RAISING OUR PUPPIES
When puppies are first born they are unable to see, hear or regulate their own body heat. They heavily relay on their mom to nurture them. As the breeder we make sure mom is as comfortable as possible during this process. At 3 days old we begin ENS ( Early Neurological Stimulation) which will carry out for 2 consecutive weeks
Puppies open their eyes and are able to hear better. This is more than the vibrations they were relaying on before. Puppies are now bearing more weight on their legs learning to walk. We continue to practice ENS stimulation
Puppies at this stage are now able to fully support their own body. They’ll start playing and investigating with their brothers and sisters and will be less reliant on their mom, no longer needing her out to keep warm. This is the week where their sharp little puppy teeth start to appear which also means that it’s time to start weaning.
FORTH & FIFTH WEEK
With all their senses now fully developed, puppies of this age will continue to learn through play. This is a great time to start socializing them – introducing them to new things – such as people and sounds. This builds confidence and familiarity with experiences they’ll come across later in their life. It’s really important that periods of socialization are appropriate to the age of the pup, are kept short and sweet and remain positive, so that the puppy remains confident rather than getting frightened or overwhelmed. The Weaning process continues.
At this stage, they are almost fully weaned and get most of their nutrients from their food and require less milk from their mom. Mom begins to take longer breaks away from her puppies. This is very natural for mom as her instincts are relaying the message that the puppies don't need her so often. Puppies begin their crate training regiman!
We continue our crate training journey! At this age puppies are fully weaned. They are also on dry kibble. Play is incredibly important part of their development, these interactions help them both physically and mentally develop.
This is when puppies are ready to join their Families! Their journey at Aly's Golden Retrievers ends but their new adventures await. We will cherish all the memories we have made with them and highly look forward to updates from their new families!