The second and third sections give you an idea how well the breeder provides for your needs and the needs of their puppies. The more check marks you are able to put in section 2 and 3, the more reputable and responsible the breeder is likely to be.
Does the Early Neurological Stimulation Program (Super Puppy Program) on the puppies between Day 3 and week 4
Start house training as early as four or five weeks. The breeder provides a potty area within the puppies living area. Avoid the use of puppy pads as they can become a crutch that later has to be retrained. It is best to start potty training the proper way by putting a puppy on a feeding schedule and limiting freedom to when the puppy is supervised.
Start puppies on crate training or at least it is in their environment and they use it as a day bed.
Great breeders starting scent imprinting at about three to five weeks. Some old clothing that you have recently worn is put into the whelping box with the litter so your scent becomes familiar to the pups. Each time you come visit, they get a stronger dose and are already very familiar with your scent by the time you take the puppy home at eight weeks. When your puppy comes home with you, your scent will be familiar and the process of changing homes will be less traumatic for him and he will bond more quickly and strongly to you.
During the socially sensitive period of approximately 4 to 12 weeks, a puppy must be exposed other species such as cats, rabbits, birds, other dogs and any other animals that the dog is anticipated to come in contact with in the future. A great breeder gets a good start on this as well. Exposure in this period needs to be short and positive and occurs much more quickly than waiting until after the socially sensitive period has closed.
Competes in a sport of their choice, has titles on their dog(s) or has a job for their dogs to do.
Has bred dogs who are successful in their fields (service dog, agility, search and rescue, tracking, conformation etc).
Ensure that you will use the training approach of their preference (i.e. positive reinforcement), follow the inoculation schedule they recommend, food type, etc.
Provide a puppy information package that will help you to adjust the pup to her new home. (food sample, blanket or bed shared with litter, handouts or email links, free online books, socialisation checklists etc)
Refer you to a trainer in your area who uses training approaches and tools they are comfortable with.