|WYSIWYG Welsh Terriers
How we raise our puppies
After WYSIWYG puppies are born, we evaluate them daily for individual physical and behavioral characteristics. Our
puppies are conditioned from the day they are born to become well-adjusted pets. This process starts with providing
each tiny puppy with special handling, which has been proven to improve their responses to training by humans as
The puppies are kept with their mother until at least seven weeks of age to benefit from her lessons in canine social
behavior. They are provided with separate sleeping and playing areas in their pen, so that they begin to discriminate
as young as 4-5 weeks between areas to sleep in and areas to eliminate in -- the beginnings of housetraining.
There is a wide range of inborn personalities in each litter of puppies. At seven weeks of age, each puppy is given a
formal aptitude test which provides information about each puppy's skills and abilities. This test also helps us decide
what types of homes will best suit each puppy and helps us work out specific training strategies for each new family.
From this point until the puppies begin to go to their new homes at approximately sixteen weeks of age, WYSIWYG
Welsh terrier puppies are all given important training and conditioning. Puppies are started on paper-training and
housebreaking. They begin to learn to wait at doorways until invited through, instead of rushing ahead. They learn to
sleep at night in dog crates, and to rest quietly in crates for short periods during the day. They are introduced to
walking on leash. They begin to learn the cues "sit," "stay," "come," and "down." Usually, puppies are started in puppy
training classes for socialization as well as training. Most importantly of all, we teach our puppies to inhibit their bite
when mouthing humans, an essential skill that must be learned early in puppyhood if it is going to be learned at all.
Wysiwyg puppies are exposed to a variety of surfaces, toys, textures and obstacles from a very young age, in order to
give them many early learning experiences. They ride in cars (confined in crates for safety). They play outside on
grass, weather permitting. They begin to go up and down a few steps. We rotate puppies to different houses, where
they become accustomed to a variety of environments, as well as learning the valuable lesson that they can safely go
to new places without their mother or all of their littermates. They are placed on a grooming table and learn to be
handled all over while being gently groomed.