Our socialization program for our pups in training begins at birth, with the pups being gently handled and exposed to a variety of textures, places and interactions with people in evidenced based ways to improve our chances of success for a North Star dog in the public realm as well as within a child's home. When we go outside our breeding program we do this carefully, ensuring the breeder in question holds our high breeding and whelping standards.

We know from science that it is not just nature or nurture that determines any pup's, or child's, ultimate temperament, but a dynamic combination of the two.  We aim to keep it simple at North Star, and so we reward what we like with our pups, we discourage what we don't in a gentle and communicative way, we model or shape behavior we want and we readily ask for forgiveness, or offer it, when appropriate...

We believe it is much like a dance....and believe me when I tell you that at North Star, we really like to dance....