The puppies are now six weeks old. They are all sleeping in a crate for some naps and at night and they are using the dog door to go to the bathroom which means no more floor mopping for me! Yea! We are starting to see some cute personalities develop.
The pups are five weeks old today! It's amazing how fast they change and grow and learn. They are only nursing three or four times a day and they are all eating solid puppy food really well. Everyone has figured out how to go in and out of the dog door. They are sleeping most of the time in their crate (all ten piled up together!) inside a pen in the house. When they wake up they go over to the potty area to take care of business and then romp around in the play area of their pen where they tackle and bite and wrestle each other.
The weather has been beautiful in the mid-70's and 80's so they also spend a lot of time outside.
The puppies are one month old today. They are still as entertaining as ever and we spend way too much time sitting around watching them.
Here are a few basics:
They all have little baby teeth and love to eat solid food but will maul Paisley to death for a 'snack' anytime she is in reach.
They are learning to sleep in a kennel. We close them in at bed time and let them out when they wake up around 2 am or so. I say 'we' figuratively--I (of course) am
the only one who wakes up.
We have started potty training by providing a distinct area for potty time and sleep time. Even though these guys are little babies they don't potty in their
sleeping areas--they have a strong 'den' instinct which helps them learn that some
areas are acceptable for potty and some aren't.
They haven't figured out that they can't pee in their play area--that will come over the next week. Or so...
The puppies love to play with toys and chew on each other. They are starting to learn how to safely use their little teeth. We like them to learn on each other instead of on us!
We will take some more individual pictures tomorrow.
Puppies are now three weeks old!
They are walking well and have all managed to throw themselves out of the whelping box more than once! They nurse about four times a day and they are starting to be awake more often (still sleep most of the time...).
We loosen collars and trim nails every day as needed.
All of the babies love to romp outside but they don't like to be separated. They tend to explore as a little pack. When they are tired they all yip and cry until they find each other and crawl into a little pile.
They are starting to chew on each other and are trying to mouth the environment around them. Little baby teeth are starting to show which is going to make nursing time even more fun for Paisley! Personalities are very similar--easy going and pleasant--which is a great trait that the English factor brings to the pups. The next few weeks will tell us even more about the dogs they will become.
We will start introducing solids at the end of this week and puppies will start slowly weaning over the next few weeks.
It is going to be a beautiful weekend!
The puppies are starting to explore around their box more and more. Last night Jenna took them out to the lawn to enjoy the last few minutes of warm sunshine.
They sniffed the grass and yipped in protest at being moved from their familiar
whelping box surroundings.
It didn't take them long to wiggle and crawl their way over to Jenna--the puppy whisperer.
They all snuggled up in her lap...
...and fell asleep in exhaustion.
After all, 10 feet is a veritable half marathon in the puppy world!