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The Puppies’ 4th week

Half way through the puppies fouth week! I just can’t believe they are a month old now. In this week, we help the puppies to start building a conditioned emotional response (CER) to the clicker. Using a little bit of raw ground turkey or beef on my finger tip, they gain a “reward”to the sound …

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Lace & Gable Puppies 3 weeks old!

  The “storm” litter is 3 1/2 weeks old! Learning how to play – with each other and with toys.  Teeth just starting to break through the gums or just about to.  Developing personalities, enjoying the enrichment activities we provide. The third week of the puppies’ lives began the critical socialization period, and now the …

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7 Weeks Old & Testing Aptitude

Today was a big day for the puppies!  Turning 7 weeks old means going through the testing exercises and matching up our observances of the puppies with test results to help determine which puppies will be the best fit for each family. We use the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test. I look at these testing exercises …

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5 Weeks Old and Beautiful!

The puppies turned 5 weeks old this morning! They are getting better about using the litter box to go potty in and now that we have set up the exercise pen for them, they can jump in and out of the whelping box to play, explore and stretch their legs more often. I have shaved …

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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 …

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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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