Puppy Care Before and After You Receive Your Pup:
AT OUR HOMES, BIRTH UNTIL PUPPY LEAVES:
NEWBORN: Puppies are born with eyes and ears closed. They have a long tail and dew claws.
3 DAYS OLD: All pups start sensory stimulation training at this time. Dew claws are removed and the tail is docked on Poodles and some Poo mixes. If you want the tail left long on your puppy you will have to notify me before the puppy is 3 days old because that is when I get them docked.
2-3 WEEKS: Eyes and ears open at this time. Their eyes are blue at this age… Daily sensory stimulation is still happening. Puppies are wormed.
4 WEEKS: We introduce soft food into their diets. At this time we also start them on Nu-Vet Vitamins-powder form sprinkled on food. They are getting more coordinated and eyes start to darken in color. Puppies are wormed.
5 WEEKS: Between 5-7weeks old pups start using the potty pad to potty on. Their personalities are starting to show more.
6 WEEKS: This is when we completely wean the puppies between 6-7 weeks of age unless momma wants to feed them longer. They can get very stressed at this time so need more human bonding time. At this age Payment in full is due on your puppy if puppy is to be shipped. Puppies are wormed. As soon as puppy is weaned we start introducing him/her to the puppy apartment crate. We set up exercise pens to with pee pads and allow puppies to use both methods. Many are fully trained to potty pads before they even leave us.
8 WEEKS: We start to get puppy all ready to leave and if puppy is going to ship to you we take puppy to the vet for a health certificate needed to ship. The first of 3 puppy shots is given, a five way puppy vaccine we give between 6 to 8 weeks of age, then every 3 to 4 weeks, and he/she is wormed again. Puppies can be transferred at this time if they are eating well and big enough.
10 WEEKS: General rule of thumb is you can weigh toy breed pups at 10 weeks of age and double that then add half a pound to guess adult weight. Pups are wormed again.
12 WEEKS: General rule of thumb on toy breeds is at 12 weeks you can double weight of puppy to get a better guess on adult weight. Pups are wormed again.
*16 WEEKS: Puppies are due for their last shot if not yet given. Don’t forget to start a heart worm preventative at this time. At 4 to 6 mths give a rabies vaccine. In medium size breeds, general rule of thumb is 16 weeks double size to guess adult size.