As with my adult dogs, my puppies are incredibly precious. I am extremely meticulous about the dam's nourishment, and look after her very carefully throughout her pregnancy, and lactation. Every care is taken at the dam's whelping to ensure a relaxed and happy delivery, with hygiene being a high priority. I stay with my dams in the Puppy Nursery for a week prior to delivery to settle them in, and so I am on hand throughout their first stage labour, comforting and reassuring them for when their whelping starts. This nearly always means a complete nights' sleep lost, as they invariably whelp during the night! Once the puppies arrive I live in my whelping room for the next 4 weeks to keep Mum and pups safe and cared for in the very best way possible. For the first 2 weeks my bed is about a metre away from the whelping pen, so that I can hear every move and sound as soon as possible should something be wrong. Being constantly on hand ensures problems can be dealt with immediately, and potentially young lives can be saved. Any puppy who lags behind will be supplemented with bottle feeds for as long as it takes for them to catch up with their siblings.
Once the pups start on solid food I am very particular to ensure their diets are catered for with good bone development a priority. I use a hypoallergenic puppy food which caters for pups who may have issues with wheat and/or gluten as many dogs do. You will be given a bag of this food when you collect your puppy. As Golden Retrievers can be prone to hip dysplasia, focusing on their bone development at an early stage, and using parents who have hip scores under the average for the breed is vitally important in contributing to good hips in the puppies. Advice regarding exercising your puppy in the first year of his/her life will be discussed when you visit at the 5 week stage, and is included in my care plan which you will take home after that visit. My pups are all born indoors in our very special Puppy Nursery. They are raised indoors during the winter months, both indoors and out during the Spring and Summer, but always sleep indoors at night until they leave me. I concentrate very hard on ensuring they are happy, healthy well adjusted pups by the time they leave my care. I get excellent feedback from all my new owners on how well the pups have settled into their new homes and lives, and this makes all the hard work and commitment very worthwhile. I am always happy to ask a previous puppy purchaser to speak to you about their experience of buying from me.
My pups all leave with a very comprehensive pack of advice, Kennel Club registration documentation and info, five weeks' free insurance and parents health screening paperwork. As well as this, I am available to support and help you for the duration of your dog's life. I always love to hear how my pups are doing, and receive photos of them as they are growing and developing. All my pups come from dogs who are in sound health, and have excellent pedigrees. All my dogs have exceptional temperaments, and this always comes through to their offspring. I get comments from all my pups' owners about how loving my pups are, and I firmly believe this starts with good parent selection, relaxed and trouble-free pregnancy and birth, and by the way they are cared for prior to leaving me.
All my girls have at least one clear season between litters, allowing them to regain their strength and health, and have a well earned rest. This is important not only for my girls, but also to ensure top quality puppies, who have the best possible start in life..