I got some nice puppy portraits today, might have to print them on fancy paper eventually
Puppies have seen a lot the past couple of days! We transitioned to a slurry of balanced raw beef with fruits, veggies combined with kibble (Pro Plan Sensitive Skin and Stomach, Salmon formula) and I'm pleased to say poops are nice and firm!
We have started barrier challenges to get to the food as well as obstacle courses.
Puppies got to go outside one by one for the first time I wanna say either Saturday or Friday (with mama Nadia of course) and allow them a well supervised adventure and exploration.
Bruni took this opportunity to get his "leg day" in
And did I mention Bruni was also the first to escape the weaning pen? He wasn't the only one trying either, this was on Saturday when they were exactly four weeks old. We had to upgrade the walls to prevent any further unsanctioned escapades. Although this morning when I fed them they all managed to get over the lower wall (I can easily add/remove the pannels as needed) which was the day's challenge I had set to get to their fod. As an added bonus I enjoy watching Nadia gracefully leap over the sides of the wall when she wants to get in or get out as she pleases. (She is tall enough that she can peer over the wall and check where her babies are when she jumps in).
Our Xpen arrived this morning so I got to take the puppies outside as a group and hang out with them to enjoy the gorgeous weather we have had. I also took the opportunity to introduce them to the hard sided plastic crate. They all took to it like ducks to water and went in of their own accord to nap. They got their first taste of a raw meaty bone which they mostly gnawed and tugged at (and that's ok - this isn't meant so much as nutrition, as it is a chance for them to exercise and strengthen their jaws to prepare them for the eventual day they will be eating dry kibble and eating raw meaty bones for healthy teeth!)
The funniest part was when I opened the xpen gate, Nadia is so well crate trained (and this is her car crate so she has a lot of comfortable and positive associations to it) she immediately walked in the crate and promptly lied down with her babies.
Slowly but surely I am taking advantage of the fact we have such nice weather that I try to take the puppies out as soon as they wake up to give them a chance to potty outside rather than only use the potty areas in their weaning pen, which will hopefully start setting them up for house/potty training.
I want to start loading up the clickers later today when they've had a chance to rest (we spent about 3 hours outside earlier) and introduce a basic form of behaviour shaping - that is to say, show the puppies they can offer behaviours and get a response from a human. This will lay down the foundation to establish 'communication pathways' between them and their future human(s). These are all aspects of the puppy culture protocol that I think will be very rewarding.