We're 7 weeks old today!
It has been an adventure-filled week! It was the puppies' first-time riding in a car! Introducing them to new experiences begins at this age. Rides in cars, sounds, meeting new people, etc. Our puppies are often taken to Home Depot, Winners, Homesense, Petsmart, and other pet-friendly stores after they receive their next set of vaccinations. While they still ride in the shopping cart, their horizons are broadening.
We’ve expanded the puppies play area which is either in our kitchen, outside in the yard or on our porch depending on the weather. They enjoy playing together and are becoming more and more confident. Their play area includes toys an activity center, a crate, and tunnel. Jolly Pets' Jolly Ball was a huge hit today. The puppies seemed to take turns carrying it!
All of them weigh between 13 and 15 pounds. Their appetites are good, and momma Tulip occasionally stops by with a vanilla milkshake. Beef, turkey and chicken are among the proteins they consume. This week we did head shots and you can see the puppies changing so much from day-to-day.
Between the ages of three to 14 weeks, puppies go through an important socialization period. It's important to introduce puppies to new textures, sights, scents, sounds, and people safely and intentionally at this critical stage of their development.
Puppy's first fear period usually occurs between 8 and 11 weeks of age. Interestingly, this fear period occurs around the time that they are adjusting to a new family and exploring their new surroundings. During this critical time, you want to be attentive to what your puppy experiences because puppies are very impressionable. A new puppy needs to be allowed to explore meeting new people and experiencing new things without being forced or pressured to interact.
It won’t be long now…..