Saturday, February 11, 2012

Let the Puppy Games Begin!

The pups hit another exciting milestone yesterday--they started to play! I love this stage where they start interacting with each other and their mom. I haven't been able to get any video of the interactions but I'll try to today. Instead I posted a favorite clip of mine from the Wine litter. It is of Corey playing with one of the pups under Una's watchful eye. This pup is about five days older than the High litter so you know what you have to look forward to.

We are redecorating the whelping box today, too. The sheets came off since the pups' eyes have adapted to the world around them. We are also adding toys so the pups have some inanimate objects to interact with. I hesitated to do it sooner because of the number of pups Dreamer has to deal with but things are going pretty well so it's time. Toys for pups of this age have to be incredibly safe since they have no concept of danger and will plow full steam ahead toward whatever it is they want, regardless what danger might be in the way. Our job is to figure out how to keep them safe while still stimulating their bodies, minds and senses.

Dreamer just went up to 6 pounds of food today. She is content and calm in the box now, happy to stay for long periods, cleaning up, nursing and sleeping with the pups. As you can see in the photos, Corey is offering to help in the whelping box.

Hopefully you got to see Mr Royal Blue demonstrating the Biosensor and scent exercises we do with the pups every day. If you didn't, you can see it here. I think he's a star!

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