The puppies are born in our bedroom, where we have a special whelping box in which they grow up in the first few weeks of their life until they can walk and need more space. Then they'll be able to use the whole room and later the whole household.
We document every birth in a live stream on our Facebook page so that everyone can take part without stressing us or the mother.
The puppy is still in its embryonic membrane when it is born.
As soon as the puppy has been completely squeezed out, the bitch opens and eats the embryonic membrane and nibbles the puppy off.
Once the puppy has been born and is nibbled off, the mother vigorously licks it to stimulate intestinal activity, breathing and circulation, and to dry the fur.
As soon as they open their eyes and ears at 2 weeks old and begin to perceive their surroundings, they are given various toys to discover in the litter box. From now on they also receive regular visits from their family and our other dogs, the two cats, our rabbit and children of friends.
The puppies' socialization phase begins at 3 weeks old. At this time their basic behavior is build. If the puppy gets to know a lot now, within reason, and under safe conditions, it will benefit from it for a lifetime, because the stimuli that puppies will get to know will continue to be linked to relaxation in the future.
Easy motor exercises when discovering objects, stimulate the development of the brain at an early stage.
Now the brain matures and all the basics of behavior for the entire life are learned.
...can only be done through appropriate experience, so visual and physical contact to other dogs is very important.
...and the recognition of objects is a prerequisite for memorizing fellow species, people and objects.
...is absolutely necessary at this stage, so that they don't develop fear or aggression against them.
with children is very important, so they learn how to deal with them from an early age.
We're also getting them crate trained by providing several crates in our condo and by transporting them to the vet and on excursions; and potty trained so that they are completely housebroken at 6 weeks old and are used to sleep in their crate as well.
At this point their baby teeth are slowly breaking through and we start feeding them with high quality canned food, with organic vegetables and a meat content of 70%.
By feeding many different types of meat right from the start, we prevent later intolerance and allergies.
we attach great importance. Our puppies are completely clean at 6 weeks.
High quality feeding is also important for the development of the puppies.
fed with meat. We also have beef on our menu.
Also eaten by our rabbit "Pinto", although it is made up of 43% meat.
As soon as the puppies are "mobile", a baby gate is attached to the bedroom door, so they can explore the apartment during the day and get to know all possible household and everyday noises.
The garden door is also open so that they can explore the garden, do their business outside and get used to other noises such as children playing, bicycles, buggies, that pass by the garden, but also barking from neighbor's dogs. Since our dogs neither bark nor give mouth when the doorbell rings or someone walks by, the puppies are relaxed too.
In the garden, the puppies often meet our Bengal cats.
Our rabbits also jumps through the garden happily, despite of the pups.
is very important for puppies for a peaceful coexistence.
The mother always has an eye on the puppies, she plays but also disciplines them.
Always happy and curious - that's how puppies should be at that age.
is done just as often.
The contact to their father is also very special for the puppies.
is a safe haven as well as a transportation and very popular with the puppies.
Starting at 4 weeks old, we take the puppies outside in our front- and backyard several times a day, where they have a ball pit, and raschel tunnel, as well as a little dog pool to play with... and a small pond to fall in ;)
Our front yard is right next to the sandbox of our residential complex, which means that the puppies meet playing children, but also the postmen and neighbors - with and without dogs - that walk by. Thus, the puppies not only get to know new surfaces and surroundings, but are also familiarized with a wide variety of people and situations.
is not only a lot of fun, but also good for the puppy's motor skills.
from our 2nd litter born May, 2013.
is in high demand and never gets boring!
Playing is the most fun when wet, cause it makes you so dirty ;)
there is a lot to discover.
Kate and Hurley from our 2nd litter, born May 2013.
Learning playfully that children are no danger.
when suddenly children come running around the corner.
is an amzing nanny!
Our puppies get to know every dog that lives in the residental complex.
Playing always has to be controlled, it should never be romped wildly.
From time to time neighboring dogs come by.
Such moments are incredibly important for the socialization of the puppies.
One dog is not like another. Puppies have to get to know different breeds.
In the 5th - 6th week they get used to driving by regularly making trips to the nearby area, the forest, fields, vineyards and the dog beach.
To do this, the puppies have to pass the external staircase to use the lift and get to the underground garage where our car is parked on the car lift.
Depending on the weather, we visit the dog beach 2 times, which is a 35 minutes drive on the autobahn.
This way they are familiarized with other new places, strange smells, noises, different people and dogs and can explore the world in a playful way.
Everything here is absolutely new and strange for the puppies, but they are never scared.
For the first ride we put them in the crate, afterwards they get on board by theirselves.
Driving is no problem for our puppies - they are calm and relaxed.
Mom-oriented, we take them to a sports ground in the forest, next to a tennis court with a restaurant.
Where they can discover a lot, since children are often playing football.
...with dogs come past the sports ground. Also cars park here - lots of new impressions!
to the vineyards. In the winter for our first Mini Aussie litter in 2012.
... loves snow!
the puppies are already much more independent.
You can clearly see what fun it is for the puppies.
Scouting expedition with the whole pack.
from our 2nd litter, born May 2013.
The trips to the dog beach are not only a must-do for us, but also an absolute highlight for the puppies!
After the car ride we have to pull them to the beach in a handcart for 1 km (video), whereby we already come across a few two- and four-legged friends.
At the beach, we will meet up to 100 dogs and their owners. Many people and children who play with their dogs, swim in the Rhine, sunbathe or cuddle our puppies enthusiastically.
These trips are incredibly important for the socialization and imprinting of the puppies, which is why we attach great importance to ensuring that they have fun and are not overchallanged.
The puppies learn something new on the way to the water already.
Everyone enjoys the beach!
The pack offers the puppies a certain security and acts as a role model.
Despite our puppy pool, something new for the puppies.
Not only the big water, but also the ships and waves are great!
Everyone is in a good mood and enjoying the trip.
The dog beach always offers an opportunity for great pictures.
Some puppies have more, others less.
Evey dog can swim without learning it.
Everyone dares to cool off in the water.
Not every dog likes to swim, but running through the water is also fun!
from our Dreams Come True litter, born May 2016.
After playing and exploring, it's very important to rest and chill.
relax no matter where and despite of what's going on around, is the most important thing a puppy has to learn right from the start.
they know when it is enough and go to sleep, because we start teaching them to relax every single day.
is always there, as a safe haven and a place to sleep - it offers safety.
The puppies get to know many new dogs at the dog beach.
to everyone! Our puppies are not afraid of strangers.
They don't let anything or anyone throw them off balance.
Here you will find dogs of all breeds.. -
The puppies are not afraid of large dogs either.
There are not only many dogs, but also people and children.
And the puppies always stay happy and enjoy every contact.
Despite the many dogs and people, it is always peaceful here.
Of course, we do not only go on excursions to train and socialize the puppies, but - apart from the puppy buyers - we also get visits from neighbors, friends and family (with and without kids or dogs), as well as past puppy buyers who come to visit the puppies with their big siblings, aunts or cousins.
In addition, the puppies get to celebrate at least one party with us, so that the noise level of partying people, loud music, and excitement does not disturb them. If none of us is having a birthday and there is no a World Cup to invite friends to - we will find another reason to throw a puppy party!
Hurley from our 2nd litter and Marlow (Sawyer) from our 1st litter.
"Lynn" visited us! She was one week older than our 3rd litter.
Buddy (Roy) from our 3rd litter visited his little siblings... and Pinto ;)
Of course, Pinto is always involved.
Many different two- and four-legged guests were there.
on both sides ;)
As long as you make sure that the puppies are not overchallenged.
The children are happy and the puppies are happy about the petting.
At 8 weeks old they get vaccinated, chipped, examined by our vet for their health certificate, and examined by a certified ophthalmologist for hereditary eye diseases. Eventually, our breeding warden also checks the litter. Each puppy will then receive an extra certificate of litter inspection, and of course an EU pet passport.
At 8 weeks old, the puppies are checked, vaccinated and chipped by the vet.
is very interesting for the puppies because of the many foreign scents.
At the certified ophthalmologist, they get examined for hereditary eye diseases.
they take easy.
The puppies are also used to the collar and leash.
our cat likes to accompany us on walks.
the puppies are around us all day and love sleeping in the living room where we are most of the time.
A picture of our puppies that is very well known and printed in a book.