Our puppies receive a variety of stimulation, socialization, and care beginning at birth. Kellnhaus uses the Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) or Bio Sensor (also referred to as Neonatal Neuro Stimulation) Program with all of our puppies. Beginning the day after birth, we use early neurological stimulation, which involves handling neonatal puppies in a variety of very specific positions in order to help stimulate and develop their neurological systems, increase stress tolerance, promote stronger heart beats, immune system, and adrenal glands.
We also introduce all Kellnhaus puppies to Early Scent Introduction (ESI). It is quite fun and very interesting to watch the neonates use their olfactory perception to explore the world from their whelping box. We closely monitor the puppies’ ability to feed and keep track of their weights. Puppies are marked with colored ribbons or collars so that we can monitor and record their individual progress. When the puppies are old enough, we allow a variety of carefully screened visitors to play with them, handle them, and feed them. We introduce crates, solid foods, outdoor play time, and walking on various surfaces such as elevated planks and inflated discs. The latter helps the puppy learn body awareness and balance, as well as boost their confidence while interacting with a variety of textures and surfaces. We play various types of music and expose them to a plethora of recorded sounds, such as, lightening, gun shots, motor noises, waves, party sounds, elevator, laughing, kids playing, and as simple as it seems, the pups are also exposed to quiet. Puppies are de-wormed regularly. We vaccinate puppies between 7-8 weeks (unless requested not to) and puppies are examined by a veterinarian prior to going home. All puppies are microchipped before leaving Kellnhaus German Shepherds.