Sometimes Ellie chooses to nurse while sitting up. This simple action creates an added challenge for the puppies. It encourages them to reach and use different muscles to balance when nursing from the upper nipples. She is attentive and keeps the whelping box spotless. The pups are growing well and by the end of the week they were already four times their birth weight.
Different footing lets the puppies experience something new in addition to the toys in and above their box. Adding novel stimuli to the their environment is something that we will focus on daily in the weeks to come.
Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.
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