and the worrying starts. It started today. The anxious feeling that pups are starting to leave and I have to say goodbye. I kiss them and hug them every day a couple times a day. I love on them and scratch their heads. I rub their bellies. And then I know it’s coming to an end and I have to hand them over and trust I have picked a good family to take over and love them the rest of their lives. A family that will teach them and have patience. A family that spend time with them and feed them and exercise them. A family that will forever call them a member of their family.
we are loving this weather. They have been in and out all day. I like to take special pictures at week 8 because not everyone will be here for week 9. So it’s the last pictures and I like to make them special. I have the props up and I’m all ready. But they are not. They want to play. So I’ll try later tonight. I did update weights. The pups are doing great. We did some crate training yesterday and today. And we are up to an hour. By end of week we should be doing nights as well. Right now we are working on awake times not nap times. They fuss a little but are getting it. Typical reactions. They like to play with Dolly and mom. Mom is teaching them manners. Dolly is teaching them to respect your elders. Grandma Bella snuggles with them. In her older age she is not as playful. Prefers to relax and watch. I noticed today they are not as mouthy. So some of the teething is letting up. They will teeth again at 4-6 months but right now I’ve noticed a decline in the biting. Last week was like shark week here. Much better today.
its days like today that i miss summer litters when my son was younger and home with me. He is such a big help. We did dose 2 of dewormer and dremeled toe nails. It’s so much easier with someone else holding them. I was done in 20 mins. On my own I would have struggled for an hour. We outside playing now and have forgot all about how bad that dewormer taste.
did 8 week weights today. They are published on current litter page. I will update Pictures this weekend. We did first 8 week dose of dewormer. 2 more doses to go. Vet appt is scheduled for Thursday. Because of holiday they couldn’t get me in sooner. Which works out better anyway. They will get first shots, microchipped, exam, and Revolution.
pups played outside a lot today. Exploring and chasing each other
we made it outside today for the first time. I judge pups on readiness by the ability to go up and down steps. This litter is so small. And it’s been too cold. Today was great. They are very close to being able to do it by them selves. They played for over 2 hours today outside. Because we spent some much time outside I Did not work on clicker training. We introduced harness and leash yesterday and today we just played. Back to training tomorrow. They are all doing well. Each one has their own strengths. Pink is strong and can do steps easily. Yellow sleeps in crate alone. Blue can sit well on command. Purple walked on leash right away. Red sits the be petted when I get in playpen. Green will stay when given a treat on leash.
i just published the going home tab. I didn’t have time to proof it. I just wanted to get the info to you as soon as possible. It will be a work in progress as I add stuff but it’s a good base. Sorry if any typos. I use my cell to edit website because it’s easier to do for me. I’m not a graphic artist.
we are really teething today. I can’t imagine being a pup and the pain. As a parent we give toddlers meds and numbing rings and all sorts of things to help them. But pups don’t get that. I like to soak and freeze the catapiller toys. They help some. I give them chewing bones. But nothing really satisfies them completely. Fingers are what they want to chew on. But we can’t have that. So distraction it is. I redirect them to sit and then scratch their head or praise them for sitting. I will be doing some more training today. I wanted to get outside. They want outside. Last night they begged at the glass door. But it’s too wet and nasty. I will try tomorrow. They are ready. I’m over protective with going out. When it’s hot I’ll do it at 6 weeks. But when it’s cold and this litter is so small I’m waiting till they are bigger. They have a lifetime to go out. And plenty of time to learn potty outside. I don’t want a sick pup. They were 7 weeks this week. And most are over 5 lbs now.
i too was scared to start raw. Kibble has been around so long why would I change. Well I first got introduced to raw about 10 years ago. We had a German Shepherd that had bad allergies. This dog came from imported lines and the breeder was exceptional. How could he have allergies. Well the answer is just like humans. Any one can have allergies. This dog had food and seasonal allergies. He would dig and dig till he bled. That’s when the vet recommended prescription food. We fed it for awhile but it was so expensive. At the time we boarded him while we went on vacation. The boarder is the one that recommended the raw. And it worked. Other than spring and fall when he needed Benadryl daily because of grass and leaves he did great. No more digging. The years past and I started breeding I fed the best kibble I could find. I researched for no recalls. Companies that put dehydrated pieces in their kibble. Then about a year ago my mom came to me and asked about raw. Her dog has bad allergies, is over weight, and has uti issues. You guessed it. The vet recommended an rx diet and she just couldn’t afford it. Plus it was high in calories. After reasesrching I decided to switch my girls too and give each pup parent the option when they take the pup home. I’m not a raw expert. But I can help you find the answers you need. Most vets are not fond of raw. Holistic vets are. But I still think vets get kick backs from the rx diets they sell. So I know how scary raw seems. You can make elaborate meals. Or you can feed pre mixes like I do. I will send home a raw feeding book to who ever wants to feed raw. But I wanted to take a picture of lunch today to show you how easy it is. I just defrost and weigh and dump. Done.
we did some intense training today. Worked with the clicker on sit. It went well. Although I still feel like this litter is not food motivated like other litters. I know I’m scratching my head too. It’s not a bad thing. I’m just use to them going nuts over a treat. My girls would push each other off a building to get a treat. I’m not joking. The pups just seem so mellow with treats. They could care less. So I did happy rewards. I petted and scratched heads and did positive reinforcements. All is good. They did well. More boxes arrived today. It’s always like Christmas when I have a litter. The raw feeding books came today. Along with the treat pouches. Both new items I’m sending home this litter. Once everything arrives I’ll post pics of the swag bags and goodies. I’m excited to show you guys.