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This Weeks Everest

Puppies have played outside, Rain or Shine. That this point they have free access to the deck during most parts of the day. They conquered the deck steps in just two days.  The first day I used doggie beds to break their fall and by the end of the day the  Crash Pad was made of cardboard and after some pretty good tumbles they figured it out.

I love to watch their minds working out challenges.  I try not to help too much, and let them figure things out.  If they’re getting too frustrated I’ll lend them a hand.

This video is fun because you can see the progress the puppies make figuring out how to move their limbs and bodies to maneuver the steps.  Their progress unfolds before our eyes.

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They’re always look proud of themselves after summiting a new goal

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Out with the Whelping Box!!!!

Once again it’s time to change the configuration of the Puppy Room.  They’re out growing their space, not physically but mentally.  It’s time for me to spend less time with them and for them to learn to sleep in a crate by themselves.  It’s a gradual process and the goal is to have puppies sleeping through the night by themselves by the time they go to their new homes.  This isn’t a complete ‘crate training’ nor does it fully prepare them to sleep alone in their new homes.  It’s a step.

I started them off by replacing the whelping box with an extra-large (Mica size ;^)  wire crate.  They will have free access to the crate for sleeping and from now on they’ll eat all their meals in it.  In a few days,  I’ll shut the door during the night.  Nickel still needs to feed them so during the night I’ll routinely let out to potty and nurse.   After a week or so, I’ll use two crates and separate the puppies into two groups that will be rotated so they don’t become overtly  attached to any one puppy.  After that,  I’ll have a third crate and the puppies will be in twos.  Over the next 6 weeks the puppies’ den will change to the point where they’ll be sleeping alone in a cloth-covered crates (so they can’t see each other) and (hopefully) sleeping through the night.

And of course everything is a learning process:  Breaking down of the whelping box gave the puppies a chance to experience a new Noise!~

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