How We Grow Groodles

The first 12 weeks of a puppy’s life are the most important. We do everything we know of to give them the best start in the first 8 weeks …

It’s quite well known now that the first 3-5 years of a child’s life are critical. Things learnt, experienced, etc have a bigger impact than anything learnt at a later age. The same thing applies to puppies. The first 12 weeks are the most important, especially weeks 5-7. They are important in many ways. They influence adult appearance, physical fitness, personality, temperament, and learning ability. So basically everything. Groodles Inc puppies are given the best start to life. Listed below are some of the ways we do this.

Early days

In the first 3 weeks there seems to be not much going on except sleeping …

There’s actually lots going on though. It’s important that in the first half hour of life the puppy gets sucking from mum and gets a tummy full of colostrum. This helps build a health immune system. They start moving around slowly, and being able to dig their tiny claws into the bedding helps start building leg strength. It’s important puppies can crawl up onto things – each other, mum, toys. This takes pressure off their chests and helps develop a normal body shape.

They’re starting to interact now, and aren’t scared of anything or anyone. Mum is still being VERY protective, but it is possible now for them to have a few selected visitors. At some stage during the 3rd or 4th week they are moved from my bedroom, where they were born, into a secure area in the living room. This happens to they can get used to the comings and goings of the household. They pretty soon get used to the fact that they get let out of their area sometimes, and come to love the chance to explore, play in different areas and on different surfaces. At about this stage they gradually get introduced to solid food also. Mum’s food requirements start going through the roof, and she continues to have unlimited access to food (a big bonus for her taste buds!!). There are lots of toys – everyday things that are found around the house like boxes, cardboard tubes, hard plastic objects – lots of things go into the dog pen instead of the recycling around this time. Periods of play are interspersed with long periods of sleep, and mum spends the night apart from the puppies now. Everyone really enjoys that first feed in the morning – that takes place at 6.30 most days!!!! By about 5 weeks it’s open house for visitors, so they get exposed to people of all ages, shapes and sizes.

Looking like dogs …

From 3 to 5 weeks, a lot of changes take place. They can see, move around, and start to explore the world …

Super cute phase …

From 6 to 8 weeks, the puppies grow daily in confidence and the “cute factor” grows exponentially … everyone who sees them falls in love

How can you look at that face and not fall in love? By cleaning up their wee and poop, that’s how!!! No seriously, they are tremendously loveable. They are learning to ask for cuddles, the pecking order is established, their individual personalities are firmly established, and each one has his or her adorable and desireable characteristics. Mum is starting to be interested in them as playmates now, as well as still wanting to feed them (Mitzi is a VERY maternal dog, most bitches have had enough of their puppies by now). Learning continues – they are trained to wee and poop on newspaper, they learn about grass and mud in the great outdoors, and they get exposed to as many sights, smells and sounds as we can all think of. Mum and the other adults are teaching them dog etiquette, and we are teaching them some basic manners such as “down”, and to come when we call “puppy puppy puppy”!!! The puppy call comes in really handy in that time before they have learn’t their name. Toward 8 weeks they’re becoming a handful and we try to keep them outside quite a bit. Hopefully by this stage they all have their families assigned, and may be having special visits. We are all getting ready for them to go to their homes …