Puppy Rearing

Powering Up The Clicker

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 | 0 comments

Powering Up The Clicker

We have begun to work with the puppies individually for a few minutes at a time with a clicker and a little bit of ground beef rolled into tiny balls. First, we “click” and then we give the treat – classically conditioning the puppies to respond to the sound. The puppies learn in a pretty short time that the sound of the click ALWAYS means a yummy treat.  We are not asking the puppy to do anything at this point, they are learning on their own that click means – a treat is forth coming – this is  what is referred to as “Powering Up The Clicker” By...

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Growing & Learning

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Growing & Learning

Puppies Growing and Learning at 4 Weeks of Age At 4 weeks of age now, the puppies are spending more time out of the box while awake – getting more exercise – Exercise builds strong, healthy minds as well as strong, healthy bodies.  🙂 We will be setting up the exercise pen in front of […]

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Puppies Growing and Learning at 4 Weeks of Age At 4 weeks of age now, the puppies are spending more time out of the box while awake – getting more exercise – Exercise builds strong, healthy minds as well as strong, healthy bodies.  🙂 We will be setting up the exercise pen in front of the whelping box tomororw so they can just crawl out of the box to play and exercise when ever they want to from now on. Sofie has pretty much decided she is done nursing them and they are doing great with their raw ground meat with a little bit of spring water, goat milk or goat yogart. I have...

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Puppies Turn 4 Weeks Old Today!

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 | 0 comments

Puppies Turn 4 Weeks Old Today!

  Today the puppies turned 4 weeks old! They met their first people outside of my husband and me with one of the “people” being a lovely young child who is learning how to gentely interact with a puppy. She and her parents will be back in a couple of weeks to see how well […]

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  Today the puppies turned 4 weeks old! They met their first people outside of my husband and me with one of the “people” being a lovely young child who is learning how to gentely interact with a puppy. She and her parents will be back in a couple of weeks to see how well we can match up the perfect puppy for their family. The puppies did amazing and everyone had so much fun! They are still being exposed to at least one new toy and one new experience every day. One of their more recent new exposures was to a litter pan with paper litter to go potty in – so much cleaner and...

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Importance of Sounds & Music for Puppies

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Importance of Sounds & Music for Puppies

I posted a couple of pictures yesterday of the puppies listening to the different noises on a recording on my iPad in their whelping box.  I thought I would tell you a little more about the importance of exposing them sounds at this age. My goal is to balance the three types of sounds to […]

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I posted a couple of pictures yesterday of the puppies listening to the different noises on a recording on my iPad in their whelping box.  I thought I would tell you a little more about the importance of exposing them sounds at this age. My goal is to balance the three types of sounds to create emotional stability and low stress levels in our puppies: Ambient Environmental “Centering” sounds. Harmonic/Classical Music A recent study has shown that classical music has a de-stressing effect on shelter dogs, and guess what?  Hard rock music has the opposite effect. So we play a soft,...

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More on Critical Socialization & Enrichment

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 | 0 comments

More on Critical Socialization & Enrichment

The third week of the puppies’ lives begins the critical socialization period, and now the real fun begins. Things are going to begin flying fast and furious at us as far as developmental periods and windows of opportunity go,the first 12 weeks of life are the most important for socialization. “Socialization” of puppies (or dogs), […]

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The third week of the puppies’ lives begins the critical socialization period, and now the real fun begins. Things are going to begin flying fast and furious at us as far as developmental periods and windows of opportunity go,the first 12 weeks of life are the most important for socialization. “Socialization” of puppies (or dogs), I beleive is one of the most commonly misused words, most likely because socialization in human sociology means a life-time learning. However, when we speak of puppies, the window of “socialization” is fixed/specific. You see, puppies can only...

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13 Days Old

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 | 0 comments

13 Days Old

The Sofie/Tristan puppies are now 13 days old.  Their eyes are beginning to open, they are beginning to totter around the box and go potty away from where they are sleeping.  We have doing the early neurological exercises with them and they are no longer fighting being put on their backs but they now let […]

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The Sofie/Tristan puppies are now 13 days old.  Their eyes are beginning to open, they are beginning to totter around the box and go potty away from where they are sleeping.  We have doing the early neurological exercises with them and they are no longer fighting being put on their backs but they now let out a sigh or a yawn and then relax as we gently rub their little chests. They are gaining weight well and really growing! Even our little one – the last born, that many of you know of as “Ki” (with a long i) He has been such a little fighter!  We have not done any...

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