They are also introduced to a gruel of soggy and mashed Science Diet Puppy Food.
The gruel is fed four times daily and gradually increases in texture as the puppies
grow. At this time, the puppies instinctively begin to use the Puppy Pads. At 4
weeks of age, they are fed Science Diet Puppy Food dry food made soggy with warm
water, 5 times a day, all they can eat. By 4½ -
At the age of 5 weeks, they graduate into the “Doggie Room”, where they enjoy
a larger 6’ x 4’ Puppy Pen with the SAME 2’ x 3’ bed area. Their play time after
nursing has increased to 20-
From birth, my babies are gently handled several times a day, are ensured ample nursing on their mom and weighed daily. Every one of them is constantly loved, praised, cooed to, rubbed and cuddled.. Each baby is given individual attention to ensure that they are eating well, gaining weight and also to beginning their special bond with people. I am present for all of their feedings, I even wake up every two hours for overnight feedings. They are NEVER scruffed, handled roughly, teased, yelled at, hit or reprimanded. My puppies are encouraged to be puppies through instinctive canine behavior that is eminent to a healthy, happy and confident attitude.
For the first 2 weeks, my babies spend their time with their mom in the Whelping
Box in my bedroom, right next to my bed and sleep 90% of the time. At 3½ weeks of
age, the Whelping Box is replaced by Small 4’ x 4’ Puppy Pen, which consists of a
2’ x 3’ bed area that has two entrances/exits, Plus an additional Play Area. The
Puppy Pen remains in my Bedroom. They learn to exit the bed area into the play area,
where they play and are introduced to Puppy Pads. At this age, they usually play
after they nurse, but only for about 10-
My Puppies very rarely have negative experiences and if they do, the bad experiences
are erased by my immediate comfort, cuddling, praise and reassurance -
My Puppies receive their First Puppy Vaccines at 8 weeks of age, and at 12 weeks
of age if they are still under my care. They are also dewormed at 3 and 5 weeks and
a fecal sample is checked at 8 and 12 weeks of age, and treated accordingly. They
are usually ready to leave for their new dream home between the ages of 8 -
At 6 weeks of age they learn how to climb the two stairs into my kitchen. They
are welcome to travel anywhere in my single-
Dante & her first littler in whelping box.
The Big Puppy Pen.
Tonka peers down from the entire deck, which is covered in bird netting so no one can fall off.
All of my puppy owners have free, life-