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. 

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