Newborns spend 98% of the time nursing, and sleeping huddled together for warmth. Newborn puppies cannot regulate their body temperature, so it’s is essential to keep their environment at the proper temperature or else the puppies can become very sick or even die within a short time. ALL puppies are born blind and deaf. At this age, they rely 100% on their mom to keep them clean and lick their privates to stimulate them to go potty. Puppies usually open their eyes around 10 – 14 days old. When their eyes first open, they have a protective glaze over them, so when you look at the puppies eyes, they can appear foggy. This is normal and will usually go away within a few days. Their ears start to open around the same time as well and will begin to react to sound and light. Their noses and pads are usually pink and turn black or liver (chocolate) later. The legs on newborns are fragile, so all they can do for the first two weeks is wiggle around. Like the majority of breeds, Schnauzer puppies get their tails docked and dewclaws removed at 2- 3 days old while their cartilage is still very soft. If it were to be done at a later date once the cartilage calcified into hard bone the procedure would turn into a very expensive, painful, and much more involved amputation surgery.
Each and every one of our Schnauzer puppies starts early neurological stimulation from 4-16 days old. Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. Here’s what early neurological stimulation does for your puppy long term:
- Improved cardiovascular performance (heart rate)
- Stronger heart beats
- Stronger adrenal glands
- More tolerance to stress
- Greater resistance to disease.
Both experience and research have shown the beneficial effects that can be achieved from early neurological stimulation, socialization and enrichment exercises. Each has been used to improve performance and to explain the differences that occur between individuals, their overall trainability, health, and potential. The increasing effects of the three stages have been well documented. Each has a cumulative effect and contributes to the development and the potential for individual performance.