Category Archives: Puppy rearing

Challenges of Puppies Born Prematurely

We Have Newborns!   It is very rare for me to have two litters in one year, and we will not have more puppies for a while, but this turned out to be a summer of babies. Two days ago Moxie gave natural … Continue reading

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Week 10 Protocols

Crate Training The puppies continue to soak up experiences like little sponges and I’m racing to teach them skills and behaviors before week 12 when they join their new families. When I got my first Norwich Terrier he was air … Continue reading

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Manding: Giving Puppy A Voice

Among Puppy Culture protocols “manding” is one of the most genius ones. It is a phenomenal foundation for effective communication between a puppy and humans. “Manding” is an automatic sit in front of a person the puppy is interacting with. It … Continue reading

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Food Matters Part 2: Our Recipes for Home-Cooked Dog Food

Master Recipe When I cook for my dogs I measure ingredients by volume (as opposed to weight). Every week the meals are slightly different but the “master recipe” is the same: 70 % meat (minimum) 30 % vegetables/ fruit/ grain (up … Continue reading

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What Do You Get When You Combine Rambunctious With Unsure?

The answer? Week 8 and 9 in puppy’s life. Second Fear Imprinting Period Staggered Onset Canine behaviorism literature puts the Second Fear Imprinting Period at week 8, with slight deviation from this timeline in smaller breeds, which tend to stretch everything … Continue reading

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Canned Pumpkin And A Turkey Baster aka My Must-Have List for Puppy Owners

Canned Pumpkin It may seem obvious what a prospective puppy owner will need to get before the puppy arrives. A food and water bowl. A dog bed. A crate. But canned pumpkin? That’s right. The kind where the only ingredient is … Continue reading

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Baby Steps Or Rather Puppy Steps Of Training

Follow just a handful of simple rules for training your pup and he will thank you by learning fast. Continue reading

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Puppy Protocols – Can You “Waterproof” a Water-Phobic Norwich Or Keep His Feet From Pawprinting Your Pants?

A Doorbell Whenever a doorbell rings in my house the terriers raise the ear-splitting alarm. They are loud and jumpy, just the way their kind has been bred for generations. Their piercing voices were intended to save their lives whenever they got stuck in a collapsed … Continue reading

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Characters Emerge

Distinct Puppy Profiles The boys turned 7-weeks old yesterday. They are little doggies now, with their individual predispositions and temperaments (not to be confused with personalities yet). I have always said that a puppy is everyone’s sweetheart but your adult dog, … Continue reading

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Puppy Culture “Puppy Party” – 6 Weeks Old

This is an edited version with 4 videos. This has been a very exciting week for the puppies, with two big events – a “puppy party” mid-week and our large summer party we hosted yesterday. What Is A “Puppy Party”? A “puppy … Continue reading

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