Fun Friday- Working on Manners

Currently working on crate and house training, sit and eye contact, coming when called, learning to love being brushed, being comfortable with being picked up and held, and waiting before exiting doorways. Leash training is going to be added soon, have been waiting for them to settle in and learn to trust a bit more. They are doing so well with everything, from going potty on the paper every time when in their area, to starting to come when called. They are going to make great pets for sure.

Perfect sit and eye contact before coming out to play; they got it all figured out after just two days, super smart little babies, they learn so quickly!

And two more photos, they are just too cute, and love laps!

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Fun Friday- Project Whelp Enclosure

 

Some of you may remember with Allie’s litter how the pups kept crawling off the blankets, and distressing Allie, and how I had said that I really needed to build an enclosure; well, back with Cocoa’s litter from Christmas of last year, I had put together one, and it worked very well, problem was, I didn’t seal the wood with anything, and needless to say, it was completely unusable by the time the litter left.

I loved having it while it lasted, it worked perfectly and for the first 3-4 weeks kept the pups nicely contained and never too far from their momma.

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Cocoa’s & Litter inside their enclosure

Now, over a year later, I have finally gotten around to making another one; this time I am painting it so it will last longer, lol. For those who might wonder, I do not use a true whelping box for two reasons, one the size of the moms I get can vary wildly, and two I really don’t like how confining a box can be for the pups, giving them very little room to move, I prefer that my pups have plenty of room to move and build muscle, and since I keep their room plenty warm, and am always watching over them, I am never worried about one getting chilled.

So here is the new box currently, the dog room has been turned into a temporary painting location. The painting will hopefully be completed today. I will post some more once I get it all put together!

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WIP puppy enclosure

Fun Friday- Bella & Random Thoughts

Bella has confirmed rescue, so will be leaving this upcoming Thursday, one of the litter went home today, and the other four that are left will be going to rescue tomorrow morning; what does this mean? well first it means a TON of cleaning, with a litter of six, plus a single pup, there will be more to do than normal for sure. From scrubbing mud off walls, to washing several loads of dog laundry, it generally takes me about 2-3 days to get everything fully cleaned up and put away after a litter. After all of that though, it means I am ready to take another dog/litter on! That excites me more than words could ever say, every new arrival is different and wonderful, and I cannot wait to have another litter to share with everyone!

In Bella news: Tomorrow will mark one week since she came home, and she has been doing amazing! Since yesterday she has started to signal when she needs out to potty, running to the door and looking back at me, and just last night she held it all night instead of going on her paper, waiting so she could go outside to potty, so proud of her! She is almost perfect, house training quickly, loves her crate, quiet all night and whenever in her pen, sweet, active, and very smart. She’s an amazing little puppy!

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Fun Friday- New Gate

How awesome is my new puppy gate!? Been using everything from playpens to large pieces of cardboard to keep the pups in the kitchen during playtime, but they just weren’t holding up, so we went with a stronger and more permanent solution. I am loving this gate, so much easier to use and is working great, especially for larger puppies!

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Front of the door that faces out into the rest of the house.
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And the back, with a protective cover to prevent the wood from getting scratched up or chewed.

Fun Friday- Finally Got The Photo, & Story Time!

Finally! All sitting at once and all looking up. These puppies are just so hyper that getting all of them sitting, looking, and waiting for me to take the photo is near impossible, but we did it! So glad it finally worked out, I was starting to think I wouldn’t be able to get one. Hard to believe my puppies will likely all leave in just eight days, time goes by way too fast!

And the interesting story of the day, life is never boring when you raise puppies, lol. Fair warning, this part is gross, so if you don’t want to read it, skip straight to the photo! I was out in their potty run cleaning when I noticed something unusual in the poop I was cleaning up, looking closer I found a completely intact squeaker! Yes, one of the puppies somehow managed to eat a plastic squeaker, and then somehow managed to pass it through their body to have it come out the other end! I always watch them when they are playing with their toys and they are never allowed to have toys with squeakers in their area, but somehow one of the little rascals chewed one out of a toy. Needless to say, no more squeaker toys for these puppies! Just glad it passed through and didn’t cause problems, could have turned out badly. You do your best to guard against every possible problem, but every once in awhile, something sneaks past you!

Fun Friday- Proud Moments!

Loud noises do not faze these puppies! I couldn’t be more proud of them, it’s just awesome to watch them explore and embrace every new thing with excited interest, the older they get, the more confident they are.
 
From the moment their ears opened, I have run the vacuum cleaner around them, and this has paid off in full, they explore and play around (and on) a very loud running vacuum cleaner like it’s nothing.
 
They have also heard the mower from a young age, and though it was always muffled since the mower only runs around the fence to their potty area, it has worked wonders in getting them used to, and comfortable being around one. Yesterday I had them out in the front yard playing and the lawn was being mown at the same time, the mower ran almost right by and they sat and watched with curiosity as it went by.
 
And earlier today, I introduced them to a hair dryer, as soon as I turned it on, they came running over to explore it, Caitie being the first to get there. Fiona couldn’t get over the feeling of the air on her and kept biting at it, it was hilarious! Below is a photo of Fiona exploring it. Don’t worry, they were completely supervised, the dryer was set on low and the temp was cool.
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Fun Friday- DIY Squeaky Water Bottle Toy

A few months back I was at my local Dollar Tree when I ran across this water bottle toy, but instead of just crinkling like most, this one squeaked as well! Intrigued, I bought the toy, and after removing the bottle from it’s cover, I found that they had simply placed a squeaker reed into the cap, ingenious! The toy died pretty quickly after my last foster litter got a hold of it, but I found it to be one of their favorite toys, so with that in mind I started making my own. I hope you enjoy the tutorial below. The things one can find at the dollar store!

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You will need; Water bottle, old sock or whatever you wish to use as a cover, craft knife, and a squeaker reed. The squeaker reeds can be gotten from lots of different places, I got mine off of Amazon.

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Make sure you remove the label and the ring if there is one on the bottle. Take the cap off and with your knife cut a small X in the center, cut it slowly, you may have to cut several times to get it just right so the reed fits, but be careful that you don’t cut it too much! If there is a small hole on the sides after placing the reed into the cap, that is fine as it won’t affect the way it works.

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Make sure you cut downward into the inside of the lid so any sharp edges won’t stick out. As soon as you have the hole big enough, place your reed into the cap. It should come out looking like this when you are done.

After you are all done, place the cap back onto the bottle, and put it into your cover. I always make sure to place the cap end into the toe of the sock as this helps protect it from getting chewed up since my pups always go after the area where I have tied the sock. And there you have it, a crinkly, squeaky water bottle! This toy is always a hit at my house due to the fact that my pups absolutely love both crinkle and squeak, so putting it into one toy really drives them crazy! As with any new toy, make sure you supervise your pet!

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