Four Weeks Old

Happy Saturday! This week, the puppies passed the four week mark! They have been growing so much, and many changes are taking place.

The biggest thing to happen this week is solid food. I started the puppies on one meal a day of softened Life’s Abundance Large Breed Puppy Food. Over the next 2-3 weeks, I’ll gradually increase the amount of food they eat until they are getting all the calories and nutrition they need from solid food instead of momma’s milk. For now, Nova is still nursing them quite a bit, but her milk supply will quickly begin to drop as the puppies’ demand less from her.

We had a few warm days this week, so the puppies got to enjoy some of their meals outside in the grass. As you can see here, they are very eager! It only takes a few minutes for them to devour a yummy plate of food!

The puppies are beginning to explore and be more interactive, but they still sleep a lot. This is when socializing begins in earnest. This week the puppies got the chance to see and explore the outdoors. My children get to play with them. In the next few weeks, they will be exposed to a variety of different household sights and sounds. When they are exposed to a wide variety of things as young puppies, they tend to develop a calmer and less timid approach to new things and situations as adults. Of course, every dog is a unique individual, but I give the best foundation I can for a well-rounded and even-tempered dog.

Check back next week for updated pictures!

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