By Dr. Jeannie Thomason
Extracted from the book: Natural Rearing: Breeding & Raising Dogs The Way Nature Intended
“The goal of the natural rearing breeder is to produce truly sound puppies — mentally and physically. This means producing dogs with natural immunity.
Natural, (or innate), immunity is part of a homeostatic, balanced state of the body. Natural immunity occurs when the body’s biological defenses work together to fight infection or dis-ease, keeping pathogens in balance and preventing unwanted biological invasion. This type of immunity is a pre-existing and natural defense mechanism that is inherited by offspring from their parents. Various factors such as nutrition, fitness, even social and emotional conditions, influence immunity.
Think about this: the wolf, our dog’s ancestor, existed without any antibiotics, vaccinations, flea and tick pesticides or any other modern veterinary/medical “advances” that are currently deemed necessary for animals to be “healthy” these days.
When the need for a disinfectant or pesticide presents itself, the natural rearing breeder looks to nature for assistance. True natural immunity means that the immune system is strong and balanced. If need be, there are essential oils, herbs and homeopathic remedies that have God-given energy and constituents that spark the immature or weakened immune system, working synergistically to bring natural balance and health back to the body.
Survival of the Fittest
Throughout their long history, if wolves and dogs did not have a basic innate ability to defend themselves against simple infections, the species would never have survived. They would have died out and become extinct long ago. We defeat the whole purpose of natural rearing if we use antibiotics, synthetic drugs or medications or man-made pesticides. If raised conventionally, our chosen breed will not be able to develop natural immunity and attain true health. We, as natural rearing breeders, are in reality preserving our chosen breed and dogs in general.”
Raising Emotionally Sound Puppies
Puppies raised in enriched environments have been shown to have the following physiological changes over puppies raised under standard laboratory conditions:
•More new brain cells and neural connections
•Better brain cell survival
The result of these physical changes in brain structure result in the following intellectual and emotional benefits:
•Improved ability to learn and remember
•More emotional stability
•Better resiliency to stress
We provide enrichment exercises and environment for our puppies via the Puppy Culture Protocol