Oh those puppies, fun to have
around & even more fun to find good homes for...
Everything is prepared in the whelping
room for the pups arrival. Verice does an awful lot of laundry once the
puppies are whelped because she likes them to have towels instead of newspaper
in the whelping box! A regular routine now begins with the puppies &
continues until they are placed in their new homes.
Verice sure spends an awful lot of
time with those puppies! She & Gene begin their observations of the
pups from the time they are born. Once their ears open, Verice starts conditioning
them to different noises & each puppy learns it's "colored collar"
name. When the pups are old enough to go outside, they begin to learn about
housebreaking. Then they start their crate training & learn about the
grooming routine - brushing, ear cleaning & toenail trimming. The puppies
all experience being "on lead" too.
They start being socialized at an early
age & before leaving us they get to meet me and Nessie, plus my good
cat friend, Socks. I have to be patient everyday & wait my turn with
Mama, but sooner or later I know those puppies are going to come to ME
to ask me to show them around our place. I get to tell them all about those
RABBITS! Of course Nessie has to get in on the act too! She's crazy for
her toys...she thinks her job is teaching the puppies all about retrieving
& coming lickity split when called. (She really is a good teacher though
& I should know 'cause she taught me lots of stuff too!)
One of the main things Gene says
that Verice does is to get the puppies into a routine early on. This also
helps as the puppies go to their new homes. She wants "the babies" to experience
many different things before they leave us - even like walking on different
types of surfaces.
At seven weeks of age, Verice arranges
for qualified people to administer the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test. She
& Gene use the results of this testing, along with the daily observation
of each pup to determine which type of home each puppy will be best
suited for. Here at Zwinger von Windweg German Shepherds, we like to match
the puppies to their new owners! This helps assure that people are getting
the type puppy that they want - an older person might NOT be happy with
a high drive puppy. In fact, if they think someone might not "be right"
for one of their pups, Gene and Verice refer them elsewhere. They are just
concerned that each puppy has a REALLY good home!
So, if you like what I've told you
so far, go on back to our puppy page for details on our stud dog, our brood
bitches, check out the pups we have for sale, read about our guarantees
AND look at what some of our puppy owners have said... BACK
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