Below are pictures of our current litter of Paisley’s newborn puppies. They are about 15 hours old in these pictures. Mom and all puppies are doing very well. It was a smooth delivery and unlike most of our deliveries, all puppies were born at a reasonable hour. The last puppy was delivered just before midnight.
The girls are in Pink, Purple, Orange, Red, and Black collars. The boys are in Blue, Gray, and Brown collars.
Pictures of Paisley’s Newborn Puppies
Set Up For Newborn Puppies
The picture below shows our last litter of newborn puppies when two litters are born close to each other. The set up for these puppies is the same. Our dining room table currently has a mattress on it so that I can keep an eye on the puppies overnight. Sydney’s puppies are not yet born as of the making of this page but her box is set up and she is sleeping in there at night.
Pictured above is our keeping room. We have removed some of our furniture and rearranged the rest to accommodate our growing litters.
London and her puppies are in the box closest to the camera. London loves her toys and brought the green toy that you can see in the box to share with her puppies. Below is a picture of one of London’s puppies making herself comfortable on this not so comfy toy! I wouldn’t have chosen this toy for a 4 day old puppy, but it made London happy to share it and apparently Miss Pink likes it more than I would have guessed.
Paisley is in the box closest to the couch. I like to keep the younger puppies closest to where I am sleeping at night which is on the table-turned-bed behind the sofa.
To the left of this picture is our kitchen. Both litters are fenced off from the kitchen to give the moms privacy from our other dogs. At this point, both moms are still spending most of their time in the boxes with their puppies.
To the right of where I am standing is a TV to keep us company during the long nights that we have been up with them.
The blue box between the two whelping boxes is where we put the puppies while we change out the bedding. There is a scale just behind and to the right of London’s litter. Each puppy is weighed two or three times a day for the first few days. Then once we see that are all getting their fair share of the milk and are growing well, we cut back to once a day.
Developmental Information about Paisley’s Newborn Puppies
The average newborn Golden Retriever puppy weighs about 14 ounces. They are totally dependent on their moms. Their eyes and ears are closed and they depend on their already developing sense of smell to find their moms. They cannot walk, but rather scoot around on their bellies.
During these first days, the mom is the primary caretaker. In fact, usually the moms are hesitant to leave the box even for potty breaks. The mom will not only keep them fed, but cleans them as well.
However, young puppies need us humans for the best possible chance of surviving and thriving. We take turns keeping watch over the puppies for the first two weeks, including overnight. Puppies are so small at this age that without supervision, it is very common for the mom to accidentally lay on one of them.
We handle them often and start clipping nails weekly at one or two days of age. Each puppy is weighed daily to make sure they are growing well and getting their share of mom’s milk. We also give them daily probiotics which keeps their digestive system strong.
At three days, we will start ENS (early neurological stimulation). You can read about ENS on our Raising Puppies page .
We ask families to wait until puppies are at least two weeks old before making definite plans and booking flights to pick up puppies. We don’t anticipate loosing any puppies, but it does sometimes happen in those first couple of weeks.
We’ll continue keeping you posted on how Paisley’s newborn puppies are growing on a weekly basis. See our Available Puppies page to get to pages of Paisley’s puppies at other ages.