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Our Litter Of Golden Retriever Pups – Week 4

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I hope you’re still following the eight week journey of our Golden Retriever puppies.

If not, and this is your first time to the site you’ll probably want to take a look back at Week 1 , Week 2, and Week 3.

On to week #4!

Golden Retriever Puppies - Week 4
Golden Retriever Puppies – Week 4

Here’s what happens with a litter of Golden Retriever pups in week 4:

Golden Retriever Pups Week 4

All the weeks we spent with our six little Golden pups were a joy, but week 4 just might be my favorite.

Puppies are adorably cute at 4 weeks and they are interacting and starting to show personality.

Meanwhile, Raven was still being a good mama and cleaning up the poop and pee messes and generally keeping a tidy whelping box.

If you want to see the puppies in action we shot all the videos in this sponsored video for the Carlson Portable Pet Pen during week 4 (except for the clips of Bear at 5 months old):

See what I mean about adorably cute!

One of the most important things is to make sure all the puppies are gaining weight.

For 8 weeks I weighed all 6 puppies once a day.

Here’s the Day 22 weight chart:

PuppyShave MarkColorWeight (Day 22)
Liberty (Berlin)Right Back LegGreen3 lb 12.5 oz
Tank (Bear)Left Back LegBlack4 lb 2.5 oz
Trooper (Buster)Right ShoulderRed3 lb 8 oz
PatriotLeft ShoulderBlue4 lb 4 oz
SpiritLower BackPink4 lb 3.5 oz
GunnerUpper BackBrown3 lb 13 oz

Our chunky Tank got passed up by Patriot and Spirit!  Meanwhile, Trooper dropped to the back of the pack.

All pups were gaining weight every day which was a good sign.

I forgot to mention that before Raven had her puppies we looked for a small scale to weigh the puppies.

Most of the scales we came across had a 10 lb limit.

We knew that the puppies would likely exceed 10 lbs before we sent them off to their forever homes so we researched and found a baby scale that we figured we’d be able to use when Emma arrived.

We purchased this baby scale and it worked great with all our puppies.

We’re now using it to track Emma’s weight and since it has a 45-pound capacity she’ll have to share with any new litters. 🙂

Golden Puppies Week #4 Highlights

Day 22 – Nail Clipping

Golden Pups Week 4 - Cradling while trimming puppy nails
Golden Pups Week 4 – Cradling while trimming puppy nails

Puppy nails/claws get sharp in a hurry.

I started clipping nails once a week with regular human nail clippers.

When cutting nails I only cut to the part where the nail starts to curve.

The puppies all did well during nail trimming sessions and it also gave me a chance to handle all four paws getting the pups used to relaxing with humans.

Day 26 – Walking On New Surfaces

Now that the puppies were stable and walking more normal I started introducing them to new surfaces.

We were able to get them out on the dirt, grass, and concrete in the backyard.

The little guys are a bit cautious as it’s much different than walking on the safe confines of the whelping mat, but eventually, they forgot about the surface, played, and explored.

Golden Pups Week 4 - Puppies exploring new surfaces.
Golden Pups Week 4 – Puppies exploring new surfaces.

We also start introducing our pups to the crate and start working on teaching them calm behavior while in the crate.

Day 27 – Solid Food…Kinda…

This was the first day I introduced solid food.

It’s actually very funny because the puppies have no idea what it is until they eventually shove their faces in the mush.

I took their regular puppy kibble, soaked it in hot water for 10 minutes, and smashed it up into a mush.

Like I said the puppies really don’t know what’s going on until eventually their nose hits the mush and they start chomping away.

One of the early problems is making sure everyone gets an equal (or close to) amount of food.

We allowed the puppies to eat their solid food and still nurse throughout the day.

We didn’t start weaning the puppies until around week 6.

Just in case you were wondering we fed our puppies Wellness Core Natural Grain Free Puppy Food.

Why Wellness Core Grain Free Puppy Formula?

We feed the older dogs Wellness Core Grain Free Original Formula so we figured the transition from the puppy formula to the original formula would be easier on the pups when the time came to move away from puppy food.

Okay, guys and gals that’s a wrap!

Golden Retriever pups week #4 is in the books!

Check out our other Golden Retriever puppy growth week by week blog posts:

  • Week 1 – Six Golden Retriever puppies are born!
  • Week 2 – Pups eyes are opening starting to waddle.
  • Week 3 – First bark! Good or Bad…Adorable 🙂
  • Week 4 – This is Week 4!
  • Week 5 – Puppies love car rides…in the laundry basket 🙂
  • Week 6 – Fluffy, cute, adorable…that’s a 6 week old puppy!
  • Week 7 – The great puppy escape artists!
  • Week 8 – Our golden puppies head to their new homes.

So tell us a little about your experiences.

Have you ever had the chance to raise a litter or meet a 4 week old puppy?

Tell us about your experiences in the comment section below.

Are you expecting a litter of Golden Retriever puppies? If so, you should check out Puppy Culture DVD and Workbook to help you get started.

Did you just bring home an adorable 8-week-old Golden Retriever puppy? If so, Puppies for Dummies is a great book that will give you the basics on how to raise and train your new puppy.

If you’re preparing for a litter of puppies you might want to check out our whelping checklist and make sure you have everything you need before your puppies arrive.

Our litter of Golden Retriever puppies week 4. Our Golden puppies are quite adorable at week 4 and not as messy as they will be in weeks 5-8. These Golden pups get their nails trimmed every week and learn to walk on new surfaces in preparation for service dog work. #servicedogpuppy #goldenretrieverpuppy #goldenpuppies #puppyintraining #litterofpuppies #goldenretrievers
Our litter of Golden Retriever puppies – week 4

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  1. We don’t sell our puppies. We work partner with service dog organizations to place them with individuals with disabilities.

  2. I’m glad you found our series of blog posts helpful. We had a second litter of Golden Retrievers that just turned 9 weeks. Raven had 8 in her second litter and it was nice for us to look back at our blog posts and compare the first litter with the second. We’ll put another post together about Raven’s second litter soon.

  3. Having the puppies around was a ton of fun! Raven took care of most of there needs for the first 4 weeks, but the last 4 weeks is a lot of work…lots of poop and pee!

  4. Thanks for the great series of posts. My Golden had a litter two weeks ago, so it’s nice to be able to compare and watch as they grow.

  5. They are so adorable!!! I would love to have a puppy like that. You are so lucky to have them around you.

  6. Yes, they are a lot of work. A couple weeks back we had a 13 week old black Lab for 2 weeks and a few weeks before that we had a 9 week old Golden/Lab cross. Everyone goes on vacation in the summer time so lots of puppy sitting at our house.

  7. They are so cute! Makes me almost forget how much trouble they are. Remy’s breeder has been posting the latest litter and I have to keep reminding myself how much work puppies are!

  8. The first 4 weeks were great! Raven did most of the work to that point, but as they started eating more solid food, getting more active, and getting bigger it started to get real messy in the whelping box and we had to clean the entire area several times a day. It’s funny I’d have days when I left the house for a few hours dreading the disaster when I got home and the whelping box would be totally clean. Other days I’d be gone for 20 minutes and it looked like they had a poop fight in their whelping box.

  9. Ahh…so cute!! I assume it was a ton of work to have the puppies, but they are so adorable!! Raven must have been a proud mama.

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