April 6, 2021 – Piper’s puppies are almost six weeks old now! They are doing very well and are learning to separate from mama and each other a little more. The crate training is going well, and they still cry, but it doesn’t seem to ever last more than five minutes at this point. They don’t like being away from each other, and they’ll have some adjustment when they leave us, but the crate will at least be something they will be familiar with. We have started leash training and they are getting better at eating their kibble (they still always prefer mama!). They are growing in confidence every day! Here are the pictures we took of them today.
March 30, 2021 – Piper and Bear’s pups are almost five weeks old now. They are doing great with all of their conditioning and are growing in confidence every day. They are unfazed by any of the “scary” sounds we introduce them to and completely fall asleep to sounds of thunderstorms, vacuums, fireworks and more. They are not showing any shyness with people and their socialization is exactly where we want them to be at this age. We are working on naps in crates every day now. They cry a bit, but that doesn’t last very long. We give them NO attention until they are quiet, as we ignore bad behavior and reward the good. We’ll continue this pattern of two to three naps a day in a crate so that they are conditioned to a crate and also are learning to be okay apart from their litter. (All hard challenges for a young pup, but we want to make the transition as easy as we can for everyone.) They will still have some adjustment (and even some crying) when they leave us and their litter, but the transition time should be brief.
Next week, we’ll be working on some leash training and we’ll continue with more conditioning and introducing them to new things. They’re doing great with the litter box and they started eating mushy kibble this week! Last night, they spent their first night away from mama. Everyone did well and they all reunited in the morning. Here are the pictures we took of them today. It seems like they changed a lot in a week!
March 23, 2021 – The pups are doing well! We fell behind a little bit on posting pictures, and actually, time has flown and didn’t realize it’s been a bit. The pups are very alert now, and they can hear! We’re working on the next phase of conditioning them to all kinds of “scary” sounds. We finished the bio-sensor program steps, and we now are focusing more on new experiences such as more baths and introducing them to blow drying. Yesterday we brought them out for their first play time. They mostly sat and explored a bit. They aren’t incredibly active yet; sleepy little chubby pups that mostly still eat and sleep. We focus on daily massaging, walking them around the house, lots of holding time and human interaction. Very soon, the pups will be wrestling, playing and chasing. We’ll capture that on video and post on Instagram next week. Here are the pictures we took of them today!
March 12, 2021 – They’re eyes are open! We welcome to our world: Peter, Phillip, Paul and Patty! Here they are. . .
March 5, 2021 – Piper and Bear’s pups are a week old now and doing well. They’ve gained a lot of weight and are strong and eating very well. Piper continues to be a great mama and hardly leaves their side, other than to eat or go potty. Their eyes won’t open for another week, but we see their pigmentation in the paw pads and noses are turning black. We started their daily bio-sensor steps and all is well. Here are some pictures we took of them today. We separated them from mom for a minute for some of the pictures and they didn’t like that! Here they are.
February 25, 2021 – We have a new litter of babies here and we’re excited for the arrival of Piper’s puppies, three boys and one girl. All arrived with healthy weights and latched on immediately and are nursing well and thriving. Mama had to have a C-section because labor wasn’t starting. With the vet’s guidance, we knew the perfect time to bring the pups out into the world. She spent a day or so resting and being monitored at the vet hospital so we could bring the pups out when we knew they were ready. Everybody is settled in at home now, and mama is a little sore, but content and loving her babies. We’ll post updates and pictures here weekly so you can watch them grow. Here they are!