The ability to really influence a puppy's brain begins between four and five weeks of age. We are now in what is often termed the "critical period" of development. This period extends from three weeks to sixteen weeks of age. Busy times ahead with lots of positive new experiences for the puppies.
Sophie continues to be an enormous influence on her pups. She will snuggle with the puppies and gently play with them. It is beautiful to watch them interact with one another. She is still nursing them even though they have begun to eat solid foods. Nursing is a developmental opportunity for the puppies as they jostle for space at the milk bar and now that their teeth have begun to emerge...valuable lessons in bite inhibition have also begun.
The weather cooperated this week and short visit outside have begun. There are many new sights and sounds in the yard for the puppies to explore.
|A quick snack "al fresco"|
|Rogue and Duke pose for the camera.|
- Been on 7 different types of surfaces: carpet, concrete, wood, vinyl, grass, dirt, gravel, wood chips
- Played with 7 different types of objects: big balls, small balls, soft fabric toys, fuzzy toys, squeaky toys, paper of cardboard items, metal items, sticks or hose pieces
- Been in 7 different locations: front yard, back yard, basement, kitchen, car, garage, laundry room, bathroom
- Met and played with 7 new people: include children and older adults, someone walking with a cane or stick, someone in a wheelchair or walker
- Been exposed to 7 challenges: climb on a box, climb off a box, go through a tunnel, climb steps, go down steps, climb over obstacles, play hide and seek, in and out of a doorway with a step up or down, run around a fence
- Eaten from 7 different containers; metal, plastic, cardboard, paper, china, pie plate, frying pan
- Eaten in 7 different locations: crate, yard, kitchen, basement, laundry room, living room, bathroom
|Visitors are a regular occurrence now that the pups have moved downstairs.|