The next two weeks will be an exciting time at Notch Hill Labradoodles, because our newborn puppies will be going through lots of changes. During week two, your Labradoodle puppy will enter a phase of development called the transitional period. Any day now, the puppies will open their eyes and see the world for the first time. There are many other physical and mental changes in store for our puppies in the coming weeks. Find out what the Notch Hill Labradoodle puppies will be up to.
Experiencing sight and sound
This phase of development begins when the puppies open their eyes for the first time. Once that happens, the puppies can start recognizing and interacting with things in their environment, including their mother and littermates. The puppies are now aware that they belong to the canine species. Their ear canals will open around day 14, which means that they will start responding to noises. Thanks to the gift of hearing, the puppies will learn to expand their vocabulary from tiny grunts and mews to boisterous yelps and barks.
Gaining some independence
While the puppies are still completely dependent on their mother for feeding and care, they start to develop the first signs of independence during the transitional period. The puppies will be better at regulating their own body temperature. However, rapid or extreme temperature changes can still be harmful during this period. Their mobility will increase and they will start to stand up around day 15. By day 21, they will be taking their first steps!
Natural instincts kick in
At this stage, the puppies no longer require stimulation from their mother to eliminate. In fact, the instinct to go potty away from the nest kicks in during this stage. The puppies will start playing, wrestling, and showing social behaviors, including growling and tail wagging. These early interactions, signal the start of social hierarchy placement within the litter.
Puppy teeth come in
The puppies will get their first teeth during this period. As the puppies learn to lap up liquids, they will become comfortable drinking from a bowl or bottle. They will also start showing interest in solid foods. They are getting ready for the weaning process, which starts around week three.
Continuing the imprinting process
At Notch Hill, we continue working with our puppies during this important period of development. The puppies are exposed to soft music and low level light changes, so they can learn how to use their new senses. Getting puppies used to noises is an important part of socialization. The puppies are handled and weighed every day for the first three weeks. Around this time, we also start hand feeding the puppies to supplement their nursing, so they become more accustomed to human contact.
We’re looking forward to seeing our puppies grow and change over the next few weeks. If you have questions about how Notch Hill Labradoodles are raised, feel free to contact us anytime. If you’re interested in a puppy, contact us to get on our waiting list.