,First off each litter is raised just a little different because of the different times of year they are born and random stuff my family has going on at that time. For example: we live on a farm so, in the spring if I have puppies they will get to meet the baby sheep, goats and other baby animals we may have. Things also depend on the weather. If I have puppies in the summer I will try to take them swimming somewhere and they will get to play in the water sprinkler. In the winter they will be in the house more because of the cold but on the nice days I try to take them on hikes and stuff.
Week 1: They stay with mom almost all the time. They get lots of pets and cuddles.
Week 2: Their eyes and ears start to open. We start adding more sounds (music on the radio and I play my fiddle and sing for them, movies, washer & dryer etc…) and holding them on our lap for more cuddles. They get their first bath and we start giving them baths every week now. Here is a video a friend did of the some of my puppies getting baths: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkyOd64lS8Q
Week 3: They are starting to get around well so we do more playing and they start getting homemade puppy food (meat: either chicken, beef, pork, turkey or deer, pumpkin, rice and random vegetables) once a day. Here is a video of me playing with some of my 4 week old babies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1c87jlAjt8
Week 4: They go to the vet for a checkup. We start going on little walks and playing outside. The puppies in this video are a little older (7 weeks) but it gives you an idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrzXPPqS6FE
Week 5: LOTS more playing and longer walks. Up hills, over logs, under things! Just lots of exploring! I start feeding them 2-3 times a day because mom is starting to wean them. I also start giving them random raw fruits and vegetables (apples, carrots, etc…) to teeth on.
Week 6: They get to see the vet for shots and a checkup! I’ve been trying to house train since they were 2-3 weeks old but I always feel like I’m failing by this age… Most of my puppy people say their babies house really quick and easy though so I must be doing something right!
Week 7: I try to take them to the park (depending on the weather) to play! This video has mostly Nimueh in it but it’s the place I try to take them to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0_2O7dGFmM
Week 8: We are mostly getting ready for their new homes. A lot of them are in their new homes the day they are 8 weeks old so I don’t get to spend much of the 8th week with them. But the ones that I do get to keep a little longer start crate training and doing more leash training. We will also start some obedience.
I have a few videos on the "videos" page and I will be adding more as I get them. http://goldenretrieverstreet.weebly.com/videos.html
That is not everything I do with my puppies but it gives you a good idea…
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