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Raising your puppies
1 to 3 weeks of age
Items: Pen (Whelping Box), Blankets/Large Towels, Dewormer (Pyrantel Pamoate)
Other Items: Heat Light (when needed), Scrunchies (optional)
At this stage, mom takes care of everything for the puppies! She will feed them and clean them up as well. She won’t want to leave her puppies very much the first couple weeks, however, keep a close eye on mom with her babies and make sure she doesn’t accidentally lay on and smother one of her puppies.
The puppies have their eyes and ears sealed shut at this stage, so they can’t see or hear the world around them. They need to be kept in their pen at this time, with a blanket or towel in the base of the pen and a heat light in a corner for extra warmth if you keep your house cooler. The blanket/towels only needs to be changed every three to five days at this stage, whenever it starts to look a bit dirty. Make sure puppies don't get under the blanket/towels! If you use a heat light: if the puppies are huddled under the light, they are too cold and need a second light in their box or the light lowered a bit. If they are all spread out and away from the light, they are too hot and you may need to turn the light off for a few hours or take it out completely for them to cool down. At our home, we generally keep mom and her puppies in our room at this age so we can keep a good eye on them at night as well. Make sure mom has access to food and fresh, clean water at all times so she can produce enough milk for her puppies!
Using scrunchies helps us tell the puppies apart (unless they are easily distinguishable by color/markings/gender), this helps us keep track of who’s who! If you need to use scrunchies to tell them apart, check the scrunchies regularly to make sure they aren't too tight or don't slip over a leg.
The puppies will need to be dewormed at 2 weeks of age. Using a syringe, put 1.5 mL of dewormer in the puppies’ mouths slowly and let them lap it up, being careful not to go to quickly to cause them to aspirate (breath it in). Puppies cannot overdose on dewormer unless it is an extremely high amount, so if you get a little more or a little less than 1.5 mL don’t worry! The puppies won’t love the taste, so hold on to them tight because they may be squirmy! Also deworm mom when the puppies are 2 weeks old with 7 mL of Dewormer to make sure her system is clean and she wont pass worms to her pups through her milk.
Start doing Early Neurological Stimulation on the third day and continue once each day until the puppies reach 3 weeks of age. To do ENS, first start by holding the puppy in one hand and stimulating between its toes on one food with a q-tip or your finger for 3-5 seconds. Second, hold the puppy in an upright position (head above tail) for 3-5 seconds. Third, hold the puppy in a downwards position (tail over head) for 3-5 seconds. Lastly, hold the puppy on its back (tummy facing upwards) for 3-5 seconds. Doing ENS on the puppies should only take a 2-5 minutes max each day, and it is extremely important for the puppies’ physical and emotional growth! This is a fun thing for older kids to help you with, just be gentle!
Please send at least 6 UNedited pictures of each puppy once week (make sure there is a face picture and some body shots) so we can send them to our puppy families! Use a plain, light colored background (light grey, white, little to no pattern). You can use a piece of furniture or a blanket over a chair/couch. Here's some examples:
Raising your puppies
3 to 5 weeks of age
Additional Items: Bed, Toys, Puppy Food, Food Dishes, Dripper Water Bottle, Flavorless Pedialyte, Litter Box, Pine Litter
So much starts to happen at this stage! The puppies’ eyes and ears have opened, and they can finally see and hear the world. They are also starting to gain their balance as they walk around on wobbly little legs. Their teeth are starting to come in too, and they are getting ready for some real food!
The puppies still need to be kept in their whelping box most of the time at this stage, with a blanket still in the base of the box and a heat light in a corner for extra warmth if they need it. Put a puppy bed under the light for them to sleep in (this helps them differentiate between sleep, eat, and potty areas). Now the blanket needs to be changed every two to three days, again whenever it starts to look a bit dirty. Make sure mom still has access to food and fresh, clean water at all times.
It’s time to start the puppies on some real food once they hit four weeks of age! Make a small amount of puppy mush for them to eat. Allow dry food and water to soak for 10-15 minutes, until the food has become “mushy”. Mix it all together so it looks like a runnier paste. Pour it into their food dish and let them dig in! Keep an eye and make sure every puppy is eating food. Discard any uneated food within 30 minutes. Feed the puppies four times a day to keep their blood sugar up and their bellies full!
Though they will still be getting milk from mom at this time, the puppies will need access to clean, fresh water at all times through their dripper water bottle. Add a good amount of Pedialyte to the water in the bottle. They may need a little help to figure out how it works, put their noses near it and touch the bottom of the bottle to make a little water come out of the bottom. They should pick it up quickly! Make sure every puppy knows how the water bottle works.
The puppies will also need to be dewormed at 4 weeks of age. Using a syringe, put 2.5 mL of dewormer in the puppies’ mouths slowly as done as 2 weeks.
Introduction to potty training also starts at this age! Place the litter box with the pine litter in it on one side of the whelping box, opposite of the heater. The puppies will instinctual start going potty in the box, away from where they sleep, eat, and play. Make sure to always feed them close to the bed side, never by the box! Clean out the litter couple times a day or when needed with a cat litter sifter. PS: The first few days, you may need to pick up poop from other places in the pen to make sure they can smell where they need to go potty, in the box! Also pick them up and put them in the box a few times so they know where it is. If you catch a puppy trying to go potty outside the box, pick them up and put them in the box!
You can give the puppies a bath every week or two. I usually do baths in a bathroom or kitchen sink since the puppies are so small. Make sure to keep water out of their eyes,nose and mouths. Since they are still young, make sure to towel dry the puppies good then blow dry them until they are dry so they don't get too cold. Also trim the puppies nails every week or so, I just use a toe nail clipper. Make sure to just cut off the pointy end, and not too far down. If you cut too far the puppy's nail will bleed.
Please send at least 6 unedited pictures of each puppy once week (make sure there is a face picture and some body shots) so we can send them to our puppy families! Use a plain, light colored background (light grey, white, little to no pattern). You can use a piece of furniture or a blanket over a chair/couch. Here's some examples:
Raising your puppies
5 to 8 weeks of age