Bear Lake Bearded Retreivers
Bear Lake Bearded Retreivers
Bear Lake Bearded Retreivers

The puppies spend their first day of life relaxing and bonding with their mother, their human family, and each other. They all get lots of love. Life is good!

Bear Lake Bearded Retreivers
Bear Lake Bearded Retreivers
Bear Lake Bearded Retreivers
Bear Lake Bearded Retreivers
Bear Lake Bearded Retreivers

At 3 days old, the puppies begin their Early Neurological Stimulation to help them grow into stronger and more resilient adults. Click here for more information on ENS.

After about two weeks of doing ENS, their eyes are opening. Now we are starting potty training by surrounding their bed with puppy pads. Within a couple days, the puppies will start to move off the bed to eliminate. The litter box is introduced at the end of this week.

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Bear Lake Bearded Retreivers
Bear Lake Bearded Retreivers
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Bear Lake Bearded Retreivers

At 3 weeks old, the puppies are beginning to use the litter box pretty consistently. They have their first meal of goat's milk and mush. They begin to take interest in toys. They meet new friends and see new places! 

Crate training begins at 4 weeks old. The puppies enjoy playing with each other. We start practicing stacking and basic obedience skills, like sit and down.

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At 5 weeks old, the puppies move to their larger weaning pen. They get lots of new toys for enrichment. They have a balance board, a crinkle tunnel, and they enjoy raw bones. They are teething, so we focus on directing that urge to chew toward toys instead of hands and skin. We also practice our first stacks this week so that we can get really good at it by 8 weeks!

Once the puppies are 6 weeks old, and they've received their NeoPar vaccine, we start meeting more people! We like to take our puppy party on the road to meet my daughter's classmates. I'm not sure who had more fun, the kids or the pups! They take their first car ride this week. By this time the puppies are sleeping in separate crates, and are sleeping through the night.

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At 7 weeks old, the puppies are practicing their manners, basic obedience, and problem solving skills. They have learned sit, down, drop it, leave it, take it, and are working on their recall. They have transitioned from litter boxes to going outside every time to go potty.