Amazing Goldens began back in 2008 as a result of the Herbst family's passion for the Golden Retriever breed. As a family they have a great love for the breed and a drive to always improve and make the breed better. WIth one ultimate goal: Provide the best quality golden retriever possible: confirmation, health, intellect and socialization.
Brett having a degree in Animal Science, and Nicole having spent countless years researching Golden Retriever pedigrees and creating contacts with many show judges throughout the world, makes a great combination for an incredible breeding program.
As a family they feel very blessed to be able to live on a farm, and have their seven children be a part of the daily care of the animals. Countless hours are spent snuggling, playing and enjoying their dogs and puppies. With the combination of amazing champion lines, knowledge behind the science of the breeding program and the unconditional love of their dogs and puppies, Amazing Goldens is unlike any other in the country.
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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! They won't fully open for a few more days. They are really starting to put on a little extra weight, 5-10% more body mass. Their little teeth will start erupting around this age and will completly be in by 8-10 weeks. We are really starting to see the benefits of the Early Neurological Program. They are now very comfortable with many different positions and surfaces. It's so exciting to see how this type of adaptability will affect so much as they grow.
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,
I love this upcoming stage, it is so much fun!! The "sleepyhead" stage is leaving and their individual personalities will really start coming through. The puppies are the cutest little waddlers you have every seen!! They have been working everyday on "puppy wobbling" and they are well on their way to mastering it. They now have enough muscle to be able to stand up on their legs! Although it's more of a waddle then a walk!
Lots of fun playful days ahead! They are starting to be more active, and are discovering so much each day. At this point we will transition the puppies over to wood shavings. This works great to keep everyone clean, and a very soft playground to play on. Today is a very exciting day. We will be starting our 12 step puppy program! We have so much fun doing this with them as a family. We get to introduce them to so many new things. Fresh grass, dirt, snow, different people and so much more.
It's a beautiful world...Wow the things they are learning. The "sleepyhead" stage is long gone and their zest for life is in full swing. With more energy the need for more calories. We monitor their nutrition very closley, and when is the best time to introduce softened puppy food and probiotics. This process is very gradual and a learning process for the puppies. Once we properly introduce food they will have full access to food as much as they want. There are two reason for this. First we do not ever want to create a food aggression, and second we want to make sure they have all the calories they need. They will continue nursing , and will nurse until the perfect age of seven weeks. Mom is still teaching them so much each day. Manners, sibling love and so much more.
"The face of a golden retriever feels like home." Blue, pink, orange and Green. the puppies are now big enough to get their own colored color. This will be the way we can accuratley continue are temperment testing. We now have Miss Pink, Mr. Orange, Mr. Blue and so many fun friends. The puppies are now starting to run around and are so much fun to play with. Their little personalities are really emerging. Just like children in a family, they all have different personalities. We take a lot of the information we have from our puppy application form for each family and really try to match the personalties of the puppies with the right family. We love these little guys and want to make sure they go to the home that is most conducive for their personalities. They are now weighing in around 6 lbs. and growing like crazy.
Puppy food is now a favorite, expecially when it's mixed with a yummy probiotic. The probiotic is so important, as they are having changes in their diet. It helps insure a very happy puppy. We are still working daily on our 12 step puppy program. Lots of focus on new sounds, surfaces and people. It';s a great time to work through things and expose them to lots of different situations. This program works hand and hand with our temperment testing. The puppies are very much established in their "pecking order." Alpha of the litter has definatly been established as well as the more calm personalities, more curios, and fearless! It"truly an amazing experience watching them grow and learn. We feel so blessed to be apart of this process.
I love this quote "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." Leaves, snow, grass or mud, there is so much to discover. They are learning so much from mom and their siblings. Mom is still working daily on acceptable behaviors and discipling unacceptable behaviors. Litter mates teach each other proper play and how to get along with other dogs. This time that they have with their siblings and mother is so important. They learn so much from each other.
Fun playdates, belly rubs and kisses on the nose. Life doesn't get any better than this. We will gradually begin weening the puppies from mom's milk. This is a very natural process, as the puppies are now very close to having a full set of teeth. The benefits of the 12 step puppy program are really staring to show. Many of the things we have introduced them to through the 12 step puppy program, they are now very comfortable with. They are now very adaptable to different sounds, people and surfaces. They are growing up to fast!!!
Today is a very fun, and rewarding day. After hours of temperament testing, and many different exercises, we are now ready to match the right puppy with the right family. There may be a couple different puppies that would be a good fit for a family or just one. It really depends on the litter! Ultimately we leave puppy selection up to the family, but we love these little guys and want to make sure the right personalities go to the right home. The puppies are now old enough to have their new families come meet them. Rather its in person or facetime. This is such a special time!
The big V-E-T day has come. They get introduced to yet another experience. We work with a wonderful veterinarian, that has taken such great care of our dogs over the years. They will be getting a full veterinarian exam as well as their first set of shots and dewormed.
Fun in the sun, and more fun. Rather in the snow or the green grass there is nothing like having puppy snuggles while sprawled out in the open air. The puppies are now fully weaned, and still trying to convince us that they are ready to grow up! This is very important by day 48-49 as we want at least a few day withdraw from moms milk so the first immunizations are fully effective. We will start introducing them to their own crates. This is a wonderful process, and a great thing to introduce at this age. When they are ready for their new homes, they will be very familiar with a crate.
Pick up day! Time has gone by way to fast! I love this quote "A dog is one of the few things in life, that is exactly what it seems." How great full we are to be able to be apart of this process and be able to share it with such wonderful people. Thanks for letting us be apart of this journey with you.