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
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Fab Five Are Four Weeks Old
The Chmurnik and Sophie puppies turned four weeks old today. A few big changes have happened for these fabulous puppies. This past week the pups made the big move from the guest bedroom downstairs into the dining room. They have begun eating solid foods and visits with guests have commenced.
The puppies now enjoy a larger space. The whelping box also made the move downstairs but we have introduced potty boxes and given the pups an additional play space. They have plenty of toys to play with and they interact with them more and more every day. Being in the heart of the home they are exposed to all the sounds that go along with the space. Kids playing, radio, t.v., a multitude of kitchen sounds, doorbells and vacuuming. They are taking it all in stride. At this age they do not yet know what fear is so they notice the loud noises but just take them as par for the course.
As an added benefit we have had several thunderstorms in the last few days. As well as the fact that, this past Monday was Victoria Day which is a national holiday in Canada and celebrated with the release of countless fireworks in parks across the country. Our house backs onto a park so each evening, all weekend long the pups heard plenty of fireworks too. Our dogs are not bothered by loud noises so as Sophie calmly lay in the whelping box, the pups happily nursed or played while the cacophony of sounds went on around them.
The pups still continue to nurse regularly from Sophie. She spends lots of time in the puppy pen with her kids and is very patient with their increasingly silly antics. We have now introduced the puppies to solid foods and they were eager to sample their first meals of ground turkey and bone mixed with goats milk. They are growing steadily and from one day to the next their coordination increases exponentially. They are hopping in and out of the potty boxes with ease and navigating over and under the stuffed animals, batting at the hanging toys and climbing onto the stool.
Visitors have begun to come and socialize with the puppies. These puppies will have lots of exposure to new people. Men, women, young and old will be welcomed into our home to help give the puppies lots of positive experiences with unfamiliar people. The Fab Five are entering another stage of development that is immensely entertaining and I am so thankful to be a part of their young lives.
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