Oh what fun we have been having! The puppies are going to be 8 weeks old soon, and we have been very busy. When the pups turned 7 weeks old we took them to the vet for their first set of shots. After they had been immunized, we then allow them to go outdoors. It was a big day here when the puppies were able to explore outside! They loved every minute of it, and now are going out several times a day to work on potty training, and walking on lead. We also recently started whistle recalls and the early conepts of retrieving.
Each of the pups have his or her own gifts. Some are very responsive to one activity and seem to have little interest in another. With tons of positive motivation and praise (not to mention some delicious treats) each is improving day by day. They are eager to learn, and we are eager to teach! It is a beautiful combination! We have gradually increased the time that each puppy stays in their crate to 1 hour at night. Over the next two weeks that will increase incrementally until they are sleeping for a 4 hour stretch over night.
We have begun leash training and are thankful for the cooperative weather. Here in Pittsburgh the temperature has been unseasonably mild for the month of December. The other day we went for a quick puppy walk in t-shirts and flip-flops! I am betting that luxury will not last, and snow will soon be on the way. It's hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner and each of our sweet puppies will be enjoying the holiday season with a new family in only 2 weeks.
Now that we have finished Obedience Personality Testing, and have determined the best puppy match for each new family, I will be posting more videos and pictures in the days to come... It is truly the most wonderful time of the year! I hope you are all busy preparing your hearts, homes, and minds for this Christmas season and the imminent arrival of your precious new puppy!