There's more detailed information on the webpage for new owners but here is a quick video of the pups' breakfast for today. It's a great idea to continue with the diet they are used to for a period of time and I recommend this specific diet for the first year of life at least (or just strictly raw Primal nuggets with some marrow bones and such to chew).
1) Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain (really any flavor but we've been using the Lamb mini bites).
2) Probiotic chews
3) Raw Goat's Milk (or checkout Hollywood Feed or other better pet stores in your area)
4) Multiple Vitamin
5) Esther C
6) Primal Raw (they also really like the Turkey Sardine version, or lamb, or duck, or beef - or you can get the frozen version, not dehydrated at stores like Hollywod Feed).
One nice thing about being a piano teacher is that the puppies always get to meet so many different people, including children of all ages. There were a few 'no shows' this teaching day, so I had some fun playing different sound effects and styles of music for the puppies. It was so fun seeing their responses. The human laughter sound effect definitely received some reaction!
The New Year's Eve Litter girls got to visit the vet today for their 2nd round of vaccinations (sans lepto) and their microchips. All the pups are also now officially AKC registered with their new owners contact info on their AKC reunite paperwork as well. It's so hard thinking about the gotcha days ... bittersweet for us because we will miss the pups but we also know how amazing all of their new owners will be. During the daily training sessions we tell each pup all about their new family and parents. I was saying "Good Boeya" for "Boy" (think southern diphthongs) and Jeff teased me saying I need to neutralize my accent so the pups will understand their new owners ha.
We are getting as many outings and adventure trips as possible these days. It is so fun to watch their eyes as they see new colors and sights and experience new sounds and smells. We don't walk around in public places but they are carried or ride in their stroller.
A few out-takes from some recent training sessions.
Noel showing off "drop it" . . . . .
Lulu having a blast with her training . . . .
Lil Riccie showing off his piano playing skills .....
We made some 'tracks' to use for training sessions to keep us on schedule (with 14 puppies it can take all day with 2 training sessions and it's so easy to get distracted with their puppy cuteness!). Music makes everything more fun (thank you Garage Band), too! Here's one of the shorter tracks which is just about 11 minutes ... with a 3 minute buffer this means 4 puppies per hour so about 4 hours when all is said and done. Then we repeat sessions later to train things they need to work more on. Keeps their minds working!
Lil Riccie (formerly known as Mr. Jingles) is getting much better at his piano playing. In the early training sessions, the sound of the piano would startle him a bit but now he offers the behavior on his own sometimes without any prompting!
This post is a few weeks old but the pups did such a great job in this training session I just had to share it! Of course my phone died so I only got a few of them on video.
It was such a struggle selecting our pick of these litters because, quite honestly, there were so many amazing choices. I could see almost all of them going on and easily earning a championship and the temperament was so incredible on all. While Dottie doesn't have Noel's length of leg, neck, movement ... or Risa or Holly or Mr. Jingles gorgeous face, her mink coat and bone somehow stole our hearts. (Jeff's heart especially ;) So we will have to see how she grows out and cross our fingers that her pigment will come in more (her dad Robert's took some time to darken).
After the puppies are 7 weeks old and their beautiful brains are fully developed, training takes on a new meaning. It is fun watching them think, trying to decide what behavior you want them to do. After Dottie's evening training session, we snuggled and had our "cool down" but then I sat on the floor with her and edited this video. I guess she wasn't ready to end the session because she was romping around trying out everything we had worked on (ramp, tunnel, paws up etc.). I was ignoring her since I hadn't asked for the behaviors and just allowed her to have some fun, solo playtime. But then I heard a little "ping" after she went to the piano and played voluntarily. Of course I had to praise and treat that! I mean, as a piano teacher, it's a BIG DEAL when a student practices on his own initiative!