Happy New Year / 4 week old puppies

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montana wildhack:
The puppies had their first visit from the UFO bowl this morning. That works much better than a dish or a bowl and I should have brought it to them before, but I was convinced it was too big. It's not too big.

It became evident that we're in the weaning phase. Neo wanted to nurse the puppies, they clamped on to her and you could see the look on her face wasn't peaceful. She did not whine, but she hopped a little to get the pups off of her and backed away.
The puppies aren't quite ready for the mushy dry puppy food, but the more experience they have with it, the better. They enjoyed the veggie slush, rice cereal and wet puppy food mixed with formula. They played a little with the mushy kibble, but this was their first introduction to that.
Puppies are beginning to scamper about (I'll try later for video) and are generally entering their most appealing stage.

They respond very well to humans calling them and clapping hands.

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Janet B:
[nq:1]Puppies are beginning to scamper about (I'll try later for video) and are generally entering their most appealing stage.[/nq]
I love having a vicarious litter of puppies! I check in with them when I want to, get a good night's sleep, etc. What an awesome way to experience a litter! Of course, I do miss out on the puppy breath and cuddly stuff, but I think I'll keep my version!

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[nq:1]The puppies had their first visit from the UFO bowl this morning. That works much better than a dish or ... video) and are generally entering their most appealing stage. They respond very well to humans calling them and clapping hands.[/nq]
Now is the time for puppy parties. Invite in friends (Don't forget the bleach disinfectant solution... the pups are very vulnerable now!) Allow them to play with the pups to socialize them.

get in a circle on the floor, and make a corral with your feet and legs. put one puppy in the center (at a time.. repeat this game for each kid)

appoint one person to call the puppy. (each person has a mixed bag of high value treats I use biljac, cheese cubes, pepperidge farm gold fish, etc) .
If the puppy makes a wrong choice, it's pretty much ignored except to be put unceremoniously back in the circle if it tries to leave, If it goes to the wrong person, all licks and puppy greets are also ignored.
right person, pets, treats, kisses, makes a fuss over, and celebrates it's correct choices. right person appoints the next puppy caller. lather, rinse, repeat.
this exercise develops making correct choices skills. It's great socialization, and a lot of fun.
It helps ingrain the recall to the most basic level (something you want to do NOW)
Another thing I do is in the yard, I cast a fishing line with the hook removed. attached is a light rag. I teach the puppies to follow and play. great focussed exercise, and teaches them to come to you

You can keep them from catching it, and control it if they do catch it, so they can't play the grab and run chase-me games.
Play with them on unstable surfaces such as teeter boards. A board across a rolled blanket works well, so they don't experience the harsh banging when it teeters.
This develops a very confident puppy.
Teach them "sit" say the word, and those who look and sit, get praised and treated. Those who ignore you, get, well.. ignored. They look at their siblings and wonder why they got favors, and pretty soon figure it out.
Time for puppy collars. Tie a puppy to every leg of furniture in the house. They will scream, wanting to be with their siblings. When they quit screaming, take the quiet one and release.

Until the entire group is finally released to play (away but visible if possible from the restrained puppies).
This teaches the puppy all about puppy collars, restraint, and learn the skill of silence brings rewards instead of demanding things getting rewards ( prevents habitual barkers in the future) This is your intro to leash and collar training.

4 weeks is when these pups should be started with this.
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montana wildhack:
[nq:1]I do miss out on the puppy breath and cuddly stuff, but I think I'll keep my version![/nq]
I think we're going into the puppy breath stage - I think it seems to have something to do with the puppy food.
But they are cuddly and their cuteness makes humans want to keep them and feed them and care for them...

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Janet B:
[nq:1]But they are cuddly and their cuteness makes humans want to keep them and feed them and care for them...[/nq]
I wouldn't want to keep my hands off of Comet. He's my favorite ;-D
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montana wildhack:
[nq:1]I wouldn't want to keep my hands off of Comet.[/nq]
He's getting cuter by the day, as is Ling-Ling, the other puppy whom he most resembles.
I'd also have to say something good about each of them, because they really do each have a certain "something." I love that Gigi wants to cuddle, that Bear makes great eye contact, that Dancer looks like a stuffed toy and is the most adventurous, and Ling-Ling is, I think, most playful. Comet is now getting a lot of white in his face and I love the changes.

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Lynne:
[nq:1]He's getting cuter by the day, as is Ling-Ling, the other puppy whom he most resembles. I'd also have to ... I think, most playful. Comet is now getting a lot of white in his face and I love the changes.[/nq]
They all sounds so adorable (and the photos proove it)! Which one are you keeping? Emotion: wink

Lynne
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montana wildhack:
[nq:1]Which one are you keeping? Emotion: wink[/nq]
Preferably none of them!
I really hope we can find them all homes, because I don't know what we're going to do if we can't.

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Lynne:
[nq:1]I really hope we can find them all homes, because I don't know what we're going to do if we can't.[/nq]
Have you considered contacting a local all breed rescue for help? They can probably get potential adopters in contact with you, and bonus! they will be screened. They can also probably place a courtesy listing on Petfinder with your contact information.
Honestly, the pups are so adorable and getting such a great start that I really can't imagine you won't be able to place them all. I'd get to work on finding homes now, though, even though you will be keeping them for another 8 (?) weeks.

Lynne
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