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
The Socialization and Curiosity Period – 5 to 6 weeks.
Today the puppies turned 6 weeks old.They have grown enormously during the past
week.At the weigh in today we had two
puppies over 8 pounds, 7 puppies over 7 pounds and two puppies over 6 ½ pounds.They are certainly an armful!
The socialization of these puppies is in full swing.At this point we regularly have repeat
visitors which are always lovely but the introduction of new people to the
puppies has also continued.It’s very
important that the puppies have as many positive interactions with strangers as
possible during this critical period.They need to “habituate” to all sorts of people.I want these puppies to be happy to meet
anyone regardless of how they look, move or sound.Needless to say it’s pretty busy at our
In addition to socialization to people the puppies have
continued to have exposure to various different noises.They are spending time outside each day and
this week they heard the loud sounds of the lawnmower, power tools, school
bells ringing and noisy children playing outside at recess.Having neighbours doing renovation work and
backing onto to an elementary school have been a real bonus!These puppies are learning not to be
concerned by loud sounds.They merrily
continue doing what they were doing when the noise starts up, whether this is
playing or sleeping or eating.It’s no
big deal to these pups.
New toys are regularly introduced to the puppies.They enjoyed splashing in the baby pool,
playing on their balance board and the skateboard and rolling, tugging and
carrying around the various smaller toys.It’s fun to watch them explore their environment.Of course at this age garden pots, leaves and
twigs are also fascinating toys!
They spend time with the big dogs each day too and together Coco, Sophie and Quincy are helping to teach the puppies important dog-dog social skills.
The pups are having regular time up on the grooming table
and are getting used to being combed and brushed and having their ears, feet
and mouths examined.
The week ended with the pups turning 6 weeks old. With the help of my
friends Chris and Sandra we were able to get stacked side and front photos of
the puppies.Not an easy task and I am
very thankful to them for their help!
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