Life in the Country
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole"
Female dogs are pregnant for 60-64 days! When the puppies are born they weigh close to 1lb! We make sure that all puppies are nursing at least two times a day, by rotating them . We keep them in a whelping box that has a heated mat under half of it to insure the puppies are always warm. When they are born their eyes and ears are closed. So all they have is touch, and smell. They also don't have teeth, those will come in around 2 weeks.
ENS & weigh as much as they were born
On day three, lots of milestones are happening. They are back up to their birth weight, and growing so fast. It's a very exciting day, today we get to start our Early Neurological Stimulation Program. What an amazing program that will contribute to an amazing puppy. The program was adopted from the military, as a program that they created to help their dogs be adaptable in many different situations. We have precisely keyed in on this program and adapted it to fit with the amazing goldens program perfectly. Please feel free to read our blog that we have written. Found on our website, for more in depth detail on the program. The end result is a puppy that has amazing training ability, adaptability and loves people!
Their little puppy noises, and of course their little ears and paws! They are perfectly proportionate, and ohhhhh so sweet! They love to snuggle up close to you and hear your heart beating. Their soft puppy fur, and their little noses, you can't help but thank the man above for such a special gift. Between day 3-5 is the time we will be removing their dew claws. We like to take this extra step as it is very important for the overall health and to prevent injury. The process is very simple and easy! We are still implementing our Early Neurological Stimulation program multiple times throughout the day. We have now been doing it for a few days, they are slowly adjusting to each new position and surface.
They have officially doubled in weight since birth and will be weighing in at about 2 pounds. Happy one week birthday and a time to reflect on this amazing journey thus far. They are using their little back legs and learning to scoot around! Their favorite places to be our right by mom snuggled up or nursing. They are still in a constantly controlled heated whelping box and growing more and more each day. Our Early Nurological Stimulation Program is still in progress, multiple times a day. How fun it is to see their little personalities emerging, and to see the growth and progress they make each day.
Eat, eat, eat, and sleep, sleep, sleep. These little guys are growing so fast! As we are constantly checking on mom's milk supply and adequate feeding for each puppy, we may introduce very healthy, high calorie softened puppy food. Just like human babies, some puppies are needing more calories. This gives those puppies those extra calories if they are wanting it. Optimal nutrition and socialization are very important at this stage. We will also be checking each puppy's stool to ensure we are at optimal gut health and all around health. Our Early Neurological Program is still in full swing, the puppies are learning and growing leaps and bounds each day.
The puppies are just starting to open their eyes! But won't fully open for a few more days.
What a fun and exciting day! The world opens up for these little guys. They can officially see what their mother looks like and how beautiful this world is that we live in. Their full, clear vision will take place in three weeks. Their ears are just starting to open. Oh how life changes for them. So many places to see and noises to hear!!! Today will complete their Early Neurological Program. It's amazing the progress they have made since the start of this program. I could hand you two different puppies. Once we have done our Amazing Goldens ENS program on and a puppy that has not been a part of our program. Within seconds you would be able to see the dramatic difference. The level of trust, the handling and overall temperment of the puppy,
The puppies are just getting enough muscle to be able to stand up on their legs! Although it's more of a waddle then a walk!
This is always a big day! They finally are starting to be more active, and are wanting to do more. At this point we will transition the puppies over to wood shavings instead of a mat! In doing this keeps the bacteria away! We also are starting the 12 step puppy program! So we are introducing them to everything we can! To the fresh grass, dirt, and even different sounds.
Their personalities are just starting to come up. And they are starting to get more energy. Colored Collars
The puppies are now starting to run around and weigh around 6 lbs. Their little personalities are becoming more and more apparent each and every day.
This is usually when we can start to tell who is the alpha.
Day 42 is always a good mile marker. That is when we know the puppies little personalities! They have come through and are almost ready to be matched with right family!
Day 43 is when we start to wean the puppies
Day 46 is when we like to match the perfect puppy with the perfect family. We will have the families come and meet their puppy in person, or over facetime!
The puppies are now fully weaned from their mom. This is always a sad day for the puppies and the mom! We also start crate training them!
The puppies get their first set of shots.
Puppy pick up day!