Friday, February 14, 2014

The Oreo x Sophie Puppies Are 1 Week Old Today

Northrock's Three Little Flowers Are Blooming!

The puppies are growing by leaps and bounds.  They have all gained very well and are strong, vigorous puppies.  They are still so small and vulnerable as their eyes and ears are closed and they are not yet able to regulate their own temperature.  Sophie is a wonderful and attentive dam and spends lots of time in the whelping box snuggled up with her babies. 

Little Rose snuggled up with Sophie
At three days of age we started performing Early Neurological Stimulation and Early Scent Introduction on the puppies. If you are curious about what these things are I invite you to visit the embedded link for the ENS.  More information about Early Scent Introduction is available on this  AKC webinar where Dr. Gayle Watkins explains the program we follow with the puppies.  The puppies are definitely able to use their noses and it's fun to watch how some scents really interest them while others elicit little to no reaction whatsoever.  

We are enjoying these puppies immensely.   These early days cuddling with puppies and watching them nurse and move about the whelping box are precious.  I cherish these sweet and tender moments with Sophie and her girls.  

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