After many years of sharing our Barbet news and writing about the growth and development of our Barbet puppies we retired the blog at the end of 2020. All of the past entries remain posted so feel free to take a look around and scroll through previous posts to get a feel for the breed, our dogs and how we raise our litters. More information about the Barbet (French Water Dog) can be found on our website: www.northrockbarbets.com
Pupdate: The End of the Second Awareness / Identification Week (28 – 35 days)
It has been a busy week here for the Coco and Dougy
puppies.Our Northrock “A” Litter has
done a lot of growing over the last several days with all of the puppies now
weighing over 5 pounds and some of them crossing over into the 6 pound
range.They’ve got sharp little teeth
and they are learning how to use them!I
now venture into the puppy pen with socks on my feet.
4 and 1/2 weeks old.
The puppies make a wide range of vocalizations from wimpers to yips
to little puppy growls.They are also
much more agile and are able to climb up onto the stools and the overturned
bin.They are much quicker on their feet
and it's fun to watch them when they really get going.I’m pleased to say the litter training is
going very well.We’ve expanded their
litter area and they now have a large 2’ x 4’ pan in which to do their
business.They haven’t made any poops in
their whelping box for days now and although we do sometimes get a poop outside
of the litter box it is not very frequent so I’d say for puppies that have just
turned 5 weeks old this is a good success rate.
The puppy pen at 4 1/2 weeks (day 32).
We’ve gradually been making their puppy pen larger not
wanting to give them too much space too quickly so as to keep them using their
litter area.Now the pen is almost 9’ x
9’ which is a decent size for them to romp around in. We may get a few more
pees and poops outside the box with the larger space but they are very smart
puppies and I think they will adjust well. New toys are regularly added and they are
enjoying the cat tunnel.
Puppy pen - day 35.
We’ve continued to have people over to visit with the
puppies and we’ve begun taking the puppies outside for some fresh air.In addition to some of the families that will
be adopting puppies we’ve also had several visits from friends and neighbours
which is so nice.