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Week #7 - Summer 2023 Litter - Final Edition!

Weekly Litter Update - July 28, 2023

As we approach the moment when our adorable puppies will go to their forever homes, we wanted to give you a brief update on the preparations and share some thoughts about our journey as breeders.


In just one week, our beloved puppies will start their new lives with loving families, and the excitement is real. Our team has been working tirelessly to ensure everything is in perfect order for their smooth transition to their new homes. From health checks to vaccinations and socialization, we've spared no effort in ensuring these little ones are well-prepared for their exciting journey.


However, we must acknowledge that it's been a challenging time for many breeders, including ourselves. Various factors like the time of the year, economic concerns, and other variables have made it more difficult to find loving homes for our puppies. Yet, we can assure you that we will never compromise on the quality of care and long-term well-being of our puppies just to make a quick sale. It's our responsibility and commitment to ensure they go to the best homes possible.


If you have reached out to us and found another furry companion for your family, we understand and support your decision wholeheartedly. Your happiness is important to us, and we only want what's best for both you and our puppies.


However, if you're still considering welcoming one of our four remaining puppies into your home, we want to hear from you. We know that various concerns, such as pricing, location, or timing, might be holding you back. Please don't hesitate to share your thoughts with us. We are more than willing to work with you and find a solution that fits both your needs and the best interests of our puppies.


Once again, thank you for your interest in our puppies and your understanding of the situation many breeders are facing. We are grateful for the support and love you have shown to us and our little ones.


If you have any questions or concerns or simply want to chat more about our puppies, please feel free to reach out to us anytime.


Warm regards,

O&M Team


 

Puppies enjoying some outdoor sprinkler time!


 

Puppy Weight Tracker


Today marked the final weigh-in for our newsletter. Before they head home, we'll weigh them one more time to ensure their families have an accurate weight, but it's amazing to see how much they've grown and how quickly it happened. Surprisingly, Mr. Maui, who had been the heaviest since birth, has finally lost his top spot!



 

Making First Introductions


Step 1 - Introducing your puppy to the potty area

When you bring your new puppy home, it's important to introduce them to their designated potty area first and foremost. Choose a specific spot in your yard rather than allowing them to roam around the whole area. Keep them on a leash and be ready to give them praise and rewards immediately after they go potty. This should be done before they meet others or are allowed inside the house.


Step 2 - Introduction to the house

We don't mean your entire house when we talk about introducing your puppy to your home. It's best to have a designated, puppy-proofed area that's spacious enough for your puppy to play and explore yet not too large. As your puppy grows, you can gradually give her access to more areas in your home. If you have an open floor plan, it's recommended to put up barriers to prevent your puppy from wandering into large spaces. Expanding your puppy's area gradually over a few weeks will keep her safe and reduce her anxiety, making training easier.


Step 3 - Introduction to kids

It's time to introduce your new puppy to your family and loved ones, but it's important to take your time and not rush the process. Kids may be especially excited, but introducing them to the puppy should be done carefully and with a plan. Here are three key tips to keep in mind:

1. Don't overwhelm the puppy - introduce one child at a time.


2. Let the puppy approach the child rather than the other way around.


3. Keep the introductions brief and positive. Encourage the child to give the puppy treats to show they are friendly.


Step 4 - Introduction to other dogs

If you already have a dog and are adding a new puppy to your family, introducing them can be stressful for everyone involved. It is important to take things slow and be cautious to ensure a successful introduction and the safety of your new puppy. Here are four key tips to follow when introducing a puppy to other dogs:

1. Do not force the introduction. If your dog ignores the puppy, it is normal and okay.


2. Make sure both dogs are tired by having a play and exercise session before the introduction. This will help to reduce their energy levels.


3. Start the introduction by letting your dogs meet your new puppy at a distance and observe how they interact. It is best to introduce them on neutral territory. This can help prevent your dog from becoming too protective. If the introduction goes well, move to introduce them in your home in a controlled situation.


4. Never leave the dogs and puppy unattended. Remember that your new puppy is still learning to interact with other dogs, and your older dog may need to establish their dominance. It is usual for there to be some growling and nipping, but if things get too rough, separate the dogs and help them relax.

 

Important Dates


June 8, 2023 - Litter Birth Date

July 15, 2023 - Selection Day

July 20, 2023 - First Vet Visit

August 5, 2023 - Pickup/Delivery ( A week from Saturday)


We will contact those of you on the waitlist (if we haven't done so already) to arrange a time for pick-up.


 

Nailing Bedtime


As a new puppy owner, bedtime can be a source of stress. The concern of whether your new furry friend will sleep quietly or cry all night can be worrying. This section provides some tips on how to make bedtime less about the howling and more about sleeping. Puppies aged between 8 and 12 weeks may require you to let them out at least once during the night. Their bodies are not yet developed enough to "hold it" for more than a few hours.


By the time your puppy reaches weeks 12-15, they should be able to sleep through the night. To assist with night-time potty training, consider removing their water source an hour or two before bedtime. This will enable you to eliminate the mid-night waking (e.g. 2:00 AM). If, however, your puppy has an accident, ensure that you clean it up thoroughly. If this occurs for several nights in a row, you may need to reintroduce the mid-night potty run for a week or two to combat any potty-training regression.



 

What to Expect this Week


This week, we're preparing to ensure the pick-up process is smooth and stress-free. To accomplish this, we request that the Purchase Agreements and final payments be completed before pick-up.


You'll receive a link to sign the purchase agreement from Docusign in a few days. You'll also receive the final invoice, which can be paid by credit card as usual, or let us know if you plan to pay in cash.


As new puppy owners are often very excited about bringing home their new addition, they may overlook important paperwork and details. It is recommended to take the time to carefully read through the purchase agreement beforehand, so that when it's time to pick up the puppy, you can focus solely on enjoying your new furry friend.






 




 




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