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Happy 6 week birthday puppies!

Posted by minasviewkennels on November 5, 2016 at 6:05 PM

Well six weeks has gone by pretty fast! The last two have been especially busy, puppies have transitioned from mommas milk diet to moist puppy mush to almost completely dry kibble. House breaking has been a piece of cake with this litter, Lulu did such a great job keeping everyone clean and dry that they now either hold the urge or choose a spot at the back of puppy pen so their beds stay clean. We take pups outside after naps and after meals so they are learning that thats the human preferred toileting site, Chuck actually scratched and whined at the back door yesterday- he barely made it to the grass before he was squatting! Doctor Dana was visited yesterday, all had wonderful checkups and very healthy weight gain (perhaps a little chubby). Its been a week since we allowed Lulu to sleep with the pups, she was appearing too thin and as with each whelp has started to shed her hair, the first night she cryed for them and i went to her at 2am, allowed her to nurse them for five minuites and then put her back to bed, the second night she did not cry for them at all, i think she is happy to be away from those sharp teeth and nails, and to not be responsible for clean up, she has returned to her place in the pack. Lulu is more relaxed with the other dogs socializing with the pups, Lucy and Beau have been very gentle when playing with the puppies. Raven has been indifferent with this litter, early on she was very curious and wanted to be in the nursery, but now that the pups are lively and running wild, she comes in, looks around, gives a low groan and retreats back upstairs- "not my monkeys, not my zoo". It will soon be time to pass the leash to new owners, I am excited for both the pups and their families. This has been one of my easiest litters to raise, from the very start pups were healthy and content, i was never stressed regarding their weight gain or development, families just seemed to find the right pup at the right time, and i believe all things happen for a reason, and all things are meant to be...Bruce has been filling my kennel boots for the last several days because i had knee surgery, and he is doing a fine job! I think he now realizes how raising pups is a full time job for eight weeks! when my kids were little and if we had pups i remember having to stop them from playing with the puppies, because puppies needed to sleep, now i have to call them at university and ask "can you come play with puppies? bring friends!"

i would like to repost some tips that new families may find helpful, this was originally posted last year in the

So, if you read the previous entry, i thought i might share some tips.....I blogged for an hour straight and then pressed DELETE instead of publish.....

my tips on feeding:When puppies leave minasview they are receiving three meals per day of moistened puppy kibble (eukanuba large breed puppy), they share four bowls at this stage which helps them be competitive at the food source while not being overly protective of food. We suggest you continue three meals per day if possible until your puppys tummy is big enough to digest the daily ration in two meals. As your puppy grows refer to the back of food bag to adjust the daily requirements. We also encourage you to maintain a schedule as to when and where puppies are fed, only allow your pup a set time to eat (this will vary according to individual pups but 10 mins is reasonable), this will let them know that food is only available Now, when your late for work in the morning you dont want to have to wait for puppy to leisurely finish his breakfast, and never leave food out for puppy to graze....this will slow down housebreaking (puppy will be running on a full tank) and at the beginning its the owner who needs to be aware of the times puppy will need to go out (usually right after eating) leaving food out at all times will also encourage obesity which is so bad for a lab, they have a bottomless pit and will eat everything provided....which leads me into my next tip, as you begin training basic commands such as sit and wait, have your pup sit before giving him the food, make eye contact and only on your command should he be allowed to chow down, this will be a safety measure for you, as not all things that land on the kitchen floor should be consumed by dogs- some human foods are very toxic, teach your pup to wait...

my tip on crate training; Just do it! 25 years ago when Bruce and I purchased our first puppy (eeekkk from a pet store) we didnt have anyone to encourage us to DO IT, that dog chewed through our brand new house, jumped on anyone who dared ring the doorbell, and was constantly being scolded....i now realize we were the ones who needed scolding, we failed to provide a puppy with boundries, limits and the security of a den. Crate training is not easy, but it is rewarding, at first the puppy will cry, whine, howl and bark to be let out (its because they love your companionship so much) but like all toddlers they need safety- we suggest a small crate to begin with, it should be where the hub of activity is in the household (you want them to be accustomed to noise), when they begin to show signs of restlessness and have had sufficient play/exercise (which isnt very long for a new pup) put them in the crate, a favorite chew toy reserved for crate time is hepful....be consistant and dont give up, one night at about 12 weeks old that same pup that fussed about going in will decide its bedtime and just go in on his own and fall asleep (this of course will make you feel like the proudest new puppy owner in the world and you share this huge accomplishment)

my tip on being a pack member: Socializing your pup is one of the most important aspects of raising a good dog! Many communities offer puppy socialization classes, and if there is one near you take advantage of the oppurtunity to meet new puppy families, the classes give your pup a time to not only meet other dogs, but people too! To a puppy we are a strange breed- millions of different smells, some people are short, others tall, hairless humans and humans in hats, some walk while others appear to move via wheels- expose your pup to all new expeiriences and people, so that taking them out in public is something to look forward to. At home set boundries, its important that puppy knows that they are not the leader, if you do not set boundries they may want to take over the pack and become dominant...snuggling a puppy on your lap is wonderful, an 85lb lab sitting on your lap, while your having a coffee....not so wonderful, but if that 85 lb lab is sitting on your feet while you have a coffee...right back to wonderful! In our home we "invite" the dogs to share a spot on the couch, they are scolded if they jump up uninvited, usually Raven stares me down until i say "okay!"

My tip regarding "outside": When your puppy goes home," going outside "should mean- time to pee (or poop), so as soon as your pup does his buisness, scoop him up and come back inside, after a week and housebreaking is going splended going outside can be to play as well. Puppies are very curious and will want to explore the big world outside, but dont confuse them at first, pee outside, explore inside (vise versa is no fun at all). Be aware of everything pup gets into outside, dirt, plants and rocks are all seen as edible to a pup. Actually going out the door should also be a training lesson for your pup, never let pup go out the door ahead of you...puppy should sit, and be trained to remain sitting until you cross the threshold and give the okay command, this tip saves lives, most puppies who go missing or are hit by cars have bolted out an open door without a leash on, again this lesson can be taught with basic commands sit and wait.


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