How We Care for Our Puppies
When the puppies are with us, we are constantly working with them and giving them the love and attention they need.
When the puppies are born, I sleep next to them until I feel comfortable leaving them thru the night usually 3-4 weeks old (when they are strong enough to crawl to a heat source, mom or heating pad) and get out from underneath momma if they are getting squished. I weigh them daily for the first week of life to make sure they are gaining weight and if any of them need an extra feeding, I make sure they get that. If any are smaller than the rest, I weigh them longer. I keep their enclosure clean, sanitary, and healthy.
At 3-5 days old, they get their puppy health check up, dew claws clipped, and tails docked, and Mom gets a post-partum health check. At the appropriate times, our veterinarian will give them their deworming and shots. Our puppies will have at least their first 2 sets of shots when they go to their forever homes.
Our puppies spend the first 6 weeks of their life solely in the house. Once the puppies have received their first shot, I then allow them to experience the world! We have a big, fenced backyard where they explore and romp around. It is so much fun to see the puppies experience everything around them and learn from their Mother how to act in the big world! They get daily socialization inside and outside once they are old enough.
Puppies will be ready to go to their forever homes at around 10-12 weeks of age. We will have them used to a schedule which helps with their training. We will have begun the process of potty training (pee pads in their enclosure and beginning command training to go potty outside), calling them by their names (if you have one picked out), and other basic commands.