Weeks 7 & 8
Time flies. We had a lot of visitors so the puppies have met many different people and a lot of children. That is very important for them. Moreover, they have been out for small walks. They really enjoy the snow. When they were 7 weeks old, they were all tested. These puppy tests together with our observations over the past weeks determined which puppy goes to which family. Even though they all have the same genes, they all have different personalities. To us it is very important that the personality of the puppy fits the personality of the owner.
When they were 8 weeks old, most of them left our home. We'll keep Pippi, and Penny will be collected in a week.
Weeks 5 & 6
Now the puppies are very active.
Their daily routine is as follows: Breakfast is served at 8 a.m. followed by play and sleep. Lunch is served at 12 noon followed by play and sleep. Tea is served at 4 p.m. followed by play and sleep. Dinner is served at 8 p.m. followed by play and sleep. At 12 midnight they do their business outside. Subsequently, Thorleif tells them a story and tucks them in for the night.
They are very social - towards each others and towards us. If they could decide, we were to entertain them and spend all our time with them. However, we have to clean the house, do some shopping, collect wood for the fire place, shuffle snow, etc.
They get visits from other people as well - and they love these visits.
We have managed to shuffle some snow and remove ice outside so that they have a restricted area. Unfortunately, it is still very cold in Denmark.
Had the weather been different, we would have taken the puppies for small walks on our grounds.
Instead, we try to introduce them to new aspects of life by taking them individually to our different rooms (actually, we don't have that many rooms). Moreover, we have started to retrieve with them.
Every time we feed them we use the come whistle signal - and they all know that now.
Their toys include old socks, toilet paper rolls, bones, plastic bottles, a tin with nails and screws, golf balls.
They now weigh between 3.5 and 3.7 kg.
Weeks 3 and 4
On day 20 the puppies decided to inspect the world outside their puppy box. So now they are stumpling happily in and out of the box.
They also play with each other. So the first socialisation period in their lives is in progress.
Their instincts are as they should be in the sense that they often leave their box when they have to pee.
They also had visits from puppy buyers. The puppies seem to enjoy life and seek new sounds and human beings happily.
Another week has passed. The puppies do nothing but eat, sleep, eat, sleep. Dagmar prefers to have food served at least 7 times a day.
Friday, when they were two weeks old, we weighed them. The smallest puppy weighs 1190 grams; the biggest puppy weighs 1300 grams.
Friday they also had their nails cut. It was not too bad.
They use their legs very much partly to optimise the milk production partly to move around in their box.
As you can see from the pictures below, the puppies have also opened their eyes now.
Now the puppies are one week old. We have just weighed them. As expected, everybody has grown quite a lot as a consequence of the life they pursue: Eat, sleep, eat, sleep. The smallest puppy weighs 720 grams and the largest one 835 grams.
Dagmar is a perfect mother to them. After four days she decided she had time to go for small walks in the snow. We do not have to serve her food in the puppy box anymore. Nevertheless, she expects to be served at least five times a day.
Dagmar now with puppies
On 1 January Dagmar gave birth to six healthy puppies. Four bitches and two dogs. Of these one yellow bitch and one yellow dog.
Being experienced, she managed everything herself.
The first puppy was born at 9.40 a.m. and the last one at 2.25 p.m.
The smallest puppy weighed 430 grams and the largest one 520 grams.
All puppies were very active from they were born, so everything is as it should be.
Dagmar spends all her time with the puppies. Even her meals we have to serve in the puppy box.
Everybody is doing fine.