they are allowed to go, etc... Here is a basic outline of a puppy’s life while here at Pugglesville.
socializing a puppy as early as possible is crucial.
WEEK ONE: The Big day!!! Moms
sometimes get very anxious, and
very distressed right before and
during the process of giving birth.
We like to be present from beginning
to end to help, and to check the
puppies thoroughly, as they are born.
It is very important to understand that
children, and other adults, especially
those that the delivering Mother is
not familiar with, can make the Mom
even more anxious and distressed,
so we simply don't permit this.
The puppies are interacted with
many times a day, and stimulated by petting, and touching. All puppies are given vitamin
supplements daily if needed. The Mother does the bulk of the work during this period, and is
extremely devoted. Sometimes it is hard to persuade her to leave them so that she can
stretch her legs, and get some exercise.
WEEKS 2-3: Puppies eyes start opening around
day 12, so they start getting exponentially more
adorable at that point. They are still sleeping
most of every day, but we are interacting with
them many times a day and are still giving them
vitamins supplements if needed.
Around week 3, the puppies get exposed to the
great outdoors for the first time. Weather
permitting, we take them outside, and put them
on a blanket. By week 3 Mom is sometimes
starting to need a little time away from her
WEEKS 4-5: The puppies really start moving around
and at this point and it is now that we start the
weaning process. We start by introducing them first
to baby rice cereal mixed with goat's milk. Their first
exposure to the goat’s milk and rice cereal is always
such a hoot. They have no idea what they’re doing,
and it is always such a mess, but is so much fun and
so funny. We generally make sure that we time our
weekly gallery update so that it includes pictures from
this first weaning attempt.
At about day 4, we start introducing ground up puppy
food little by little. It generally takes about two weeks
to get them from the goat’s milk and cereal combo to
where they are eating just puppy food. They are also
acquainted during this time with music, running
around our home, and increased time outdoors. By
week 5 you start noticing personalities starting to
develop. At this point mom is saying “OK I need a
break here, and there.” She still spends time with the
pups, but is given several breaks a day.
WEEKS 6-7: This is a crucial time for
socializing puppies, and introducing them to
new various stimuli. The puppies are taken for
a ride to the Veterinarian for their first shots,
get their first bath, and are acquainted with
their playpen where they will soon be taking
breaks, and sleeping. The puppies continue go
outside more, and check things out.
During the summer they are given a chance to
play in a wading pool a few times. In the winter
the tub works just as well. You can really see
their personalities forming now. Puppies are
getting wet/dry food mixed several times daily.
Weaning is a an ongoing process. They are
fully weaned at between 6 and 6 1/2 weeks. At
7 weeks puppies are no longer on any vitamin supplements or goat's milk.
Mom loves her puppies, but by weeks 6-7, she really only wants to visit them a few times a day.
We are very careful, and protective, with our puppies during outdoor excursions. Puppies are
not allowed to be by themselves. The puppies are supervised constantly when outdoors to
guarantee they are not getting into, or doing things that might hurt them. They are only taken
into public once for a Veterinarian check-up, and 1st shots, and are never allowed to run loose at
the vet’s office. This is for their own safety, and because they have not had all of their required
WEEKS 8-9: This is when
puppies are leaving
Pugglesville, and going to
their adoptive homes. We
continue what is mentioned
above for weeks 5-7. If
your puppy is being shipped
we ship starting at just over
8 weeks, and the last
several days your puppy
will spend a little time each
day in their kennel crate.
We feel this makes them
more comfortable on the
day that they ultimately
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