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Please, read this information so you will understand why I cannot give a specific date the puppies will be ready to go to new homes. Typically it is 6 - 8 weeks old.                     *Some of the following information has been cut/pasted from ASPCA website* 1. When is the best time to wean a litter of puppies? Whether puppies are orphaned or with their mothers, weaning can generally begin between three and four weeks of age, and is ideally completed by about seven to eight weeks of age. Although it’s often unavoidable, especially in the case of orphaned dogs, it’s preferable to allow weaning to be a gradual process that occurs over several weeks. Puppies need time to learn important behaviours from their mother and litter mates, including how to interpret signs of dominance, inhibit their own biting habits and submit to more dominant dogs. "This is why I let the mothers wean at their own pace (usually 6 - 8 weeks), unlike puppy mills that will completely take puppies away from mothers as early as 3 weeks!" 2. How Does ASPCA Recommend Weaning a Litter of Puppies? Start by separating the mother from her litter for a few hours at a time. While separated, introduce the puppies to eating from a pan. This time apart will reduce the pups’ dependency on their mother’s milk and overall presence. The amount of food and the frequency and length of separation can gradually be increased. As the puppies become independent and self-confident, they can spend more and more time away from their mother until they are completely weaned. "I don't do this, my belief and I have found from years of breeding, the mother will separate herself from pups when she knows they are ready (usually 6 to 8 weeks). She will slowly reduce nursing and this is when I start giving dry food softened with goats milk. When mother stops nursing I gradually make food less moist till they are eating dry food.” 3. What Should I Feed Puppies During the Weaning Process? During the weaning process, it’s a good idea to feed puppies the same high-quality puppy food they’ll eat throughout their growth period right from the start. Be sure to moisten the food with warm water to create a soupy gruel that’s appealing to their sensitive palates. For the first few feeding’s, pups may need encouragement to eat. For example, puppies may be allowed to lick gruel from a finger dipped into the pan. Most puppies will quickly learn to feed from the bowl. Always have fresh water available. "I use Pedigree dry puppy food. I add warm Goat Milk to dry food, then let stand till moist (about 1/2 hour) Then feed to pups. I start this at approximately 4 weeks of age when mother starts to wean, making it less soaked and more crunchy every week till eating only dry food.” Goats milk is excellent for pups 2nd to mothers milk!                         More information can be read on the ASPCA website