Wednesday, August 15, 2012
5 weeks old
The pups turned 5 weeks old yesterday and are very much little dogs now. This has been an exceptionally easy litter. Pups keep a very clean pen and are relatively quiet. Pups gained a bit over 1 1/2 lbs last week. Olympia was still the big pup, but not by much. She weighed 7 lbs 9 oz. The smallest pups were Champ and Summer at 7 lbs 3 oz. The pups are currently eating 1 c of soaked kibble/day each plus goat milk, and they are being fed individually. Just today, I cut back Bridget to 5 cups high calorie kibble plus egg and chicken. This week, the pups have moved from the front yard into the back yard. They were getting a bit too adventurous out front. I also set up an ex-pen in the backyard so the pups can stay out unattended. Nancy has been working on sitting for attention, and the pups are doing lovely sits with eye contact. I have started working on bite inhibition, and we continue to do handling exercises. When the pups are in the house, I often have the TV, radio or sound effect CD's on, and just found my box of bubble wrap to pop to desensitize the pups to sudden loud sounds.