They are gorgeous, but then I am biased.
The pups should be able to go outside once their eyes are fully open and they can see what they are doing. I would start by putting up a fenced zone, not too big but giving a mixture of textures such as paving, grass and dirt with some safe plants - because they will chew them.
We usually move our litters to a pen on the patio at around 3 weeks where they can move around a bit and get to feel the different textures.
Quite funny watching a pup that has never been on grass - funny for us, but probably a little stressful for the wee thing.
You can start instilling a recall here by using a clap and call to get them racing to you for a treat. Do it well enough and you will be able to let them out the pen and let them explore wider afield but able to get them coming when called. Just remember young pups have no idea how our world works or what the rules are so they need to be watched constantly.
House training can start here too. When they first go in the pen, cover the whole area with newspaper. Reduce the size of the paper area every day until the pups, at around 7 weeks, can use just 1 or 2 pages spread out.
Now when they go to their forever homes they will know to pee on the newspaper and this can be moved closer and closer to an exit door. Just warn the new owners not to leave the unread Sunday Mail lying on the floor.
Last edited by Nev Allen; 05-03-2013 at 01:27 PM.
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