Vet exam 3/22 went great! Everyone is a healthy bundle of sweetness!
Mr. Blue: Blue Collar Boy is still the smallest pup in the litter at 4.68lbs! He is happy and confident, always the first to explore new situations. He was the fastest boy to pick up on clicker training, he is sitting for treats exceptionally well. He loves being picked up and cuddled. He has a thick curly coat, and makes great eye contact in training sessions. He will do well in any household (family or single person).
Mr. Red: Red Collar Boy is middle sized for his litter at 5.1lbs. This little fellow is the KING of playtime! He will do well in an active household with kids, or another dog. He loves belly rubs, and is extremely trusting of new people. He is so food motivated that sometimes it takes him a couple minutes to get over the excitement of food to focus in training sessions. In the coming weeks I expect that he will connect the dots between food and focus/training. He gives loving kisses and cuddles to everyone he meets! He has a very wavy/straight coat and will have the classic doodle look. Because of his confidence, food motivation, and general zest for life, he will be EXCELLENT for someone who wants to do more advanced level training.
Ms. Pink: Pink Collar Girl is middle sized for her litter at 5.34lbs. She is a super sweetheart, very loving with people (on puppy socializing day, she fell asleep in a 6 year old's arms)! She has a very special, intuitive "look" about her, we say that she has the perfect puppy eyes. She enjoys playing with the adult dogs. She has a wavy coat with slight ringlets on her ears. She will do well in any household (family or single person).
Mr. Green: Green Collar Boy is mid sized in the litter at 5.14lbs. He has a very unique personality, and does a great job trying to communicate to people (he often "paws" at what he wants). He loves cuddles and attention. He is independent in the litter, so could do well as an only dog or with a companion dog. I expect that he will be very attached to his people. He has a soft curly coat.
Mr. Black: Black Collar boy is the biggest fella at 5.98lbs! He has a very stocky/square build, and I expect that he will be in the larger end of the litter. He has a confident, middle of the road personality. He gets excited about food, so you have to give him a couple minutes to calm down for him to focus on sitting/manding in training sessions. He will do well in any household (family or single person).
Ms. Yellow: Yellow Collar Girl is the whopper in the litter at 6.24lbs! She is long and lean, and will likely be the tallest pup in the litter. She is exceptionally quick with her training, and is very independent from the other pups. She is not needy for attention, and a bit reserved with new people. She will do best in a household without small children. Excellent eye contact. She has a soft curly coat.
Using [A] for active response, [N] for neutral and [P] for passive based on:
1. Observation. Watching how she plays with other puppies, does she jump right into group activities [A], hanging in the midst of the activity [N], or submitting when approached [P]. Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N Ms. Pink: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Black: N Ms. Yellow: N
2. Play. When you first take a puppy aside to play with, is he hyper [A], easy going [N] or does he just want to be petted [P]. Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: A Ms. Pink: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Black: A Ms. Yellow: P
3. Cradle. When cradling a puppy in your arms, does he relax [P], wiggle a bit and then relax [N] or kick like crazy [A]. Mr. Blue: P Mr. Red: N Ms. Pink: P Mr. Green: P Mr. Black: N Ms. Yellow: P
4. Call back. Using a treat or squeak toy and calling to the puppy while backing away, does he race after you while jumping or nipping at your ankles [A], follow happily [N] or hesitate and need coaxing [P]. Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N Ms. Pink: N Mr. Green: P Mr. Black: N Ms. Yellow: P
5. Tuck and pat. When kneeling/sitting on the floor, settle the puppy between your legs. Pet him in long gentle strokes as you praise him softly. Does he wriggle free as he nips [A], wriggle and then relax [N] or simply melt in your embrace [P]. Mr. Blue: P Mr. Red: N Ms. Pink: P Mr. Green: N Mr. Black: N Ms. Yellow: N
6. Bend over. Stand up, stretch and relax, Now go to your puppy and lean over to pet him. Your doing this may seem overwhelming to the pup because you're so large and he's so small. Does he jump up at your face [A], cower in confusion [P] or just relax and let it happen [N]. Mr. Blue: A Mr. Red: A Ms. Pink: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Black: A Ms. Yellow: N
7. Nose kiss. Cradle your puppy's face in your hands and kiss him on the nose. Does he bite you back [A], accept the smooch calmly or return the interaction with a soft bite or kiss [N] or pull back in confusion [P]. Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N Ms. Pink: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Black: N Ms. Yellow: N
8. Toe squeeze. In this exercise, you're testing your puppy's reaction and sensitivity to discomfort. While petting the puppy, gently squeeze the skin between his toes. Does he attack your hand. If so, he's definitely an A type personality with high sensitivity. A neutral puppy may lick or mouth gently, whereas a passive puppy will cringe fearfully. Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N Ms. Pink: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Black: N Ms. Yellow: N
9. Startle sound. Take a bunch of keys and when your prospective puppy least expects it, rattle them above his head and gauge his reaction. Does he attack the keys [A]. Does he give it a nonchalant glance [N]. A fear reaction is noted by cowering or withdrawal [P]. Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N Ms. Pink: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Black: N Ms. Yellow: N
10. Crash test. Stand and wait until your puppy is no longer interested in you. Suddenly fall to the ground as if you've tripped and exclaim "Ouch" Does the puppy race over and pounce [A], come to sniff or lick your face [N] or cower and run in fear [P]. Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: A Ms. Pink: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Black: N Ms. Yellow: N
11. Uplift. Lift the puppy 4 inches off the floor by cradling his midsection. Hold him there for at least seconds. Does he wriggle and bite furiously [A]? Does he relax and look around [N]. Does he look fearful and constrict his body posture [P]. Mr. Blue: N Mr. Red: N Ms. Pink: N Mr. Green: N Mr. Black: N Ms. Yellow: N
All A's: This dominant puppy is bright and interactive. Raising him will take concentration, consistency and time. His favorite expression is "What's Next!"
All N's: Easy going and contained, this puppy will be pleasant and self-assured, though perhaps not terribly motivated to follow your agenda when it conflicts with his own. His favorite expression is "Is it absolutely necessary?"
All P's: This puppy has a weak self-esteem and needs your reassurance to feel safe. Without proper lessons and socialization, he'll be shy. His favorite expression: "It's been 3 minutes, do you still love me?"
Mix of A and N's: This active puppy will want to be in the middle of everything but will show slightly more impulse control when stimulated. His favorite expression is: "Let's do it again"
Mix of N and P's: This self-assured puppy will be easygoing and gentle yet with a stronger sense of self than a completely passive puppy. Because he's more composed, he'll be an ideal puppy for a calm house with or without older children. Favorite expression: "Another back scratching please!"
Updated puppy pictures (view the "litter gallery" using the link above). Babies are spending time in the outdoor play area!
Updated puppy pictures (view the "litter gallery" using the link above)!
Tessa's six sweethearts are growing up! With all the playing and barking, they have been keeping me up all night! So today they made the transition from my bathroom to the dog room, right outside of my living room with a viewing window from the kitchen. They are enjoying the expanded area, and keeping up the good work with the litter pan! They were introduced to the bottom part of a crate, this is their first step towards learning to love their crate. It has immediately become the favorite sleeping spot.
Updated puppy pictures (view the "litter gallery" using the link above)!
Puppies are 3 weeks (and 1 day) old! A LOT is happening. Puppies are fully alert, reactive to sound and sight, and are beginning to PLAY! For those who have been watching the puppy cam, you may have noticed that we have introduced the litter potty pan and a water station. These additions to the whelping pen take up quite a bit of space, which is very important. This forces the pups to designate a sleeping/play area and a potty area. In just 48 hours, they are already using their potty pan. Once they get the hang of the potty pan, they will be moved from my bathroom to my office where their pen will expand in size from 4x4 to 4x8!
Puppies begin getting their first "puppy mush" meals this week (2x a day, once at 10AM, and again at 6PM) to help mommy Tessa out. They LOVE puppy mush and happily gulp it down! Puppies have developed a startle response this week (meaning that when you SLAM a door, they will jump). It is an instinctual response, they do not actually experience fear at this point in their development. It is proven that the more the puppies startle and recover at this age, the less fearful they will be to sudden noises as adults, so this short window of time is very important. We have been slamming doors and pans, dropping books, running water, using the hairdryer, etc. and will continue! They have transitioned from listening from calming, classical music to desensitization CD's. We are also exposing them to a new item every day from now on. Today they got something easy- a teddy bear :)
As far as temperaments go, we are starting to see hints of personalities! Keep in mind, this very well may change as they grow...
Mr. Blue: This guy is an adventurer! He was the first pup to put his feet in the water station AND the litter box.
Mr. Red: Red collar boy has turned into our chunky monkey! This big guy always seems to be the one sleeping upside down.
Ms. Pink: Pink collar girl is the total sweetheart. She has mastered her puppy eyes already, and is quietly inquisitive.
Mr. Green: Green collar boy is a HOOT! He loves to wave his front paws during play and when exploring something new.
Mr. Black: Black collar may no longer be the biggest, but he is still a big lazy boy! He is easy going and loves to sleep.
Ms. Yellow: Yellow collar girl is the lean mean walker... she walks all over the place and is proud that she can do it!
Updated the puppy gallery (view the "litter gallery" using the link above)!
Updated the puppy gallery (view the "litter gallery" using the link above)! We have some peepers... eyes are beginning to open! Mr. Black collar boy (still the chubby fella) was first to open his eyes. Miss Pink and Mr. Green are taking their time, it may be another day or two for them. All the pups are really motoring around the whelping box and mom has decided that she enjoys spending time out of the box where they can't catch her!
We have one last week where life is all about pooping, eating, and sleeping- then we will start seeing them play! Let the fun begin!
Updated the puppy gallery (view the "litter gallery" using the link above)! These sweeties are growing! We expect eyes to begin opening sometime in the next week.
Updated the puppy gallery (view the "litter gallery" using the link above)! Mommy Tessa and I enjoyed our rainy day inside with the babies! These little guys and gals are so good! Everyone is growing well and not one issue with weight gain and nursing. Tessa is more content venturing out from the whelping box for short periods of time, she "helped" me mop the adult dog room, and got a special visit from her guardian family too. So proud of this first time mommy!
Updated the puppy gallery! Everyone is doing very well. Gaining weight well. Mommy Tessa is doing an excellent job!
Tessa and Teddy are proud parents of 6 beautiful mini goldendoodles, four boys and two girls. Introducing...
Mr. Blue: Blue collar boy was the first in his litter to be born. He was born at 12:14PM and weighed 282 grams. He was a breech baby, coming out in just one push (Go Tessa)! Mr. Blue has a curly apricot coat with some small white markings on his forehead, chest, and toes.
Mr. Red: Red collar boy was the second pup born, almost two hours after his brother, at 2:07PM. He was born breech as well, and weighed 296 grams. Mr. Red has a white marking on his chest, and a teeny speck of white on his forehead.
Ms. Pink: Pink collar girl was born very shortly after her older brother, at 2:22PM. She came out like a super pup: feet forward and head first. Ms. Pink weighed in at 298 grams. She is wavy coated and light apricot to blonde in color. She has white facial markings and really stands out among her siblings.
Mr. Green: Green collar boy- what a special little guy! The only parti pup in the bunch. He will have a curly apricot and white coat. Like the first two boys, Mr. Green was also a breech baby. He weighed in at 289 grams and was born at 2:59PM.
Mr. Black: Black collar boy is curly apricot fellow with striking tuxedo markings! It took Tessa a few tries to get this big guy out, at 340 grams, he weighed quite a bit more than his older siblings. Mr. Black was born super pup style, feet forward and head first, at 4:22PM.
Ms. Yellow: Yellow collar girl was a breech baby, born nearly 3 hours after her older brother at 7:03PM... and we know why! She is the whopper in her litter at 350 grams! Miss Yellow has a red curly coat and with striking tuxedo markings.
Expect individual photos in the litter gallery by tomorrow evening!
Tessa got an exam and puppy count x-ray at the vet today. Tess got a full bill of health, and it looks like we are expecting 6 puppies! Can you pick them all out without looking at the numbered film?