Monday, March 25, 2019

Pascal x Summer Puppies: Eight and Nine Weeks Old

The ball pool is always fun for the puppies
The last couple of weeks with the puppies are always a busy time filled with visitors and appointments, temperament testing and lots of play time.
Bert chews on a Gorilla Chew

Lunch al fresco
The weather improved and finally the ice melted away from the patio and we were able to set up the outdoor pen.  The puppies had a ball heading outside for several recesses.

The pups had a great drive to and from the vets.  They have adjusted well to car travel and received a good vet checkup.


It's always amazing to me how quickly my time with a litter of puppies goes by. At nine weeks of age,  Ernie left to join his new family. His new name will be Milou and I wish him and his people all the happiness in the world as they embark on this new adventure together. Thank you Vilma for welcoming this special pup into your home. 
Milou's registered name will be Northrock's Just 2 C U Smile 
The day after Ernie left, my daughter and I drove to Quebec to bring Bert to his new family. He travelled so well during the long journey and I was so proud of him.  Bert is now a part of a big Barbet family at Patronum Barbets. He has adjusted beautifully.  His new name will be Northrock's Jedi At Patronum and he is now called Indiana. My daughter and I wish to thank Anne-Marie and David for their hospitality and friendship. We know that Indy will be much loved and well cared for by everyone in their delightful family. We wish them all much happiness together 

There is an album of photos and videos of the Pascal and Summer puppies which are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page 
You don't need to have a Facebook account to view them.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

New Canine Good Neighbour Title for Oscar

Today at the Scarborough Kennel Club dog show, CH Barbevoix Oscar de Northrock earned his CKC Canine Good Neighbour title and can now add the letters CGN after his name.  Thank you to his co-owner Nellemarie Hyde and her family for raising such a delightful dog.  He's always such a pleasure to be around!  Oscar was bred by Catherine Verge and we are so happy to share our lives with him.

Oscar is by Northrock's All Night Boogie and out of Barbevoix Spezia dit Holala

The Canine Good Neighbour title is earned when a dog passes a non-competitive twelve step test that evaluates the dog's ability to perform basic exercises as well as demonstrate good manners in everyday situations. 

The handler and the dog must complete the following steps in order to pass the test:

  1. Accepting A Friendly Stranger
  2. Politely Accepts Petting
  3. Appearance and Grooming
  4. Out For A Walk
  5. Walking Through A Crowd
  6. Sit/Down On Command and Stay In Place
  7. Come When Called
  8. Praise/Interaction
  9. Reaction To A Passing Dog
  10. Reaction To Distractions
  11. Supervised Isolation
  12. Walking Through A Door/Gate

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Pascal x Summer Puppies: Seven Weeks Old

This has been another fun week with Bert and Ernie.  They have been spending a lot of time outside of their puppy pen, visiting different rooms in the house and have had two car trips and visits away from our house.

Their teeth are really coming in and their biting is getting harder!  Lots of appropriate chew toys and bones are provided for them and they are learning bite inhibition when they play with one another and the older dogs.

Providing a little "bridge" to climb on in their pen helps them to learn about edges and they enjoy the novelty of the new item.  They are also having fun playing with the slide.   And the hot dog scent trail was a big hit!

First Bath for Ernie

The puppies had their first baths this week and handled the experience very well.  

Although the weather outside has been cold and windy, we've taken advantage of breaks in the weather and sunny skies to get outside for brief recesses with the puppies. 

Puppies in our litters are usually identified with small puppy collars.  Those weren't needed for Bert and Ernie so this week we began habituating them to the collar.  These aren't break away collars so we only put them on the puppies when they are being supervised.  We wouldn't want them to accidentally get caught up on anything with the collars. 

Our time with these precious puppies is soon coming to a close and we are treasuring these last few weeks with them.

Frequent updates and photos are posted on our Northrock Barbets Facebook Page if you would like to follow the litter's progress.  
You don't need to have a facebook account to view them.