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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Puppy Crockery~Wordless Wednesday

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Puppies First Chewy Review

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Ding Dong Chewy.com calling.

This month I decided since I had the 8 puppies that they should do a review before they all left for their new homes.

What will puppies do for a beef Pet Botanics treat?

Pet Botanics Training Rewards Beef Flavor Dog Treats, small tasty treats low in calories for training sessions.

Everybody sit!

Puppies in the big box 2 come out.

Product Description

Recommended by thousands of professional trainers, these training rewards are perfectly sized for repetitive rewards required during training. Pet Botanics training rewards are easy to carry in your pocket or treat bag and have the same great palatability as Pet Botanics rolled dog food.

Key Benefits

  • Made with real beef
  • Perfectly sized for repetitive reward training
  • Easy to carry in your pocket
  • Moist texture that won’t crumble or break
  • Healthy and nutritious, low calorie treat

Pork Liver, Pea Flour, Potatoes, Dried Whole Eggs, Glycerin, Sugar, Brown Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Barley Flour, Tapioca Flour, Beef, Sweet Potatoes, Natural Smoke Flavor, Sodium Lactate, Lecithin, Salt, Flaxseed, Lactic Acid, Carrageenan, Palm Oil, Phosphoric Acid, Salmon Oil, Molasses, Calcium and Zinc Proprionates, Caramel Color, Garlic, Mustard, Added Color (Iron Oxide), Carrots, Natural Bacon Flavor,Botani (Green Tea, Cranberries, Peppermint, Chamomile, Rosemary, Dandelion, Tomato, Blueberry)

Small enough you can keep many in your hand at same time.

Momma Glory taste testing before her puppies get to taste test. Making sure they are good enough for the pups.

Nom nom nom, good stuff.

Little Yellow Girl smiles for a treat.

Green Girl, these smell wonderful.

Price is $8.99 a 20 oz bag and FREE Shipping on orders over $49.00

Gma Nellie in the box for yummy Pet Botanics Training Rewards.

Why Chewy.com?

Because: Chewy.com has more than 300 brands to choose from and is ready to fetch it and ship it, direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. Have a question regarding the best food for your pet? Call us 24/7 and our helpful customer service team at Chewy.com is ready to listen.

Chewy.com lives and breathes pets. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chewy.com’s dedicated staff is committed to providing quality pet products to our customers in a fast and easy way. That’s why we have warehouses located throughout the country – so the products are delivered quickly and efficiently. Bottom line, Chewy.com delivers pet happiness – and there’s nothing really better than that. Their products are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed (if your not happy call them and they pay for shipping the item back), they have expert pet care and product advice, over 200 of the best pet brands and 24/7 customer care. Another great benefit of Chewy.com is they have autoship for your pet food needs and orders under $49.00 are a flat rate shipping cost of $4.95.

Chewy.com 200 SW 1st Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 1-800-67-CHEWY

What’s new at Chewy.com? They now have autoship.

I was compensated (1) bag of Pet Botanics Training Reward Treats for a honest review from Chewy.com.chewy

Don’t drop the ball head on over to Chewy.com and place your order today.

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Tuesdays, Just Got Tastier!Tuesdays, Just Got Tastier!
We are joining the Tuesday Blog Hop Hosted By Kol’s Notes and Sugar The Golden Retriever

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Puppy Fitness With Kong Tunnel~FitDog Friday

I bought the puppies a Kong tunnel. I got this so they can have a interactive so to speak toy and get them used to different items. It’s scary for puppies or adult dogs to go into tunnels so I thought it would be great to get this Kong tunnel and start my puppies out as wee little pups using it so one day if their owners decide to do agility with them they will hopefully retain a foundation for using the tunnel and not be afraid of it. I also got them a cube to play with. These items offer exercise in learning balance as when they go into it and walk it shifts and rolls and the puppies have to learn how to balance and coordination. They work their brain, muscles and legs. I first showed them the tunnel and cube in the house and they got used to it there then we moved outside for a small amount of time to get used to grass and being outside.

This day was their first day outside. It was of course a new adventure for them since they have just been walking on carpet and laminate so they were afraid at first. They have now been out a hand full of times they are getting used to it and more comfortable about it so they are starting to explore. With the exploring they are getting more exercise so they aren’t looking like little butter balls as much.

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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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Family Gathering~Wordless Wednesday

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