During the first week, our main focus is on the puppies’ health and well-being. We ensure they receive proper nutrition, warmth, and care from their mother. Gentle handling and limited human interaction help them become familiar with human touch and build trust.
In the second week, we continue to prioritize socialization. We gradually increase handling and introduce more frequent human contact to promote positive associations. We also expose the puppies to various gentle sounds, preparing them for future sound testing.
As the puppies enter their third week, an exciting phase begins – we expand their socialization experiences and introduce potty training. We provide gentle exposure to different sights, sounds, and smells within a controlled environment. This exposure helps them become accustomed to a variety of stimuli, including preparing for sound testing. At this stage, we also start crate training by introducing the puppies to a crate as a safe and comfortable sleeping space.
The fourth week marks the beginning of potty training. We introduce the puppies to the concept of designated potty areas and encourage them to eliminate inappropriate spots. We start using positive reinforcement techniques to reinforce good potty habits. Additionally, we continue crate training by gradually getting the puppies acquainted with spending short periods in the crate during the day.
During the fifth week, we continue potty training and further develop crate training. The puppies begin to understand the connection between going outside and eliminating in the designated area. We reinforce their understanding of using the crate as a comfortable and secure sleeping space by gradually increasing the time they spend in the crate overnight.
In the sixth week, we reinforce potty training and continue crate training. The puppies become more independent in their potty habits and grasp the routine of going outside. We increase the duration of overnight crate stays, helping them develop positive associations with the crate and sleep comfortably through the night.
The seventh week involves testing the puppies’ temperament and response to different sounds, such as fireworks. We gradually introduce these sounds in a controlled and safe environment to assess their reactions. This helps us understand their individual temperaments and prepare them for potential challenges. Crate training continues to be a consistent part of their routine.
In the final week before the puppies go to their new homes, we solidify their potty training and reinforce their understanding of using the designated potty area. We continue to expose them to various sounds and experiences, ensuring they are well-socialized and adaptable. Crate training remains an integral part of their nightly routine, providing them with a safe and familiar space.
Throughout the entire process, we provide a nurturing and stimulating environment, prioritizing the puppies’ physical, mental, and emotional development. We follow positive reinforcement techniques, patience, and consistency in both potty training and crate training. Our goal is to establish a strong foundation for both skills, setting the puppies up for successful continuation of training in their new homes and ensuring they have a secure and peaceful sleep environment.
Week 1-3: During the first three weeks of life, Labradoodle puppies should be nursing from their mother, receiving colostrum and then transitional milk. These early stages are crucial for their immune system development.
Week 3-4: At around 3 to 4 weeks of age, you can start the weaning process. Begin by introducing a milk replacement formula or specialized puppy wet food mixed with water to create a gruel-like consistency. Allow the puppies to lap at this mixture from a shallow dish.
Week 5-6: By this stage, most Labradoodle puppies should be eating solid food comfortably. You can gradually decrease the amount of liquid in the gruel until they are eating primarily solid puppy food.
Week 7 and beyond: Continue to feed your Labradoodle puppy three to four times a day, gradually increasing the amount as they grow. Ensure you choose high-quality puppy food that meets their specific nutritional needs.