Golden Meadows Retrievers Launches Signature Rule of 7 Puppy Training Program

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Early exposure to stimuli produces puppies with superior intelligence and temperament.

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Our rule of 7 works by introducing pups starting at 4 weeks of age to 7 new things with which they've not had much previous contact.

Golden Meadows Retrievers, one of the nation's premier breeders of champion Golden Retrievers and Vizslas, located in Central Ventura County announced today the implementation of their signature "Rule of 7" puppy training program for their spring litters. This unique method of early puppy socialization features exposure to various stimuli during puppies' critical socialization periods and predisposes them to have intelligent, confident and well-adjusted temperaments as adult dogs. Golden Meadows Retrievers' Rule of 7 training is an adaptation of Dr. Carmen Battaglia's guide to puppy socialization. Dr. Battaglia is an American Kennel Club (AKC) licensed judge currently serving on the Board of Directors of the AKC.

According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), 2.7 million dogs in shelters are euthanized each year, or a total of about 3% of all American dogs. The primary reason given for both taking a dog to a shelter as well as for euthanization is poor temperament. While there is an inherited component in a dog's temperament, early socialization is considered key to helping a dog to develop to his maximum potential. Puppy purchasers are encouraged to continue socialization and training, but only someone with proximity to puppies at key developmental periods can input critical experiences. Golden Meadows Retrievers' top flight breeding program has been producing healthy, trained Golden Retriever puppies with stellar temperaments for over 20 years.

According to Golden Meadows Retrievers' owner, Nikki Asher, "Our rule of 7 works by introducing pups starting at 4 weeks of age to 7 new things with which they've not had much previous contact. After four days exposure to these 7 objects/places, we expose them to 7 more. When you pick up your Golden Meadows puppy, it will have had a minimum of 49 different experiences. This gives the new owner a happy, confident pup, ready to take on whatever life has to offer. It will also be ready to start obedience training, and to move from there to his or her new life as an agility champion, service dog, etc."

Golden Meadows Retrievers' Rule of 7 is preceeded by Early Neuroligical Stimulation (ENS), a series of five handling exercises performed with puppies for fourteen consecutive days, beginning at three days. These gentle exercises stimulate puppies' neural systems at a key stage in their development. First developed by the US military as the "Bio Sensor" program, ENS is proven to strengthen puppies' cardiovascular systems and to increase their resistance to future stress and disease. The Rule of 7 is further augmented for older puppies (or at the new owner's request) with the Von Falconer way of puppy training, a systematic, proven training system that produces self-assured and well-rounded adult dogs.

About Golden Meadows Retrievers:
Golden Meadows Retrievers is a USDA licensed breeding facility, and is widely recognized as a top producer of exceptional Golden Retriever and Vizsla puppies, noted for their health, attractive good looks and temperament. Read more about Golden Meadows on their website

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