If you have read my blog you might have read some of this as I wrote a blog on the part one phase of building our nursery. We have made a LOT of changes and improvements since then I am slowly getting updated pictures up. Our Nursery is something that a lot of thought has went into and we are continually looking for ways to improve it. Our Mamas are kept in our Nursery when they have a litter or are in season. Our goal is to have the best way of doing something so our dogs are happy and healthy. We must always be willing to change things and discover what we can do different to make something better. We decided that the only way that everything could be kept completely sanitary and disease free was to build a nursery and have a controlled environment for our puppies to grow in. It is heated/cooled and all surfaces can be easily disinfected so that we keep our puppies at optimal health. The floors and walls are coated in marine paint so no germs can soak in and they wipe clean super easy. We have inside areas for the mamas/puppies and outside runs. Our puppies are born in our home and stay there until they can maintain their own body temperature which is around 3 weeks. At 3 weeks the puppies are moved to the nursery and at about 3 1/2 weeks the puppies start following mama out to potty in the nursery and this will help you with potty training. Each stall in the nursery has block walls separating so the mamas have privacy if we have more than one litter at a time. Our nursery is built under our barn and we are in the processing of adding a grooming room on as well as a room for meet and greet. We also have individual pens for each dog for feed time. They are only put in the pens 30 minutes a day 15 in the morning and 15 in the afternoon to eat so we can maintain healthy body weights on them because free feeding just doesn’t work to maintain healthy body weight and when we have visitors to keep them safe from running in front of cars. At 5-6 weeks we introduce the puppies to the outside they enjoy the pastures and small pond out behind the nursery. They meet chickens, goats, and sometimes a mini horse. We are very proud of our facilities!