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
What a wonderful week it has been with the Tux and Ellie puppies. They are curious and delightful pups and although it is a lot of work and I've not slept through the night in weeks it is immensely rewarding watching them grow and develop into little dogs.
The puppy pen later in the 5th week after the whelping box had been removed
Their puppy pen has continued to expand and evolve as new items are added. CD's of different sounds such as fireworks, farm animals and thunderstorms are played on a regular basis for the puppies so as to habituate them to different noises. Of course being situated on the main floor of the home, right next to the kitchen they hear a lot of household noises like oven timers going off, the dishwasher, vacuum cleaner, t.v. and radio which plays different types of music. With it being summer time, windows are open and sounds like the lawnmower and power tools float in from outside. Our home backs onto an elementary school yard so the sounds of playing children and school bells are a regular occurrence now that classes have resumed for the year.
Ellie is a gentle and loving mama and enjoys playing with her puppies.
The puppies are handled quite a bit every day - which is no hardship for us humans. We love to cuddle with the pups and they enjoy the attention just as much as we do. Toenails continue to be trimmed every three days to keep them smooth and short so as not to cause discomfort to Ellie who is still nursing them.
We've also started taking the puppies outside which is an added experience for the little ones. They have an outdoor puppy pen with various types of equipment in it for them to enjoy but they also have regular excursions into the main yard to run on the grass and in the flower beds and investigate. In the weeks ahead we will be sharing a lot more outdoor photos of the puppies.
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