The Full Story
We have been blessed to call the the amazing mountians of North West Montana home , and get to enjoy life here with our Corgi Crew. Having started our adventure with corgis back in 2014 , I now cannot picture life without a short legged dog at my side, the breed has become a part of daily life and a passion of ours as well.
We believe that healthy happy puppies start with happy healthy adults
We strive everyday to make sure that all our dogs are getting proper nutrition through a good, varied diet. We feed Kibble as a base we also use raw meat (beef, chicken , fish and more) as a food topper , along with soft canned food such as Against the Grain Nothing Else to mix up their diet and give them variety no one wants to eat the same thing every day for 14 years . To make sure everyone is getting the oils and vitamins they need we reach for fish oil by Native pet and our vitamins are formulated specifically for Mama and Dad dogs by Breeders Edge . Other great food toppers , are Bone broth , pure canned pumpkin, plain greek yogurt (freezing the cube trays makes for a great hot day treat!) eggs, berries, carrots, sardines with no added salt , cheese, liver , cucumbers, these are all thing our dogs love and helps make their diet more nutritious along with varied.
A healthy dog goes way beyond diet though Corgis are a smart and active breed that need stimulation and exercise , thankfully living in the mountains we have plenty of opportunity for long walks and hikes , all our Puppers love going on grand adventures with us it bring so much joy to all of us . of course we can't make it out everyday so we have to have some back up options like short walks down our road , playing fetch , basic training exercises , food puzzle/ treat balls make for a nice indoor activity (make sure to use a low calorie treat or their food kibble for that day )
But beyond a healthy diet and exercise which every dog can benefit from what makes for a happy healthy dog here?
We believe that all our dogs are pets/family members and most importantly individuals that have their own likes and dislikes. Just because one of our dogs loves going on car rides with us every time we have to go to town doesn't mean all of them do , we try and make sure everyone is enjoying life to the fullest here and getting to do activities that they enjoy, as well as being loved and snuggled as much as they want . Corgis are a very emotional entuned dog and want to be with their family doing normal everyday things they do not thrive when left alone for long periods of time. We don't believe in using kennels as long-term housing and that our dogs need to be a part of the family and have access to indoors, and outdoor yards to play in when they want too, they are very social for the most part and love playing with each other, again they are individuals and i find some will be more outgoing while other will chose a specific friend to have.
Our main goal for our adults is to give them the best life we can, and make sure they are enjoying it and thriving.
Our goal with our puppies is to rasie loving , happy , well tempered, healthy family members that will be able to enjoy a long life with their family .
Tools we use to give puppies the best start :
EARLY NEUROLOGICAL STIMULATION (ENS)
We start training when puppies are 3 days old using Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) Program. Why so early? We strive to produce happy, healthy puppies who grow into well-adjusted adult dogs. Well-adjusted dogs are less fearful, more focused, and respond appropriately to stress. To accomplish this goal, we raise our dogs using the proven ENS program.
What is Early Neurological Stimulation?
The ENS program was developed by the US Military as part of their “bio-sensor” or “super puppy” program, and further studied and popularized by Dr. Carmen Battaglia [see footnote 1].
Dogs are what’s known as an “altricial” species, meaning they are born in a state where they are born helpless. Puppies can’t see, hear, maintain their own body temperature, or even eliminate on their own at birth. They can slowly crawl very short distances, maybe a few feet at a time. Their helpless state continues until they are about 2-3 weeks old, depending on breed. (Compare this to “precocial” species, such as horses, that within minutes of birth can see, hear, eat, maintain their own body temperature, and run.)
At about 2-3 weeks old, puppies start to be able to hear, see, and move around a little better as well as to eliminate on their own.
But it’s the period between birth and this beginning of self-sufficiency that is critical for ENS.
Early Neurological Stimulation is a method of stimulating the nervous systems of the puppies during this time period. It’s based on the principle of eustress. Distress is bad stress—stress that is too overwhelming or lasts too long to be healthy. Eustress is good stress. It’s the same kind of stress that causes you to get stronger when you work out. Working out is stressful on the body, but builds the body, while distress is harmful to the body and causes damage of one kind or another.
ENS provides just the right amount of eustress on the nervous system to stimulate development. It’s like a gym workout for the puppies’ nervous system.
We have all heard stories of dogs who are aggressive around new people, scared of new places, or just scared of everything in general! ENS can help prevent these issues and create a more fulfilling relationship for dogs and owners.
ENS is done while the puppies are in their early developmental stage. The stage that follows early development is their socialization period, which is another critical stage to ensure puppies grow and adapt as optimally as possible. ENS helps prepares them for their socialization period, when they learn how to interact with and trust humans, other dogs, and other species. Using ENS, we ensure your puppies have the emotional development to handle and meet the challenges of socialization.
In other words, ENS is critical to preparing your puppies to meet and conquer their world!
If you breed dogs with good genetics, why do you need ENS?
Dogs are born with fixed genetics—their genetics don’t change over their lifetime. We breed dogs with the soundest genetics possible. However, epigenetics are changeable throughout an individual’s lifetime.
So if you look at genetics as the set of “recipes” for everything that creates the dog, epigenetics are how and when those recipes are used. Your “recipe book” may be fixed and unchangeable, but when and how you use them is not.
Another analogy is if your dog’s genetics were music written on a sheet of paper, that musical score would not change. But how an individual plays the music can change.
ENS takes advantage of a very specific early developmental window to work with your puppy’s epigenetics to ensure that your puppy’s early neurological development is optimized epigenetically.
How we integrate ENS into our puppy-rearing practices
We start introducing our puppies to positive touch before they are even born by rubbing on mom’s side during late pregnancy. Puppies are capable of sensing and responding to touch even in the womb. Research shows this touch results in the birth of more docile pups than mom’s who don’t get the extra loving. ENS involves way more than we can cover in one sitting. So we’re going to focus specifically on what we do during the first two weeks of the puppies’ lives.
Puppies start the Early Neurological Stimulation program when they are three days old. The ENS program involves five different exercises done with each puppy once a day. Puppies are tickled on the bottom of their paws and between their toes. They’re held straight with their tails down, held upside down with their tails up, laid on their backs, and placed on a cold washcloth. Puppy Culture recommends staying in each position for 3-5 seconds. This is so the brief changes are enough to stimulate the puppies’ brains but not enough to stress them out too much. We want to produce enough eustress so that their neurological development is stimulated. But we don’t want to overdo it and cross into creating distress for the puppies.
Why we use Early Neurological Stimulation for our puppies
We choose to use ENS method because it helps produce dogs who have greater tolerance of stress throughout their lifetimes. They also have more resistance to disease, a more responsive adrenal system, and a stronger heart rate and heartbeat. The methods we use are proven by science and experience to promote the best outcomes for our puppies.
ESI - Early Scent Introduction
Early Scent Introduction is done here at ages 2 through 4 weeks. This is where we introduce new smells every day. We give the puppies 5 seconds to engage with each new scent and record if the puppy gives a positive, negative or neutral response.
This test can be very beneficial in the dogs entire life. Dogs who participate in ESI have a more optimistic approach to new things, more confidence, fewer behavioral problems and stability
The optimal enriched environment will offer the following three things:
Stimulating living area
for example, toys, visual objects, different types of footing, different sounds, and social interaction. Breeders have done a great job with this in recent years, and there are even a number of commercial “play pen” type products available for puppies.
Including adequate space to move as much as the puppies wish to, “jungle gym” type challenges such as climbing and outdoor exercise, when possible.
Problem solving and learning
“Active” training challenges, where the puppy is presented with a problem or training task, and then asked to solve that problem for a reward. This is as opposed to “passive” challenges usually provided by breeders in the form of toys and interactive objects. Interestingly, it appears that the task has to be motivated by positive reinforcement for neural benefits to take place.
While any one of these elements taken alone will have some positive effect, there is some evidence that these elements have an additive effect on each other. So the same stimulating living area will have more positive effects if coupled with exercise and problem solving/learning, than a stimulating living area alone.
Our Rule of 7 was adapted from Dr. Carmen Battaglia’s guide for increasing puppy’s exposure:
Dr. Carmen Battaglia created the Rule of 7’s as a guide to increase a puppy’s exposure. You do not have to follow it to the letter, but make sure your puppy is current on all shots before taking him out into a strange area. By the time a puppy is 3 months, make sure he has:
Been on 7 different types of surfaces: carpet, tile, linoleum, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, and wood chips.
Played with 7 different types of objects: rope toys, plush toys, big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, squeaky toys, paper or cardboard items, metal items, and sticks.
Been in 7 different locations: front & back yard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, kids’ room, living room, hallway, Vet’s office, groomers.
Met and played with 7 new people: include children and older adults, someone walking with a cane or in a wheelchair or walker, someone tall, someone in a hat.
Been exposed to 7 challenges: climb on a box, go through a tunnel, climb steps, go down steps, climb over obstacles, play hide and seek, go in and out of a doorway with a step up or down, run around a fence.
Eaten from 7 different containers: metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, human hands, pie plate, tin pan, frying pan, Frisbee, elevated bowl.
Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard, exercise pen, basement, laundry room, living room, bathroom, back yard.
Each new, positive experience will help your puppy flourish into a confident companion. Allow your puppy to learn passively by letting them to explore on their own, but make sure he is 100% supervised and that it is a controlled environment. Do not use any harsh training methods with a puppy, because you will break the bond of trust. Training should be fair and fun.
We think all puppies should go through the puppy socialization called the “Rule of 7.” The rule of 7 is a technique we learned to help introduce our puppies to new environments and get them used to many different things they may encounter in their lives. Much like ENS (early Neurological Stimulation) the Rule of seven introduces the pups to small stresses that will help boost confidence, social behavior, and their trainability.
Our rule of 7 works by introducing pups starting at 4 weeks of age to 7 new things they hadn’t had a lot of contact with before. Four days later we change these to 7 new items. So, by the time you pick up your puppy they have been introduced to 49 different or new things/changes. When your puppy goes home, they can be a cute, confident pup ready to trek across carpet, tile, or wood floors, play with balls, squeaky toys and chase sticks and begin to work on obedience.
So you've decided that you would like a Diamond Corgi puppy here is some information on the process :
We ask that every family please fill out our puppy application
Puppies are sold on spay and neuter contracts
Puppy prices are usually 1500 to 2500 depending on the litter and individual puppy
We do require a non-refundable deposit for puppies (400.00 )
If you have decided that you would like a puppy from us this is how the process works , sometimes we have puppies available on our website but not all the time . If you do see one that your interested in please fill out the application and specifically input that puppies name. If no puppies are currently available but your interested in an upcoming litter please input what you are looking in a puppy temperament , gender , color etc.
I will review that application and ask any questions I have along with answer any that you have. After your application is done , we do require a 400 deposit on available puppies or a 100 deposit for a waitlist. Please make sure you are 100% ready for a puppy before placing a deposit as they are non refundable .
After you have chosen your puppy , then the fun part comes and the count down till pick up starts.
We send photo updates once a week along with post video updates once a week as well , we are always happy to answer any questions you have of course .
Puppies see the vet at 7 weeks old and get a full health screen as well as they will be current on vaccines and worming at time of leaving. Puppies leave no earlier then 8 weeks old .
We do not ship puppies and ask that familes pick up , we are happy to meet at the airport if your are flying in to pick up your new furry - family member .
This is just a brief idea of what the process is if you need more details and have question please send us a message , we're always happy to answer questions .
- The Diamond Corgi Crew