It all starts when…
Our babies are born in our home and under our watchful eye. We space our breeding schedule so that each litter has 100% dedication of our time, energy and effort. From the early beginnings we are there to hold, cuddle and care for until they leave to their new homes. We spend an ample amount of time in and around the pups from the day they are born. From the whelping box to our kitchen, they become very comfortable with the daily goings on in a family environment. Our pack of dogs is there to help socialize and learn to be a member of the family.
At the time of weaning we begin to ramp up our socialization and potty training regime. The whelping box is transformed with wood shavings to create a litter box for the puppies to start using. They usually pick up on this within a handful of days and begin keeping their play area clean. This will help the puppies with their potty training efforts when they go home with their families. The puppies play in the kitchen and visit our outdoor play area throughout the day. They hear the dishwasher, the washer and dryer, the vacuum running and kids playing. They truly are under my feet throughout the day.
As they begin to transition on to kibble, we begin the potty training process as soon as we can, giving them a litter box to soil in. They catch on quickly and it gives the new owners a bit of a head start on the potty training process at home.
By week five, they are spending time in crates with their brothers and sisters. We start by feeding them in the crate with 1-2 other pups and as the weeks progress, we move to individuals in the crate, up to an hour or two alone. It is a great way to get them used to being alone and makes for a much better first night sleep for their new owners.
The puppies start to follow me and other pack members around the two acres we have fenced off so they experience the horses, dogs, different terrain, walking in a pack. They have a ball and it is so fun to see their personalities grow.
The pups get to experience a car ride or two when they are with me, so that is not unfamiliar to them when they go to their new homes.
We love having the babies with us, watching them grow and helping them experience a fantastic start to their little live