Nombeko Rhodesian Ridgebacks und Welpen
NOMBEKO rhodesian ridgebacks
Kennel VDH und FCI international registriert
our ridgebacks are bred with passion and respect, raised with experience
Nombeko Rhodesian Ridgeback Kennel
Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Nombeko Rhodesian Ridgeback ZuchtVDH und FCI
ridgebacks bred with passion and respect

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raising our puppies

Careful raising begins already before the birth of the puppies. The appropiate support and precaution, the care and nutrition of the female are important criteria for the development of the puppies. The psychological condition of the female plays a substantial role. An unfavorable temper of the mother affects unfavorably the puppies, because taking care of the puppies means apart from feeding, protecting and cleaning also teaching and being role model.

Already during the pregnancy contact such as a caressing the belly of the pregnant female affects the brain development of the puppies.

After birth the puppy's senses awake one after the other: sense of touch, sense of warmth, sense of taste and smell immediately, seeing and hearing a little later.

0-2 weeks: Newborn phase. The pup is blind and almost deaf, and spends most of his time sleeping, eating and growing. This is the time of instinct actions of the puppies. In the next days the activities of the puppies are limited to circle creeping and head oscillating as search automatism to the mother's milk. Sucking to stop hunger and milk stepping to get more milk. Sleeping and searching a source for heat as the own temperature household is not yet functional.

The mother sticks to the whelping box those first days and even has to be convinced to go out to pee.

In this phase we already start with neuro stimulation (aka. super dog programme) of the puppies. The bio sensor method was developed by US military, who did research for many years.

They came to the conclusion that early neurological stimulations affect lastingly the development. It is proven that these first excercises help a dog to deal more easily with stress later on in life, to not over-react to new attractions and to even learn certain things more easily.

The first weeks we raise our puppies in our house, in the center of our living room to give them much contact with humans already from the beginning and to expose them to many ambient noises.

We spend almost 24 hours a day with the puppies, we take care of the dam and the babies all around the clock. My bed stands directly beside the puppy box and it has already happened that I also slept in the puppy box.

2-4 weeks: Transition period. Beginning of independence, hearing - seeing - moving. Starting from approx. ten days the eyes and ears open. The puppies search contact among themselves, they begin to react actively to environmental attractions. They are now sensitive to their environment and begin to leave the nest. The pups develop the ability to urinate and defaecate for themselves. The denticles start to break through approx. the third week.

The mother dog is starting to take times off from the whelping box, she will leave for a nap and she enjoys her daily walks again.

At approx 4 weeks our puppies move into their own puppy house with free entrance to yard and garden. Here every day new toys and attractions wait for them. Of course they still have constant contact with us and we do sleep with the puppies during the entire raising period.

starting from week 3: Socialisation. The socialisation period begins approximately at week 3 and lasts to the 12th week (descending even to the 16th week). The pup is ready to venture away from the nest and explore the world. During this period the puppy is shaped on its environment, the behavior of its mother, on objects, on its litter mates, their behavior and on humans. From week 3 to 7 the pup needs to have sufficient opportunities to make positive experiences with humans. More than at any other stage, the experiences a pup has during the transition period can affect how it will cope with the world as an adult dog.

Now our other dogs also participate actively in the socialisation process of the puppies, they can get to the puppies at any time they want in order to play with them, to educate them and to interrupt puppy plays that are too rough.

And also from now on our puppy parents come as often as possible to visit their pup and to follow their development. Visitors are also welcome.

Children may play under supervision with the puppies and we answer all resulting questions of our future puppy parents.

From the outset we support the puppies with psycho-motorical attractions, e.g. toys, where they have to equilibrate themselves or build small obstacles over which they can climb. The sense systems work automatically and unconsciously without effort. Thus the puppies learn to control their body and self confidence is promoted.

Life is constant learning. It is scientifically proven that early learning leads to more and better connections between the nerve cells.

We add new toys and things to explore to the puppy playground every day. New undergrounds are created for the puppies to step on and to discover.

First contacts to foreign dogs of other breeds are made. Unfortunately we cannot get the puppies accustomed to cats as nobody wanted to lend us his cat for this reason ; -)

Additionally we play noise CDs, let ballons crash e.gupload. we disguise ourselves, stretch umbrellas and do all possible "crazy" things, which come into our mind.

Nutrition: we pay attention to a balanced mixture between fresh food and dried puppy food. Already at a very early stage we accustom the puppies to raw meet. Future puppy parents receive a detailed nourishing plan and information about BARF from us.

Our dogs are nourished predominantly raw (BARF). However we do not force anybody to nourish its puppy raw, therefore we feed alternative a small part of dried food in order to also accustom the puppies to dried food. To have puppy nutrition balanced and variable, we also offer vegetable mash or milk (goat) meals with fruit.

In the first days after birth we already begin to strengthen the puppies immune system homoeopathicly.

Our puppies are cared for by the veterinary of our confidence, they are dewormed several times, microchipped and get their first vaccination, all according to our club regulations.

At 8 weeks all pups are checked for health and possible defaults (DS, multiple crowns, bad mouths, kinked tails e.g.) by our club.

Shortly before our first litter left for their new homes we had a puppy seminar who was very well received and which we would like to repeat in the future.

Topics were e.g.:

- how does my dog learn
- rules regulate life
- training methods (for example: crate training)
- getting the puppy house broken
- nutrition
- occupation of the puppy
- habituation to harnest + leash
- body language dog/human being
- reward principles
upload. and much more

The new owners receive an extensive puppy package which contains photos of the first weeks, a harness and leash, dog food for the first days, a blanket with the smell of mummy and of course our puppy brochure with many tips and pieces of advice for the raising of the dog.

We always look forward to see our "puppies" again from time to time e.g. at our puppy meetings or at exhibitions and are always available for the questions and problems of our puppy buyers.

With approximately 9 weeks life in the new families starts for our puppies.

9 - 12 weeks: The pup continues to explore the world around it. It will begin to assess its position in its new family and is eager to please. The pup forms strong impressions of people and objects it meets and should be experiencing and enjoying a wide variety of new situations, including puppy playgroup. The puppy continues to learn through play and will have to learn "human" games. This is an ideal time to form a strong bond between owner and puppy, to teach the puppy to respond to its name and other signals and to commence basic training. The puppy should be house trained early during this phase and should learn its position within the family structure.

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