MinasView Labrador Retrievers
|Posted by minasviewkennels on March 29, 2016 at 8:10 AM|
Good morning friends of minasview, the puppies sure have been busy! The week between three and four seem to present new expieriences almost daily, the pups are now on two meals of puppy chow mixed with milk replacer (they love it) as soon as they hear the metal dishes clank the start howling! The baby blankets have been replaced with pine shavings ( pee puddles have expanded and I could not keep up with the laundry.... Shavings keep puppies clean and dry) the Easter bunny brought new toys and real collars ( ribbon colours are the same except for Molly, she now wears red) last evening the pups had their first big adventure exploring the kennel room, timid at first but once they got comfortable they explored every inch.... The chocolate pups were very interested in going over to paw and lick at the grown doggies ( who we had kennelled for this first expierience) it's very important to go slowly introducing all these "firsts" on pups, they are starting to imprint and we don't want timid scared puppies. The puppies have had a few outside visitors and mom seems to be very calm about it now ( of course she gives the obligatory bark, to say I'm the mama!). The next few weeks will fly by, this time next week pups should be eating four meals of puppy food, and beginning to house train ( let's hope weather is favourable so that I can have them going outside without bringing back eight mud pies). This week pups will be dewormed once again, expierience their first domesticated bath ( does not involve mothers tongue) nail clipping again, as well as microchipping. Lulu will continue to sleep with the pups until they are on four feedings, then we slowly reduce her food ration while increasing theirs to facilitate drying up the milk production and preventing mastitis. However we are very careful to still allow mom to teach them how to be good doggies, she will mold them into the dog they will become as much as we do with our human socialization, canines are pack animals that must have order, and lulu is a good leader.