Posted on: June 23 2014
What to expect when you're expecting Puppies - Part 7 - Homing Your Brood
So you’ve made it through week one and the bags under your eyes are showing signs of reducing, but no sooner is one hurdle cleared than another one looms in the near-distance. And we’re not out of the woods yet either, so keep weighing those puppies and writing down all your observations in that notebook. Here’s what to get ready for over the next few weeks.
If your litter is pedigree you’ll need to inform the KC of their births, though it’s worth waiting a couple of weeks to see how many make it – a morbid but realistic consideration. You can set up an online account with the Kennel Club, enter all...
Posted on: May 16 2014
Breeds will differ and these are by no means the hard and fast rules, but this is roughly how our litter developed week by week:
Day 10: Eyes open but the puppies are still blind. Eyes are blue and a little milky in colour.
2 Weeks: Ear canals open and puppies responding to noises and voices. Puppies can now see, and will move towards Maisie when she comes into the whelping box. Movements are still very small, and the pups will be squirming on their tummies and using their paws to propel themselves around the whelping box. Very cute, so make the most of it. Soon they'll be everywhere and interested in everything!
3 Weeks: First little teeth come through and puppies are starting to...
Posted on: May 02 2014
Boy oh boy, this was a tiring week - and an extremely emotional one as it turned out. My last blog post ended with a rosy image of the sun rising over our little house in Oxfordshire with six puppies snuggled up with their mummy in an upstairs bedroom, and the day that followed was pretty much spent watching the puppies, making sure they were all feeding, and making sure Maisie had access to her food and water. She did make her first loo dash a few hours after the last puppy's arrival, and it was no problem for her to be parted with them for a minute or two. Needless to say, she did her business out in the garden quickly and was back with her girls as soon as she could...
Posted on: September 12 2013
Puppies. Little fluffy sweet puppies. We all know the song, ‘How much is that doggy in the window?’ and all too often their uber-cuteness has tempted many potential dog owners, but there are some very important things to consider before you take the plunge into the world of dog ownership!
1. Consider the impact on your home and work life
First things first, do you want a dog? Sounds simple, but they don’t stay little forever. You need to be sure that you can fit having a dog around your home and work life. Would the puppy be left alone all day? Do you work away from home? Is there someone who could take care of them if you had an emergency? Do you have time to walk them? Can you...
Posted on: July 19 2013
If you have a new dog and want to maintain clean carpets, then you need to house train your dog or puppy. Many people think it will be an easy enough task, but it takes patience and persistence. Ignore the myths you may have heard which tell you to hit your dog when you find him messing in the house, this won't help at all and your dog will just end up being frightened of you.
Crate training is an effective way you can help to house train your dog. Dog crates work well because they teach your dog that it shouldn't mess where it eats or sleeps - so the dog crate is essentially where the dog will make its den, where no-one else goes or disturbs. If your dog can control...
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