(updated February 28, 2013)
Nikki's puppies, third week
Big moving day|
This week the puppies' world is expanding. Nikki was wanting to spend more time hanging out with us, so we combined the two for her. We moved the puppies to the kitchen/living room area, used the tall puppy pen covered with sheets, and otherwise moved the crate-cave that the puppies have been in all along into this setting.
The puppies really don't register a move in that way, and after finding her new quarters to be safe, Nikki settled in as well. Now she spends more time with the puppies, while being able to be in the same room as us. Gradually we pull the sheets, and let the other dogs look into the puppies. Towards the end of the week, we have even caught a couple of puppies looking out at the other dogs!.
The quiet-time is over, so now the puppies have already had their first visitors. While respecting Nikki's need to feel that she has control, and can keep the puppies safe. She likes the company when someone is sitting in the pen with her and the puppies.
Our niece just loves to finally meet the puppies, sat with them for hours and told them stories and sang little songs to them, and padded them ever so gently. Nikki was loving her closeness!
What else is new|
The first night Nikki was in the kitchen with her puppies, she opted to spend some of the night with us in the bed upstairs. But since that first night, she has changed her mind, and spends all of the nights in the pen with her puppies. The door into the pen is open, so she has the free choice. The other dogs know not to step into the pen, not only would it upset Nikki, they know it is not permitted by us. It works really good with this mutual understanding.
Nikki has also quit her picky eating habits, and will now eat anything that we put before her, also things she would never touch before. We can tell she is really putting out milk, and that now it is all about getting the calories onboard. We chose for her main meals to be puppy food, and she eats as much as she wants, which is bowl after bowl, all day long, plus a big bowl she eats during the night.
The puppies still sleep most of the time, but when they are awake, they are really starting to get active, and for a little bit longer each time, before the next sleep. They play, they growl, they wag their tails, they bite and "tear" and paw each other, and their Mother. They practice maneuvres including backing, turning, jumping and take off, while tumbling and rolling around. But for each day, they gain more and more mobility. They have all been out of the pen, and they move suprisingly fast on the floor. Where they want to go, they don't know, they just seem to take off, until they realize they are in a foreign place, and then they either hunker down and "freeze" and cry, or they rush back to the crate.
The more we look at them, the more we think that what looked very dark brown before, is black anyway. It is very deceiving and apparently not easy, to determine their colors.
Each time they are awake, they get served "puppy mush" and they are getting more and more interested in eating it. They are still depending on Nikki's milk, but gradually the puppy food will take over, and the milk from Nikki will become more supplemental.
Now it is time for these puppies to begin the so important socialization. They are already excited and fond to see us, and we can tell they do see more and more. They rush to our fingers and "bite" and lick. They don't have teeth yet, but we can feel them under the gums, and they will turn really sharp within the next couple of weeks. Their hearing is also starting to show, it's easy to tell, because all of a sudden loud or sharp sounds surprises them and stops them in their tracks.
Toward the end of the week, the sheets are pulled on half of the x-pen sides all day, so everybody can see each other move about through it. The first couple of puppies have also "met" some of the other adult dogs nose to nose, through the fence. Good Gamble growled and barked at Maddy...!
The puppies are very lively, which their individual pictures are a testimony to...we apologize that some are a bit blurry.
Many new experiences in life, and lots of visitors, are awating these little pups in the next week to come. Welcome back for more news...
A puppy from Kennel Little Denmark|
- Our puppies are by breeding approved parents (this is no longer a DKK requirement)
- The puppies have DKK pedigree, are sold on written contract, they are micro chipped, de-wormed, have first set of puppy shots, and a current health certificate from the vet.
- Our puppies are insured by Agria's "Hidden fault insurance" until they are 2 years and 3 months old (the insurance also covers puppies sold to other countries than Denmark)
- They will, just like all our previous puppies, be well socialized, be used to sounds and routines in and around a normal home, and have started house breaking. Plus of course they have learned "sit", and either learned, or have started to learn "down"
- A Kennel Little Denmark's puppy is accompanied by a "start package", including amongst other items, some puppy food to begin with
- Life long "support" is included as a given
If you are interested in learning more, you are welcome to contact us:
Kennel Little Denmark's
v/Helene Riisgaard Pedersen
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Has completed DKK's breeder education
now weighs 935g/1 2b 1 oz.
now weighs 899g/1 lb 15oz.
now weighs 952g/2 lb 1 oz.
now weighs 952g/2 lb 1 oz.
now weighs 980g/2 lb 2 oz.
now weighs 928g/2 lb.
The puppies go in and out of the crate
They are back for a re-charge
A quick snack between play
Check back next week...