The most important 8 weeks
Puppies are born deaf and blind, and in just eight weeks, they go through an amazing amount of change, to become the gorgeous, cheeky fluff ball you will take home with you.
At this age, their bodies and brains are developing faster than they will at any other time in their life. The time and love that your breeder puts in to not only meeting your puppy's physical needs, but also enriching their environment, developing their confidence and trust, teaching them how to be groomed and handled, cultivating their ability to learn and socialising them to new people and experiences, actually effects how their brain grows and develops.
Litters should be raised in a home environment and exposed to everyday experiences like the sounds and smells of cooking, cleaning and family activity so they become a normal, accepted part of life.
Your role in these 8 weeks is to make sure you are prepared, not just with all of the equipment you'll need, but armed with knowledge to make your puppy's arrival into your home, a good one.
The role of the breeder
Bringing a new puppy home is an exciting, daunting time but choosing a great breeder is one of the ways you can help set your future puppy up for life. It is as important a decision as choosing which breed to get and in any breed, there are breeders who are more and less ethical.
Your breeder should be there every step of the way for your puppy and should be someone you can call on when you need support, help or advice. They should take an interest in what you and your dog are doing, whether you've just brought your puppy home, or you're nursing them through an ailment as an elderly dog.
For this reason, we believe all breeders should only breed 1-2 litters per year, and should keep the dogs that they do have as pets, not in kennels. This ensures a great life, not only for their own dogs, but for any puppy that they have brought in to the world.
For more information on the breeders we recommend, contact us.
Our Future Puppy Plans
We don't have any litter plans for the foreseeable future. If you are looking for a Finnish Lapphund puppy, the best place to find all of the breeders is on DogzOnline, or if you are looking for a more personalised recommendation for your circumstances, you can contact us.
Puppy Culture is the gold standard of puppy socialisations programs. Developed in conjunction with a team of top veterinary behaviourists, veterinarians, breeders and dog trainers, it is scientifically proven to greatly improve outcomes for puppies (and the families who love them!). No other program we have seen has achieved such great results when it comes to early training and socialisation and we are very happy to have partnered with Puppy Culture.
The program includes early neurological stimulation and is designed to teach the emotional resiliency puppies need to take on the world when they leave us. Through early socialisation, enrichment, developmental/fear period, weaning and anti-aggression protocols, puppies are shaped to accept anything life can throw at them and the program's early training for leash walking, recalls, potty training, crate training and offering behaviours enables puppies to go to their new homes with a solid foundation for working with the humans who love them.
The program also offers a great foundation for the first 4 weeks new pet parents will have their puppy, teaching the puppy to work with you, to know what's expected of them, but also teaching you how to work with your puppy.
Puppy Culture is often imitated but because it has been developed with the help of the top professionals in their fields, it has never been duplicated.
Before You Get Your Puppy
This free e-book by Dr Ian Dunbar is one of the best guides to puppy development we've ever seen.
After You Get Your Puppy
Also by Dr Ian Dunbar, this book runs you through the first 3 months of having your new puppy at home.
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