Hi families! Wow, can you believe these cuties are 4 weeks old already!
Developmentally, the pups have left the Transitional Period, and they have entered the Socialization Period. They have learned to walk and even rumble ;) all while wagging their tails. They recognize my voice and come to "ding, ding, ding" for meal times. They are doing great with using their potty trays, rather than the floor, they see quite well now and they bark when I come in the room and when playing together....oh, and at their neighbors, those Southern Charmers! It's all terribly cute.
This is the stage and timeframe where it’s incredibly important to introduce the pups to other people and dogs. This is why we have now put them in an open area in the Doodle Den. By five weeks, puppies are very aware of their surroundings and start really enjoying playtime. Good experiences with people from weeks 5 to 7 will play a large role in how they continue to interact. But even though they’ll start being influenced by people after about a month, ideally you want puppies to remain with their mother and littermates for eight weeks to learn inhibited play biting and other dog socialization cues. From weeks 8 to 10, the pups will go through a normal “fear” period that can be helped with training that is positive and encouraging. But the true training “golden time” is when they first come home - from 9 to 12 weeks, because your pup is actively working on social skills and paying attention to both people and littermates.
Here they are this week!