Janie and Gunner’s pups are preparing for home

March 30, 2020 – Today was a fun day of playing and learning some more. The pups have been teething (a lot) and so we’ve started working with them not to nip on hands and feet and this will be a learning process that will continue when they go home. This is how they play and nip with each other, and they’ll have to adjust to learning that their humans are pack leaders, not playmates.

They are all super smart and so loving and cuddly. They love being held and that surpasses their interest in toys or treats. They sometimes cry (not always consistent yet) when they’re alone in a crate by themselves with the door closed, but they’ve learned to settle down and are usually quiet within a few minutes as we ignore the whining. Keep up with the crate training; all naps and night time should be alone in a crate with the door closed. If they cry, it’s not about the crate. They’re just missing their pack and everything familiar and if you give no attention AT ALL to whining in a crate, it will pass. All studies show that crate trained puppies are better dogs. It’s a source of security for a pup  as the crate becomes their “den” and they learn to love it as their own space. A pup that has anxiety issues and is more restless is usually a pup that wasn’t crate trained. We’ve laid a great foundation in learning to be alone in a crate the past two weeks. Be sure to follow through even if they cry because they’re missing us and their pack.  A crate that is 32-36″ should be the right size. Get one with dividers so that they just have enough room to stand up and turn around at first. It will help them learn to hold their bladder.

We did temperament testing today and they all scored very similar. A few things stood out:  Jason fetches already! You throw a light weight ball or rolled up paper and tell him to go get it and he goes and immediately brings it right back to us. They all scored exactly identical on submissiveness. This is what they’re conditioned for. None of them showed any sensitivity to noise or touch. Jenna and Joey are slightly less confident when tested in new surroundings with new objects. That will change and their confidence will continue to increase this week and after they go home. Several other categories of testing also showed all the pups scoring to be identical. 

Overall, most of their scores were marked in the category described as “For a wonderfully easy to train, potential star, look for a puppy with these scores.”  We think that describes all of the pups perfectly.  It’s also indicated of their overall scores, “The kind of dog that makes the perfect pet. Best choice for the first time owner. Easy to train and rather quiet. Good with elderly people and children, although may need protection from aggressive children.” (True of any puppy in any breed!) 

And here are a few pictures we took today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 29, 2020 – We are in our final week with these special pups. They are doing great and we feel they are almost ready for their forever homes. We’ve continued to work on crate training (they settle down quickly in a crate now), leash training, socializing (with our family and staff that still comes in to work with them daily), and baths, blow drying, and scary sounds are all “no big deal” for them now. Tomorrow we do temperament testing and we expect them to all score almost identical.  Joey might be slightly less confident and that is so normal for the one who has been consistently the smallest in the litter. He’s more of a follower than a leader. But still equally as social and affectionate with every human he meets. Other than Joey being slightly smaller, they are all very close in size.  They’ll have their final vet appointment on Tuesday with vaccinations and exam from the vet on Tuesday morning and we’ll be ready for puppy selections on Tuesday afternoon, starting at 1 pm.  Here they are at seven weeks old!

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March 23, 2020 – We love posting pictures to show off the litter as they grow! Geez, they’re so cute!  They are active, playing and chasing more, yet still  so connected to us humans! They want to be picked up and held all the time. When one of us is on the other side of the gate, all they care about is our  attention and getting close again to their humans. This is how we have raised them and why they make good therapy dogs. It is clear with this litter that they just want to stay close. They track us and are so attentive, watching our every move. They scramble and climb all over each other to get to be the one picked up (much training needed yet as we have just started working on “manding” where they must sit to be pet or picked up!) They now have all of their teeth, so mama stays nearby but she’s not wanting to be right with them at this point. It hurts for her to nurse them with those sharp teeth, so the natural separation of mama and pups is happening. They are eating kibble almost exclusively as Janie has backed off. She checks on them and leans over the pen to lick their faces, but avoids going all the way in. (Very sweet to see.) Well, here are some shots of them taken today at six weeks old!

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March 16, 2020 – Janie’s puppies are doing great! At five weeks old, they’ve been conditioned to noises (we will continue that daily) and they’ve had lots of baths, blow drying, and playtime outside of the pen now. They are maturing and ready for new challenges and we’ll stay in pace with what they are ready for.  We’re sending Hazel’s litter off to their forever families this week, so we should be able to focus on more videos of Janie’s pups for Instagram as they are now becoming much more active. The pups are using their litter box regularly now and today they had their first taste of kibble (you can see that on Instagram.)  Despite the fear and panic outside, our home is peaceful as we just continue to enjoy these pups.  Here they are at five weeks old! As you can see, pigmentation is still filling in with a couple of them. We often see this with the pups with white markings, where they take a little longer to have fully dark noses.

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March 10, 2020 – Janie and Gunner’s pups are four weeks old now and started hearing right after our last post.  That means we started all the sound desensitization last week and they are progressing well! So now they daily hear thunderstorms, fireworks, sirens, door bells, loud machinery and even gun shots (in case some live near a gun range – it happens!), etc.. We want the pups to be ready and confident without anxiety for life! They have had lots of socialization already. We hosted a dinner party for over thirty people last weekend and almost everyone went in to say hi to Janie’s pups. They are held and massaged daily and have already had lots of baths. They don’t seem to even flinch when we turn on the loud sound in the morning. All good!

We intentionally walk around the house with them on their backs to maintain submissiveness and just to continue being relaxed and trusting in human arms. They already know that humans are safe and gentle and they have such confidence to approach and be held by anyone. This is what we want!

They are starting to learn litter box training this week and they should have that down soon. They are all wonderful pups. One of their caregivers said this week, “I think this is the most relaxed litter I’ve ever seen at this age.”  Hmmmm…  love it.  Here they are at four weeks old.

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Left to right: Johnny, Joey and Jason

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Left to right: Josh and Jack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 3, 2020 – Janie’s puppies are three weeks old now and doing very well. They are all weighing around two and a half to three pounds and any day now, they should begin to hear. They are nice and plump and still pretty inactive. We see often that when mama does such a good job feeding them, they really have no incentive to have to get up and move around much.  Most of the day is really quiet, and they still just eat and sleep. But that will change soon, we know.  They are more alert this week and they love being held. Their pigmentation in their noses is continuing to darken. We took some pictures so you can see them. They are adorable; every one of them!

 

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Josh kept getting up. He’s ready to walk. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 24, 2020 – The puppies have grown so much and developed so well over the past two weeks. On average, they’ve doubled their weight since birth. We are happy! I always breathe a sigh of relief when we hit the two week mark and the pups are thriving, chunky with fat and doing so well. We’re  happy to see how strong the pups are. They are wanting to stand and a few of them are taking some steps now. Most of them opened their eyes for the first time this morning!  You can also see that their pigmentation (nose and paw pads) is turning dark. They’re very accustomed to human touch and are comfortable and relaxed in our hands now. They’re almost done with the bio-sensor program. They’re becoming non-reactive puppies already! Expert canine behaviorists say that the bio-sensor program is the single most important part of raising pups. We truly see the difference it makes.

We took individual pictures of them today. Some things that maybe you can’t tell by the pictures:  Most of them have bold white chests and white paws.  Joey is the smallest, has been since birth and will probably always be a bit smaller than the rest. Josh and Jack are slightly lighter in color than the rest.

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Here Jane keeps trying to walk. She’s strong!

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Jack’s heart on his head is still so prominent. 🙂

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Jason is the darkest red, with no white markings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 17, 2020 – Janie’s puppies are one week old today and they’re doing well! They’ve all gained a lot of weight and are getting stronger every day. They still just eat and sleep all day. They’re able to crawl to mama but that’s about it. There won’t be much action for another week or two.  They don’t like to be taken from mama, but we pulled them away quickly to snap some pictures. They’re adorable!  Colors are still changing a bit and we might see them darken and lighten as weeks and months go by. But markings don’t change and they will remain.  Pigmentation in the paw pads and nose will darken over the next week. Their eyes will open in about a week. We’ve been doing the Bio-sensor steps with them and massaging them twice a day. We can already see how much calmer they are becoming as they respond positively to human hands. They are already less reactive and it doesn’t phase them even when they are held upside down (one of the bio-sensor steps.) We’ll start taking individual pictures of the pups at three weeks old   Here they are!

 

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February 11, 2020 – We’re excited to announce that Janie’s pups were born yesterday! By the evening mama was done and all of the puppies were nursing quietly and settling in. We will continue to monitor them closely and weigh them regularly.  We welcome to our world Janie’s J Litter:  Jack, Joey, Josh, Johnny, Jason, Julia, and Jenna. We will spend the next eight weeks preparing these puppies for success and a great life. They’ll be ready to go to their forever homes on April 5 and 6. Take a look at this cute little bundle!

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Here’s Clara Jane (Janie) half way through her labor. No stress at all. The pool is where life begins at our house. Janie has a really short hair cut for this process to make it easier for everyone.

After delivery is over, we move mama and pups into a pen. The guard rail is to keep mama from laying back and crushing a pup.

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All the pups are shades of red and apricot. Some solid and some with white markings. Four boys and four girls.