Litter Information

Thanks for dropping by. Feel free to check out the Upcoming Litters page for current breeding plans.  For more information, you can submit an inquiry, and I will email an application to you. The better I can get a feel for your situation, lifestyle and expectations, the better I will be able to make sure that your puppy is the very best choice for you and your family.  This will also give you a chance to ask me any questions you have. At that point, we can schedule a home visit where I or someone on my behalf will briefly visit your home and chat with you further.

Litters are whelped and raised in a highly enriched environment using the Puppy Culture protocol and over 40 years personal experience as a breeder and dog trainer.  I follow Dr. Dodds' vaccination schedule so puppies will have a vet checkup and a distemper/parvo vaccine prior to going to their new homes, maybe more, depending upon what age they leave here.

As a breeder, I want to be a lifelong resource for my puppy people.  It is important to my breeding program to remain aware of the experiences and health of any Vivant et Lisse puppy.   I ask that all of my puppy buyers follow up with health clearances recommended by our breed club--currently OFA hips, elbows, thyroid, and eyes.  Also, I am interested in hearing how your puppy is doing and celebrating your successes with you, and I am available to talk through any questions or challenges that you run into along the way.  If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are unable to keep your Vivant et Lisse dog, regardless of age, I ask that you contact me and I will gladly take it back.

Weeks 1-2
During the first couple weeks, puppies are in the whelping box in the bedroom and are exposed to 
Early Neurological Stimulation and Early Scent Introduction.  Click the links to find out more about how these early experiences benefit the puppy later in life.

Weeks 3-4
Puppies are moved out of the whelping box and into a main living area of the house, where they are introduced to household sounds and activities, as well as house dogs and the cat. During this time, they interact with new objects each day and are given different surfaces to walk on and explore.  They also begin potty training and get their first bath.   In week 4, they begin exploring the outside puppy yard.

Weeks 5-6
Puppies get lots of visits from people of various ages.  They also get to explore new areas of the yard and house where they can continue to experience new sounds and terrain and interact with new objects.  During this time, they are given lots of opportunity to problem solve.  They are also introduced to open crates and nail grinding with a puppy dremel tool.

Weeks 7-8
Through imprinting and a puppy party, pups get to explore agility equipment, including tunnels, low dog walks, and jump stanchions.  They are also introduced to obedience equipment and ring gating.  Puppies begin their training with leashes and collars and take outings to new places, as well as getting individual time away from their littermates.