but the rest of the time they are now looking for something to do.
They are all now able to get over the front single board
and so I have had to put in an additional board which stops them getting out but makes it harder for Sasha to get in and out. I have put in a raised platform for Sasha to make it easy for her to get in and out of the whelping box and so that she can watch what they are getting up to.
She is such a good mum but now that they are getting livelier and 9 of them she is finding it tough. I have therefore been splitting the feeds into smaller groups which she clearly appreciates and I have been letting her feed them next to the open patio doors to keep her nice and cool.
Another task has been to cut the nails of the pups because their sharp claws rake Sasha when they are feeding.
We men are not known for our multi tasking skills but when you have a dog like Sasha who is so relaxed I can supervise the feeding and do their nails at the same time.
For your dog to have the best possible relationship with you it has to be built on trust and a desire to be with you and as you can see here we certainly have that.
The pups are so mobile I have been putting down the front board to let them explore outside the box and it has been really interesting seeing their different reactions to walking down a shiny incline.
Every now and then dad Lenny pops in to see how things are developing and because Sasha is so relaxed about him being around I allow. It will do the pups no harm at all growing up around another adult provided that the adult which in this case is Lenny has a good character.
This week I took Sasha to the vet for a general health check and to check out her right ear which she seemed to be scratching. Im not a fan of going to the vet with a mother who has pups because of the obvious risk of picking up an infection. Fortunately her ears and everything else was fine. Note Sasha’s wonderful temperament with the vet.
They are now becoming very lively and active and so I will be adding an extended run area tomorrow. You can see from the following pictures they are now on the lookout for mischief.
The main one to watch out for is pink collar she is nearly always the first to everything and the first to try and get over the top. Although to look at her butter wouldn’t melt.
Ive included some individual photo’s of the pups.
Finally Ive put together 3 short video’s.
Video 1 was taken today to show how they are developing.
Video 2 I found amusing seeing red collar and pink dot collar like two lovers kissing and cuddling then red collar has a rush of temper which I will need to keep an eye on. In the video he has no collar on as I had just washed it.
Video 3 is a very short clip of the lovely Sasha having a roll and a scratch looking every inch the contented and happy mum.
(Anyone know how to rotate a video in youTube? - Brilliant thank you, under enhancements)
Hope you enjoy the Blog and hopefully see you for week 4 next week.
From Lenny, Sasha and me bye for now.