Clancy Aussie Doodles

We are a Family Breeder of Multi-Generation Authentic Australian Labradoodles

Puppy Update-8 Weeks

Once puppies are born, the week to week development can vary but most newborns stick to the same growing pattern. Unlike human babies, puppies develop quickly within their first two months of life and the changes are so quick that you may miss an important milestone. From the first week to the eighth, you are going see your tiny bundles of joy go from wriggling whimpers to full-blown walking balls of energy.

Here’s our report from the Whelping Box:

We were born May 23rd, 2014 and we will be ready to go to our “forever homes” in late July/early August. There is 1 boy and 4 girls and we all love snuggling together in a big “puppy pile.” Our names are Jake, Elsa, Rose, Aurora, and Belle. We’re all EIGHT WEEKS OLD now. You might think we haven’t been doing much for these first fifty-six days of our lives, but we’ve been quite busy. Just look!

Here it is, Day 56, and just look at what’s happened:

At this age, your puppy‘s focus is the basic needs of eating, drinking, sleeping, eliminating and playing.  Your puppy can remember which behaviors he is allowed and where and when he is fed. He can even begin house-training and start becoming used to being groomed. He is ready to leave his mother and littermates to go home with you, fully capable of taking his place in the family. The following list will help you know what to expect from your puppy has he develops.

  • How Big?– Most 8-week-old puppies are only a fraction of their adult height, length and weight.  Most puppies will gain or grow rapidly between birth and 6 months of age.  How much they grow or gain will depend on their breed, diet, and ultimate adult size.  Growth is generally steady until they attain their adult size.
  • Teething- Puppies at 8 weeks will have all 28 of their baby teeth and may develop their first adult front teeth, called the incisors, between 8 and 12 weeks of age.
  • Senses– 8-week-old puppies will show fear, whimper when hurt and bark when excited or wanting attention. You need to build trust with your puppy. Don’t ignore crying but address the cause for the crying with attention and care. Touch is the first sense a dog develops and remains a powerfully important sense throughout his life.  The entire body, including the paws, is covered with touch-sensitive nerve endings.  Although they can see and hear, their sense of vision and hearing is quietly maturing.  They are also developing their general sense of smell.
  • Ability to Hold Urine– 8 week old puppies can generally hold their urine for about 3 hours.  This means you will need to take them out at least every 3 hours to get them “housebroken”.
  • Intelligence– 8 week old puppies are becoming increasingly curious and interested in the environment.   Although capable of learning, they have a very short attention span.  Keep a variety of simple toys for your puppy to investigate. He will also play rough and tumble with his littermates and will gradually begin learning to play by himself.  It is extremely important that puppies socialize with people at this age.  Include lots of people of varying ages, sizes and shapes to interact positively with your pup. Some puppies have a brief phase of “fear” at this time as they may respond to noises or new objects.  Expose your puppy to new objects and allow them to investigate on their own terms until they are comfortable with the new situation.
  • Play & Agility– Most puppies 8 weeks old are “clumsy”.  After all, most puppies just learned to walk at 3 weeks of age and run at 5 weeks of age, which was just a few short weeks ago. They are developing their gross motor skills that help them to run, play, and “hunt”.  Their fine motor skills will come later.  Puppies also learn to jump up at this stage. This is a normal behavior that can turn into an undesirable behavior when the puppy reaches adult-hood and jumps on every visitor. You can begin correcting your puppy and giving him positive reinforcement for good behavior.
  • Physical Appearance & Hair Coat– 8-week-old puppies have a baby type hair coat that is very fine and does very little shedding.  Get your puppy used to the brush and comb by gently using them on him for very short sessions that are kept positive.  Don’t hold your puppy down to be brushed or combed if he does not want to be.  Their muzzle is getting longer but overall they have the characteristics of a puppy.  The ears may begin to stand up in some breeds.
  • Sleep – Puppies that are 8 weeks old sleep approximately 18 to 22 hours per day.  The rest is spent eating, playing and eliminating.

The puppies will be ready to go home this week! We still have availability in this litter if you are interested in one of these puppies!

Well that’s it for this week! Here are some pictures of us!

We are accepting deposits on puppies now!

Contact me at clancyaussiedoodles@hotmail.com or give us a call at (307) 413-5891 for more information.

 

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Puppy Update-7 Weeks Old!

Once puppies are born, the week to week development can vary but most newborns stick to the same growing pattern. Unlike human babies, puppies develop quickly within their first two months of life and the changes are so quick that you may miss an important milestone. From the first week to the eighth, you are going see your tiny bundles of joy go from wriggling whimpers to full-blown walking balls of energy.

Here’s our report from the Whelping Box:

We were born May 23rd, 2014 and we will be ready to go to our “forever homes” in the beginning of August. There is 1 boy and 4 girls and we all love snuggling together in a big “puppy pile.” Our names are Aurora, Rose, Elsa, Belle and Jake. We’re all SEVEN WEEKS OLD now. You might think we haven’t been doing much for these first forty-nine days of our lives, but we’ve been quite busy. Just look!

Here it is, Day 49, and just look at what’s happened:

THIRD STAGE OF PUPPY DEVELOPMENT: 7 – 12 Weeks That little puppy has grown up pretty quickly and by 8 weeks old he’s ready to leave his canine family and go to his new home. Tiny breeds may mature more slowly and it’s better to keep these pups with their momma for up to 10 – 12 weeks.

He may be a little guy, but a puppy of this age is curious, outgoing and intelligent. He’s ready to find out all about the world around him and is eager to please his people.

Right now your puppy is the proverbial ‘blank slate’ and it’s easiest time to teach and train your puppy. He’s small enough to control, eager to learn and respects you as his ‘leader’. What he learns now will stay with him for life – good or bad – so make it good!

Socialization is also very important during this stage of puppy development… the more new sights, sounds, smells etc. that he can experience the better. Puppies who have lots of socialization experiences and stimulus during this period will be much better equipped to handle change as they grow.

Countless studies have shown that the best time for a pup to leave his momma and go to his new home is right around 8 weeks of age, so during this stage a puppy often moves to his ‘forever home’ and family.

Many new owners aren’t sure what to expect at first and there is often an adjustment period, you can learn more about the first few days/week with a new puppy on my Bringing Home A New Puppy page.

There is also the first ‘fear period’ to deal with. This usually comes on around 8 weeks of age and the pup may seem scared of his own shadow, wanting to stick close to you at all times.

His needs: He’s about to take off on a huge learning curve, so it’s the perfect time to start introducing your little guy to some basic manners and puppy training. Start basic obedience at home, and then move onto a formal obedience class once he’s fully vaccinated.

What you feed your puppy will have a long-term impact on his health and longevity. Feeding one of the best puppy food choices available is a big step towards keeping him happy and healthy, and growing at the proper rate.

It’s also vital to balance his need for socialization against health risks. Your puppy is very vulnerable to disease at this point in his life, so NEVER allow an unvaccinated puppy to interact with other pups or dogs who are not FULLY immunized.. also don’t give him access to any public areas such as parks, stores, sidewalks etc.

Any fearful reactions are pretty normal at this age, and are usually nothing to worry about. You don’t want to ‘coddle’ a pup who is behaving this way. Just maintain a positive attitude and use a happy, upbeat tone of voice so that he realizes there is nothing to be scared of.

Also, never push your pup to do something that he’s clearly terrified of – that will cause more problems than it will solve.

Check out some pictures of our adorable pups! We are accepting puppy applications now!

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Aurora

Aurora is a sweet chocolate female that was born on May 23rd, 2014.

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Elsa

Elsa was born on May 23rd, 2014 and is a sweet little chocolate female.

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Jake

Jake was born May 23rd, 2014 and is a spunky little chocolate male.

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Rose

Rose has a hilarious personality and comes from Fiona’s May 23rd litter.

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Belle

Belle is the little wavy-haired wonder from Fiona’s May 23rd litter!

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Puppy Update: 4 Weeks Old

This litter was born on May 23rd, 2014! They are all chocolate-colored, fleece-coated sweethearts! There are 5 puppies in this litter-4 girls and 1 boy!

The little ones are fine and thriving, and they are turning into real puppies now! They’re up on their feet, wagging their tales, seeing, hearing, playing with toys, romping, and chewing on each other (and biting each other’s ears, which hurts with those sharp puppy teeth).  They’re getting much more 1:1 time with us, apart from each other, and we’re beginning gentle redirection on things like puppy biting and jumping to which they are responding quite well (they are *so* eager to please!).

They’re still nursing, but we’ll slowly introduce them to solid food toward the end of this week with the goal of transitioning them completely by the time they’re six weeks old. They should be weaned by their six-week-old vet visit for check-ups and vaccines.

Today, on a sunny 65-degree day, we carried each outside to experience the feel of the sun and breeze and the sounds of planes overhead, wind chimes, and bird calls.  All were appropriately timid at first but seemed to relax and enjoy the adventure. They now love to romp around in the grass and follow us around.

Socialization: Four to Six Weeks

From four to six weeks, puppies continue to be influenced by their mother and litter mates. They learn to play, gaining needed social skills from litter mates, such as inhibited biting (biting to play, not to hurt). The puppies also learn the ins and outs of group structure and ranking within the group.  The puppies are being socialized with humans, have a variety of people interacting with them – young (with supervision) and old, male and female. House-training can begin as early as five weeks, when puppies will follow their mother through a dog door or can be taken out for elimination lessons. At approximately six weeks, puppies can begin in-home training.  His first collar and lead will be introduced, he will be encouraged to come using his name, and reward him with praise and treats. At this age, you can also start training puppies with positive reinforcement methods: using a clicker, praise, and rewards.

Contact me at (307) 413-5891 or shoot me an e-mail at clancyaussiedoodles@hotmail.com if you are interested!

Below are a few pictures of the beautiful pups!

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Update from the Whelping Box-Week 3

The third week of a pup’s life is marked by huge milestones. It’s like they turn into puppies (as most people think of puppies) overnight.

This litter was born on May 23rd, 2014! There are adorable, chocolate, fleece-coated, medium-sized Australian Labradoodles. There are 5 puppies in this litter-1 boy and 4 girls. They are all THREE WEEKS OLD NOW!

Here it is, Day 21 or Week 3, and just look at what’s happened:

  • Walking has become the preferred method of ambulation (instead of crawling).  Granted, it’s still a drunken-sailor walk, but they’re up on all fours!
  • Their vision is becoming usable. When they “see” things now, they react appropriately with sniffs or puzzlement or growls or barks or pounces.
  • They recognize each other (oh boy, litter mates!).
  • They play with each other. Okay, so it doesn’t last very long, but they do “play” for short stretches.
  • They wrassle. :O)
  • They’re feeling secure with their humans, not just with Fiona.
  • They can pant and lap.
  • They have started to grow in (ouch! for Fiona) teeth!  Their baby teeth are just poking through their gums, and just like human babies, this is uncomfortable for them.  They’re beginning to feel the need to chew (look out world!)
  • They can voluntarily sit, stand, roll over, scratch, paw, wag their tails, chew, investigate objects they “see” (still blurry, but visible), and are just beginning to climb.

We are accepting deposits for this litter now!

Here are some pictures of the adorable puppies!

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Rose

Rose has a hilarious personality and comes from Fiona’s May 23rd litter.

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