When you have just gotten your puppy, you probably sit and look at the little bundle of joy, and wonder; What have you done in yor life? What did you do before you came to my loving home?

With our little puppies, you dont have to wonder. Here follows and introduktion about what your puppy has been doing his or hers first 9 weeks.

The babies first three weeks;

In our little furballs first three weeks (21 days) you might think that not much is happeing. In a way that is very true, nothing like going out for the first time or eating for the first time. The first three weeks are all about survival. We make sure they stay warm, suckle mom regulary, get's stimulation in form of massages. In addition to this we weight them daily and check their vitals, to make sure they are doing allright and nothing is wrong. It's pretty much around the clock care for these little babies.

In the developement department however, so much is happening. The puppies are born blind and deaf, and not much fur to look at. During these three weeks, they will build muscle and attempt standing up and even wobble around a bit, the will grown fur and look more and more fuzzy, their eyes will open at around 12-14 days of age and they will start to take in visual expressions as well, and they will make much more sounds. It is truly a great period to just e watching them, cause you can just see them grow and develope by the hour. It is truly amazing.

First bath/grooming/nail and fur trimming

The puppies claws are often clipt very shortly after birth, since they are born with sharp claws that is very hurtful to the mother. After the puppies has passed 21 days with a clean bill of healt, life starts to hit them so to speak. They will after this be clipt regulary once a week, for mom's comfort.

Here we also take the opportunity to give the pups their first real bath (the pups will be familiar with the water, since a pups butt often have to be cleaned from poo during the first weeks, since some gets caught in their fur), grooming and trimming. The puppies need to get used to this early since bathing, grooming and, for many of them, also trimmingwill be a regular part of their adult life. And of course, nothing tops a fresh, baby smelling pup =) This is done on a regular 1-2 week basis.

First encounter with other dogs

The first weeks of a pups life is, as we said earlier, critical. We are very causious so that no infections and desease reached the pups. After those first three weeks, however, we usually let the pups meet our friendliest dogs, and slowly get them intergrated in the group.

When they are stronger and got more "spirit" so to speak, often around five weeks, they get to meet the rest of the gang (nice old ladies who love puppies). This is usually the most exciting part of our pups time here with us. The puppies absolutely love the interaction with the other dogs. This helps the pups to develope a healthy understanding of the dogs language and hiearki. From now on (under our supervision) they are a part of the group.

At eight weeks they will also be meeting dogs of other breeds. We have a few good friends with very friendly dogs who they get to meet, among these a larger dash hound and a rottweiler, so they will learn to understand that there are more types of dogs then poms. Socilasation is very important, så we start early here at the Solid Heart Kennels.

 

First Meal

No litter is like the other, they all develope at a different pace, therefor the puppies first meal can come at various times, often around three to four weeks of age. They are then served a mixture of minced meat, egg yolk and water (the water is very important so that the pups water levels keeps constant in the body). The first couple of times they dont get much at all. Only a few licks. Just enough to aquire a taste for it. They will get more and more food as they grow, until they learn how to eat themselves out of the bowl. This usually dont take long. By then we will be adding some wet puppy kibbles. Often this is very appreciated. By the time the puppy is leaving s at 9-10 weeks of age, they will often be eating only the wet puppy kibbles.

First Time Outside

The time of the puppies first out door experiences varies according to the time of the year and developement of the puppies. Well developed pups born during the warm season cold have their first out door visit at between tree to four weeks of age. Less developed pups born on the winter season might have to wait a good five to six weeks before they can go outside, and even then it is only for a short period at a time. The pups often react with a bit of causion, but with moms help, they often thoughen up fast and walks around to discover the world (our back yard).

 

Meeting New People

Due to infection risks ect, we only allow ourselves and close family to see the pups before they are 3 weks of age. We often give it yet another week before we let potensial buyers come visit the little ones.

House Breaking

When the puppies has started getting used to being outside, the house breaking starts. After each meal, sleep and playtime we go out on the lawn and let the pups do their buisness. Of course we dont expect any miracles, but when the pups see the behaviors of the other dogs in the group (all the other go outside to do their buisness) the start to learn that that is the way to go.

First time on the leash

When the puppies are about 5 weeks of age, they each get a collar to wear. Often the first hours are a struggle of trying to get the collars off, but eventually they learn to live with them. At six weeks, we connect a leash to the collar for the first time. Often the first few times with the leash working against them is a struggle to, but eventually they learn to work with it. When they have learned this, they only have to wear the collar for when they are training on going in a a leash.

Vaccinations and deworming

The little puppies get their first deworming at around two weeks of age, and then regulary until they move to their new home. Before the puppies leave ur they will have been to the vet at about 8-9 weeks of age for their first shots and so the vet can chech the puppies so that we can guarantee, as much as can be guaranteed, a healthy puppy at delivery.