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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