Category Archives: Puppies

Isabel training

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These little videos show some conditioning exercises with Isabel. The first two show the  recall, sit, down and stand commands. I do these exercises frequently throughout the day, she is doing these from desire to be petted or rewarded with a croquette, I am not pushing her into positions. Her responses become more automatic over time the more these are practiced, and the food rewards are reduced or replaced by praise or strokes.

These are “must do” exercises and are very easy to do with these puppies.

 

Video 3 shows a daily touching exercise – where she gets used to me touching her ears, face, checking her teeth touching her all over, usually I would touch and massage each foot and tickle and massage her belly. This position for a pup is quite stressful, they are very vulnerable, so it builds trust, relaxes them and prepares them for vets visits or for other people touching them.

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I knew I shouldn’t have mentioned the Sun.

Well – that sunny day was it, two days of rainy weather. I’m beginning to think I live in the UK – grey skies, wind and rain…not great.

Yesterday was a little fraught with three of the pups having diarrhoea (Pink, Green and The Bis), so a long day making sure they were hydrated, temperature checked, regularly cuddled and regular bleaching of everything (puppies excluded), that was the order of my day. By 5pm yesterday, all had recovered and were eating again. But they need a bath – all of them. And so I suspect do I, it doesn’t matter how much I wash, I smell not so subtly of eau de puppypiss, with a hint of lemon bleach, my hands have been bleached dry and I’ll soon have hands like a motorway navvy. It’s one of those smells, like chip fat, or cigarettes – it lingers……

So pictures from the evening after feeding – so yellow light and yellow food all over them…

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Four fighting (The Bis, Red, Pink and Green)

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Miss Light Blue (silver)

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The Bis

 

The weaning process is going well, they love to see Effie and are very efficient at milking her within 10 minutes, but they love their solid food as well. Effie has taken to whimpering outside their room demanding to get in to see them as her time with them is now being restricted.

I am not so happy, because they are such messy eaters, they splatter the walls, floors, each other and turn everything slightly yellow. Today, as per instructions from the vet, they were given steak hache (raw) – she is a firm believer that they need raw meat at least once a week in addition to the Royal Canin puppy croquettes they have normally.

Miss Green, a very refined type normally – wolfed it down, whilst a few of the boys weren’t convinced straight away.

All the pups are over 3 kilos now, and seriously hairy and lively. They all got a brush today, some enjoyed it more than others. Red and Pink kept coming back to be re-brushed. Miss Green hated it as did The Bis. Clancy (the pup formerly know as Spot) liked to be brushed as long as his head wasn’t touched. I will need to cut their claws again this week (third time since their birth) and they will have their second worming on Tuesday.

 

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Day 17 Puppy pictures

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Poppy playing Mummy

Poppy playing Mummy

Orange slightly disappointed that Dolly doesn't produce milk

Orange slightly disappointed that Dolly doesn’t produce milk

The Bis has found a Mummy substitute

The Bis has found a Mummy substitute

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Poppy “playing” with Spot

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Spot attempting the great escape

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Time for sleep

Time for sleep

No - can't find the teats!

No – can’t find the teats!

Mis Green and the teddy

Mis Green and the teddy

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Poppy is turning into a tom-boy……….but wants to mother the pups.

Poppy – Peaches of the Morning Valley, the delightful ball of fluff who arrived here about a month ago – has grown. She has firmly attached herself to Jasper and terrorises him daily, torturing him with her sharp puppy teeth. He is patient and kind and probably just a bit scared of her…… Quite frankly he is just too soft for his own good.

Poor jasper is thoroughly confused, his mate Effie, is in the house with him, but is not available to be with him. She keeps disappearing into a room where there are some very weird smells and sounds – Jasper is just too cautious  to investigate further. Effie is very protective of the pups and the one time he stepped too near to the door – she told him in no uncertain terms that he was not welcome. He slunk off and settled into a deep depression.

That being said, a deep depression for a Red Setter lasts about 10 minutes, they generally can’t remember what they did 5 minutes before. Anyway Poppy gives him no time to brood.

Poppy however, has no fear of Effie, she should have, but she just doesn’t. Even after being told off several times for trying to see the pups. Effie gave it her best growl, showed her not insubstantial fangs and pounced on Poppy. Poppy said sorry and all was well. Poppy tried several times more and has clearly worn Effie down, as Effie allows her to see the pups and even “play with them”. Poppy just quietly shrugs off all problems and with determination and perseverance quietly continues to do what she wants to do.

Poppy  "playing" with Spot

Poppy “playing” with Spot

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Not that she is disobedient – oh no, she has learnt to  comeback on command every time, she sits on command, she sits and stays (when the food bowl is in front of her), she even has started peeing to command.  We will be working on the sit stay command some more in the next week, and lie down commands. After her final puppy vaccinations this week, we will also start taking her out on the road for lead training and start her retrieving lessons. She does retrieve at the moment, usually anything our son leaves on the floor (which is mostly his underwear) .

 

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The Bis sitting on Mr Red

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The Bis, with his mates Mr Red(underneath him) and Mr Orange

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Mr Red,The Bis,Spot and Mr Orange

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Spot and Miss Purple having breakfast

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And the rest join in ….

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Miss Green is a right raver – snorting milk…at your age

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A more refined and less greedy Spot

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The boys Red and Orange with Miss Purple

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Miss Purple and Mr Red showing their faces

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The boys – Red, The Bis, Spot and Orange

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The boys again – the girls blue and green are camera shy today

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The puppy palace is having a spring clean.

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.

Well hello everyone - Miss Purple is a bit "hung up"

Well hello everyone – Miss Purple is a bit “hung up”

Mr Beige (Spot)

Mr Beige (Spot)

Mr Red - incredibly sweet face

Mr Red – incredibly sweet face

Mr Beige (Spot) on the move

Mr Beige (Spot) on the move

Mr dark Blue (The Bismarck)

Mr dark Blue (The Bismarck)

Miss Purple - with her arms in the air, like she just doesn't care!

Miss Purple – with her arms in the air, like she just doesn’t care!

Miss Green and Miss Purple having a snooze - again

Miss Green and Miss Purple having a snooze – again

Mr dark Blue (The Bismarck)

Mr dark Blue (The Bismarck)

Mr Beige (Spot) using Red as a pillow

Mr Beige (Spot) using Red as a pillow

Miss Green and Miss Purple snuggling up

Miss Green and Miss Purple snuggling up

Mr dark Blue - The Bismarck - food..food..yum yum

Mr dark Blue – The Bismarck – food..food..yum yum

Mr Orange and Miss Green

Mr Orange and Miss Green

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Mr Beige (Spot) on the way to the land of nod....

Mr Beige (Spot) on the way to the land of nod….

Miss light Blue - her legs are of jelly but she is walking!

Miss light Blue – her legs are of jelly but she is walking!

Mr Red - sweet little face

Mr Red – sweet little face

Mr Orange being squashed by The Bis - Oi you, shift that big bum!

Mr Orange being squashed by The Bis – Oi you, shift that big bum!

 

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Video posts from Day 14 – beware the shaky hand and quite a few missing heads.

I have taken a few video clips of the pups eating today – I don’t think I’ll make the prize list for the Academy Awards with my efforts but you can see the pups move around a little ;-)

Remember to leave the video load before pressing the arrow button or you will find it very frustrating unless you have great bandwidth. The video is taken on an iPhone so it will not be of the highest quality.

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Puppies new photos day 14

The puppies have grown so much that we have had to change their collars. The collar changes to note are primarily:  Dark blue for Bismarck, and Miss Fuschia, now has a purple collar.

Today, they were a bit fragrant (but not in the nicest way) so they have had their first baths. I cannot say that they all enjoyed it. Miss Green was very vocal in her disagreement and Spot (beige) wasn’t too keen either.

The pups have opened their eyes, and generally look a bit cross eyed, they are moving more rapidly and have a great appetite – poor Effie. They have had their nails trimmed to save Effie from being scratched.

Over the next week, their vision will improve as will their motor skills and they will start to hear.

A  week on Monday (day 22) we will then start slowly introducing them to solid food, that they will take in addition to Effie’s milk.

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Spot – Mr Beige

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Spot again

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Bismarck upside down after his bath

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Fuchsia – now with a purple collar

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Miss Green

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Miss Green

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Fuschia (now Purple) and Miss Light Blue

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Mr Red

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Miss Green and Miss Light Blue

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Spot and Bismarck’s bottom

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Miss Fuschia – Big Bertha (who has a purple collar now)

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The Girls

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The Boys


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Spot and Light Blue have stood up and tried walking…..

Today, the puppies have started  to be more mobile and we have seen Spot (boy) and Light blue (girl) starting to try to walk rather than drag themselves around. Fushia (girl) has partially open eyes – so things are going to start to get more interesting in the next few days.

All of the puppies have good heads and well defined stops, but some are, in my humble opinion going to be very handsome lads and lasses. Time will tell, but I think there are show quality dogs here. I would say that though  - wouldn’t I, Effie is my show, but mainly  pet dog  - whom  I adore, so she can do no wrong ;-)

So here are some head shots – apologies if they aren’t clear but its difficult to get a clear shot when they are moving

 

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Light Blue and Green – both girls

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Light blue and green (the girls) with red (male) sticking his nose in

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Green and Fushia (girls) with orange (boy) lying on Fuscia

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Fushia side shot, her eyes are starting to open


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Bismarck (black) on Light orange – both boys

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Light Blue girl

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Light blue,Green and Fushia (all girls) with red lying on fushia

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Mr Beige – aka Spot

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Mr Beige AKA Spot from another angle

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Day 8 pictures Puppies – sorry but I forgot the flash

The puppies are starting to move around more. They have got thicker fur and are starting to fluff up. Their eyes are getting ready to open and soon they will be able to hear as well. They have all doubled their birth weight. The Bismarck (boy) is huge and just over 1KG, the smallest Miss Green (635 grams).

We lost our two smallest girl and boy this week. Although, they started to put on weight we don’t think their internal organs had developed enough (we believe they were from the second mating and therefore premature at birth).  These big ones in the pictures we believe were from the first mating and so were in a better position to survive. Its always sad to lose  tiny pups.

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The Bismarck (Male) and Spot (Male)

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The Bismarck and spot but with a flash photo

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Effie drifting off to sleep

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The Bismarck and Spot

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Miss Green

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Miss Green

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The Bismarck and Spot

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From right to left Miss Green,Miss Blue, Mr Orange, Miss Fushia, The Bismarck, Spot, Mr Light orange


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