The dynamic in the whelping box is evolving. This is the beginning of the most influential socialization period for the puppies. They’re learning to communicate with each other and with us by wagging their tails. With the increased control over their facial muscles, they are making expressions and are beginning to reveal their personalities and communicate their opinions. They spend longer periods of time awake and they use it to engage in some manner of play with their siblings whether head butting or wrestling. They’re also craving a lot of attention and affection.
Since the little ones are getting more accustomed to eating solid food, their food is being prepared a bit drier and they are drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated. Now that the food isn’t as messy, fewer clean ups (in that department) are required. Of course, Chanel still nurses the puppies to supplement their diet.
This week we removed the pig rails from the main part of the whelping box. Now that the puppies are plumping up, they need a bit more space to allow them to pick up speed to scramble from end to end. One end now features sleeping quarters and the other end which has a tray filled with paper shredding that serves as their lavatory which is their first step toward house training. In addition, the pups now have gym memberships, an elaborate play station and numerous plush toys at their disposal. And when we were removing the pig rails from the whelping box, the group came to investigate with a perfect blend of caution and curiousity. This gave way to a great deal of hand nibbling and cuddling. In short, they’re making friends - both with us and each other, not to mention their little stuffed toys.
That’s it for now but be sure to join us next week for another regal installment of “Puppy Tales”. Click for blog with video: https://regalgoldens.blogspot.com/2020/02/chapeau-and-chanel-litter-week-five.html