The puppies turned two weeks old yesterday. They are growing like little weeds! The biggest puppy (light blue boy) is 2lb 12 oz and the littlest puppy (orange boy) is 2lb 5 oz. Although looking at the picture above, there are a couple that look especially porky. I found that they are best for weighing after they’ve eaten and food coma has set in. This is also good for arranging them in a line. I arranged them as best I could by varying shades of blue and gray. Starting from the left is teal, green, lime, black, orange, red, pink and light blue. Of the gray girls, hot pink and yellow. The photo wasn’t THAT great but you can see that teal, green and lime are darker than the rest. I think that red should be moved over in between lime and black. The rest are lighter shades of blue.
- “Hi!” – yellow girl
Their eyes are fully open now and the cloudyness is starting to fade. They are still very dependant on their noses to find their way around. When Mama comes into the room, their noses go crazy and they scramble to find her, barking up a storm.
I think their ears are beginning to open as I dropped something in their room and it startled them awake. It could also be the vibration of the falling object. Either way, we are beginning a new phase in development.
They are starting to play with each other and some of them (blue) get upset when no one will play with him. He will bark, growl, chew on ears and climb over everyone trying toget them to play. If nothing works, then he will finally lay down and go to sleep.
Bio-sensor exercises continue until day 16. They all are taking really well to the upright position and usually relax completely, until I flip them upside down. When upside down, they struggle to right themselves and in some cases paddle their front feet as if they are swimming. I hope that is a good sign for what strong swimmers they will be. Next is the supine position where they are laying on their back. They all love this position and easily
relax and fall asleep, some with their heads falling completely back. This gives me a chance to tickle their toes with the q-tip.
I’m trimming their toe nails every few days and playing with their feet. Hopefully that will help their new owners be able to keep them trimmed regularly. I will also start to use the dremmel on their toes in case someone chooses that method to trim and shape nails.
So, what’s in store for week 3? Well, as I mentioned above, their ears will be opening so I’ll be exposing them to various noises to get them used to the sounds. We never made it out for car rides this week so I’ll try to do that this week a few times. Towards the middle of the week, I’ll move them from the bathroom to the living/dining/kitchen area and set up more of a puppy play pen area for them to start to explore. They will get to use some of the great toys that they received from the puppy shower. They will also start to eat some solid foods and make a complete mess of themselves. I’ll be sure to get video and pics of that for you to enjoy :).
I would like to take them outside this week but the back patio will have some construction going on so it won’t be puppy safe. I’m building a pergola over my patio so that I can let the puppies outside during the day to play without becoming baked puppies (it’s HOT out there with no shade). Well, I’ll get to go out and enjoy it as well, even after they are all gone. Last, but certainly not least and for some most importantly… bird introduction. I hope to expose them to some bird wings this week in preparation of future live bird exposure.
Speaking of live bird exposure. I have spoken to Brad Higgins, my field trainer and after some discussion, we feel that an “official” evaluation like we did for the 2010 litter isn’t the best approach to determine birdiness. The single evaluation day may not show who is more birdy, but may show some being more shy or unsure than others. On any given day, this could change. So we’ve decided that multpile exposures would be the best approach. So starting in week 5, I will do several days of exposure to young quail and record the experience.
Well, that’s all for now! It’s time to wake the babies and clean their box. Have a great weekend!
Renee, Roxie & the “First” litter