Family Dogs that Work

Week 6 Pupdate

Welcome to Week 6! Now they look like real dogs. It is so fun to watch them play and interact with one another and with the rest of the pack. This week grandma Calli taught them to be good dogs – she made ugly faces and growled at them, then oh so gently showed them how to submit. At first, they thought she was trying to initiate play. When they growled or barked back at her, she would growl again, then nudge them down with her nose and paw, until they were belly-up and laying still. Some took longer to get it than others, but by the end of two nights of this game, she could scowl from across the room and everyone would freeze in their tracks. At first, both Madeline and I were concerned that she was seriously upset with the pups, but with wags and licks, Calli assured us she meant no harm, she just had a job to do. In addition to learning dog manners, the pups can go up and down stairs, are eating whole kibble, though still soaked in liquid to soften it, and are making strides toward some good house training. They also bite and chew EVERYTHING they can get their razor-sharp little teeth on. It’s a good thing they are so darn cute! Karen Hinchy made the trek up today to visit, help with some paperwork and take pictures. The pups are so exhausted from their adventures, they hardly complained at bedtime.

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Puppy Weights

Ull – 10 lbs, 8 oz

Rhiannon – 9 lbs, 4 oz

Aske – 8 lbs, 6 oz

Aquilo – 10 lbs, 6 oz

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