What a ride! This week has been filled with its ups and downs. The puppies all came in just over an hour which is really fast. The last time she had puppies it took 5 hours for them all to be delivered. The birth went so well, all of the puppies came out moving and squeaking. Everyone seemed to be doing well, although, there were 2 puppies (red and orange) who were very small. They had a hard time latching and were barely moving so we started supplementing. Sadly, even after all of our efforts to get their strength up, they passed away. Luckily the rest of the puppies are thriving and are really starting to make their way around their box. The other bump in the road we had was that sometime during the birth the boy puppy with the blue collar lost his toe on his back left foot. The vet looked at him and said that it isn't a weight-bearing toe and shouldn't effect him at all. While we were at the vet all of the puppies had their dew claws removed. We have 3 girls all with curly hair like their mom and 2 boys, both with wavy hair like their dad!
Week 2 has been going so well. All of the puppies have opened their eyes and are starting to walk around the whelping box. They are getting so quick at finding Tilly as soon as she goes in the box. They are also getting very vocal and let you know when they are hungry! All of the puppies had their nails trimmed and they all took it so well. The puppies have also been doing the "Bio Sensor" program. Here is a website that goes into detail about what the program entails and what some of the benefits are: https://breedingbetterdogs.com/article/early-neurological-stimulation
While we are doing it we also play with the puppies ears and tug gently on their tails.
This week the puppies have gotten so active! They are all up and walking around now and are even starting to play. They will try to nip each others faces and backs. It's really fun to watch as they aren't very coordinated yet so the play is very slow and slightly goofy! In other news they are now at the stage where they are learning where they are supposed to go potty at. Their pen has grown and they now have a designated sleeping and potty area. As they start to learn where the potty area is we will start to make it a smaller area so that they have more room to move and play. The puppies also graduated to their big collars, they were already outgrowing their first ones!
The puppies are getting so playful! They love to play with each other and bite the other puppies ears and tails! When you go to see them they all start wagging their tails at you. We have been introducing them to some new toys and their favorite by far is the pink pig. They love to sleep on it and try to pull it around the box. They are getting so much better at going to the bathroom in the right area! They always go poop over there and most of them have learned to pee on the puppy pads as well. It has been so fun seeing their personalities come out over the last couple of days!
This week the puppies have had a lot of big changes. They have started eating puppy food and all of them really like it. Their teeth haven't come in all the way so we have to blend it. Over the next weeks we will start to transition them to solid food. The puppies have been moved to their new puppy area. They have an inside part that has a door that leads to the deck, from the deck they can get to the grass. They have been busy playing outside on the grass and playing in their puppy tunnel. Since the change they are still trying to figure out where the "potty" area is but they are slowly starting to figure it out! They are also starting to get good at going up and down stairs. We have a ramp that leads to the grass and they like to go down the ramp but then up the stairs.
Week 6 and 7
Time got away from me last week so this one is a combined week 6 and 7. The puppies have become so active these last 2 weeks. They now have their puppy teeth and are eating their hard dog food. They are officially weaned from their mom and they are loving their new setup with access to the outside. They now do almost all of their pooping out on the grass. Hopefully this will make house breaking easier on their future owners! They have been such a fun litter. I am so sad that next week they will be leaving me to join their new families. Luckily all of them are going to great families who will give them so much love and attention so that makes it a little easier to see them go!