Macey's puppies are all moving home this weekend.
People ask me if it's hard to let them go or if it makes me sad.
It is true, it is a very emotional time but I feel a huge sense of accomplishment and also a little worry.
Did I train them as much as I could have?
Did I give the families enough information, or too much?
Will the puppy learn the new house rules and be trained properly?
Did I miss anything??
I guess you could compare it to leaving an infant with a sitter or new daycare for the first time. Basically, I wish I could just transfer everything in my brain, to the family!!
When Ruby's family picked her up yesterday, they mentioned that they had been reading training books and learning how to raise a puppy. Croix's new mom seems to have an entire village of people to help and support her. Knowing these things made is all the more exciting and easy for me to know that these guys were off to a new awesome loving environment!!
I've been hearing a lot about Goldendoodles that are starting to get a bad reputation for bad behaviours and I believe that it is because they are so darn cute as puppies that we allow them to misbehave and unintentionally reward them for bad behaviour.
It's cute to let them chew on fingers.
She jumps up. She gets picked up.
He cried in in crate so I let him out.
They're too young to potty train.
These actions are SURE to turn your lovely puppy into a terror!!
When a puppy is 8-14 weeks old, they are like little dried out sponges and absorb everything very very quickly.
A 30 second training session with positive rewards at this age, is equivalent to an entire course as an adult.
It is so important to make sure that they are absorbing good, positive ways to act now so that there isn't corrections or modifications to make in them as adults.
There are many many resources for learning how to take care of a puppy and how to teach your puppy the rules of your household and how to mature into a great family pet. I listen to audio books in my car that I get from the library, watch YouTube videos, follow a bunch of facebook groups and do A LOT of googling my questions and talking to other people who have pets to learn as much as I can. None of these resources are flawless, none of them are 100% right for everyone. Learn, read, and listen and then do what's best for you, your family and your dog and you will have the best Walking, TV Watching, Meal prepping, Bed warmer, Car co-pilot and Lifelong friend that you can ever imagine!
Good luck out there!!!! Gotta go hug my dog(s)!!!!
Macey's puppies are just beginning their 6th week.
I cant believe how fast it is going by!!
Meeting all the puppy families over the past few days was such an awesome experience.
I am overwhelmed at the great people that these little guys are going to get to spend their lives with!!! I even had a few of the selections picked correctly!
One of the fun visits was when John totally surprised his wife on her Golden Birthday to pick out a Goldendoodle!.......He set some big expectations for the next milestone!
Kelsie was having a difficult time keeping the puppies from turning her hair into a Maypole on Friday night during her visit!!
Over the next couple of weeks there are some big training and experiences that I want to make sure that the puppies get.
Some of these include:
1- Crate training. They seem to really love the crate, until I put the door on! Tonight I had each puppy in a crate for just about 30 seconds. It went fairly smoothly. We'll continue to work on this daily.
2- Biting. These little dudes are teething. No way around it! I am continually adding new toys and changing their environment so that they stay interested in chewing on things they are SUPPOSED to and not my shoes, ankles and hair.
3- Beginning grooming. Most of the new owners and I discussed grooming during their selection visits last weekend. I have been trimming toenails since about their 3rd day of life and continue to do that. I also brush them and have a little trimmer. Once I get them used to the sound, Ill be trimming up the top of their muzzle.
4- Bravery. Now that the puppies are strong and can get in and out of the pen better, we're gong to start going on longer walks around the farm. This is a great confidence and bravery booster.
Well, speaking of these little guys, they are waiting for their bedtime snack and final playtime of the day!!