Many people question if they can pick out, see, or play with their puppies before they are ready to go at 8-weeks-old. The answer to the question is NO. There are several reasons why we do not let anyone around the new puppies between birth and 8 weeks – all to protect our dogs and your puppy. Below you will find not only details as to why the answer is no but also information as to what you can do in the mean time to prepare for your puppy.
First, it is extremely stressful for the mom to have strangers visit as she is caring for her new litter. This in turn will put stress on the new born pups. Remember, you are one of many people (sometimes as many as 25) who are getting a puppy, not including everyone else who “just wants to peek at the new babies.” If we allow everyone to see, touch, or spend time with the new pups, the mom’s routine would be disrupted: her eating and caring for pups and even her ability to produce enough healthy milk for them could be at risk.
Like a new baby, the opportunity for young pups to pick up infectious diseases is increased with all new contacts. Their immune systems are building, so at this time, the moms and pups live in whelping nests which have controlled temperatures and are separate from all outside traffic. Most illnesses and diseases are innocently carried on people’s shoes and clothing. Entire litters of puppies can be wiped out within 48 hours by the puppy killer parvo virus. This disease could be picked up unknowingly by people in a school yard, a park, or on a sidewalk, and this is only one disease. We cannot risk exposing our dogs and your puppy to diseases that could destroy them.
Your puppy is not the only puppy. By protecting all of our puppies from stress and disease that could be brought on by high traffic, we are protecting your puppy. Just think about how you would feel if someone who just wanted to see his or her pup happened to bring in stress or illness that would cause us to lose a litter and you to lose your future puppy. We have heard from many people that pet stores, other breeders, or other kennels let clients visit puppies; the reality is that their number one concern is selling a puppy. Also, will those people be there to support you, replace the puppy, or guide you in the days, weeks, or years after you get your puppy home? Are they willing and capable to help you with training, breeding, behavioral, or health questions? Just because someone allows you to see the puppy, it does not indicate the quality of dog or of service you will receive throughout the puppy’s lifetime.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We take great care and much time caring for all of our dogs and their puppies. It is time and energy consuming. This is what we do best, so please let us do it. We understand your excitement, and we are happy that you are enthusiastic about getting your pup. But until you take your puppy home, we are responsible and the puppy’s health and safety is our priority. I guarantee you that in 8 weeks after the birth it will be well worth your wait.
IN THE MEANTIME WHAT CAN YOU DO?
You can come and meet your puppy when it has been vet checked, immunized, and are 8 weeks old. Until then we will take their first pictures at one week old where you are able to see what they look like and pick your puppy. The next set of pictures will be taken at 5 weeks and will also post a video of your baby to see how they are growing.
You can visit our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/labradoodlesbycucciolini.ca/ , and our Instagram Page https://www.instagram.com/labradoodles_by_cucciolini/ as where we often post pictures of new litters and puppies.
New Puppy Checklist
Put together the puppy checklist and go shopping. This part of preparing for a Labradoodle puppy is so much fun that it will take lots of willpower to stop you buying the whole store! Although it can be tempting to buy lots of new toys for your new dog, you should make sure you buy the essentials first
- Two bowls – one for food and one for water. These can be ceramic or stainless steel, as long as they can be properly cleaned.
- A nylon or leather lead and collar. To help to train your dog to walk on the lead, and not to pull, you might want to get a gentle leader head collar. These make training easier and stop bigger pups from pulling you off your feet! We will include the Puppies first Collar, Leash, Bandana, a Toy, Poop Bags, Sample Bag of kibble and a coupon for $30.00 towards, more kibble.
- Grooming equipment
- Some safe, fun, stimulating toys like KONG Brand as we find them very durable.
- A bed. There’s a huge choice of beds available so find one that’s right for your dog’s size and temperament – some are more destructible than others! Whichever type you choose, put it somewhere warm and quiet where there are no drafts.
- An indoor metal mesh kennel or crate. Puppies in particular often like there space so a crate to make into their own secure area. If you drape a blanket over it and put their bed inside (making sure the bed is not insulated as the puppy could ingest the fluff), it becomes their safe place where they can hide and rest when they need some peace and quiet. Crates also help to speed up the process of house training as pups won’t want to soil their special place.
- Food. your labradoodle Puppy will start with Royal Canin Puppy kibble, You can swap their food gradually over a period of time later if you like, or if there are health reasons for doing so.
You might be a little bit stressed by all the puppy preparation checklists and all the various supplies you need to take care of before the pup arrives home.
Dogs might be hard work, especially in the early weeks – but anything worthwhile is. Dogs enrich our lives and give us so much pleasure and unconditional love from the moment we bring them home actually one of the most magical times you can spend with your dog. Its a bond that will last for life and it really is as simple and as much fun as everyone suggests.