Growing up with Mom!
We are a small home breeder of labradoodles. This means that the puppies are raised solely in our house. They are accustomed to all aspects of the home life before going to their new families. From day #1 the puppies are handled and loved by people.
For the first few weeks, the moms are very doting on their puppies - rarely leaving the whelping area. The puppies are handled all of the time and the mom is not at all offended by this. We have 4 little boys that love our 'job'.
By 3 weeks of age, the puppies are getting more mobile. Their eyes are fully opened and they are just starting to walk around a little bit more. They are fed puppy food for the first time around 3 1/2 weeks. Very gradually the puppies are weaned from their mother to puppy food. By 5 1/2 - 6 weeks, the puppies are no longer with their mother. We start crate training and potty training around 4-5 weeks old, and continue until they are picked up by their new families. While they are no longer with their mother, the puppies are socialized with our other adult dogs. This is a crucial part of socialization!
At 6 1/2 weeks old the puppies are taken to the veterinarian for their 1st set of shots, and complete puppy check. We would also microchip the puppies at this age, if we have not already done that. The puppies are dewormed every 2 weeks while they are here (receiving 4 dewormings by 8 weeks old).
At 7 weeks old, we are fully committed to crate training and working on house training. We are also having the puppies taking naps or nighttime sleeping by themselves to help ease the transition into their new homes. By 8 weeks old they are ready to go to their families! Our puppies are sleeping all night in a crate with no accidents! We are so proud of them!