Litter's Early Life, Week 2
following information, unless otherwise noted, is taken directly from
the Web pages Cathy created for this litter. It is reprinted here with
Week Two (Days
OF THE PUPPIES
- Eyes should
open around days 8-10
- Ears should
open around days 13-17
should be around 97-99F
Birth to 2 weeks: Puppies
are born with eyes and ears closed, Their experiences are thru touch
and smell. They are able to sense heat, cold, and texture. They are
totally dependent upon their mother for everything, even the stimulation
of bowl and bladder function.
14 to 21 days: The
puppy’s nervous system undergoes rapid development. The eyes and ears
open, and baby teeth appear. He begins to stand up and by three weeks
will try to explore his environment. He begins to interact with littermates
and learns play behavior. By 21 days the puppies are able to lap food
from a bowl, though they continue to nurse.
The pups are
starting to try to walk more. Very wobbly and unsteady, they teeter
up and most of the time go rolling onto their backs. The fleece whelping
pads offer good footing for the pups. Some breeders use newspaper
in the box, since it doesn't have to be washed. The pups don't get
good footing on the slick paper, and as a result often don't walk
as quickly as they normally would.
that needs to be watched for at this age is any Swimmer Puppies. The
term swimmer is used to describe a puppy that paddles its legs much
like a turtle but is unable to stand. A puppy should be standing and
walking by three weeks of age. As a result of weak muscles in the
rear limbs, swimmers are generally unable to stand at the normal age.
Slippery floors may worsen or in some cases may even cause swimmer
puppies. This is not always the case because swimmer puppies are also
seen when a rough surface is used for raising puppies. In any event,
an affected puppy should be placed on a rough rather than slippery
|Still just sits there on the
cold cloth trying to nurse from it
||The most active of
the liver pups
|Was same size as white girl,
now seems to be gaining on her.
||Fastest boy to get off the cold cloth.
very relaxed when Supine
|Still the most passive.
Now the largest in the litter.
By far the best nurser
|Small and scrappy. loud nurser.
Still gets knocked off while nursing
by the bigger brutes
||Tries the hardest to right herself while
in the Head pointed down exercise. Very vocal
All the pups
are getting more active, and more vocal during the Bio Sensor exercises.
Some still get very much relaxed while in the Supine position. Some
are starting to crawl rather quickly off the cold moist towel. Others
know they don't like it, but do not know what to do about it. (i.e.,
just holler!) The boys seem very equal in size and activity level. The
boys also seem to hang together. Many times all 4 boys will either be
sleeping in a pile in-between Gabby's front legs, or all four will be
the only ones nursing.
been at a seminar for the last several days. It was led by Sue Ailsby
-- a delightful woman and incredible trainer. I was blown away and
thoroughly entertained by the seminar. She has *soooo* much knowledge
about so many aspects of training, behavior, conformation, competition,
etc., and let's not *even* talk about how incredible her seminar (and
service) dog, Scuba is.
seminar was four days. Each day covered a completely different topic,
and attendees were allowed to pick and choose which days to attend.
Thanks to the generosity of my friend Kyle (who gave me a place to
stay AND provided transportation AND covered food) I was lucky enough
to attend all four days.
first day, we covered clicker basics and household manners. My favorite
takeaway: "No matter what else you train your dog to do, there's
no higher calling for a dog than to be a pet."
second day, competition obedience. I learned a terrific new way
to teach competition heeling.
third day was teaching clicker classes. All I can say is WOW!! I'm
encouraging Sue to present a couple of topics from this day at the
next APDT conference.
final day was "attendee choice." We chose to spend the morning on
structure and movement -- again, WOW! -- and the afternoon on a
range of topics including dog-dog interaction, starting puppies,
structure and movement stuff was incredible. I learned *so* much about
how a dog is put together, how proper structure "works," and how various
problems affect movement. Many attendees had dogs with them, so she
spent quite a bit of time helping the class evaluate those dogs. Fabulous!
She recommended a couple of videos -- "Dog Steps" and "A Key to Movement"
-- to learn more. I'll add them to my Christmas wish list, which (thanks
to this puppy) is getting longer and longer.
I got home, I had the compilation of articles by Mike Lardy waiting
for me. I've been scanning them this evening. They're very
traditional, compulsion-based, but I am getting an idea of what behaviors
I need to train in what order. Before I left for the seminar, I got
into a discussion on a (traditional) hunting-retriever mailing list
about early training for puppies. During the discussion, I made a
list of all the behaviors I want to teach my pup by the time it is
16 weeks old. By the time my pup is 16 weeks, it should be socialized
to a minimum of 100 different people and 100 different dogs, have
experienced a variety of sights, sounds, textures, tastes, and smells,
on a mat
to stay quietly alone in its crate
quietly for grooming
me or another person play with its feet, tail, ears, mouth, and
wild and freeze" -- to calm instantly when excited
to focus in distractions (short-duration)
to walk on a loose leash
to be petted (so I don't have to teach it "not to jump")
only it own toys
inhibition (not "no bite")
the bathroom outside
out of the kitchen
a target with his nose
a target with his paw
a target stick
conversations with Sue and the Mike Lardy articles, I'm adding a few
behaviors to the list, including:
up any object I indicate with a soft mouth
Eyes still not
open. When Gabby stands up to leave the box, she usually has a few pups
that hang on with suction power. Its amazing the hold they get, and
are able to cling to her for a few seconds before falling off. The pups
make a funny growling sound and scramble around looking for her. She
spends a bit more time away from them. A few days ago I still had to
put a leash on her to get her to go outside. Now she takes more time
to explore the yard. If she hears even one squeak from inside the house,
she rushes to the door to be let in. Gabby has commandeered some of
the toys in my stash that were set aside for the pups. Im not sure the
pups know what to think of these odd unmoving litter mates they have
adopted. Wait till they find out what sounds they make!
trimmed nails again today. They grow like weeds and are very sharp!
You don't want a pup to scratch mom and make her reluctant to nurse.
You can use small blunt nosed scissors to clip the nails, or even human
nail clippers. Just like an adult nail, there is a quick or vein in
the middle of the nail. If trimmed too short, you will make the nail
bleed. Some people would rather file the nails. I prefer to clip them.
When Im done I have a pile of 160 little nail ends. At the same time,
the pups all get new collars. They are starting to outgrow the ones
they have on again. Gabby isn't too thrilled with this whole procedure....
and I see her nails need trimming too! (maybe tomorrow for her!)
Puppy nails before
and after trimming
5am potty break, two pups had eyes open. Red collar liver girl and blue
collar black boy. As the day goes on, more pups are starting to get
that wet eye look, and have partially opened eyes. It will be a few
days before they will be able to see anything but shadows.
First male to open eyes
First female to open eyes
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