Puppy Update: Four Weeks

Oh dear. Right at this very moment, I have laundry that needs to be put in the dryer, I should be making supper, and our garden needs some desperate attention. Yet, I spent my afternoon playing with my baby and my puppies; and, let me assure you, it was an afternoon well spent. 🙂 I took some updated pictures which you can see on the Available Puppies page. Then we just played! By now, the puppies are fully mobile. They are learning to play and chew, and they have found their little voices! It is such a fun time! They are learning so much, and it’s so much fun to watch their personalities blossom.

This week was the first that the puppies got to sample real food. I soaked and mashed Life’s Abundance Small & Medium Breed Puppy Food in raw goat milk. (Goat milk is an excellent milk replacer for puppies who need to be bottle fed, and it also wonderful to use when weaning puppies. It’s gentle on their tummies, and they LOVE it!) Here’s a picture of their first meal.

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Yum, right? 🙂 The puppies certainly thought so. They didn’t any encouragement when it came to eating it! It was devoured in just a few minutes.

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Also around this time, we are working very hard at potty training. While I have the puppies, I teach them the very basics of potty training. Right now, their pen consists of two sections- a bed area and a potty area. I am teaching the puppies to do their business in the potty area and keep their bed area clean. In the next couple of days, we will add a large play area for them, as well. Essentially, this teaches them that there is a specific place to sleep, play, and do their bathroom business. Then, once they head off to their new homes, they are ready to be crate trained and house trained. The will have a basic knowledge and will be ready to learn that their crate is for sleeping and outside is for peeing. I started them a week ago on potty training, and I feel like they have really begun to get it in the past couple of days. They definitely aren’t fully trained, but most of the mess gets where it’s supposed to go.

And just for your pleasure, here are a few snapshots from our photo shoot this afternoon.

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Harley, Huck, and Harper all snuggled on my lap

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Harper getting up close and personal with the camera!

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Hamlet sniffing the breeze

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And this little girl is going to grow up to be just like her momma! She already loves puppies! This picture makes my heart so happy. 🙂

Life around here is busy right now, but it’s so good! I wouldn’t have it any other way. Have a blessed weekend!

 

 

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