Puppy Practices - Doodles On The Ridge

Puppy Practices

Puppy Practices

We start working with our puppies on the day they are born so that they are healthy, happy, and well socialized.  Our target age for a puppy to be adopted is no earlier than 8 weeks of age.  Some people feel very strongly about getting a puppy at the age of 7 weeks.  If that is the case, and you have done your research, then it will be considered on a case by case basis.  

1 – 4 weeks

During this stage, the puppies rely heavily on their mother.  They have total reliance on their mother for food, cleaning and stimulation to help them potty.  During this age, we work with each puppy, picking them up, and holding them, touching them all over, and turning them on their backs. This is vital to the puppies development and ability to blend in with their new families.

4 – 6 weeks

During this age, the puppies begin to explore and play. Their eyes are open and they start to show more of their personalities.  We provide them with more and more human interaction. They will also have some forced time away from their mother.