Right from the moment they were born, we have been socialising each and every puppy born at Hallslake, preparing him (or her) for his future life as a loving companion. We have introduced different noises, different surfaces, different play items and areas, as well as different animals, vehicles and feeding locations – all of this habituation and novelty contributes to the puppies’ early development. The early ground work that we put into these litters’ social and emotional wellbeing has a direct impact on the puppies’ ability to be fit for function as a family dog.
It is imperative that the puppy’s new owner continues this socialisation when their new puppy comes home. From about 5 weeks of age, and continuing over the time the puppy normally goes to his new home, an important transition takes place in the puppy’s ability to take in new situations as his natural fearfulness increases. It is therefore so important that new owners don’t miss this valuable window of opportunity for their puppy to experience new things – which will close at around 14 weeks of age. Because of this small window, we ask for puppies to be collected before they are 10 weeks old where ever possible. This gives the puppy the best possible opportunity to mould in to his new environment and family without issue. If for any reason you are planning to have a puppy from us that you are unable to collect before they are 10 weeks old we need to know as soon as possible so we can make arrangments to extend the socilisation of your puppy beyond our normal early day program. We ask £7 per day for puppies staying with us after 10 weeks of age, and during their time with us we will start on a socialisation plan more closely alligned to that which they will receive when they do go to their new home. We will start lead training, they will spend a lot more time in our home, they will get used to being in a crate, sleeping alone and grass training (for wee's). They will spend time with bigger groups of older dogs (non family) to encourage good canine manners, and away from other dogs or litter mates to encourage good human manners! They will get used to being bathed, blow dried and groomed, will have their eye, ear and toe hair trimmed using electric clippers and will have their nails cut (all things a cockapoo is likely to need to be confident with in later life). They will spend alone time both in the house, and outside, to encourage independance, and will without doubt spend a lot of time being carried about and cuddled by one (or both) of my 2 daughters!
We can also arrange for 2nd vaccinations to be administered at our closest veterinary surgery. We charge an aditional £60 for this to cover the cost of the vacine and the travel to and from Minehead which is 20 miles from us. For puppies which are going to be exported we ask a capped fee of £350 which covers the socialisation and keep up to 16 weeks of age (which is the earliest they are permitted to travel abroad), their 2nd vaccination, rabies vaccination and their passport.