Mi-De-Doodles

Goldendoodles, Labradoodles and Bernedoodles

The art in raising a puppy

The art in raising a puppy | Mi-De Doodle Way

At Mi-de-doodles we believe there is an art in raising a puppy and we are on a mission to raise healthy, brave, confident, and loving puppies that will bring joy to your home.  You are welcome to follow us on Facebook. when we have a new litter to see the day-to-day operations of our program. Once you see how our puppies are raised you’ll know that if you are looking for a Goldendoodle, bernedoodle or labradoodle puppies, you don’t need to look any further.

 The Birthday

After waiting approximately 63 days, our pampered momma is ready to have her puppies.  We don’t leave her side once delivery begins.  Making sure that every doodle puppy gets off to a great start means suctioning mucous, sometimes giving additional colostrum, and keeping puppy safe.  The art of raising a puppyBecause a mom can sometimes become a bit too aggressive. When chewing the umbilical cord and can accidentally hurt the puppy, we intervene to cut the cord and then give the puppy right back to mom for cleaning and bonding. We have had moms deliver all their puppies in just a few hours while others pull an all-nighter.  As a breeder, we always feel lucky if we have a daytime delivery! Stalled labor can mean a stuck puppy and we need to be there to intervene quickly.

Once all the puppies are here, we clean the whelping box and mom and let the puppies nurse.  For the most part, we stay in the puppy nursery for the next two weeks including sleeping in a recliner to be near them.  Everything possible is done to make sure these puppies get through their first two weeks as this is a very critical period.  Sometimes, especially with large litters, we may need to give supplemental feedings to help with mom’s workload.  Mom will clean up after the puppies but 2-3 times a day the whelping area needs new pads put down and cleaned thoroughly to keep everyone healthy.

ENS and ESI Begins Day 3

Every puppy gets weighed daily and Momma gets cleaned and checked for any signs of mastitis. which can be very serious. Once the nursery is cleaned we begin ENS and ESI from now until day 16. 

Early Scent Introduction-puppy is introduced to new scents each day that help with nose awareness and confidence.  At this stage eyes and ears aren’t open so this process makes them a more aware and alert dog. This, in turn, helps make them a better companion and service or therapy dog.  Studies show that performing this early in a puppy’s life will dramatically increase their scent ability later on.  A dog who has great natural scent instinct may make a great diabetic alert dog. Or assist in finding a missing autistic child.

Early Neurological Stimulation-special handling exercises to help puppy to become highly adaptable to all different situations they will encounter in life. This is a time of rapid neurological growth and development. Puppies are very sensitive during this time and respond well to ENS. This is performed ONCE per day.  There are five benefits: Improved cardio performance, stronger heart beats, stronger adrenal glands and tolerance to stress, and greater disease resistance.   In addition, when compared to puppies who didn’t receive ENS in these early days, they are more active and exploratory.

Eyes and Ears are Open

The art of raising a puppyBetween days 10 and 14 most of the puppies will have their eyes and ears open and we begin the process of desensitizing them to noises.  Every day from here on out they will listen to recordings of fireworks, cars, babies crying, vacuum cleaners etc. The sound is gradually increased to give them little stressor they quickly recover from.  By the time they leave our care there will be little if anything that makes them run and hide.  They might startle from an unexpected noise but they will usually recover in seconds and go back to playing.

3-5 Weeks-Game Changer

Up unti this time Mom has been cleaning up after her babies.  But now they must learn to potty on their own and keep their sleeping/play area clean.  We introduce litter training at 3 weeks and I always find it amazing how quickly-usually the first hour-they learn to use it.  Of course it will be a while before they are 100% successful. In addition to a litter pan, we also introduce a crate for the first time.  The door is left open and they love piling up inside to sleep.  This is also the week we slowly begin the weaning process by introducing them to puppy food.  As long as they have teeth coming in, we just soak puppy kibble for a couple of hours and let them eat all they want.  What is left is a special treat for mom to come and clean up.

Also during this time we introduce them to a new exposure item daily.  Soft toys, things that don’t move like a block of wood, boot, watermelon etc.

We also clean clean clean.  Although we are now able to sleep away from the puppies, we are very much involved in their daily care. We are now having to clean puppies more but as long as puppies are thriving we have reduced weighing them to once per week. 

Weeks 6-8  Growing Up

The art of raising a puppy

At approximately 5 1/2 to 6 weeks we move the puppies to our big play area.  Here we are able to expand their space as long as they are using the litter tray effectively.  Over the next two weeks they will advance to eating 3-4 times per day and gettingnew exposure items like wobble boards and noisy and interactive toy.  They will learn to go up and down steps so they can go outside to play and potty.  Outdoor playtime means tunnels, slides, swings, climbing toys and more.  Every day we watch as they grow more confident. We learn about each puppy to determine if we can push harder or if we need to slow down.

Crate training is progessing well.  We started by doubling them up for a little nap each day then move to the night time training.  Most often when they go home, they are sleeping alone in their crate for 5-7 hours.  We give you suggestions to help them continue in this pattern beginning night one in your home.  Crate training is our special gift to you because you have a lot of work ahead of you in the next weeks and months and we want you to be well rested!

Who should you Choose?

The hardest thing about getting a puppy is figuring out which one is best for you.  We know the puppies far better than you possibly could because we have spent the last 8 weeks getting to know them but there is one final thing we must do. Personality Matching is a series of tests that helps us determine who this puppy really is when he/she is away from the pack.  Knowing your wishes and what your lifestyle is like, help us reccomend the puppy(s) that will fit in with your family.  Of course we will always take in consideration what your strong desires are e.g if you have allergies we want to give you a very low shedding dog, if you have young children you will need a calmer puppy etc.

  Oftentimes we have several puppies that will meet your needs and then you can tell us which one you prefer.  Our puppies don’t end up in shelters because we feel confident that we can match the right puppy to right owner.

 Time to Go Home

At 8 weeks and 4 days, your puppy will be ready to meet you. During these last 3 weeks he has learned to be comfortable with a bath, grooming and has had his vet visit and gotten his first vaccine and microchipped.  We will schedule a time for our families to come get their puppies. You will sign your contract, be given some instructions on your first few days, and a go-home bag with a scented blanket (littermates and mom) and some other goodies and your new life full of snuggles and tail wags will begin. 

We appreciate you selecting us as your breeder.  We have spent the first 8 weeks loving these sweet babies and as we turn them over to you it is very bittersweet. If you will love them as we have, and continue what we have started, you will have an amazing puppy. Your job now is to train them, love them and continue with their socialization for the next 8 weeks. We look forward to hearing all your stories about your new baby