Here we are. Now we know why Caramel kept us in her belly until day 63. Our mommy usually was in labor until day 60, but this time it was different. We were so little that those 3 more days must have made the difference. The weight of each of us was about 280-300 grams. There is 5 brothers and 5 sisters ;) Even number.
Our mommy was very brave it took her 7 hours and the labor lasted until 4 am.
Our miss and our mommy sleep with us making sure that we eat and we do not wonder off somewhere. If we do, you can hear gentle squeak – then Miss is putting us back to our mommy. She says it is like 10 new babies to which you have to wake up 50 times at night. But she says we are so nice, warm, soft and we smell beautifully.
Our mommy is great. She did not get rid of 3 placentas in the beginning but after Oxitocine shot she got all of them out so there is no more danger of getting inflammation from placentas left inside. Mommy eats a lot but she has to be fed from the whelping box as right now she does not want to leave our side. So every few hours Miss is feeding her in the whelping box and she makes sure that she has got enough to drink.
Nothing is being done with us right now – the most important thing is that we feel safe with our mommy. As for now we are weighted every day – this is why we have the different color ribbons on our necks. Thanks to this our Miss will know if we gain as much as we are supposed to. We are supposed to double the weight during the first week – it is crucial for our further development.
On Sunday our Miss will start Early Neurological Stimulation with us. Those exercises will help our nerve system to develop well and be resistant for different stressful situations.
Here we are. Enjoy the photos Come back next week in the same spot – there you will see how we develop and what is being done with us week by week.
AUSTRALIAN LABRADOODLE PUPPIES
Here we are and we are a week old now! How is life outside of the wound? Fantastic !!
Our mommy is taking care about us wonderfully. Now she has a lot of milk – as our Miss checked in the morning we gained 60 grams each only in one day. Taking into consideration that we were only 280 grams at birth it is a lot.
But Caramel is eating well. Being fed with balanced food and yoghurt few times a day.
The first week was difficult for some of us as 3 puppies were not putting on weight for few days. The rule is that puppy should double the weight in first week. Of course with that number of brothers and sisters our Miss said that 70% of the birth weight is still a very good result. However if we did not gain at all or just 20% we would not survive.
So what was being done – every hour she made sure that we ate a lot. And she made sure that stronger puppies did not push away smaller ones from milk.
Now it is stable and we are going to be just fine she says.
Miss also makes sure we are warm as we can not keep the temperature by ourselves. Mommy has to keep us warm or step mommy…eventually a fan;)
We also can not defecate (poop and pee) by ourselves. So our mommy makes sure that after every meal she licks our belly so we could “go to the toilet”
On Sunday we started new strange exercises. It is called – Early neurological stimulation. Sounds strange? For us as well , but for us it only means that we are handled in a special way – 5 exercises only 3-5 second each. It is suppose to have great benefits on our nerve system, but for us it means that we are handled:
1. Upside down
2. Head up
3. On our backs
4. Our paws are tickled
5. We are put on the cold towel
We invite you to read an article “Breeding Better Dogs” below:
Mommy says that there are the advantages of early neurological stimulation and they are:
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
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.”
Take a look at our photos and see you next week. Enjoy!
And have a great week!
We are two weeks old!
Our Miss loves us to death. She says we are very calm and quiet.
We start playing with each other and with our mommy. Our nails have been clipped as we were scratching mommy already.
Today morning we got the first de-worming and we did pretty good with that.
We now use our 4 feet ;-) whenever Lady comes to the puppy-pan we RUN. We can’t see her yet but we can smell her;)
Our eyes are opened already but we can’t see yet because of the cover on the eye balls. We can only see the light.
We still can’t hear.
On Sunday it will be the last day of the Early Neurological Stimulation and we will start new exercises. Thanks to those exercises we will never have motion sickness (car sickness) (explanation in next week)
Puppies are born deaf and blind. The only senses we can actually work with are the sense of touch and smell. Puppies are being touched and handled many times a day. How about the sense of smell? This sense is actually the most important sense in the dogs’ life. To understand the difference between what we can scent and what dogs can – imagine the scent of chicken soup ….. are you ready?….While we can actually say – “I can smell chicken soup cooking”, dog actually scents all the ingredients that are in the soup separately (salt, carrot, celery, chicken, pepper ect.) regardless from the fact of how many of them there is in the soup.
So if we have an occasion to work with the sense of smell right now, why don’t we do that? This week we introduced scent of different animals: boar, rabbit, pheasant (bird) and fox.
NO ANIMAL HAS SUFFERED FOR THE PURPOSE OF OUR SOCIALIZATION ; – ) ALL THE SAMPLES THAT WE USED WERE COLLECTED FROM DIFFERENT PEOPLE
Scents of wild animals are rather unusual for dogs raised in the normal home environment. Many adult dogs show fear towards different scents, because they are new to them. For many dogs (especially those undersocialized ones) the unknown is frightening. Going further – frightening situation causes dog to present one of the survival strategies (fight, flight, freeze, fiddle about (CS’s), faint (for some species)
The conclusion is one and only – quantity and diversity of stimuli presented in the critical period of socialization (up till 16 weeks of age) is crucial and has a direct impact on self-esteem of the adult dog.
Check the pictures…
What has changed?
1. We have opened our ears
2. We started walking and running for good
3. We ate our first solid food – yoghurt and balanced diet
4. We met first dogs
5. We met people
6. We have heard many different sounds
7. We have visited different rooms in the house
8. We started toilet training
9. We are having special exercises that will eliminate the car sickness
It is a lot as for the 3-rd week, ha?
After opening our ears the first sound we heard was the heartbeat beating as
well as the sounds of prenatal life environment. Miss was letting us hear
special prenatal sounds on CD. How did it affect us?
The first sounds we heard were the sounds that we already knew from the
prenatal life. Those sounds made us very calm and happy. Change can be
pretty scary but if the change (ears opening) is associated with something
we already know, we take it more easy and we are less afraid and stressed
about that change. Even though something is changing, there was already
something we knew very well – mommy’s heart beat.
It is scientifically proven that those prenatal life sounds calm dogs down.
Those sounds are already being used in the dog shelters – with great result.
Next sounds that we heard were the sounds of:
– Vacuum cleaner
– Car accidents
– Children at school
– Newborn crying
– Church bells ringing
– An ambulance driving
– Hair dryer
Those sounds were firstly coming to us at a very low volume so we could
adjust hour hearing to it slowly, without any pressure. Again if the sounds
were played to us at the high volume at first we would get scared and
probably we would be afraid of those sounds forever. Miss is using special
Cd’s to let us listen to those sounds and one of that CD’s is especially
designed for dogs while the other was actually children game with different
What else? Miss is exercising with us every day. Those are special
exercises with our membranes to proof us from car sickness. Shortly
speaking at the age of 6 weeks when we will have our first drive – we will
not get car sick. Normally socialization procedure is to take the puppy in a
car and drive with it. But our proven exercises make life very easy to us
and to the puppies. First of all – we do not have to drive for hours, second
of all we eliminate this stress factor at such an early age and the puppies
are perfectly fine with riding in a car.
Also we met other dogs and people, who were handling us with a great care.
This way we begin to understand that people – no matter man, woman, child
are safe and there is no need to be afraid of them. This way we are taught
to be friendly for people.
We are slowly meeting different environment – this way we are learning that
change is not dangerous and even – it is a stable part of the environment
(things are changing)
I hope that you enjoy the photos and I wish you a wonderful day.
FIRST MEETING WITH OTHER DOGS
AS LOVELY AS WE ARE:
Life is great! We do many things right now. We have heard many different sounds:
-lawnmower, clock, doorbell, walking on stairs, sew, hammer, drill, washing machine, microwave, vacuum cleaner, an ambulance, bus, tramway, fridge, blender, cutting vegetables, boiling water, frying eggs, washing the dishes, electrical shaver, hair dryer, bath, toilet flushing, brushing teeth, washing hands, playing the guitar, playing drums, playing the piano, helicopter, rocket, an airplane, boat, motor boat, carousel, children laughing, crowd of people, flute, xylophone, printer sounds, scanner sounds, chalk sounds, computer sounds, tennis playing, basketball playing, skateboard, diving sounds, fishing sounds, train toy sounds, music box, car driving, train.
In the nature world mother has some helpers called nannies. When she goes hunting nannies take care after the babies. This way mother feels safe for their children. Our nanny is our aunt – Goddess. You can see how much fun we have with her. She is also very gentle and very patient.
We have started something which is called ENRICHED ENVIROMET. MISS calls it Waldorf’s kindergarden;) We explore a lot now. Enriched environment consists of different objects with a different facture. This way we are not only meeting different factures, products and materials. While playing on our playground we not only explore without any reason. All the obstacles are set up the way so we can get on the objects, inside them, under them. This teaches us to solve simple problems (how to get of the box, how to get out of the bag). Miss has hidden small portions of food everywhere and that makes us explore and check for the hidden prizes.
It is happening. Last week we explored a lot. Miss is introducing something
called “Golden Twelve” of Margaret Hughes.
She has built an educational path where we were exploring for 3 days. The
path was consisting of 12 different materials (little puppy should walk of
12 different surfaces by the time of 12 weeks MH).
This path consisted of:
1. wet towel
5. rustling plastic bags
8. metal net
9. bottles and cans
11. plastic insulation with tabs
12. boar skin
At first when our paws touched different kinds of ground we were exploring
it carefully, but after 2 runs we did not have any problem with it. Actually
we enjoyed it a lot, especially than some treats were hidden on the way.
Miss says that those kinds of exercises are very important for us because we
not only explore, but we explore with different senses – and sense of touch
is very important for us. Our little feet get to touch very strange things –
the more we explore – the more confident we are.
Also we still continue exploring different environments. Now a stable part
of the environment is sudden noise. Sometimes a plastic bottle or a metal
can is falling. This way we are getting used to the fact that a sudden noise
is nothing to be afraid of.
Next week – there are some Christmas stories to come;) We helped out a lot
while Christmas preparation! Oh you will have to laugh about it!
It has been happening. Thru this week we did, saw and experienced a lot of
First of all we went to the vet and been vaccinated, microchipped and we
have passports now. The vet Visit was great we were not afraid a bit. We do
not have to mention that our first car drive went great. We went into a car
and felt asleep immediately. Driving as a pleasure for us. Do you remember
the membraine exercises followed in the 3-rd week of our life? thanks
to them we do not have car sickness.
We met different people this week as well.
We understand what is a bicycle and skateboard. People are moving of them
making certain noise.
There was something people called Christmas and they even decorated
Christmas tree. Some of us helped those people. Some of us did not like the
decorations and decided to steal them. Our exercise field was enriched with
some baloons (we do not have to mention that sometimes those baloons break
and shoot – we do not care).
Aaaand we had a visitor – mr Santa Claus – he brought us some gifts.
For the first time we went outside. We did not care about the weather and
the wind. We meet our uncle Donnan and played with him.
We still need a lot of safe exploring – the more safe we feel better for our
future mental stability. Enjoy the photos.
WEEK 7 AND 8
We have been away for a long time. Forgive us. There was so much to do around with us that there was no more time left for updating the website. But it has been happening a lot and a lot of photos have been taken as well.
So we have been taken to the woods where we explored different smells
We have been taken to the deep frozen lake to explore
We have been taken to the woods to sniff
We have been training on the agility field
We were exploring in the tent full of balls
We had our temperament tested by professional
We came out at night
We plaid in the snow
We tried first bones:
We were trained sit, lay down, high fives
All of it to understand that everything is changing and that the change is the important and essential part of the environment.
We have also been learning what positive reinforcement training is and we will be well prepared for it when we will go to our first puppy classes.
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