Born At Home
Our dogs fed high quality dog food and given filtered drinking water. In addition, mom is started on a high protein diet approximately 4 weeks prior to whelping. The puppies are born in our living room and are raised in our house until they go to their new home.
Puppies may stay in our bedroom until they are 3 weeks of age when their eyesight is improving and they begin learning new boundaries. Socialization continues with mom, litter mates, other pets, humans and lots of noises. They will also start the beginning phases of potty training.
Puppies teeth start coming in when they reach approx. 3-4 weeks old. Mom begins weening them while they are fed gruel (puppy kibble and a starter mix), and gradually acclimating to dry puppy food. Socialization is increased and crucial during this time. It is imperative new families follow up with socialization once they bring them home as this curbs skittishness and nervousness when approached by people. The most influential age for socialization is between the ages of 4 – 16 weeks. It is important because it helps curb a dog from being skittish or nervous around people or new environments. Then socialization continues throughout it’s life.
The puppies are at least 80 – 90% potty trained, something not done by many breeders. They are gradually introduced to potty training by reducing the size of their sleep area each week, and encouraging cleanliness. It is a natural instinct for wild and domestic dogs to keep their babies and den clean. However, to continue this pattern once mom quits cleaning can be a daunting task, requiring round the clock routines and foregoing sleep. However, we feel it is best for the puppy and its transition. Potty training continues with a slightly different routine while introducing them to crate training at 6 weeks old, as they are moved to a playpen type crate. See our protocol for purchasing a puppy here.
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Lastly, they are given lots of outdoor playtime to explore sights and sounds of outdoor life. While we allow some freedom to run about freely ( a few at a time with us) it is best they have containment boundaries. It is important for them to stay safe, as curiosity would lead them in a path of danger.
We have put up a portable 15 x 30 foot fenced area for run and play, while having a 4 x 4 smaller fenced area to practice for transitioning. Weather permitting we provide a small pool available to those who choose to venture in. This is purely their choice.