An interview for ‘Wolfdog Radio’

Miyax were very pleased to be invited to talk about the Saarloos Wolfdog.
Julie at Miyax, as the chair of the Saarloos Wolfdog Club of the UK and Eire was asked to talk alongside Gerrie Pols, the chair of the AVLS Dutch Saarloos Club about the breed and the efforts made today to recognise the Saarloos Wolfdog in the UK and how the breed is preparing for the future internationally.


How Miyax Puppies are raised

Everyone loves puppies! But did you know there are critically important developmental phases and classical conditioning periods your puppy will go through before even joining your family?

Puppy raising is an art and a science. Do something at the right time and the puppy will benefit for its entire life, do the same thing at an inappropriate time, and the puppy might be negatively affected its entire life. We want to raise puppies who will grow into confident, stable, and emotionally resilient adult dogs, able to handle the stresses and challenges of a modern 21st century lifestyle. This takes expertise, time and financial investment.

In our desire to raise the most behaviourally sound, confident and emotionally stable puppies possible, we implement the game changing Puppy Culture Program. Puppy Culture is a series of educational videos authored by Jane Killion, outlining the science pertaining to puppy development in the first 12 weeks of life, and its practical application in the form of enrichment protocols and emotional resiliency exercises for puppies. It is the best hands-on guide for puppy rearing available and it has grown to be a movement among breeders whom aim to raise confident, enrichment seeking puppies that will achieve their full potential as adult dogs.

While we, along with countless other responsible breeders, have always sought to give our puppies the best start we could, the extremely well researched Puppy Culture protocols have allowed us to improve our methods considerably. Puppy Culture is taking the dog world by storm and has been implemented and embraced by the world’s best breeders, trainers, and countless puppy families. We are proud to work alongside these amazing breeders who are all committed to raising behaviourally sound, confident, emotionally stable dogs.

Here is a short overview of the developmental phases each puppy goes through, and the Puppy Culture protocol applied during that period. This is only an overview, once a puppy is reserved by contract, a Puppy Culture DVD or log in for video on demand, is provided so the new owner can watch Puppy Culture for themselves, follow along with our protocols and progress, and continue when our puppy joins their household.

Puppy Culture – The Prenatal Period:

As breeders, we have done everything possible to give our puppies the best genetic material by selecting parent dogs with the best physical and behavioural attributes ascertained through health and temperament testing, however, once a breeding has taken place, the puppy will be dealt a genetic hand. While there is nothing we can do to control this genetic lottery, we can make a difference in how those genes express themselves.

The power of touch:

Did you know that mother dogs who receive affection during their pregnancy by way of gentle tactile stimulation may give birth to more docile puppies? There is a significant correlation between regular, gentle tactile stimulation of pregnant mothers and their foetuses and the positive temperament traits of the puppies.

Puppy Culture – The Neonatal Period: 0 – 14 Days:

New-born puppies look like they simply and eat and sleep their way through life. But there is furious activity going on under their little hoods – They double their body weight during the first 10 days and their brains undergo amazing changes. We use Dr Carmen Battaglia ‘Early Neurological Stimulation’ to take advantage of this period by neurologically “jump starting” puppies between 3 – 16 days old.

Puppy Culture – Transitional Period: 14 – 21 Days:

Did you know that puppies have developmental periods, and those developmental periods are defined by behavioural markers? It’s important for both breeders and puppy owners to be able to correctly identify these behavioural markers, because something that is extremely beneficial one week, could be very harmful in the next week, depending on what developmental period the puppy is in.
In this amazing week, we see the puppies transform from deaf, blind, helpless loaves of fur, to real little puppies who can hear, toddle, and play. You’ll get to peek at the funny and touching moments when they realize there’s a whole world outside of themselves and we introduce our puppies to toys, people and the world beyond their whelping box.

Puppy Culture – Critical Socialisation Period: 3 – 12 Weeks:

Did you know that the critical socialisation period in dogs begins at just 3 weeks old, and is already closing by the time they are 12 weeks old?

What does it take to socialise a puppy? Socialisation is more than just exposure – it is a rich blend of skills, experiences, enrichment and classical conditioning.

Did you know that prevention of common behaviour problems begins when the puppies are just three weeks old? In this action-packed chapter, we find a wealth of information for avoiding conflict between adult dogs and puppies, enriching the puppy’s environment, early problem prevention protocols, problem solving and safe guidelines for the active socialisation of puppies.

Saarloos Wolfdog 2017 Puppies

Miyax Dogs plans a Saarloos Wolfdog litter for summer 2017.

This pure bred Saarloos Wolfdog litter will be produced as always following the strict ethical guidelines of the World Of Lupines Federation and the Saarloos Wolfdog Club UK guidelines. These puppies will be FCI registered and raised following the Puppy Culture Program for socialisation during the first critical 12 weeks of a puppies life.

Our chosen sire is proven stud dog “Ups Beothuk Tachunga”. Ups has sired two beautiful Lupine puppies previously. Ups has tested ALL CLEAR for all known genetic and hereditary diseases within his breed type and passed his temperament test with a British Veterinarian scoring “excellent” in all aspects of behaviour.
Hip Dysplasia BVA Score: 5
Elbow Dysplasia BVA Score: 0
Degenerative Myelopathy: N/N Clear
Pituitary Dwarfism: N/N Clear
Eye BVA Test: Clear
DNA Profiled and Confirmed Parentage

Our chosen dam is “Julie’s Rogue de Luna Canis Lupus”. This will be Rogue’s first litter after successfully passing health tests with ALL CLEAR results. She has also passed a standard temperament test with a British Veterinarian.
Hip Dysplasia BVA Score: 3
Elbow Dysplasia BVA Score: 0
Degenerative Myelopathy: N/N Clear
Pituitary Dwarfism: N/N Clear
Eye BVA Test: Clear
DNA Profiled and Confirmed Parentage

California Girl – Eve joins Miyax

Miyax California Girl – Eve is a North American Indian Dog –

The North American Indian Dog development project began in 1986 by selecting highly natural conformation dogs with beautiful “wolfish” good looks. Breeding selectively for good health and sound, trainable temperaments, 30 years on, this is now considered one of the worlds most beautiful natural type dog breeds and is registered with the CKC.

Eve at Miyax Dogs