General Guide to our Puppy Rearing Process*
Moms are brought inside the nursery Moms are separated from the pack starting at their 4th week pregnant and receive additional protein and vitamins. Inside our large home, we maintain a heated/air-conditioned 14' x 32' nursery. The nursery is where our Pure Breed AKC Lab puppies will spend their first 4 weeks of life. Moms will typically start to nest around 6 weeks and will eventually whelp their pups on the 60th day of gestation in their own private 4' x 8' whelping box designed with the Labradoodle puppy's safety in mind. Your Pure Breed Lab puppy will spend the first 4 weeks of its life primarily in this whelping box. Bedding is changed daily so your pup gets accustomed to keeping a clean environment from day 1.
After the pups are born, we'll announce it within days of their birth. We post photo updates once a week, usually on a Wednesday.
Newborn - 2 weeks
Dew Claw Removal
About a week after birth, we'll post pictures to Instagram or Facebook and update the Important Dates link with the exact dates you'll want to mark your calendar for. Labradoodle Puppies are born deaf and blind. Pup's dewclaws are removed at 3 days old. Right around 2 weeks old, the pups will start to open their eyes. Pups are well socialized from birth with our family handling them several times throughout the day.
At 3 weeks your Pure Breed Lab puppy can fully see, hear, begin to interact with each other, and start to develop their personalities. The pup's teeth noticeably start to erupt in the backs of their mouths.
Moms begin to naturally ween their pups Starting around 4 weeks moms will naturally start to ween their pups by standing up to feed them and walking away when they try to suck. Pups will start to get teeth in the fronts of their mouth and they will look to chew on my hand showing me that they are teething. We introduce chew toys to alleviate their desire to chew. Depending on the litter and their development, we will either begin to supplement the pup's food with formula or introduce Super Premium Puppy Food. At this stage, the pups begin to interact a lot more with each other. This is when we'll start to post more videos.
Pups receive Parvo & Distemper Vaccinations.
Our Pure Breed Lab Puppies WAKE UP!
By 5 weeks, the pups really start to wake up, move around, and play with each other throughout the day. The pups will spend most of their day playing and napping indoors in our puppy room, learning who is the strongest and weakest in the pack.
Pups receive the 2nd round of Parvo & Distemper Vaccinations.
Deadline to Upgrade to The Complete Package
Pups are naturally and usually completely weened by now By 6 weeks pups are virtually weened. During the day, the moms won’t allow their pups to suck anymore. Moms will walk away and sometimes even growl at their pups to discourage them. By 6 weeks mom's milk production will have dropped dramatically. Although most litters are entirely naturally weened by now, the mom has complete access to her pups until the time they go home and can feel free to feed/teach them as she pleases.
Pups receive a 3rd round of Parvo & Distemper Vaccinations.
All Pups are Micro Chipped
Sneak Peak Visit for those that upgrade to The Complete Package
Around 6 weeks in age, those that upgrade to the Complete Package are invited to come visit and interact with their pups!
Selection & Take Home
Delayed Pick Up Please inquire if needed.
*Puppy Rearing Process is meant to serve as a general guide. Although we strive to update our website and make it as accurate as possible, the puppy rearing process is ultimately subject to change and modification at any time without notice.
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