Eight Weeks Old
What beautiful, chunky pups they are!
They are still sleeping a lot, but have bursts of energy where they play chase, tug of war or wrestle each other before collapsing and going back to sleep.
Every day they grow a little bigger and are a little more curious about the world. Their bark is getting louder and they now know how to get attention, especially around food time!
Harriet is still happily feeding her puppies, however she is now only feeding them once a day and generally chooses to spend time away from the pups between feeds.
Next week the puppies will be having their eyes checked on Tuesday. This test that we choose to do on our puppies is done by a BVA eye specialist which checks the puppies eyes for cataracts and abnormalities.
We have always believed that any test that we can carry out to ensure our puppies and adult dogs are in the best of health is important, but also we hope that it gives some reassurance to the new owners. The results are instant and we are presented with a certificate that will be copied and placed into your puppy pack.
I cannot believe that we are now on the count down to puppy choosing! I have updated Harriet's litters home page with more information regarding our Puppy choosing process, if you haven't already read through it, please do and let me know if you have any questions. I will make contact with you personally on Sunday the 20th and ask you to confirm that you would like to proceed.
As the puppies get closer to leaving us families are starting to look around for a suitable vet.
Something I would highly recommend that you do not take out is a monthly subscription with your vet. On paper it sounds great - but they are just selling you a load of things you do not need and that can be harmful to your dogs health.
• 6 month health check. They will check your dogs weight, ears, inside the mouth, heart and overall condition.
You can do most of these on your own - your puppy will have been health checked by our vet twice and checked again for a third time by your own vet shortly after leaving us. If you really wanted a health check in the future, it’s better just to pay for a consultation.
• Nails clipped.
It's very simple to do - we have provided nail clippers in your puppy pack. If you don’t feel confident ask your groomer to clip them. Your dog is a doodle so will need to take regular trips to the groomers!
• Free annual boosters.
You should NOT be giving boosters to your dog without knowing whether they actually need them or not.
• Discount on flea and worm products.
Again flea and wormers should NOT be given monthly unless they need it. I will send some information about this in the coming weeks.
If you ever want a discount for medication in the future - ask your vet for a prescription (our vet prescriptions are about £12) and buy online from the manufacturer for a shockingly reduced price!
• Small discount on spay / neutering.
Yes this one can be helpful - but neutering and spaying isn’t overly expensive, particularly for males.
We highly recommend that you keep male dogs intact until between 16 - 18 months old. Removing their testicles too soon can cause growth and bone problems as well and causing psychological issues, like being overly nervous.
Let him naturally mature and fully grow and develop. Removing their testicles doesn’t guarantee this misleading view that it will prevent unwanted and undesirable behaviour!
With female dogs our contract states that they need to have one season before spaying which is normally between 9 and 13 months old, again this is for health reasons such as strengthening her bones as well as reducing future problems such as incontinence and bone cancers.
For week eights photos and videos, please read all the information provided about vaccinations, including the Lepto link and the leaflet link. You can find this information on Harriet's litters home page.
For families who haven't answered our week 7 questions, these will need to be provided to proceed to week 8.
Once you have read the information, please send us the following answers to the questions below. We will then provide you with the code to access the photos :
1. At what age do we vaccinate the puppies whilst they are in our care?
2. What are the names of the virus's we vaccinate against?
3. What is a Titre Test?
4. When is a Titre Test recommended?
5. Why shouldn't 'annual' boosters be administered without a Titre test result?
5. What specific vaccination do we strongly disagree with?
6. Once that specific vaccination is administered, how does a dog shed it into the environment or potentially pass it on to their owners?