KBD is dedicated to creating a healthy legacy of Bernedoodles that are empowered and equipped to enter the world as a service dog or family companion. We truly believe in the power of a dog that can heal hearts and change lives through service or companionship.
KBD only purchases breeding stock that are genetically cleared through parentage and cleared through Embark genetic testing. KBD also completes preliminary Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) hips and elbow x-rays to ensure our breeding stock are cleared to breed and continue a legacy of healthy puppies that improve the breed. KBD stands behind the health of all our puppies by offering a 2 year health guarantee.
All puppies at KBD undergo Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) and Early Sent Introduction (ESI). ENS's focus is to improve cardiovascular performance, stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands, more tolerance to stress, and a greater resistance to disease. Puppies also undergo ESI and are exposed to a variety of different scents. The benefit of ESI is to create nose awareness and confidence. These skills are great for hunting, tracking, and diabetic alert dogs.
KBD follows the 8 + week BAB puppy curriculum guide that focuses on the health of Mom and puppies as well the socialization of puppies. This curriculum exposes puppies to different noises, handling exercises, and novelty exposure activities to help raise well socialized and great temperament puppies. KBD monitors the stress and startle recovery of all puppies during exposure activities. Stuffed toys, plastic balls, bubble wrap, blocks, water bottles, brain games, water exposure, obstacle courses, large slides, cage exposure, and car rides are some examples of puppy exposure activities. Our goal is to empower puppies and ensure we are enhancing nerve strength, confidence, high approach, and low fear so that puppies are equipped to succeed in a service working placement or a companion home.
Buyers are invited to come to our home for a visitation when puppies are 4 weeks old and 8 weeks old. Puppy selection happens on "Go Home Day." At 8 weeks old, puppies have been seen by our veterinarian and have undergone puppy evaluations. At KBD, we believe in the value and power of allowing Buyers to make an informed decision based on the Badass Breeder Scorecards for aptitude testing when puppies are 8 weeks old. In order to get the most accurate results KBD completes puppy evaluations between 50-53 days old. This process ensures KBD is meetings the needs of both the Puppy and the Buyer.
All puppies at KBD undergo The BAB Aptitude Test/Puppy Evaluation at 7 weeks old. Puppies are evaluated on assertiveness, confidence, motivation level, nerve strength/resiliency, touch tolerance, energy level, sound sensitivity, sight sensitivity, prey drive, human focus or pack drive, tenderhearted, and dog friendliness. All Puppy Score Cards are emailed out to Buyers prior to "Go Home Day" in order to help match Buyer and Puppy needs for a successful match.