What have we been doing the past week???? There just aren't enough words or pictures (or videos!) to tell you! Here's an update on ALL of the litters for the stages we're traveling through the past seven days. Hold on. . . and keep scrollin'!! There's a LOT we're working on . . . . (the first video is from ten days ago. PS. No worries on the potty training, they are doing great! so if you see a pup "in position" to do his/her job, they are just plain sitting!) :)
Elise pups are all over . . . they are running and playing on any surface, can manage the scary sounds, and go up, under, and through very well. They are being treated as they come when called ("Here Puppy!") and asked to sit before we will pick them up from inside their pen. Tonight (2/14), almost all of the puppies sat and waited to be picked up. WOO HOO! :) Puppies are now weaned, and they're eating dry puppy kibble 3XD, drink from a waterer, and take their vitamin supplements from our hands every morning. Tomorrow they start eating individually for two of those feedings so we can watch intake, screen for guarding issues, and limit competition for food. Puppies had their first baths this past week and first vet examination from Vet Ryan. First shots and microchips will be placed this coming week. The largest puppy is now almost ten pounds!
Puppies were introduced to the Quiet Room this week, where they spend time alone to transition to being without their siblings. We start with fifteen minutes and gradually increase that time to help them adjust. We also enlarged their pen last week, so there's lots of room to play and sleep. We added their den to get used to sleeping inside and practice keeping our pad clean (there's been no mistakes on the pad - hooray!) This coming week, we'll be staging their pen again, this time removing their divider so they have access to a floor space and pad to practice potty training and to access the puppy door to go outside. So these pups are really movin' and shakin' lately! We have lots to do yet!
Elise puppies will also enter the large training room tomorrow (more video next time!), where they will have access to our puppy gym, a small swimming pool, a pool of balls, inclines, and more. We also plan to complete the construction on the puppy doors and outdoor pens, as these needed to be remade with our new updates on the facilities this past summer. Their first ride in a vehicle is scheduled this week and Silas will be spending time with the pups while their mamma, Elise, continues with her dry-off period. So puppies will have LOTS coming this week!
BELLA LITTER UPDATE
Bella's babes are a whole ten days younger than Elise's pups, so we are still in the early stages of our experiences with them. They've really transitioned well from gruel to moistened puppy food 2XD, with powdered vitamin supplements added to that soft mix. Bella still nurses her puppies throughout the day, and soon she will have more freedom this week to romp and play a few hours at a time (away from her pups).
Newly changed chips in the pen below. . . Bella pups love it!
In the early days, as with all litters, there is usually a lot of crying because the experiences are so new and puppies are very young. We start moving out of the whelping boxes when puppies have developed their shiver reflex (around 10-14 days) so they warm themselves if needed. Until that time, we stay pretty safe and warm under a lamp in the whelping pen. So . . .nearing their third-week birthday, we move out as a group into the living space and start "working". The video below is from one of those early sessions. . . (don't worry Bella Families . . . Elise puppies were much worse when they began their "work"!) The sound you hear is our vacuum. We start turning it on and off at this stage so that pups can begin to get used to the real sound (instead of just from a sound socialization CD).
INA LITTER UPDATE
Ina puppies are our youngest. . . four days behind our Bella pups. We are really working hard outside of the pen now, trying to build confidence and coming when called. Their puppy pen has transitioned into a soft bed of chips and they are getting used to using the potty chip pan when they're out to play.
These pens are great! This area transitions into five different stages to accommodate the growing puppies and their needs. We've worked on this design and perfected it in this recent puppy barn update this past summer. We're still working to finish those puppy doors (we hope all three will be functioning yet this season!) and the outdoors turf pens (that are full of snow at the moment), so hopefully we'll have images to share with you soon. You won't find this design anywhere. . . and hats-off to Todd who does all the work creating them! This last update makes my life easier! :)
Even puppies need to learn what plastic bags smell, taste, feel and sound like . . . we use heavy plastic bags and shake them to create the scary sounds they make. It may seem silly to use everyday things for imprinting, but it is actually a very good part of learning what the everyday is like. Of course, paper and plastic is not allowed to be ripped to shreds! but it is important that puppies are not afraid of the sound of waving plastic. . . after all, that sound is everywhere in our world!
Our Ina litter spends time crying, too, when they are learning about the living space, but sometimes spending an extra long hour (+) helps puppies relax much more and attempt things they would not have earlier in our session together.
And finally, my post would not be complete without this . . . .
This is an image I took of one of my granddaughters a few days ago when she was sacked out in the back seat of the truck . . . .this just about says it all when I'm at the end of my day . . . puppy season is a little rough on a person's energy level! LOL! :D
Until next time . . . have a great week! ~ rhonda
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