How Morekos pups are raised. The importance of doing it correctly.

Before your puppy leaves to join your family it will have already experienced many different sights, sounds and environments designed to help them adjust faster and be prepared for the next chapter in life, this is not something all breeders will do and we encourage those looking for a puppy to do their research and understand the difference made by correct puppy raising techniques. Here is a sneak peak at a Morekos puppy from birth to 8 weeks......
After much planning, vet checks and the highest regards to care and nurturing, the whelping process will begin in my home, under close watch. With vets on standby for any possible problems and round the clock care, each pup is born, checked over and monitored while mum delivers the whole litter, in a secure area in my lounge room. Mum and puppies are kept clean and comfortable in a large heated whelping box, to stay warm in the cold or if it is hot they will be provided cooling, depending on the room temperature. A vet check is performed within 24 hours of birth for both mum and pups to confirm all is well. The whelping box is positioned in a calm but high traffic area to expose the pups to the routines of everyday life, thus they are used to the sounds of T.v's, vacuum's, washing machines and even the toilet.
Right from birth each puppy is regularly handled and loved. All our litters undergo Early Neurological Stimulation or ENS (see our videos for a run down on this procedure) from 3 -16 days of age. Research suggests genetics make up only 35% of a dogs ability/personality, therefore Morekos takes the responsibility of raising well adjusted puppies very seriously, giving each pup every chance to succeed and prosper.

Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the ENS exercises. The benefits noted were: 
1. Improved cardiovascular performance (heart rate) 
2. Stronger heart beats, 
3. Stronger adrenal glands, 
4. More tolerance to stress, and 
5. Greater resistance to disease.  

On top of bio-sensory stimulation each puppy is regularly handled, making handling a normal, non scary, part of everyday life. Periodically throughout their time in my home they are played the 'scary sounds' CD to help avoid a future fear of loud noise (even though the parents are tested as 'gun sure' and not bothered by guns/thunder/fireworks it is important to make sure the pups are exposed to noise early in development to help them become free of noise phobias too).

Handling is performed daily from birth.

and worming is given every 2 weeks.

2 weeks is the first worming and when the eyes and ears open. Now the pups are starting to explore the world around them. They will be kept in a clean and toy enriched environment, that will help develop personalities and allow for exploration and fun.

Weaning is from 2-4 weeks. As soon as the pups are interested in solids they will be offered plentiful amounts of nutritious premium food, designed for large breed puppies. Once they are eating well the pups will be fed in individual bowls, this helps to prevent food aggression and resource guarding, as well as accustoming them to having manners during dinner time.
4 weeks is when worming is repeated and all the fun begins -

Each puppy will be given some basic training (remember pups are not robots and more training will be needed throughout their life) and they will be introduced to a puppy crate for when confinement will be needed in the future, eg. stays at the vet, dog clubs, etc. Crate training (when taught correctly) helps a dog develop independence by teaching the pup that it is ok to be alone for short periods, thus, helping to minimise the potential for developing separation anxiety. By the time our puppies start to leave for their new homes at 8 weeks they will be used to sleeping individually in their own crates at night.

From 4 weeks the pups will also explore the daytime (outdoor) puppy enclosure. It is designed to expose the litter to many different surfaces and obstacles to help them learn and develop faster, this is where the pups explore while I am working, provided the weather is suitable for them to be outside with mum. The pups are taken on trips to other friends houses and various outings to shops and dog friendly (clean and disease free) venues, to further their socialization.

They are never locked away in boring, bland environments and get to roam around the whole yard (and house) when I'm home to supervise. Puppies will spend much of the daytime outdoors, running free (weather permitting) but will be brought indoors at night to the indoor pen or crates depending on their age at night.  The crucial socialisation period for a German Shepherd is considered to be between 4 and 10 weeks. I make every effort possible to expose the puppies to different people, animals, sounds and sights to help get them off to a head start, before they head off to their new homes at 8 weeks, my friends and family also love the chance to help socialise the pups and are always cued up to take part.

-above the 'A' litter (6 weeks) during a 'puppy party'

At six weeks its another worming and our first vaccination at the vets. Before this all important check, the puppies will already be used to handling of the face, ears, tail as well as basic restraints that may be needed in a veterinary exam. This helps make the vet a happy place and helps the vet to get everything done efficiently so there is time for a cuddle and a liver treat at the end!

At 7 weeks we invite the official Tattoo officer from the GSDL to give the pups their all important identification, its not the most pleasant experience for the pups so its important to make everything as quick and comfortable as possible. As I am a certified microchip implanter, I am able to administer and confirm each puppy has been chipped in accordance with NSW law.

At 8 weeks old it's time for worming and an application of Advocate for heart-worm, flea and mite protection. For all the 'pet' puppies it is also time to be desexed and another vet trip is planned.

Once everyone is back home it's a few days break before the puppies leave to join their new forever homes and start a new life with a loving family to share and grow old with, and a new chapter for the puppies begin, however we are only a phone call away for help and advice for the life of all Morekos puppies.