We turn them in on Feb 28. Theyíll get vet checked that day and microchipped. Then theyíre off to Puppy Raisers the next day, March 1. Thatís when theyíll be 8 weeks old. CCI likes the puppies to remain with people, so the turnaround time from turn in to going home with their Puppy Raiser is usually only a day.
Itís a lot of work and so much laundry! But weíre enjoying it. Itís also given me an even greater respect for breeders. Thereís no way Iíd be able to have time to communicate with prospective puppy purchasers. I now understand why you have to be very patient when contacting breeders. Theyíre busy, especially once the litter has arrived. Iím also lucky that my fellow CCI breeders are eager to swap supplies, toys, bedding, etc. It allows the pups maximum exposure to a variety of things without having to break your own bank. I donít know how breeders do this without going broke! Iíve never complained about puppy pricing and have happily paid what the particular breeder was charging, but I now totally get how theyíre truly not making money at even $2000 a puppy. This experience is teaching me so much.
Iím also understanding why breeders throw up red flags when people post on here about someone having numerous litters at one time. Unless they have a hired staff, I donít see how they do it and do it well.
Once they're weaned, will they be DANA tested to find out whom the sire is? I remember you saying there were 3 or 4 studs and I'm curious to know how they split.
When they turn in on Feb 28, as part of the vet check, blood is drawn to do DNA testing. Iím anxious to see the parentage report. Three puppies are clearly structurally different from two other ones. So Iím expecting at least two sires. Because Iím not trained or experienced in breeding, I canít tell with the other 3 puppies. Sometimes they look like the bigger group and other days they look like the smaller group.
We are enjoying this experience so much! And luckily Iíve already connected with 3 (and possibly 4) of the PRs on Facebook so that I can hopefully see how the puppies do long term and which ones go on at age 2 to become a service dog! Theyíre all lovely pups so Iím hopeful we will be one of the rare litters to have a near perfect success rate. Go, puppies, go!
I've enjoyed reading about your experience, it's great to hear about all the support you get from CCI, it's an amazing organization. You're a very important part of this journey for these pups to become an assistance dog for someone. One you should be very proud of.