From day one, these little guys were quite confident and completely comfortable with their outdoor surroundings. They immediately go off to explore the grass, the rockery or munch on fallen twigs. Others used the vastness of the yard to engage in sporting activities with their siblings. A popular activity is the game of tag in which each puppy exhibits a burst of energy in succession. Another popular sport involves racing around hither and thither with no apparent motive or destination in mind. The little ones spontaneously dart across the lawn at top speed but lacking the necessary balance and coordination to go the distance, the sprint also culminates in a tumble. It’s a good thing puppies at this age are seemingly made of rubber. The rock-climbing initiative proves to be very popular. In their more relaxed moments, the abundance of fresh twigs that required reworking was also a big hit.
We sure raised the bar on playtime this week as well. Chanel’s pups were joined outside with Paige’s nearly five week old litter. It’s interesting to see the difference in size and level of confidence. That said, they did play with one another in typical Golden fashion. And for their contribution to the festivities, both Chanel and her roommate Paige provided refreshments from their milk bars.
The interior of their whelping box has been made more spacious and luxurious with the removal of the pig rails. We’ve also set up an area with paper shredding in the corner of the whelping box, the little ones are learning to use it as a litter box of sorts. This is another step toward potty training as they make an adjustment to using the great outdoors on a more frequent basis.
That’s it for now but be sure to join us next week for another regal installment of “Puppy Tales”.