Week 1 & 2 of Life
The growth rate in puppies is phenomenal and they certainly sprout like little weeds! Before we know it, the puppies are able to lift their heads and crawl about. Around day 14 of life, the puppies begin to open their eyes and ears and begin to fully appreciate the world around them. From this moment on, socialization is very important. Starting this young allows our puppies to adapt to new situations easily as older puppies and throughout life. Our deworming protocol starts as early as week 2, until week 10.
Week 2 & 4 of Life
The puppies begin to sit up and start walking between week 3 and 4. We can start to see their personalities shining through and the puppies spend less time sleeping and more time awake. The puppies are now almost three times the size they were when they were born.
Week 5 of Life
By week 5 the puppies are becoming restless and want to explore, explore, explore! And explore they do! At this stage the puppies want to learn about their surroundings, by sniffing and tasting everything they can! They start eating solid food and become more independent.
Week 6 of Life
By week 6 their mother is starting to want her own space and starts weaning her puppies. The puppies are now enjoying solid food and are in the trouble-making stage. Family and friends help us socialize the puppies, allowing them to get used to different voices, handling, sounds and smells. Weather permitting, the puppies are now allowed outside to explore the natural world. By week 6, we are able to properly estimate adult size, as well as personality and the puppies are made available for adoption. The puppies are off to our Veterinarian to have their full body Physical Examination. Once passing our Veterinarians extensive Health Check, our puppies receive their 1st Vaccination.
Week 7 & 8 of Life
From weeks 7 to 8, the puppies start spending some alone time with us, allowing them to feel confident on their own and to enjoy special one-on-one time. Each puppy experiences having they ears cleaned, nails trimmed and their fur coats bathed, brushed and blow dried. The puppies are now old enough to have interactions with our cats, birds and other adult dogs. The puppies learn crucial inter-social skills between weeks 6-10, by play fighting, wrestling and sharing toys. As our puppies are raised in our house, they become used to house hold noises such as; vacuuming, music and visitors. We encourage polite puppy manners as early as week 7. We discourage jumping and puppy-nipping and praise our puppies for appropriate behaviors. Between the weeks of 8 and 10, we commence house training and kennel training, allowing our puppies to learn early on how to hold their bladders and use the washroom outside.
Week 10 & 11 of Life
Week 10 is when the puppies are off to the Veterinarian for their 2nd Vaccination and another full body Physical Examination. The puppies will receive their Spay and Neuter Procedure and enjoy their healing period with lots of love, kisses and rest! By week 11 the puppies are now ready to leave for their new forever homes. Be assured that your new puppy has been well loved and cared for and is family ready and has a well-rounded temperament.