The best mom ever. Fili always surprises me with her inner peace. If she was
a human I would really be sure she is into joga or meditation. Seriously.
When I watch her before the birth, during and after it is like watching
wolves natural life at National Geographic. She just instinctively knows how
to manage her breathing, what movemments to make to easen her pain (which
obviously appears a long time before the delivery takes place) Breath
And honestly – not all the bitches are like this. Some can be nervous,
anxious, breath heavily few days before. It is nothing bad of course but the
beauty of seing how Fili is managing it, like she is some kind of
experienced meditation trainer…priceless.
Of course the night before she came to my bed. She was quiet, I gave her
some relaxing massage. But then she already told me it is coming. She was
preparing and was looking for my support.
During the delivery Fili was cooperating without any stress and anxiety. It
took her 3 hours and all puppies were there. Quiet and calm as she was. No
single squeak, relaxed bodies.
Fabian gave up on his winter vacation once he found out it is the time. He
said he will not go anywhere and that I should not force him to go. “Do not
force me, will you not force me anymore?”
So he was preparing the threads if we needed it for the umbilicar cord. He
had his own latex gloves. He said – do not call me Fabian. Now I am Mr
Veterinarian John and please call me this way. So I said. Mr John scissors
please, towel, put the puppy in a box gently. All this cooperation went
great. Still hard for him to understand not to pick up the puppies yet for
any hugging but he is a good boy and listens.
A whole week has passed under the sign of that warmth and growing bellies .
Mommy takes a very good care of us. Edyta keeps our room really warm as
she sais – we are not able to control the temperature of our bodies yet.
Mommy of course warms us up as well. Edyta weights us every day so she knows
if we grow. She sais it is very important that we double our weight within a
She also began to perform some weird exercises on us – called early
neurological stimulation . You can read more in the article called “Early
Neurological Stimulation” by Carmen Battagila .
Early neurological stimulation helps to build stable nervous system in
Benefits of stimulation:
1. Improves functioning of the heart vessels
2. Strengthens circulatory system.
3. Strengthens adrenaline glands.
4. Makes out body resistant to stress
5.Builds up immunity system
For us it means we are put in 5 different exercises:
Edyta sais that benefits are tremendous, however they need to be done with a
special care as the results of overstimulation the puppies could be dramatic
and can result in de-regulating nerve system. This is why this is not
recommended to novice breeders as it is very easy to forget about the
timing. Edyta sais that each exercise should not be done for more than 3
seconds – you can see the video how quick it should be. Also any other
exercises should not be performed on the puppies. Picking up and holding in
hand is not allowed.
She tells us that the most important thing for us now is that we feel safe.
Sometimes we can be petted, but only if we are close to mummy. Through touch
we build the image of our own bodies but that can not be overdone either.
Here are our pictures and some videos:
Edyta is laughing, that we actually start looking like dogs right now.
Funny. Some of us have opened their eyes. Some of us start playing with each
other and with Edyta. That activities last for 30 seconds and then we go to
sleep again – of course. Our nails have been clipped so we do not scratch
mommy by an accident.
Of course Early Neurological Stimulation is being practised on us, we do not
mind it and we are very very relaxed while doing it.
Edyta still sleeps with us so some of us crawl on her matress to get her
warmth. This way we are already getting the code of human smell imprinted.
First good memory of a human source of warmth.
Apart from that Edyta lets us smell some things we do not know yet. An onion,
lemon, potatoe, garlic, herbs, cats, flowers, cinnamon, soil, coffee – all
of that hidden in a little jars.
By doing nothing the connections in our brain already start formulating.
Edyta is preparing us for massage sessions that will take place this week.
She touches our bodies when we sleep with mommy. Very gently touching our
bellies, sides and feet.
Edyta sais that non stimulated puppies by the time of 8 weeks have 30% less
of the connections in the brain than those stimulated ones.
A lot has happened in the past week. Oh A LOT!. Firstly, we opened our
ears and Edi began to introduce us to the wonderful world of sounds. But she
did surprise us when the first sounds we heard were the sounds of prenatal
life (heart beating and prenatal waters). She has done it on purpose so we
encounter this wonderful world slowly with something we have already heard.
Something which is well known and associated with safety.
She is also massaging our bodies, performing so-called Shantal massage. Our
receptors receive information about our bodies. Massage has number of
positive benefits, and depending on which part of the body is being massaged
– affects the internal organs in a positive way
– helps rebuilding damaged skin cells
– improves metabolism,
– improves blood flow in the body
– normalizes the secretion of digestive juices
And what is the most important thanks to it dog learns how to relax his body
when he needs to.
Edyta is also working on the balance and our membranes. For what purpose? So
in the future we do not get motion sickness while driving. When we get to
the car for the first time we will already be prepared for this and our
first car ride goes stress free.
We still learn different scents. Edyta sometimes behaves like a dog mom –
bringing scents on her hands and clothes. She lets us smell them and this
way we get to know the world more and more every day.
Edyta says that we made progress this week.
She still keeps on massaging and doing membrane exercises that will protect
us from being car sick in the future.
Now we listen to a lot of different noises. But Edyta uses difficult words
HABITUATION AND SENSITIZATION
Habituation means getting accustomed with stimuli. She says that the sounds
should be plaid
at such a distance and intensity that we do not get scared. We have to
gradually get used to a stimuli. It is in contrast toSensitization. It
happens when we do something to fast and too loud that it will stay in our
memory for so long that we will have different phobias associated with it.
So we listen to: fireworks , storms , sounds of the sea , sounds of
animals ( monkeys , barking dogs , elephants, lions , wolves , bears, birds,
vultures , owls , snarling and barking dogs ) trucks, police and ambulance
sirens , traffic, helicopters , airplanes , screaming children , gunshots .
Now we have started to explore other room – but we were not forced to do so,
we came out of our puppy room by ourselves. Edyta gave us strange objects
– bottles that seem to give strange sounds. Nooo, it was just fun.
There’s a little boy , who does a lot of thingswith us. He shows us
sounds and he is massaging us. Everything is still slowly as the week has
passed with a huge
amount of rest and deep sleep .
We invite you to view photos and video ;)
This week we met a lot of people and we gave them lots of doodle licks. Also
the enriched environment with lots of sounds has been served to us. We met
other rooms as well and went downstairs where we are allowed to explore even
more. We are of course still being massaged and our enviroment changes so we
actually learn that change is good thing.
It has been an exploring week.
Edyta sais that by the time of 7 weeks puppies should already know 7
different surfaces. This is why she built tunnel for us. You can see the
sand, rubber, metal, plastic, gras, wood, stone ect. She has hidden snacks
there of course, so exploring is actually tasty and fun:)
We are still visited by many people and we love them as you can see.
Also we are being trained to like the plastic transporter. This is quite
important for some of us;)
Enriched Environment is still being pracised as well as sudden noises,
smells, massages and all that we really enjoy!
Enjoy pictures and videos:
SOON NEW STORIES, PICTURES AND VIDEOS
There are lots of theories about socialization and stimulation of puppies at the early age. Some people say to socialize, some object to that saying that we should leave everything up to nature. In nature mothers do not do Early Neurological Stimulation, they say. Is that right?
First we need to explain something. It is we – people who moved stray dog from its natural environment. We locked it in our house. Mother is raising their puppies in a puppy pan and the only smell they experience is the smell of mother and washing powder. Some puppies are more fortunate when they are raised in the area where actually something happens – there are smells coming out of the kitchen.
Why to stimulate the smell why to do early neurological stimulation? After all mother in nature does not do it. But isn’t she, really?
In nature, mother brings different scents from the outside world on her body – the smell of the air, soil , garbage, other animals. Do the shiny, beautiful show mothers bring the same stimuli to the puppy pan?
In the wild it is the mother that provides the food. She leaves puppies for a while, and what if they are cold? Great – thermal stimulation. Their bodies are not resting on a soft blanket and the room is not heated up. Sometimes, they are with their head up, sometimes down and sometimes on the back. Conditions are not sterile and young puppies experience mild stress due to environmental conditions.
There come different noises at different volume from the outside. Puppies hear them as soon as their open their ears (at about 21 days of age). No one waits until they are ready, mother nature does not care. And this is the real nature.
Nature is not closed in a sterile puppy pen , and if you really want to leave it all to nature you should supply puppies with conditions as close as possible to these natural ones. And my point is not to put puppies in a cold barn along with their mother.
My point is to stimulate because mother nature does it we just do not see it. After few weeks, they will come out and it will be their natural environment and they need to start to get to know it very early.
Of course there is a risk of over stimulating the puppies which results in destroyed nerve system. But it is breeders responsibility to get the professional knowledge in that subject so that they know how to do it in the right way.
“Stimulated 8 week old puppies have about 30% more brain connections than those that have not been stimulated”
Wlochata Pasja First Australian Labradoodle kennel in Poland