Apple'S Winter Pups
CHC Families Only
On this page I'll be sharing with you a bit more about the 8 weeks we have raising your pup!
I'll share pictures and videos from our day - to include enrichment protocols and puppy curriculum (EPP / Puppy Culture) we use to raise happy, confident, stable, well-loved, well-adjusted, enrichment seeking pups.
Many breeders claim to use science-based curriculum and protocols (Puppy Culture, BAB) as well as ENS but not many actually do. That is why I will be sharing here, with you (transparency).
"The proof is in the puppies". ~ Jane Lindquist (Puppy Culture).
"What we do or do not do as breeders sets that dog up for a life of success". ~ Suzanne Clothier (Relationship Centered Training).
Every day something new, February 25 - March 3
It's A beautiful day in the neighborhood, February 17
SPRING is in the air! Temps hit 61 here today, so there was no question that a field trip outdoors for all was in order.
The wind was blowing, cars drove by, Drew pushed the stroller while on his hover-board and my other guys rode scooters. These pups were exposed to SO much new today and tails were wagging! Throughout the walk, you could see them all moving about to get the best "front window" view of all the goings on.
Daily fun and novel exposure, February 12
Every day is filled with "new" (sights , sounds, smells, textures), with our goal to keep all exposure positive. Sucessfully raising enriched puppies means being aware of the pup that is in front of you, and working on building confidence in them. We want our puppies to know that they are capable and the world is safe.
When playtime is over - pups return to their weaning pen to eat (slurry & nurse with momma) and rest. We've cleaned their weaning pen and they are returned to a novel set up - to include new toys and textiles (crinkle vs. plush, rolling items, hard chew toys/bones, items to crawl through and or under). As you'll see in the first video (below, left) they enter a little hesitant and "checking things out". A minute later (video, right) they are exploring confidently with tails wagging (and ready to eat).
Playtime complete and milk in their bellies, these sweet pups are ready for a rest and snuggle with momma.
Playtime from our week, February 9 - 11
So much fun! The pups seemed to leap from "baby puppy" to "small but mighty"this week.
So much development and change in the short 8 weeks we have these cuties. From blind and deaf to romping stomping - it's unbeliveable how much they grow and develop. With so much happening physically and mentally for puppies our goal is to make the most of each day. Because an enriched puppy:
🍎 Transitions to it's new home easier (a smoother transition).
🍎 Is ready to go! for socialization.
🍎 Allows for improved owner experiece.
🍎 Is the way all puppies deserve to be raised! (Ethical and humane!).
Providing our pups with NOVEL and VARIETY are top priority.....the fact that we thoroughly enjoy it is icing on the cake. ❤️🐾💙
February 9 (additional notes on each video)
February 10 (additional notes on each video)
February 11 (additional notes on each video)
Big Day - Little Pups, February 7
Lots of changes today as Apple's little ones approach 5 weeks:
🍎 They enjoyed their first meal of formula in their puppy pool (video below).
🍎 They moved from their whelping box to their weaning pen. Here they are introduced to pellets, and begin litter box training as well as more space to play and motor about. We increase the space as they get bigger and more reliable with their litter box (videos below).
🍎 Momma had a spa day - nail trim, bath and full groom. She was so good!
It's amazing to watch the pups grow and develop. Now in week 2 of the Socialization Period, the pups literally change in skill and activity level from the beginning of the day to the end. Always amazed at how much is going on in just 8 short weeks. Our goal is to make every day count!
Oh this girl!
She is so sweet, gentle and loving.
Love her so much!
Just look at that face....
Lots of kisses and treats for 🍎.
Getting a little spunky, February 2
Apple's pups are in the Transitional Period (approx. 14-27 days of age). During this period, puppies become more puppy-like, but are still working on muscle control, causing them to be wobbly and uncoordinated. They also start to vocalize with more control, and have different meanings for each noise. Tails are wagging, they respond to my voice (I love this!! ❤️), and enjoy mouthing toys and each other (as you'll see in the video below).
Sweet & Tender moments, January 27
Apple is such a sweet and amazing momma and member of our family! Reid went in to see her and the pups, and I just had to get a video. I am amazed at the gentleness and love both of them have. Heart FULL moment for sure.
Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS), January 12
ENS are specific handling and stimulation unlike normal handling. There are 5 excercises (as you'll see in the videos below):
1. Tactile stimulation.
2. Head held erect (count of 5).
3. Head poited down (count of 5).
4. Supine position (count of 5).
5. Thermal stimulation (count of 5).
These excercises do NOT take the place of normal love and attention (touching and stroking of our pups).
Scientific studies have shown that the results & benefits of ENS are:
🐾 Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
🐾 Stronger heart beats
🐾 Stronger adrenal glands
🐾 More tolerance to stress
🐾 Greater resistance to disease
For more information on ENS and Dr. Carmen Battaglia click here:
ENS - Puppy Culture (puppy program used here at CHC) - Video clip w/ Dr. Carmen Battaglia