Born At Home
Our dogs are fed a high quality food and have filtered drinking water. In addition mom is fed a high quality puppy protein diet 3-4 weeks before whelping. This is good for her and the development of her puppies. Our puppies are born at home in our living room and remain in our house as one of the family until they go to their new families.
When the puppies reach 3 weeks of age they are moved to the Foyer area. Their eyesight is improving and they begin learning new boundaries. They continue with socialization through mom, their litter mates, our other pets and us humans. 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. We feed them gruel made of puppy kibble and a starter mix, gradually moving 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 have given them some freedom 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, like running out in front of a car. We have put up a portable 15 x 30 foot fenced area, and a smaller 4 x 4 fenced area, so they are familiar with containment before going to their new homes.
Weather permitting we provide a small pool available for those wanting to venture in. This is purely their choice and never forced on them.