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Breeding Foster Program

About the Program

The paws4people Assistance Dog Breeding Program is a custom bloodline breeding program specifically developed to produce dogs with the quality health, personality, temperament, and disposition suitable for Assistance Dog work. Dogs within our breeding program are carefully chosen from the top pedigrees across the country, and even internationally.

All of our prospective breeding program dogs have many health certifications and clearances completed prior to being bred. Currently, our breeding program is made up of Goldren Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and a cross between the two – Goldadors.

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Why an Internal Breeding Program?

Why do we focus so intensely on building an internal breeding program? Because we literally begin training from Day 1! First is neurological stimulation and stress control conditioning, as well as scent introduction.

Neurological stimulation and stress control conditioning involve exposing the puppies to a series of different stimuli, postures, physical restrictions, physical stimulation, and so on, for the first three weeks. Scent introduction involves forming neural pathways, utilizing one of the only senses puppies have at birth.

Beginning at 3 Weeks Old

By week three, the puppies begin more “formal” training sessions, using puppy mush food as treats to teach them the theory of food motivation and to begin their associations with certain body postures, especially “sit.”

These are all things that dogs are capable of learning at such a young age – things that many puppies don’t even begin to learn until they go home at the age of 8 weeks or so. Our puppies are already 4 weeks ahead of most training curves – just one more reason we have such an affinity for our internal breeding program!

Learn about every stage of training process from birth to Assistance Dog!

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Special Thank You

A very special thank you to the wonderful breeders who help us to supplement our breeding program and continually improve our bloodlines.

Interested in Getting Involved?

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Volunteer Opportunities

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