Puppy Growth Timeline

'Environmental Enrichment' exercises are performed on each puppy every day for the first thirteen days of their life. These exercises are thought to produce more confident, and well adjusted puppies, not stressing at new situations that life brings to them.

The puppies are now straying away from Mom more. They're comfortable crawling to the edges of the box. Without eye sight and hearing yet, they rely on 'movement' from Mom to find her. Puppies are now weighing about 1# 2-4 oz.

Collars are on now for identification vs. the nail polish. Temperature in the pen is reduced to 75 degrees now.

Puppies are off to a great 'life start' here at Snowshoe.

The quality of a puppy begins with the conformation and clearances of their parents, as well as a strong pedigree of Champions.  People who breed Champion dogs are greatly concerned with the health and genetic clearances of their breeding lines.

Our 'nursery' provides a temperature controlled environment for puppies to begin their life.  Daily time and attention to care for weight management, exposure to sights, sounds and snuggles are all important.

Sue spends the first week of a litter's life sleeping (or trying to) next to the whelping bed, assuring Mom that she's doing a great job and listening/watching for any signs of distress in a puppy.  Daily 'dog nannies' complete the task of caring for puppies 24/7.  Our puppies are monitored and exercised daily with the 'Stimulization' method used by breeders for decades.

Outside socialization begins after week two (eyes and ears now open), with groups of 'puppy snugglers' two to three days per week.  Each week, a different schedule is created for further stimulization of sights, sounds and new toys.

After show prospects are identified, we strive to match those 'family companion' puppies with the right adoptive family.