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Jennifer and Ken Workman | Asheville, NC | Email

Puppies First 8 Weeks

1. After the puppies are born a colored ribbon will be put around the neck of each puppy, so we can easily identify each puppy.

2. I sleep next to the whelping box, which is in my home office, until the puppies are 4 weeks old.

3. The puppies are weighed daily and their weight recorded to make sure they are gaining weight appropriately.

4. From day 3 to 16 days I perform the Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) exercises on each puppy. For more information on this, please visit: https://breedingbetterdogs.com/article/early-neurological-stimulation.

5. Once the puppies are walking and eating solid food, they will be moved to a large Rover Pen in my living room. You can see the area and toys on the Past Litter website page: https://kjengoldens.com/pastlitters.php.

6. At 49 days old the puppies will be temperament tested using The Volhard Puppy Aptitude Testing method. https://www.volharddognutrition.com/choosing-your-puppy-pat/.

7. Between 7-8 weeks old, the puppy’s conformation will be evaluated by other golden retriever breeder friends.

8. The puppies will be wormed at weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8.

9. At 8 weeks old, the puppy will receive their first vaccine at their Veterinary Wellness Exam. At that time, they will also be microchipped.

10. Throughout all of the first 8 weeks, the puppies will be exposed to our goldens, normal household noises (i.e vacuum, radio, dryer, blow-dryer, etc.) and car rides. Once they are 4 weeks old, they will be exposed to all types of people and children.