I will move Blu’s info and pictures to her own blog.
January 13, 2021 –
Blu’s puppies are 5-weeks old today. The puppies look just like polar bears! They are so white!!! They are eating 3 times a day and their food is now soaked puppy food not blended and no puppy milk.
They are listening to lots of CD’s played very loudly. They are playing with lots of toys they can carry as well as chew on. Conrad and Blu keep stealing the toys. We leave the gate open so Blu and come and go. I’ve looked in there and found Conrad checking things out and once found Shelby.
Enjoy the pictures!
The puppies have had their weights and nail trims again tonight.
January 7, 2021 –
It’s hard to believe these puppies are 4 weeks old! Blu is a wonderful mom and her puppies are such nice puppies!
Their whelping box was getting small even for only four puppies. They were moved into the larger pen vacated by Shelby’s puppies just today. The pen was sanitized with clean whelping pads. They now have the ‘step’ to play, sleep, and sometimes go to the bathroom on!
They had their 2nd worming started yesterday. This is a 3-day regimen. They had their nails trimmed again.
January 6, 2021 –
Happy New Year to all of you! Mark and I pray 2021 will be a better year than 2020.
If the puppies were human babies, they are now toddlers. They are inquisitive and eager to try new things. They still sleep a lot but their play has changed.
Can’t believe they will be 4 weeks old tomorrow. A 3-day worming is scheduled for tomorrow plus nail trims. They have been getting puppy formula once a day.
When I clean the whelping box and change the pad, I put the puppies in a clothes basket. I usually do this after they have eaten and soiled the pad. They always fall asleep in the clothes basket and stay asleep moving back into the whelping box. You would think they did all the work!
There is a TV on in their room. They are listening to music, cartoons, talk shows, and the occasional vet show. They love the colors on the screen.
When Shelby’s litter moves to the nursery at the dog barn, these four will move to the mudroom for more room.
Let’s talk about training. You can start training your puppy as soon as it comes home. Honestly, everything you do with your puppy is training.
Your puppy has been imprinted. This is a process of desensitizing by touch. We feel this prepares a puppy for the stimulation he will encounter in the next few months of his life. I wish I could say imprinting skips the puppy stages of chewing, nipping, pottying whenever and wherever, etc., but it doesn’t. Your puppy will be a puppy!
For instance, your puppy has had a ribbon collar on since he was just hours old. This has prepared him to wear other collars. Your puppies’ feet have been desensitized which makes nail trims less scary for him.
We suggest you attend a puppy obedience class after the 2nd vaccination has been received. This is usually about 12 weeks of age. But, in the meantime, there is lots you can do in your own living room. Now is the time to introduce your puppy to leash training, the command ‘come’, the command ‘sit’, and the word NO. During your training sessions, you will identify what makes your dog tick. It may be treats, it may be verbal praise, or it may be touch praise.
The more time you spend with your puppy in the first few weeks will pay off when the puppy is going thru it’s ‘terrible two’s’ or ‘teenage years’. The bond you build now will last forever.
We suggest you read or even get a copy of Puppy Kindergarten (A well-mannered dog) – March, 2001 by Miriam Fields-Babineau. It is available on Amazon for around $5.00. This book has lots of practical training information and is well written for the dog owner.
Training sessions should be no more than 5 minutes in length as puppies cannot concentrate longer than 5 minutes. You can train your puppy several times a day if you wish. Remember — your puppy will thrive with love, patience, and praise!
December 31, 2020 –
2020 has been hard on all of us. Some have had Covid, some have lost jobs, some are working from home, some kids are virtually learning, and some of us are staying at home in hopes of not getting Covid. Wherever 2020 has taken your life, here’s hoping 2021 will get kids back in the school, all of us being vaccinated, jobs will return, and HUGS will be back!! Stay safe and keep positive that we will reach herd immunity.
Today is New Year’s Eve. We ran to get a few cards from the store and got the idea to have a Pizza King pizza for supper. We called about 5:45 and the wait was 1 1/2 hours. Another tempting drive thru supper!!
Today Blu’s puppies were weighed and received new collars. They had their nails trimmed also. The whelping box was cleaned and a clean pad was added for the puppies. I’m now adding a folded towel for the puppies to lay on. Funny, how they catch onto new things so quickly.
They are just beautiful puppies!
Let’s talk about dog food! Talking dog food amongst ‘dog people’ is like talking religion or politics. Some times it’s just best to keep your opinions to yourself.
We are feeding the puppies Purina Pro Plan Focus Large Breed Puppy Food Chicken and Rice. It is available at Pet Smart, Pet Co, TSC, Bomgaars, etc. Please pick up a bag of this food before getting your puppy. If you chose to switch to another food, make a gradual switch. If you would like to see how your dog food rates, there is a website that rates dog food from 1 star to 5 star. This is www.dogfoodadvisor. I know there are other sources out there that are helpful.
When you are looking at the label of any dog food, watch for the following words:
“By-Products” This is basically anything on the floor that is left over…chicken feet, beaks, etc. …AVOID “Corn and Wheat” This is a filler but can cause allergies to some dogs…AVOID
Last, don’t let those companies that do thousands of dollars in advertising sway you. Choose the dog food that meets your dog’s needs and your budget. Make sure the dog food can be found in a couple of different stores just in case they are out what you need.
December 28 2020 –
First I would like to thank everyone who send cards and pictures of ‘Dusty Road Labradors’ puppies. It is always fun to hear from you and the pictures are the best!
Yesterday, while we were weighing puppies, we took individual pictures. I’m sure you are going to see there isn’t much personality yet nor are the puppies’ photogenic.
The personalities come about 6 weeks and continue to fine tune for the next few weeks. This is why we encourage those of you picking a puppy to hold off as long as you can to make your choice.
Their eyes are just about open. They are finding their voices.
The puppies’ had a quiet Christmas. Usually the grandkids would be here to love on them.
Choosing a vet for your puppy. Many of you are first time puppy owners. You will need to find a good vet now. We encourage you to take your puppy to your vet for an exam and you will need to take your puppy to the vet at 10 weeks for their second vaccinations.
How do you find a vet? The best way is to ask your friends who they use and why they would recommend them. If they sound like someone you would like to build a relationship with, give them a call. Many vets will spend a few minutes with you if you call and explain that you would like to meet them and see their office before you get your puppy.
Visit with the staff. Ask them about wait time when you arrive. Ask them how quickly they can get you in when your puppy needs seen right away.
Is the office calm or a ‘hot mess’? I like an office that is calm and welcoming. Professionalism is important to me as well as organization. These things tell me this is a good vet clinic.
Look at the office. Is it clean? Does it smell good? Is the waiting room big enough that you aren’t right beside another dog or cat? Is it a modern facility or does it need upgrading of it’s x-ray machines?
Ask about their fees. We have found that most vets charge about the same for vaccinations. The office visit fee will vary greatly so make sure you know that. Hopefully, you will only need to see the vet for the second and third set of vaccinations, fecal exams, Rabies shot, and spaying or neutering. Non-routine visits will cost you more.
December 25, 2020 –
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE! Hope you have had a wonderful day!
Today was a quiet day here interrupted by occasional puppy barking. They already have a way of letting Blu or us know they want something.
The puppies had their nails trimmed today. Their collars have been adjusted to accommodate the growing puppy.
December 23, 2020 –
Blu’s puppies are very light yellow and their coats are so soft. We like the temperaments of these puppies already. They are very quiet and content puppies.
The puppies were dewormed today. They will be 2 weeks old tomorrow and that would usually be the day to deworm. We dewormed a day early.
Their weights have increased significantly since the last entry. Red is 3.5#; Pink 3.0#; Black 3.0#; and Yellow 2.11#. They are just teddy bears!
They have found their voices. Now we have surround sound with puppies sounds from the mudroom and the sewing room. Sometimes people can hear them on the phone — oh, you have puppies again??
December 17, 2020 –
Blu’s puppies are growing and gaining weight. Their weights are Red-2.6#; Pink-2.4#; Black-2.2#; and Yellow 1.15#.
We have observed that Black will have a brown nose and Yellow has a small dark yellow dot on the top of her head.
The puppies had their dew claws removed and received great exams. Blu enjoyed her outing. We placed the puppies in a clear tote with lots of blankets. They cried but it didn’t bother Blu at all. She layed beside the tote and slept all the way to the vet and back home. Is this a seasoned mom?