This Saturday the puppies will be 8 weeks old. I can’t believe it. The first few weeks I was sure were going to do me in, but we got into a routine and it was a joy to watch them grow and develop into the adorable pups they are today. They all have distinct personalities and it’s easy for me to tell them apart without collars. I’ve not had collars on them for several weeks now, just because they pull on them and get them filthy and sometimes just flat out pull them off. My family still can’t tell the adults apart much less the pups. This is amazing to me, as they all have distinct features. I can tell the adults apart from across the yard. But then I spend the most time with them, too, and likewise these pups have been my constant job for 8 weeks now. They’ve gone from the size of guinea pigs and able to be held in one hand to now needing the support of 2 hands while holding them. The younger kids can barely pick them up anymore. Eight weeks bring a lot of changes!
Soon the first two will be leaving for their new homes. It will be time to say goodbye. It will be a bittersweet day, but one we knew was coming. It’s all part of the process. I can’t wait to see photos and video of them as they grow. The female (Parvati) will be staying with us as part of our program and one remaining male (we have been calling him Chewy) is still looking for his forever home as a cherished pet and/or working dog. Until he finds his family, however, he will begin Puppy Kindergarten classes with his sister in a few weeks. We will also begin further socialization exercises, away from home and class. This means we will be taking them out and about everywhere we possibly can, encouraging people to pet and handle them. Cafes, shopping areas, dog-friendly stores, the dog beach, etc. Young pups need as much socialization as possible. This helps build a dog that is confident in different situations as an adult.
Socialization is very important for all breeds but especially those such as mine, that tend to carry a certain stigma with them. You can’t socialize them enough. They must be taught how to behave not only in their own homes but out in public. This means no jumping up, no lunging, growling, chasing or annoying people or other dogs. In our society, especially these days, it is mandatory that our dogs be good canine ambassadors. Raising a puppy is a big job. It involves so much more than bringing a puppy into your home, putting down some food and toys and hoping you can get him/her to potty outside and not eat your furniture.
Over the coming weeks we will be following little Parvati through the next important phases of her puppyhood. Even though she has been here since birth, her world has largely been confined to the puppy room and dog yard. She’ll now start learning how to integrate into regular home life. We will be covering various aspects of puppy rearing and training, as she learns how to live as part of her new pack. The puppies have been somewhat restricted from interacting with the larger dogs until now, so we will see more of that, as well as the new and exciting things that will happen to her as she goes out into the wide world for the very first time. We are so excited to have you join us for these wonderful early days of puppy development!
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There’s so much puppy cuteness, we have to share it! So join us today so you don’t miss any of the fun!
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