Thursday, December 5, 2013

One Week Photos

The Color pups are nine days old - can you believe it?   I am having some technical difficulties with the photo-hosting site, so have not been able to upload photos for the last couple of days.   So I thought I would give you a close-up of each pup taken when they were a week old.  So here are the Color pups - girls first, of course!
Miss Black

Miss Green

Miss Pink

Miss Purple

Miss Red

Miss Yellow
And now the boys!

Mr. Blue

Mr. Brown
The pups have sure kept us busy.  We are cutting nails every three days and started adding things to the whelping box.  Of course, we have lots of snuggle time with each pup.  On Day 3 we started Early Neurological Stimulation and Early Scent Introduction, which will continue until day 16.   Many of you have heard of ENS, but perhaps have not heard of ESI.  We started doing ESI with our litters about eight years ago and have seen some pretty impressive results in the adult dogs.  It's quite simple to do - you present different objects for the pups to smell for 3-5 seconds.  With our pups we include game birds, such as pheasant and duck.   At a recent Avidog seminar one of the participants brought us a grouse wing, which got eight paws up but he Color litter!  

Other kinds of items we present are natural materials such as dirt, wood, leaves, grass and moss.  We avoid foods, but will use fruit.  Lastly we will present household objects made of plastic, leather and metal. It is amazing to see pups as young as 3 and 4 days old show very clear likes and dislikes!

Gayle has done a webinar for the AKC about ESI, which is due out by the end of the year.   If you want to be notified when it is released drop me a note at

Stay tuned as I hope to have the photos up on the sharing site soon.

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