Every litter is born under our direct supervision. We never allow our moms to deliver without us being right there for every single puppy! Each puppy is towel dried, then blown cautiously with a dryer until it has been sufficiently warmed. We name each pup and often will take their first picture at this point in order to help with identification of the pups. The puppy is then placed back with the mother while we make sure it begins nursing successfully.
The puppies are handled several times every single day by adults and children. Often they accompany my children through reading or math class instruction as we are homeschoolers - and the pups are welcome to join in!
As the pups get older and begin eating food, they are moved from our living room into our nursery. They never leave our home while they are here with us, they are never in a kennel or barn.
Our pups are cleaned, fed and visited at 7:00 am. Lunch is served around 1 pm where the whelping boxes are spot cleaned and water bowls are filled. This routine happens again around 4:00 and dinner comes around 7 at night and another clean up is also included.
We begin weaning the puppies gradually when they are about 5 weeks of age. By the time they are 7 weeks of age they are completely taken away from mom.
The pups are generally wormed at 2 weeks, 4 weeks and 6 weeks of age. The first puppy shot is given at 6-7 weeks of age and they are checked over thoroughly by our veterinarian prior to going home in order to make sure there are no unseen health concerns.
The pups are bathed, blow dried, ears cleaned and nails trimmed in order to get them used to the entire process. They are also included in quite a few photography sessions prior to going home as well!
During all of our visits, feeding, grooming and photography sessions we note individual personality traits on puppies in each litter. This is done in order to help you decide which pup will best suit your individual family.