard.com/pages/pat.php for more information on the PAT.