The world is now bursting with possibilities in the puppies' eyes! Each new day holds things to discover, to sniff, to chew, and to play with. Let's begin today with their updated pictures and six week weights - remember to click on the pictures for more individual pictures. (Don't miss the two videos at the end of the post!)
The puppies have been able to experience many new things. Whenever the weather permits, we take them outside to do potty business and play in the grass for a few minutes. This has opened up their eyes and ears to many new sights and sounds - trees, cars going by, grass, sticks, balls, and more! While inside, they've heard the vacuum cleaner, the leaf blower and lawn mower (both outside of the house, but within their hearing). The children have played with them wearing some alligator masks they made at the library and a batting helmet - both to show them new is not scary. We pair the new sight with a familiar voice and hands. At this age, the puppies are simply curious - observe how they sniffed and chewed on the batting helmet.
Though we teach our children NOT to stick their fingers in our puppies mouths, IF you were to stick your finger in right now, you would feel their little needly teeth erupting from their gums. As the teeth emerge, so does their desire to chew - enter chew time! My favorite chew for the puppies is the buffalo lung. They love it, and I love that it’s one ingredient – buffalo lung! Life’s Abundance has several wonderful chewing products that are one ingredient – no harsh chemicals, fillers, or preservatives. We use these products on our adults and puppies because chewing is an important part of a dog’s life. In addition to help easing the pain of puppy teething, it helps clean their teeth throughout their lifetimes. And, chewing is just fun and enjoyable for dogs! I think it can help relieve stress and anxiety, as well. We don’t believe in trying to teach puppies NOT to chew, we believe in teaching them what to chew on. We already are training our puppies there are things not to chew on – mainly our toes (which seems especially delightful to puppies) and the newspaper in the potty box. We instruct our children never to let puppies “play bite” or chew on them – even though it’s adorable right now before all their teeth are intact and before they have real jaw strength.
I'm going to wrap up this post with two videos from outside time - here and here - and lots of snapshots of their early socialization.
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Vanessa from Russell Homestead. Follower of the Lord Jesus, wife of my knight in shining armor, mother of 5 wonderful children, and joint-keeper of the Russell homestead. Thanks for stopping by!
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