Boy oh boy… the 2014 litter is not even born yet and I already received so many inquiries and questions!
First, I want all of you to know that we do not take reservations on puppies before they are approximately 2 weeks old. Let me explain why! Whippets come in a big variety of colors, markings and even skin pigmentations. A Labrador puppy born with a chocolate coat will stay chocolate. A Whippet puppy’s coat develops over time, and we don’t want you to settle for a puppy before we can determine his or her coat accurately.
One of the most frequently asked questions is how exactly we raise our litters. I am more than happy to answer this question, because I am particularly proud of the answer to it!
We raise our puppies inside our home, and not in the garage or a kennel. The puppies usually spend the first 3 weeks inside the litter box together with their mother. From day 3 and on we handle them daily, although the time we spend with them in the beginning is short and only to ensure their health and well being. We also determine gender and coat on a regular basis, so we won’t mix up or confuse puppies. This part is particularly important because we want to provide you with as much detail of the puppy as possible. I will be able to tell you when the puppy was born, how hard or easy it was for mom, if the puppy had any difficulties after birth, etc. From around 2 weeks we constantly increase the time we spend with the puppies.
Once the puppies are 4 weeks old they start leaving the whelping box and also start being a handful!! We then use the whelping box as their sleeping area, and give them a designated area in our home for play, as well as a potty. We are trying to get our puppies used to the idea to keep sleeping area, play area and potty area separate. From 4 weeks and on we also start our puppy pre-k program 😉
The program includes but is not limited to:
- play time with towels, plastic bags, balls and feathers
- trust building exercises
- outdoor play time (protected from mosquitoes and parvo/corona virus)
- play time with smaller groups of 3 – 5 dogs
- water play in the kiddie pool for summer litters
- group snuggle time
- play time with daddy
- crate training
- potty training
- getting used to collar
- getting used to nail clipping
- getting used to dog chow (from 6 weeks and on)
- getting used to leash (from 6 weeks and on)
We start weaning them from 6 weeks and on by introducing dog chow. For the health of their mother and the benefits for the puppies, we wean them quite late (compared to most breeders) and very slowly. By the age of 8 weeks they will all be completely weaned.
I hope I was able to give you some more insight! If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me!