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Life at Allettare

At Allettare Dobermans we pride ourselves on the love and care our dogs and puppies are provided. Our dogs are treated like family members and live with us in the house. We do not have a kennel and more often than not share our couch with our dogs. For times when they need a nap or to burn some energy, we have a dog room setup with crates and grooming equipment, their own freezer for their raw diet, and access to their large 4000 sq.ft. fenced dog yard. 


Puppies are born in our whelping room with around-the-clock supervision. Dew claws and tail docking are completed at 3-5 days old. Pups are introduced to litter boxes at 3 weeks old before they move to our larger room in the main part of our house. This location allows them to experience the sounds, smells, and busy atmosphere of a home environment. They are also introduced to crates and begin weaning, while continuing their litter box training. Learning to potty in a litter box helps prepare them to keep the house and their crate clean, and the beginning to understanding that potting has a designated location (which is moved outside nearing transition to their new homes). 


We also follow Puppy Culture protocols and the Rule of Seven for raising and socializing the puppies, to give them the best start for their next family. Read more about this below the photo gallery.


Puppy Culture

Puppy Culture is a complete program of over 50 lessons from whelping box to new home. From early neurological stimulation, to aggression prevention, to potty training and leash walking, it's all there. We learn from top veterinary behaviorists, breeders, and dog trainers - scientifically proven to greatly improve outcomes for puppies.


Everything included in Puppy Culture:

  • Preparation and Prenatal Care

  • Early Neurological Stimulation

  • Weaning Setup and Suggestions 

  • Developmental Periods

    • Understanding Behavioral Markers

    • Age Appropriate Games and Exercises

    • Handling Fear Periods

  • Enrichment Effect

    • Creating an Enriching Environment 

    • Puzzles and Problem Solving

    • Active vs Passive Challenges

  • Early Socialization

    • Safety Measures

    • How to Hold a Puppy Party

    • Vaccination vs Socialization 

  • Communication Trinity

    • Training Marker

    • Offering Good Behaviors

    • Manding

  • Problem Prevention

    • Emotional Resiliency Exercises

    • Anti-Aggression Protocols 

    • Sound-Proofing Puppies

  • Preparing Your Puppy Buyers


All our pupp buyers are encouraged to purchase The Puppy Culture Exercise Booklet, which is an important guide to raising a puppy in a healthy and safe way. If every puppy owner would read and follow these guidelines, a huge number of behavioral issues and fractures could be avoided! Indispensable for new puppy owners, and great wisdom. Booklet includes the following:


•The article "Puppy Fitness That Fits The Puppy" which outlines the whys and hows of appropriate puppy exercise and explains growth plates and “toddler fractures” in puppies.


•"Age Appropriate Exercise Guidelines Charts" With 6 individual exercise guideline charts - one for each of the following age ranges:

  • 8-12 weeks old

  • 12-16 weeks old

  • 4-6 months old

  • 6-12 Months old

  • 12-18 months old

  • 18 months to two years old

Rule of Seven

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.  By the time a puppy is 3 months, make sure he has:


  1. Been on 7 different types of surfaces:  carpet, tile, linoleum, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, and wood chips.

  2. 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.

  3. Been in 7 different locations:  front & back yard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom, kids room, living room, hallway, Vet’s office, groomers.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Eaten from 7 different containers:  metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, human hands, pie plate, tin pan, frying pan, Frisbee, elevated bowl.

  7. 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 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. 

Puppy Culture
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