Puppy Culture...

All our puppies are raised following the Puppy Culture enrichment model.  The first 12 weeks of a puppy's life are the most important as they help to form and shape their behaviour and personality for the rest of their life.  Puppy Culture represents a unique synthesis between breeders and puppy owners and the innovative puppy program provides guidance and continuity from whelping box to 12 weeks of age and beyond.

The Truth About Socialisation

The first 12 weeks of a puppy's life has a crucial impact in determining their future behaviour and emotional development.  During this sensitive period, the puppy is as vulnerable to imprinting negative experiences as it is to imprinting good experiences.  This means you need a good plan for socialising your puppy and preparing it for life as an adult dog.  Puppy Culture provides a program that aims to enrich the puppy's every day experiences and create happy, healthy and emotionally balanced dogs.

What is Enrichment?

Enrichment for animals means providing them with interesting and stimulating ways to interact with their environment in an instinctive and natural way.  It is a way of challenging dogs to utilise their natural instincts and mentally enrich their daily lives. 

While our pets are highly adapted to living in our home environment, they still have many of the same instincts of their wild counterparts.  Wild animals can spend up to 80% of their awake time searching for, acquiring and eating their food, however the most a domesticated dog needs to do is wait long enough and the food bowl will magically appear in front of them!  This means that your average lounge lizard Ridgeback has a great deal of spare time and if this time is not used constructively, destructive behaviours can start to appear.

We have all known that dog who barks excessively, digs or chews inappropriate items or is frequently 'surprised' by exploding furniture!  However, if they had been given something to do, some enrichment, they would be less likely to learn and exhibit these problem behaviours and would have an alternative outlet for their energy.  It is therefore becoming more accepted that mental exercise for animals is just as important and more tiring for them than physical exercise. 

With this in mind, Jazafira Rhodesian Ridgebacks follow the following Puppy Culture model which provides comprehensive guidelines for puppy enrichment and emotional growth:

For Breeders:
Early Neurological Stimulation
Weaning Set Up
Developmental and Fear Periods
Harnessing the Enrichment Effect
Puzzles, Games, and Problem Solving
Safe Early Socialisation
Holding Safe and Effective Puppy Parties
Emotional Resiliency Exercises
Anti-Aggression Protocols
Bomb-Proofing Puppies

For Puppy Owners:

The Critical Socialisation Period
afe and Effective Puppy Parties
How To Find a Good Puppy Class
Vaccination vs. Socialisation
Handling Fear Periods
Lead Walking, Recall, Crate and Toilet Training
Training Markers
Manding (Automatic Sit)
Preventing Common Behaviour Problems:
Resource Guarding
Separation Anxiety
Biting and Jumping

The Puppy Culture program provides the tools needed to breed and/or raise socially well-adjusted puppies and give them the best possible start in life. 

If you would like to know more about how this fantastic program will positively influence the lives of all our Jazafira puppies, please read our ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) page or Contact Us and we would be happy to answer any questions.