We are so happy to welcome Gracie and Cooper’s standard f1b litter to our home on April 19. Gracie had 4 boys and 4 girls! They will be ready to go home June 22.
These puppies just keep getting cuter and cuter! When the weather gets a little warmer again we will bring them outside to play with us. But you will see from their video and pictures they are alert and vocal and moving around quite quickly!
If you haven’t already done so, this is the time when I recommend taking a look at the New Puppy Check List and start getting everything you need.
This is also a good time to start reading up on what kind of training method you will use, as it can take some time to read through all the material. Fortunately, there are so many good options! I just recommended finding one that you think will go well with your personality and lifestyle. I’ve included my favorite books and a little bit about them in the article below:
May the fourth be with you!
Growing so fast, these guys made great progress this week! As you can see in their pictures, they have started to open their eyes and are getting a lot more mobile. They still aren’t walking quite yet, but taking bigger strides and should be up and walking by next wee. This week, we also cut their nails and massage them from head to toe–so they are used to it. This makes grooming them when they are bigger much easier for you and the groomer. They continue to spend all their time sleeping and eating mama’s milk.
We are still undecided about doing a Puppy Kindergarten class but I will let you know as soon as we decide. I also wanted to share ideas to help your puppy transition whether you’re doing Puppy K or not. One of the things I mention is getting a transition blanket–we will have this for you and you do not need to get one.
Here are weekly pictures!
The First Days
Mama Gracie had 8 beautiful puppies a little earlier than we were expecting. But she was incredible and didn’t need us at all! She delivered early in the morning starting at 1am and was done by 11am.
After the puppies are born, Jake and I take are constantly watching after them. We make sure they are all hydrated, at the right temperature, and get lots of bonding time with their mama. Gracie did a great job of rotating the puppies herself and made sure each pup got a turn for a bath and milk.
In their first few days they have not opened their eyes yet and can’t walk. They crawl around quite impressively, however, and can get to mama’s milk. They also don’t bark or cry yet and instead make a sweet chirping noise. All of their time is spend eating or sleeping with Gracie.
Since she does such a great job of rotating her puppies we didn’t have to break them into smaller groups. Mama doesn’t like to go for walks quite yet, and is resting most of the day. When we take outside for potty breaks and to stretch her legs she is always running back to the door and wanting to be let in.
What can I do now?
I am the planner in our family and like to do things way ahead of time! If you are like me and are excited to get everything ready, check out our new puppy check list. For a complete list of recommended products, see our resources page.
Here are some other articles as we begin this process that I hope will be helpful:
Mostly, this is the waiting and watching time. Each week I will post updates for you to enjoy! I will also include more instructions/recommendations as we get to them.
Which puppy is mine?
I am doing the matchup process a little differently this litter than I have been. Typically, I wait until the puppies are 7 weeks old to do a temperament test. However, the last several litters their temperaments are all just varying degrees of responsive so it really came down to the gender and coat. Then, we were getting so close to pickup day and people still didn’t know who was their puppy. So the past few litters I’ve let the first person pick when they knew who they wanted…though some may still want to wait for matchup until after the temperament tests are done. Once the next person in line decides I will move on to the next family. With this, it is absolutely okay to wait until the temperament tests. But if you already know than I will go ahead and match you up (when it’s your turn)!
I will still preform a temperament test on each puppy. I will video this process and post them on this page so you can see them and how adorable they are!
I am amazed at how smoothly all of the match-ups have gone. The only problem I have run into is when someone get’s their heart set and then it’s chosen. Instead, I ask that you keep your heart open to all the puppies. Then, when it is your turn, narrow it down. And for now, just sit back and enjoy ALL their cuteness!
Here are the puppies!
And some more of them all together…