There is no two ways about it – puppies smell. They may be sweet looking…….but not necessarily sweet smelling
Their beds and sleeping area have been heavily cleaned this morning. As they are getting bigger, Effie’s capacity to keep them very clean has declined and so now I must start to take over. Effie will continue to clean up after them, but as they start eating solid food, she will start to restrict her clean up operations to grooming them. It’s not a nice job, but someone has to do it. Next week we will start to potty train the pups. This will not mean they will be clean by the time they leave us at 9 weeks, but it will help. The puppies will have their sleeping area and next to it we will leave some newspaper or puppy training pads. We will not change the pads too often, as we want them to associate the smell with urination, and their sleeping area as non smelly(ish). This is a first step towards them being potty trained. However, puppies will not be fully trained up to 6 months, because they will have small bladders and will need to relieve themselves frequently. The more vigilant and proactive you are in the first weeks of ownership will decrease the amount of frustrating accidents later on.