8 Weeks Old Tomorrow!

February 27th, 2022

They start going home next weekend, I am really happy so far with how they are turning out!

Red Girl:

Orange Girl:

Yellow Girl:

Green Boy:

Blue Girl:

Purple Girl:

Pink Boy:

The Vet!

February 24th, 2022

The puppies had their first official trip to the vet (where I work) yesterday (they’d been for happy visits a couple of times first). They had their checkups, first distemper-parvo shots (once again, I had a nomograph run on Alice, so we knew that the ideal vaccine times for this litter were 7 and 11 weeks for DHPP), and microchips. They did GREAT!

They’ve also been eating at least one meal a day alone or in pairs in crates, to help them start learning that crates are ok, and I will also start feeding the ones who may be flying on a plane to go home in a Sherpa bag so they are used to that too. You can’t guarantee that they’ll be perfect, but at least they’re getting some experience with it!

7 Weeks Old Tomorrow

February 20th, 2022

Only their second time on the table and they did great! Stills from video so, you know, quality.

Red Girl:

Orange Girl:

Yellow Girl:

Green Boy:

Blue Girl:

Purple Girl:

Pink Boy:

Barrier Challenge 2

February 19th, 2022

I made a couple of mistakes here. They could see the older dogs through a baby gate and that was so much distraction for several of them. Ideally I should have done this sooner than a week after the last time. So I did help a couple of them out.

Red Girl

Orange Girl (scary!)

Yellow Girl

Green Boy

Blue Girl

Purple Girl

Pink Boy

Introducing The Clicker

February 16th, 2022

As usual, video is unforgiving and my timing isn’t as good as it should be, but they all got the idea! You can see that a couple are in mild fear periods, but they played anyway! This is really just to get them to understand the idea, I start with a few click then treats (baby food), then start right into clicking and treating for looking at/touching/approaching the box. I have never really felt that charging the clicker more than these few times is necessary, and I think it can even muddy the waters.

Loving these puppies so far! (also, this is the room they were born in, but they haven’t been back in here since they moved to the big house, and they haven’t been here since the whelping box was taken down, so it’s a pretty new environment for them too).

Red Girl:

Orange Girl:

Yellow Girl:

Green Boy:

Blue Girl:

Purple Girl:

Pink Boy:

6 Weeks Old

February 13th, 2022

(tomorrow). Stacking 6 week old puppies is like stacking Jello, but here they are:

Red Girl:

Orange Girl:

Yellow Girl:

Green Boy:

Blue Girl:

Purple Girl:

Pink Boy:

Barrier Challenge 1

February 12th, 2022

The puppies are 40 days old today, and we did the first barrier challenge today. This is relatively easy, with the bowl of food (canned tripe) and the puppy both near the edge of the barrier (a piece of ex pen). It’s interesting seeing how differently some approach it. They were hungry (it was time for a meal), so this was a really good exercise in both problem solving AND learning to deal with frustration. Each puppy had two chances at the challenge, and I did make it slightly easier for a couple of them the first time if they were getting TOO frustrated.

Red Girl:

Orange Girl:

Yellow Girl:

Green Boy:

Blue Girl:

Purple Girl:

Pink Boy:

Happy Visit To The Vet!

February 11th, 2022

I am very fortunate to work where I do for many reasons, not least the fact that I can take puppies in for a happy visit at the end of the work day so they can have a happy experience there before they get vaccinated and microchipped and examined in a couple of weeks (the nomograph this time indicated the optimal first vaccination for this litter is 7 weeks). Plus I think the folks I work with appreciated a bit of puppy therapy after a long week.

I was enormously impressed with how the puppies did! A couple are in fear periods and they got over their initial worry very quickly and were out marching around like everyone else in no time! They also got a car ride and tried a strawberry!

Alice came with us for moral support and to provide refreshments.

Five and a half weeks old!

February 10th, 2022

They’ve been on the grooming table to eat baby food, experiencing new things every day (sometimes toys, sometimes experiences like going upstairs one at a time, or climbing on a tarpaulin). Videos and pictures to follow.

The World Gets Bigger

February 1st, 2022

So we set up the big house (6 x 8 pen in the living room) last week, and the puppies have been spending more and more time in it. We continue to give them something new every day. And today they got to LEAVE THE PEN and play with the other dogs. Grandma Zhora was just perfect with them, just like her mother Nina.

Grandma Zhora:

Purple Girl showing the blue fuzzy bone who’s boss:

Playing with Alice: