Pink Bear Thank You

The puppies got more mail! They were super excited to learn that they won a giveaway over at Oz The Terrier’s place. He had a giveaway for a durable Kathy Ireland pink bear.

We got mail! Really it’s for us?

This should of been a Monday Mischief post as you can see there was a little destruction that went on. Gambler thought the toy and very nice letter by Oz was his so he took it upon himself to eat the letter. Lucky the toy was not damaged as it is super gman safe and durable.

The puppies LOVED the new toy. They each were taking a turn on it, so thank you very much buddy Oz, it’s just what the puppies needed.

Since we’re on the topic of giveaways I also want to give a shout out to our Thursday Barks And Bytes host Jodi as she did a review for a new product called Omegease which is a fish oil supplement and I won that too. So thank you Jodi at Heart Like A Dog for the great review and giveaway, I can’t wait to try it and do my own review later down the line.

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Puppy Culture

Puppy Culture is a complete resource for breeders or puppy owners on raising a litter. It’s the powerful first 12 weeks that can shape your puppy’s future. I never knew about Puppy Culture until my friend Amy got her new puppy in the beginning of the year and followed along with the Puppy Culture videos. I bred my Chesapeake Bay Retriever Glory back in May that is when Amy recommended that I watch the videos. I learned about raising a litter in Veterinary Technician school, had three litters with Glory’s mom Nellie now I didn’t follow a guideline but much of the stuff in the Puppy Culture videos I was already doing and some I didn’t even know about so this was a great learning experience for me and I was happy to introduce Glory’s litter to Puppy Culture.

Disc One started with The Puppy Culture Proposition and ended with The Communication Trinity.

It talked about the Pre-natal period,  Neo-natal 0-14 days, Transitional Period 14-21 days, The Critical Socialization Period 3-12 weeks.

Disc Two started with Fear and Fun 5 weeks old and ended with Why Not Just Punish.

It talked about Understanding Fear Imprint Periods, Breed Appropriate Health Testing,  The Puppy Party, Potty Training Fundamentals, Is My Puppy Normal, Biting, Resource Guarding, Body Handling, The Outcomes Of Reward vs Punishment.

Disk Three started with Career Choices 7 weeks old and ended with Is Socialization A Guarantee.

It talked about Breeder Evaluations and Relationships, 8-9 week old Fear Imprint Period,  Practical Training Skills, Setting Up Socialization for Puppies 10-12 weeks old, Balancing The Risks and Benefits Of Early Socialization, How To Find A Great Puppy Class, Closing.

Disc Four was a break it down disc which was a Chapter By Chapter Recap and “To Do” Lists.

This past weekend I set up the puppy play ground outside and watched the rest of the PC videos. The puppies decided they wanted to watch to. Hopefully they are taking it all in and help me out when it’s time to teach them.

I first got the puppies used to this Kong tunnel when they were 3 weeks old in the house. I didn’t even have to show them what to do they all went in it by themselves and love going in and out of it now.

We then moved to the outside so they could try it out there. This was the first day they were outside, some of the puppies went in it and hid because they were afraid of the new surroundings that they never seen before, it didn’t take them long to warm up to the grass under their feet, the brightness of the sun and all the different sites and smells. They became little adventures in no time and now I can’t keep them out of the flower garden jungle. Glory and Thunders puppies will be going on 5 weeks this Saturday. They are becoming more confidant in walking, running, playing and exploring, they will wonder off a little more each day. They are encountering new situations, different people, different sounds each day.

Since they liked the tunnel so much I got this cat cube and they also love this toy. Little green girl started playing in it and it got a little tippy and tipped over on her and she recovered really well after she got up she crawled back in it and fell asleep.

I am so glad Amy introduced me to these videos, if you would like your own copy you can order it at Amazon.com.

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Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding~Part 6

Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding~Part 6

A while ago I wrote Part 1 of Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding. If you missed it you can read the full version here. The short version is: I talked about preparing your dog for breeding by doing genetic tests, other tests that can be done, picking a stud dog, the heat cycle of the bitch, breeding and implanting of the eggs. Part 2 I talked about pregnancy confirmation, a app on my phone that you can follow along and read what is happening, the food I was feeding her and milk development. If you want to read the full version here. Part 3 I talked about proper feeding and being able to xray to determine how many puppies might be delivered as well as talked about getting the whelping box out and Glory used to it. If you want to read the full version here. Part 4 I talked about Glory nesting, how to tell when she will deliver and the whelping box. You can read the full version here. I told you by the end of the post she may deliver and she did which brought me into Part 5 which I talked about the birth of Glory and Thunders puppies. You can read the full version here. We are now at 3.5 weeks after the birth of the puppies, I will be talking about postpartum and postnatal Care.

Before the delivery I made little puppy collars out of paracord. These little collars were going to be put on the puppies as they were delivered. I like to keep track of the pups as they are being delivered all the way until they go to their new homes. The only way that I have found that works is by putting collars on them. Some people have used nail polish on the fur but the mom may lick that off so I stick with the collars. Some people don’t like using collars as something might happen and they may get hurt but I make real sure to check them several times a day and adjust them as needed as they grow. In the above picture I needed to put bigger collars on them as they were growing so fast.

After each pup is born you should weigh them and I weight them each day for the next two weeks following birth to make sure they are growing. It was a good thing I was weighing this litter as I had 3 puppies that were smaller than the rest, there was two days after birth that the yellow girl was loosing weight. Each puppy should be gaining and not loosing, if loosing something is going on. In this case the little yellow girl was so small she was getting nudged off the nipple and not getting any milk. She also was sucking on just skin. I would look at them while nursing and everyone was sucking away I would then pull yellow off and she was on skin and not a nipple hence the weight loss. When I found out she wasn’t getting enough milk I started trying to bottle feeding her to give her extra nourishment. I then any chance I got would put her on the back mammary gland which hold the most milk. She was back to gaining weight like the others in no time.

It is very important that the puppies get to nurse immediately after birth so they can receive the mothers colostrum which is the the mothers first milk. This milk contains high levels of antibodies that are absorbed into the puppies bloodstream which will protect it against infectious diseases. There is a time frame that the puppies need to ingest the mothers colostrum which study’s have shown to be with in the first four hours of birth which is the most beneficial up to 12 hours. After 12 hours they don’t get the benefits because their intestinal walls close up so they can’t absorb the antibodies. If you want to read about the study you can here.  When they don’t get the colostrum in the critical period of time the puppy’s can “fade away”.

The puppies are born with their eyes and ears shut. They will stay that way for 10-14 days. Even know these senses are closed they still can find their mothers nipples and find mom or the littermates to lay next to and stay warm. It is just amazing to watch them crawl like a seal the first week after birth and be able to crawl across the whelping box to get to mom. Two puppies opened their eyes at 10 days and then the rest were open at 14 days.

During this time they can’t go to the bathroom by themselves. They will need the stimulation from their mother in order for them to pee and poop. While the puppies are nursing or right after the mom will start to lick them to stimulate them to pee and poop. The mother will eat the pee and poop to keep the whelping box clean. If something happens to the mother or she refuses to take care of the puppies you will need to do this procedure by wetting a kleenex or napkin and rubbing it on the penis, vulva and then rectum to stimulate them. At about two weeks they will start pooping and peeing on their own.

From day one you should be handling the puppies, you should be touching their toes, ears, mouth and body. From day 3 to 16 days you should be doing the early neurological stimulation which I wrote about here.

The first two weeks mom will spend most of her time in the whelping box. She may be protective of it so care should be taken if people come over to the house. Actually because the puppies immunity isn’t the best people shouldn’t be visiting as they can bring in virus that may make the puppies sick. At two and a half to three weeks of age the puppies start to walk around and get their motor skills. They start to play with each other, toys and you. At this time you can start to potty train them on pee pads. Depending on the length of walls of your whelping box just after three weeks is when the jail breaks start to happen. Glory’s puppies started breaking out this past Tuesday. Soon they will be transitioned to their new location with a kennel and a exercise pen so they can have a sleeping area and a potty/play area as they will learn they don’t like to potty where they sleep so they need a big enough area to separate them out. At three weeks of age you want to start introducing noises so they can become familiar with sounds and not be afraid.

Sorry for such a long post, the words kept flowing and I didn’t quite know where to end. So I will end now and continue at a later date.

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From 9 Toys To 8

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook you know I have been on cloud nine and been on a buying spree, I have been buying puppy toys when I’ve been out shopping and of course been picking up 9 one for each precious puppy to go to their new home with them. I made a joke that I had an addiction and needed help that I couldn’t stop buying 9 toys. As of Tuesday afternoon I have to stop buying 9 toys as it has went From 9 Toys To 8.

The little dog lay curled and did not rise
But slept the deeper as the ashes rose,
And found the people incomplete.

Richard Wilbur

This is a post I never dreamed that I would need to write and let me tell you it is one I never want to write again. Today’s post was suppose to be on the next phase of Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding. Well today the next phase is moving on after a death of a 18 day old puppy that was growing good, eating good, moving good that showed no reason to pass away. The little girl was doing good in the morning and a few hours later when they were looked upon little red had passed away with no warning, no signs, no nothing, just laying peacefully sleeping never to awake again. This little girl never got to enjoy her first bout with mush food, never got to fight with it’s siblings, never to go go to a new home and live on for a long happy life. It’s live was cut short but for those short 18 days this little girl knew the love of it’s fur mom and human mom. It was hugged each day, handled each day, kissed each day and told it was loved each day hopefully all those days of love will be carried with her for the rest of her life up above in the big blue sky. Once again I truly believe things happen for a reason, there was a reason that I will never know why this puppy died, all I can think is that it happened now instead of later to save the new puppy buyers the heartache that I am going through right now, my heartache will fade but it will never go away.

Whoever said breeding is a piece of cake and all fun and games of playing with cute little fur balls all day long couldn’t be more wrong. Maybe it is a piece of cake for those who don’t take the time to research the breed, do the proper tests, get the proper titles, find the right stud dog that will complement your dog and hopefully produce great puppies and it doesn’t stop there. The time taken to make sure the pregnancy takes, and that the mother is getting the proper nutrition and exercise to be able to deliver a healthy litter without intervention from anyone. There is the stress of the delivery hoping that all goes well and your bitch and puppies thrive, there is the stress and worry that comes when a puppy(s) are born dead and then those that pass days or weeks after being born when you think you are out of the woods and then BAMB a kick in the face, a punch to the gut when you have to make that dreaded phone call to a potential puppy buyer that they will not be getting a puppy that they have watched grow for a short period, that they have named already, that they have bought toys for already and told their children that one day soon they will be getting a playmate. This is now the hardest time in a breeders career, I thought it was hard to call the people and let them know the last pregnancy didn’t take well let me tell you this was much harder as now there was a living being. Maybe this wouldn’t hurt so much if I wasn’t such a caring person and just in it for the money and what happens happens but that is not me nor will it ever be me. It’s not about the money, it’s about producing healthy strong dogs that will be there to give their owners many years of love and companionship.

God Speed little red may Gpa Norman take you under his paw and show you the ropes up and over the rainbow bridge. My sympathies to the puppy buyer.

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Early Neurological Stimulation

Early Neurological Stimulation – By Carmen L. Battaglia

Thunders breeder gave me the information about early neurological stimulation so I could do it with Glory’s litter. I will be honest and never knew about this or done any of this with Nellie’s litter. I would of course touch the puppies and play with them but I never followed a structured outline. The information below is taken from the article by Carmen L. Battaglia. You can read the full article here.

Newborn pups are uniquely different from adults in several respects. When born, their eyes are closed and their digestive system has a limited capacity requiring periodic stimulation by their dam who routinely licks them in order to promote digestion. At this age they are only able to smell, suck, and crawl. Body temperature is maintained by snuggling close to their mother or by crawling into piles with other littermates. During these first few weeks of immobility, researchers noted that these immature and under-developed canines are sensitive to a restricted class of stimuli which includes thermal and tactile stimulation, motion and locomotion.

Methods of Stimulation The U.S. Military in their canine program developed a method that still serves as a guide to what works. In an effort to improve the performance of dogs used for military purposes, a program called “Bio Sensor” was developed. Later, it became known to the public as the “Super Dog” Program. Based on years of research, the military learned that early neurological stimulation exercises could have important and lasting effects. Their studies confirmed that there are specific time periods early in life when neurological stimulation has optimum results. The first period involves a window of time that begins at the third day of life and lasts until the sixteenth day. It is believed that because this interval of time is a period of rapid neurological growth and development, and therefore is of great importance to the individual. The “Bio Sensor” program was also concerned with early neurological stimulation in order to give the dog a superior advantage. Its development utilized six exercises which were designed to stimulate the neurological system. Each workout involved handling puppies once each day. The workouts required handling them one at a time while performing a series of five exercises. Listed in order of preference, the handler starts with one pup and stimulates it using each of the five exercises. The handler completes the series from beginning to end before starting with the next pup. The handling of each pup once per day involves the following exercises: 1. Tactical stimulation (between toes) 2. Head held erect 3. Head pointed down 4. Supine position 5. Thermal stimulation.

1. Tactical stimulation

Tactile stimulation – holding the pup in one hand, the handler gently stimulates (tickles) the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip. It is not necessary to see that the pup is feeling the tickle. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

2. Head held erect

Head held erect – using both hands, the pup is held perpendicular to the ground, (straight up), so that its head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

3. Head pointed down

Head pointed down – holding the pup firmly with both hands the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

4. Supine position

Supine position – hold the pup so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The pup while on its back is allowed to sleep. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.

5. Thermal stimulation.

Thermal stimulation—use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.

Benefits of Stimulation

Five benefits have been observed in canines that were exposed to the Bio Sensor stimulation exercises. The benefits noted were: 1. Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate) 2. Stronger heart beats, 3. Stronger adrenal glands, 4. More tolerance to stress, and 5. Greater resistance to disease. In tests of learning, stimulated pups were found to be more active and were more exploratory than their non- stimulated littermates over which they were dominant in competitive situations. Secondary effects were also noted regarding test performance. In simple problem solving tests using detours in a maze, the non-stimulated pups became extremely aroused, whined a great deal, and made many errors. Their stimulated littermates were less disturbed or upset by test conditions and when comparisons were made, the stimulated littermates were more calm in the test environment, made fewer errors and gave only an occasional distress sound when stressed.

Conclusion

Breeders can now take advantage of the information available to improve and enhance performance. Generally, genetics account for about 35% of the performance, but the remaining 65% (management, training, nutrition) can make the difference. In the management category, it has been shown that breeders should be guided by the rule that it is generally considered prudent to guard against under and over stimulation. Short of ignoring pups during their first two months of life, a conservative approach would be to expose them to children, people, toys and other animals on a regular basis. Handling and touching all parts of their anatomy is also a necessary part of their learning which can be started as early as the third day of life. Pups that are handled early and on a regular basis generally do not become hand-shy as adults.

References: 1. Battaglia, C.L., “Loneliness and Boredom” Doberman Quarterly, 1982. 2. Kellogg, W.N. & Kellogg, The Ape and the Child, New York: McGraw Hill. 3. Scott & Fuller, (1965) Dog Behavior -The Genetic Basics, University Chicago Press. 4. Scott, J.P., Ross, S., A.E. and King D.K. (1959) The Effects of Early Enforced Weaning Behavior of Puppies, J. Genetics Psychologist, p 5: 261-81.

 

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Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding? Part 5

Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding? Part 5

First we started out with a puppy shower thanks to Glory’s aunties in Canada. Auntie Jill and Patti send her a box of goodies for her and the puppies and of course a bag of jerky for me to keep a wake during the whelp. I didn’t get to see if it worked for keeping me awake as I ate the whole bag before she whelped. Thanks gals!

Gambler had to check out the goods and he even got his own spray.

A couple weeks ago I wrote Part 1 of Where Are We At With Glory’s Breeding. If you missed it you can read the full version here. The short version is: I talked about preparing your dog for breeding by doing genetic tests, other tests that can be done, picking a stud dog, the heat cycle of the bitch, breeding and implanting of the eggs. Part 2 I talked about pregnancy confirmation, a app on my phone that you can follow along and read what is happening, the food I was feeding her and milk development. If you want to read the full version here. Part 3 I talked about proper feeding and being able to xray to determine how many puppies might be delivered as well as talked about getting the whelping box out and Glory used to it. If you want to read the full version here. Part 4 I talked about Glory nesting, how to tell when she will deliver and the whelping box. You can read the full version here. I told you by the end of the post she may deliver and she did.

So where are we at with Glory’s breeding?

We are at delivery time. I told you in part 4 I had a list of whelping supplies ready. Here is the list:

Hemostat (for clamping the umbilical cord before cutting of if needed), Sterile Gloves (for vaginal exams or help getting puppies out of canal), DeeLee Mucus Trap (a mucus aspirator for deeper suctioning), Iodine (to didinfect the umbilical cord stump), Suture Matierial or Dental Floss (to tie off the umbilical cord if needed), Sissors (to cut the cord), Paper/Pen (to keep tract of information, sex, time weight ect.), KY Lubricant (for vaginal exams), Feeding Tube and Milk Replacer (for puppies that aren’t drinking well from mom or from a bottle), Baby Bottle (to supplement feedings if needed), Scale (weighing pups each day to make sure growing), ID Bands (of course got my paracord collars ready), Flashlight/leash (for potty breaks and to make sure no puppies are born outside while urinating), Towels (to help dry off puppies), Ice Cream (great energy boost for mom), Friends (to stay up with you in the middle of the night for moral support and to share the great experience with) – (thank you to Amy who was a million miles away but with me during the whole delivery and to my boss Brenda who was there for all my questions).

It was Friday evening and Glory was panting more, she was more clingy she wanted to lay by me which she didn’t want to do in the earlier days of her pregnancy. Her backend was preparing for delivery it had a rounder appearance her tail was held lower. She didn’t want to eat and was very restless. I knew she was going to have the puppies but I thought like Murphy’s law she would have them in the middle of the night. At 10:40 she started pushing I knew the time was here. She was now in Stage 2 of labor. When Nellie delivered she was always laying down so when Glory started squatting like she was going to urinate I was wondering if she was really going to have it, she then started trying to walk around so I followed her with my towels and catcher’s mitt and sure enough she had one nearly standing up. I managed to capture a video of the first one being born so if you care to see the delivery of a puppy you can watch it here. The video doesn’t show the complete birth, it shows her squatting, the puppy coming out and then I had to put the camera down to catch it and help her out. The first one was a big girl and it hurt as Glory squealed and tried to run away so I had to take the sac off the face, wipe it down and get it breathing. I then had to tie off the umbilical cord, cut the cord and put some iodine on it. This is where my list of supply’s came in handy. The first puppy was born at 10:52 pm Pink Girl 15.3oz about 20 minutes later the second one was born which was Blue Male 13.1oz,

12:15 am on 7/11/15 the third female was born which passed away. 12:19 am the fourth Yellow Female 8.5oz,

 

12:40 am fifth Lime Green Female 15.3oz,

 

12:55 am sixth Orange Female 10.9oz,

 

 

1:10 seventh Red Female 9.3oz,

1:39 eighth Purple Female 12.3oz,

3:23 am ninth Black Male 16.4oz,

3:44 tenth Camo Male 15.7oz.

She was done. You can see it all happened pretty fast with a small break before the last two. It isn’t uncommon to have a larger break between puppies. If she is resting it’s ok to have a delay but if she is pushing and having contractions with no puppy coming out for over a hour then you need to them to the vet to get help. At this time a c-section may be in order, or if the sack of the puppy keeps coming out and going back in you may be able to retrieve it with ky jelly and gloves while manually pulling it out. Puppies are normally born head and front feet first but they may be delivered breach (back feet first) if this happens they may get stuck and need help getting out. Stage 3 of labor is characterized by the expulsion of the placenta. The bitch will normally try and eat the placenta but you should take most of them away from her so she doesn’t become sick. She should expel a placenta for each puppy if a placenta is retained she may get postpartum metritis. After she is done whelping it is good to get a “clean out” shot which is a injection of oxytocin to have the bitch have some contractions again to help expel all the placenta’s.

Once Glory was done delivering she stayed in her whelping box and took care of her puppies by cleaning them, nudging them, and watching over them. She was a natural mom and also a very protective mom. During this event Gambler and Nellie were locked up in the bedroom with John. When they all came down in the morning Glory let it be known that these puppies were hers and to stay away from them. She leaves the box to go outside and potty then she races back in to care for the puppies. Stay tuned for part 6 Postpartum and Postnatal Care

Thank you all for all the well wishes!

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Guess How Many Puppies Glory & Thunder Will Be Having Contest

Back in May Glory visited her boyfriend Thunder from 2browndawgs. A little hanky panky went on and a month later we found out Glory swallowed a watermelon seed as she was confirmed pregnant and she has been getting bigger and bigger each day. We know that on the ultrasound she was confirmed to have at least 5 puppies, if you missed that post you can read it here. On July 2nd I brought Glory with me to work to have a xray done to get a more accurate count on the puppies so I know how many to expect when the time comes for her to deliver them. We were able to get somewhat of a count. There are three doctors who work at the clinic and they all had different counts, so I know a range of what maybe coming. Normally I would post up the xray and have you look at it and see if you could count puppy skeletons but we wrote numbers on the xray as we were counting them so it wouldn’t be fair for the contest if I put up a xray with numbers on it so you all will have to look at Glory and take your guesses. To add a little twist to the contest because I’m sure I will be having many of the same guesses I am going to ask you to tell me how many puppies you think Glory and Thunder are having and tell me how many of each sex they will end up with. This contest will start today and will end when Glory is done delivering. She is due to whelp anytime between this Friday July 10 and Monday July 13th. Put your guess in the comments below and I will announce the winner next week.

Here are the most recent pictures taken of Glory last night while she enjoyed her beef bone.

Glory is ginormous, she hates the hot weather is not eating all her food as not much room left in her abdomen and had a hard time getting comfortable. She is is great spirits and I feel in really good health right now.

We have been getting Glory used to her whelping box by feeding her in there.

I have been nesting so the house is cleaned and somewhat puppy proof and all the supplies that I might need for delivery are near her box.

I have been taking her temperature each day and night as you want to start before delivery so you know where her normal temperature is at then when it is getting closer to delivery she will have a big dip in the number it usually goes down by a couple of degree’s. A normal dogs temperature is 100-102. Glory started at 100 and is now at 99.2. When it dips down to 97-98 degrees and then starts to go back up she will deliver anywhere’s between 12-20 hrs later.

I will give you three hints or help. I have been measuring Glory around the biggest part of her abdomen. She is 37 inches around. When I took her in for her xray she weighted 93# and we know that their are at least 5 puppies in there.

Here are a couple video’s of the puppies moving, don’t blink!

There will be a little prezzie package for the person who has the closest guess and this contest is open to everyone world wide.

Good luck all!

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