And just like that, it seems, pups are growing up! Puppies now go outside several times per day (and are doing a great job pottying outside!) They all have found the “hole” Deja has dug where she only THOUGHT she would have her puppies! Puppies like to dig in this hole unearthing the cool dirt. Fortunately, the area is dry so the dirt just brushes off puppies. This is a really good thing for folks to know… No matter how dirty puppy/dog seems to be, let them dry off and much of the “dirt” will fall off or be easily brushed off. Crate puppy/dog until they are dry and voila… clean(er) dog again!
Puppies have more toys now including a small child/toddler’s slide… They love climbing up the little steps and sliding down the slide! “King of the Slide” IS a thing here! And they now have yet another newcomer to play with… A rather large stuffed tiger that tolerates their tugging, climbing all over, and snuggling with.
Having them outside in our covered dog run is still iffy, in my mind. It really depends on the weather and heat. They are 100% safe in the run with LOTS of room to run and play except for the heat (and humidity). I’m really following the big dogs lead… If they don’t want to go outside, I figure they know best! Regardless, hubby has now put up additional shade clothes over the run to give puppies more shade but really… It depends on the heat! Pups still prefer to sleep on the concrete (cooler) and enjoy the AC in our dog room!
Deja continues to nurse puppies a handful times per day but puppies are getting the majority of their nutrition from solid food. And all are drinking from the water bowl although we still have a few who try to “swim” in the bowl! Regarding feeding, puppies go to new homes eating three meals/day. About one cup of food per puppy per feeding. They will probably NOT eat all of that food so don’t be alarmed if they don’t eat it all. I just figure it best for them to get their fill than leave feeding time “hungry”. You can always re-feed any leftovers at the next meal time.
At around three months of age, they will start showing little interest in the mid-day feeding. They may eat some then prefer to play instead of eating. That is when you will know you can quit that mid-day feeding. Puppy is just not that hungry anymore. That is the time you will go to twice/day feedings; still one cup per feeding morning and night.
When your puppy is getting their series of vaccinations from your vet, puppy will be weighed. So often, folks get caught up with the number. A better guide for weight is “how does the dog look?” I’m attaching two guides that I use frequently to gauge weight in my dogs. These guides have nothing to do with a number but more on how your dog “looks/feels”.
P.S. Sorry for being a day late! Computer glitch and internet down yesterday afternoon! Ahh… the love-hate relationship with technology!!
3 thoughts on “5 Weeks Old Today”
Get that tree show him who’s boss ;). Do dogs naturally eat until full or is that just puppies? Is it the treats that are normally the culprit for packing on the pounds?
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Feeding: Put the food bowl down and whatever they don’t eat after 15 minutes, pick up the bowl. Then wait until next feeding time. Sure, feed in a non-distracting place so puppy eats but after 15 minutes, meal time is over! Do not hand-feed nor make a big thing over food (you don’t want to create a “picky eater”!) Dogs will NOT starve themselves and meal times ARE a very important/exciting time of the day for puppy/dogs. Puppy will soon learn to eat when it is time and not mess around.
Do not “free feed” (leave food out all day). It will only create a “grazer” (and make YOU crazy they aren’t eating enough!) Feeding at specific times also helps with house-breaking (now with puppies) and later for walking/pottying dog later. Dogs will potty shortly after eating 😉
Treats are fine and aren’t usually a problem re: weight gain. You will get your own measuring cup for your puppy’s food when you pick up puppy. NOT measuring the amount of food… THAT is the culprit!
I had one over-weight dog come back to me whose owner said they only fed one cup of food/meal? Turns out, they weren’t using a measuring cup to measure food. They were using the dog’s bowl calling that as “one cup” (really, that bowl fit about 4-5 cups of food! That was how much the dog was fed twice/day! OH MY!!)
Picking up Tucker on the Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend, that’s August 31st not September 1. Sorry about that! So see you at 10:00am. Thanks for today! Thoroughly enjoyed all your furry babies.
Denna and Jim
On Fri, Aug 9, 2019, 8:25 AM Jema Golden Retrievers wrote:
> Jemagold posted: “And just like that, it seems, pups are growing up! > Puppies now go outside several times per day (and are doing a great job > pottying outside!) They all have found the “hole” Deja has dug where she > only THOUGHT she would have her puppies! Puppies like to di” >