Puppy Growth Timeline

It's nearing time to 'leave the nest' now!  They're far more confident in themselves, the play is stronger amongst each other.  They're still learning new things and look like miniature adult goldens now.  We're always asked how we can ever give them up and let them go to their new homes, and our response is always 'it's easy!'  When reaching this age, they all need individual love and attention and their minds are ready to work on the next phase of their life.  They all need to be the 'King' or 'Queen' of their own castle now!!

Weights now have increased to 7 - 10 pounds each.

We're always glad when a litter is born, and continually amazed at how fast the process goes!   It's challenging to make sure they receive the right amount of interaction and socialization to become the best family friend one could hope to have....

It's a fabulous process and we love every moment of it! 

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.