HOW YOUR PUPPY IS RAISED

    Our Labrador puppies are raised in our home, in a room dedicated to them.  We keep a close eye on each litter and monitor their growth daily.  Our interactions with these puppies begins at birth.  We handle the puppies daily and at a few days old begin the Early Neurological Stimulation program.  This orogram includes daily handling exercises aimed to help promote brain development.   Once the puppies are old enough, we begin to introduce smells, sounds and sights.  When the weather allows, the litter is taken on field trips around our property to introduce them to different areas, walking surfaces, and experiences.  Photos and video are sent weekly, if not more frequently. 


   Toys and items in the puppy pen are rotated at least weekly, if not more often in an effort to introduce them to new items.  Crates are introduced at around 4 weeks old and the puppies steadily get used to sleeping in the crate.  We begin with the door open then gradually increase the time they spend with the door closed. Nail trims, earl cleaning, and exposure to bathing and grooming are all done weekly.  Our hope is that through exposure and handling, your puppy will be confident and ready to explore their new world as soon as they go home with you. 


    By six weeks of age, the mother has generally weaned the litter and they are eating solid foods. We deworm the litter at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age then begin the first in a series of core vaccines at 7 weeks of age.  At around 4-5 weeks of age, we begin to see individual personalities emerging. At six weeks of age, we begin to evaluate their personalities and differentiate between the puppies so that their new families can make the best decision about which puppy fits their family best.  The pup's temperament, drive, reactions, and sociability are noted. We become so well acquainted with each puppy that we are able to give each family a paragraph or two about that puppy to help in this process.  We are always available for any questions that may arise after taking your puppy home. We provide breeder support for life and hope to be updated periodically on your puppy's progress. 


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1 WEEK OLD

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Puppies should have doubled their birth weight by now but are still blind, deaf, and unable to control their body temperature. We monitor their weight gain and room temperature closely at this stage. They rely entirely on their mother and spend most of their time sleeping.

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2 WEEKS OLD

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The puppies eyes and ears are beginning to open and they are starting to crawl around.  We now begin slowly introducing the puppies to new sounds and stimuli. Puppies are handled several times daily to get them used to humans.

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3 WEEKS OLD

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The development of the puppy's senses is rapid this week and alertness increases. They begin to recognize familiar people and become aware of their environment.  The puppies are exploring outside of the whelping box and are introduced to semi-solid food. The puppies are developing bowel control and potty training basics.     

            

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4 WEEKS OLD

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The puppies are exploring their surroundings an increasing amount and the litter now has access to indoor and outdoor areas at all times. We make a point to frequently expose them to new situations, sounds and smells. A basic personality test is conducted to help determine energy level and properly match puppies with new families.  

 

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5 WEEKS OLD

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Independence is increasing and the importance of interactions with humans emerges.   The puppies are included in our daily lives and are becoming accustomed with the sights, sounds and smells of a human home. Each puppy is routinely socialized with other animals and visitors as a part of this learning process.

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6 WEEKS OLD

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The puppy's individual personalities are now apparent and they are increasingly active. Under the mother's guidance, the litter begins to understand discipline and manners. The puppies become familiar with new scenarios as we continue to socialize them to any new experience, sound or object we can think of.  

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7 WEEKS OLD

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Although decreasingly reliant on their mother for sustenance, the puppies are still learning a tremendous amount about how to be a dog from her.  Socializing with littermates is extremely important.  Puppies become used to touch and stimulation through playing with their littermates and humans. 

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8 WEEKS OLD

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Puppies are fully weaned and ready to begin life away from their littermates.  The critical socialization period that began at five weeks old continues through 12-16 weeks of age.  A puppy's personality imprints during this period and it is important that the puppy continue to experience new circumstances.