Westview Wonderland puppies are neurologically stimulated, which produces dogs that have healthier cardiovascular performance. This means stronger hearts, stronger adrenal glands, increased tolerance to stress, and greater resistance to disease. (The Good Dog program). My retrievers are naturally weaned by the mother, producing pups that have an increase in self-control, relational comfort with other dogs, patience and attention span.
My puppies have been exposed to common noises and sounds such as children playing, vacuum cleaners, tv's, radio, blenders, thunderstorms and fireworks. This helps to produce a dog that is confident, calmer and less stressed, all of which makes for easier trainability. My puppies are also self-feeders, (the bowl is never empty), which helps with dogs "woofing down food", they have the natural ability to graze throughout the day and have less chance of over eating.
The Discovery and Enrichment Center
Let me explain my Discovery and Enrichment Center and why I created it. Puppies are thinkers, they are constantly growing, learning and exploring. After years of breeding and observing them I felt the need to create an interactive center where puppies can learn and explore in a safe and controlled environment. This center does that by creating confidence, eye development, fine motor skills and muscle tone. It also helps puppies overcome fears at a young age. The center allows them to hear common outside noises while exploring different textures and obstacles.
Two puppies from Westview Wonderland (Cubby and Flex) have been featured in the book Extraordinary Dogs, which was published in 2019. The book highlights the stories of these remarkable dogs, and their roles as Comfort Dogs and canine ambassadors across the United States.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs
The Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is a national human-care ministry embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers.
LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are working animals. They are trained to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. These Golden Retrievers are permanently placed with churches, schools and other ministries. Placement includes full training for handlers and caregivers along with ongoing support, coaching and training. Dogs from LCC serve every day in the community in which they are placed. Additionally, they are sent around the country in times of disaster and crisis, bringing comfort to those affected. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were in New York and New Jersey visiting victims of Superstorm Sandy, and in Connecticut after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lutheran Church Charities currently has over 130 LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs serving in more than 27 states.