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There are many things that we all have to learn, as both owners and breeders, if we want to far exceed our expectations and improve the lives of our four legged companions. We will never know everything and that’s one thing that is really important for us to remember. Everybody can teach us something- whether it’s good or bad, it’s still something we learn from in this journey called life.  For those of you who want to improve your knowledge and education and excel as an owner and/or breeder, these are some of the great ways/materials/tools in which I use that have really helped me get to where I am and become the breeder I am today.  I hope you enjoy and invest in these great resources.


Our number one suggestion for new puppy buyers is to purchase the Puppy Culture DVD set. Below is a quick blurb and some videos but if you want to learn in depth on the program, scroll down to the “pop up” tab that is labelled Puppy Culture.


We offer this at a discounted rate for all of our puppy buyers, to help them establish the best relationship and ease of training with their new pup!

Puppy Culture

Puppy Culture. First and Foremost, I want to share the amazing benefits of the Puppy Culture protocols. I cannot emphasize enough how wonderful this program has proved to be to me, and other breeders alike! It is an exceptional tool for breeders (and owners) to instill confidence, training, and physiological effects in all puppies that you raise! I strongly urge puppy buyers to seek out breeders who take time and put in the effort to raise their puppies with this great program! It’s also not JUST for breeders, but owners can also benefit greatly from Puppy Culture (PC) as well! A Puppy who has been started on PC with the breeder, and carried forward through the efforts of the owner, will have the best possible outcome as being the best he/she can be! This program has done wonders for me and my dogs and I recommend ALL buyer purchase and use this program even after they leave us! 




Watch These if you want a visual to why puppy culture is great!

Amore Basenjis is extremely proud to be affiliated with such a wonderful program and Breeder, whose methods for improving the

lives of puppies from all over the world, including our Basenjis, have truly changed the way we look at breeding and raising puppies! 

This program is exceptional!!! Please take a look at the site, learn more about “Puppy Culture” and how to improve the way puppies are raised. The DVD set is available for purchase. We purchased the DVD set and are SO happy we did. It has been a life changer and we cannot wait to  use it on all future puppy litters

What Makes an Amore Basenji Puppy So Special?

To start, all of our puppies are raised with the “Puppy Culture” Program by using the DVD set (created by Jane Killion of Madcap Bull Terriers) so that your puppy can be raised with the most skills and potential he or she can have to lead the best life possible. Puppies raised on Puppy Culture have been proven to have greater resistance to both stress and disease, have stronger heart rates and stronger heart beats along with a stronger adrenal system. 

Because we provide Exercise, Enrichment, and Stimulation (which are more than just entertainment!) Scientific Studies have shown that  animals who are raised in a stimulus rich environment (such as this), with lots of toys, exercise, and challenges, have larger brains, with more neuro-connections than animals raised in a stimulus poor  environment have.  The stimulation actually causes animals to grow up to 5% more brain (and within that 5% more brain, are anywhere from 25 – 200 neuro-connections!) Studies have shown that the area of the brain where these new brain cells form is actually the area related to learning, memory, and emotional response. This is consistent with the findings of scientists that animals raised in enriching environments demonstrate increased learning ability, with better retention, and appear more stable, less fearful and better able to cope with and recover from frightening or stressful things.  So, by going above and beyond with our puppies (and especially between the puppy’s 3rd and 16th days of life by providing early neurological stimulation), we can shape our puppies futures to be the best that they can be so that they can be the dog that everyone would want to own. 

In addition, by following the Puppy Culture protocol through the first 12 weeks of age (and even better, for the rest of the puppy’s life) you can and will, greatly limit the potential for behavioral problems to arise! Our puppies leave us here at Amore at 10 weeks of age. Our puppies stay here until this age, because there are 2 sets of fear periods that all puppies will go through. The start of a fear period is at 5 weeks old and against much stronger around 8 weeks old. This major fear period can greatly affect your puppy and the rest of its life, should a bad experience happen during this time. By keeping our puppies until the age that the fear imprint stage levels off, which is right around 10 weeks, we can help ensure that our puppies will not experience any negatively affecting traumatic experiences before the level off period. 

Furthermore, we give the first vaccination at 9 week of age. Because the puppies fear imprint stage is at 8 weeks old and because its unclear whether the mother’s antibodies are working to mask a vaccination given earlier than 8 weeks, we wait to give the puppies their vaccinations until this time. Once the puppies receive the first vaccination, we allow a week for the vaccine to become effective (the recommended time), to ensure the healthiest start for your puppy. Puppies leaving to their new homes at this age is less stressful, better for their mental health, and is safer with a vaccination on board. We then start to socialize puppies around this age. Any puppies staying longer than 10 weeks will be included in the socialization that we do with our “keeper” puppies. The first 12 weeks of a puppy’s life is the MOST IMPORTANT time in shaping the way that puppy will live and cope with its life. It is HIGHLY recommended that you get out with your new puppy (if taking your puppy home at 10 weeks) and allow him or her to experience as many different things as they can. You have 2 weeks left within this critical time to help create the puppy you will love for the next upwards of 15 years. This means getting your dog out and meeting new people (of all races, heights, genders, ages, with different objects such as hats, high heels, boots, coats, crutches, canes, etc), meeting new dogs (of all shapes and sizes, long hair, short hair, floppy and prick ears, puppies, adults, disabled, etc) and as many experiences as you can, especially if your puppy is going to be partaking in them when he or she is an adult (such as camping, boating, car rides, etc)  Be cautious but get out there! 🙂  By continuing this program for the rest of your puppy’s life, you will create a puppy that will be happy, carefree, and a joy to live with and allow the puppy the life he or she was destined to live. Both you and your puppy will enjoy your many journeys through life together , with very few, if any, behavioral problems.


If you are a new puppy owner, breeder, rescue, or caregiver of any sort, then Puppy culture is for you!  Puppy culture is a complete resource for breeding and/or raising a puppy. PC represents a unique synthesis between breeders and puppy owners and provides guidance and continuity with the whelping box to 12 weeks of age and beyond. 


The first 12 weeks of a puppy’s life is the most influential and important stage, because they are most impressionable at this time. Of course, you can still use puppy culture on dogs older than 12 weeks and as it still works very well for those pets as well. Puppy Culture helps form and shape behavior and personality of puppies and promotes easier training.  The science behind PC gives you the information you need to breed/raise socially well-adjusted puppies and give them the best possible start in life. 


Benefits For Breeders!

  • Early Neurological Stimulation
  • Weaning Set Up and Suggestions
  • Developmental and Fear Periods
  • Harnessing the Enrichment Effect
  • Puzzles, Games, and Problem Solving
  • Safe Early Socialization
  • Holding a Safe and Effective Puppy Party For Your Litter
  • Emotional Resiliency Exercises
  • Anti-Aggression Protocols
  • Bomb-Proofing Puppies
  • Placement Options
  • Preparing Your Puppy Buyers
Puppy Culture DVD


“Puppies will have greater resistance to stress and disease, stronger heart rates
and stronger heart beats along with a stronger adrenal system.”



Puppy Culture Dvd’s were created by Jane and Mark Lindquist of Madcap Bull Terriers. In this DVD series, they go into detail explaining what they are doing, how they are doing it, why they do it, and back it up with facts! I love that there is solid proof within the DVD’s as to why it works and it is a main reason that I endorse this! I have never been one to promote things that I do not believe in, and I will not start now. I truly have confidence in these DVD’s and with that, I put my word out there for you as a way to show you that its truly worth the money to buy these DVDs.  Our puppies will leave with the start on the DVDs and I hope that you will purchase the DVDs also so that you can continue to do Puppy Culture with our puppies even after they leave here to go to their new homes.

Available in DVD, BLU-RAY, and Video on Demand with over 50 lessons arranged in a logical, week-by-week timeline to give breeders and puppy owners a clear roadmap for raising a puppy. The film follows one litter of Bull Terrier puppies (raised by Mark and Jane) through the program and checks back on them over the next three years so you can see the profound, almost unbelievable results that the Puppy Culture program has on them!


Benefits For Puppy Owners:
  • The Critical Socialization Period
  • Holding a Safe and Effective Puppy Party For Your Puppy
  • How To Find a Good Puppy Class
  • Vaccination vs. Socialization
  • Handling Fear Periods
  • Leash Walking, Recall, Crate and Potty Training
  • Training Markers
  • Manding

Preventing Common Behavior Problems:

  • Resource Guarding
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Biting and Jumping

Suggested Reading Materials/Visuals

Here are just some of the many resources we recommend and use ourselves in raising our puppies. Also, the extent of education we have 

gone through to ensure our puppies are the best they can possibly be- definitely makes all the sleepless nights worthwhile!