Thursday, July 29, 2010

A good puppy is a tired puppy

At the age of 9-10 weeks puppies seem to have endless energy. It is up to us to keep them busy so their bodies get exercised and brains get stimulated. With 14 pups it is not easy. At this point I swear that we will never have two litters of pups at the same time again! Remind that next year, if by any chance I block bad memories.

During the day puppies are separated into two packs of 7 as they are much easier to handle this way. We have tried to sort them out according to their temperaments, energy level and dominant/submissive tendencies. If you watched the video clip from yesterday, you probably noticed that Ruger was picking on Quentin several times. They do not need to be in the same pen.  Low key pups that are more submissive stay together and pups on a more dominant side are in a different play pen. Of course, the division is not so clear cut. During the night all pups are together, and they sleep through the night pretty well. Last night Geiko slept in a crate by himself all night, and he was very good about it.

Ruger is trying to get dry after a swim.

A walk to our 11-acre enclosure

Helping John in the garden

Ruger is sharing his opinions with others

Swimming is a good form of exercise

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