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Piccolo's AKC Standard Poodles

Raising Confident, Bright, Social Puppies 

Our puppies are home born and family raised with lots of love and care in our smoke-free home. We raise our puppies using Puppy Culture which includes socializing protocols, manding, emotional resilience exercises, problem solving, basic skills training, desensitization exercises, and environment enrichment. The Puppy Culture program provides a week-by-week system which gives structure to raising puppies to become confident, bright, social adult dogs. More information about the Puppy Culture program can be found here. The Puppy Culture website is found at

Puppies are given a unique color collar at birth to aid in tracking their weight every 12 hours for the first 2 weeks and daily thereafter. This also means they are completely accustomed to wearing a collar. We expose puppies to Early Neurological Stimulation protocol from days 5-16 which helps puppies to able to cope with stressful situations, increase problem solving, and support better physical health later in life. More information about ENS is available at 

We use Early Scent Introduction protocol from days 5-16 which improves adult scenting ability. This contributes to success in obedience, field work, nose work, search/rescue, detection dogs, barn hunt, tracking, etc. It helps increase confidence and stability of performance and service dogs. We generally introduce the following natural scents: myrrh, birch, vetiver, anise, cypress, clove, pheasant or quail, leather, grass, orange, banana, cat, flowers, lemon, and/or leaves. ESI is an Avidog program, and more information is available at ESI for Neonate Puppies.  

We expose the puppies to a novel item or challenge daily. We vary the object or experience so they encounter different textures, sounds, scents, surfaces, and sizes. They are socialized and raised to become confident puppies by exposure to:

-wide variety of music/radio/TV sounds all throughout the day starting around 2.5 weeks

-variety of people including seniors, children, people with beards/glasses/hats/odd outfits

-live vacuum cleaner

-adult dogs

-veterinarian exam

-huge variety of toys including toys with different sounds, motions, and lights (squeaking, grunting, croaking, crinkling, flapping, musical keys, etc)

-car rides

-puppy conformation stacking and teeth examination

-sounds (traffic, barking dogs, thunderstorms, trains, farm animals, fireworks, clapping, dog shows, etc)

-household kitchen environment, smells, and sounds

-variety of surfaces (grass, hard wood, carpet, concrete, rubber mat, kids plastic pool, towels, etc)

-toddler play center including a slide plus interactive sounds and doors

-game bird wings (pheasant and quail)

-body awareness and agility basics (slide, barriers, wobble board, tunnels, balance ball, etc)

-outdoor exploration (weather permitting, puppies are never left outside unattended)

-Avidog Adventure Box

Establishing the foundation for training is vital for any puppy. We start litter box training at around 2.5 weeks of age which helps with house training. We work on basic skills training including manding, sit, down, paws up, and come.   

Grooming is an important component of any Poodle's life. Our puppies start with regular nail trimming at a few days old, desensitization on their face/feet with an electric toothbrush at about 3 weeks old, and full grooming including bathing, fluff drying, clipper, and scissoring at about 4 weeks old. They experience the full grooming process several times before going with their new families so they get accustomed to it. 

Our puppies are evaluated at 7 weeks old with the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test and conformation structural evaluation which aids in pairing our puppies with the right home based upon their lifestyle and goals. The Volhard test predicts inherited behavioral tendencies and how the puppy will turn out as an adult.