Seven Weeks Old
Everyone is doing beautifully - the puppies are bulking out and their lovely coats are developing nicely. You can probably see such a difference in their looks over the last few weeks, they really are beautiful pups!
We have had another successful week - everyone is now microchipped and have been registered in my name. When the puppies are about to leave us for their new families I will change the details of their microchip into their new owners name.
As well as new fruit, vegetables and offal to try each day, we have provided them with some new natural chews to explore.
We highly recommend antlers from 'Green and Wilds' or 'Antler Chew' (we have a 10% discount for you from both of these companies, just follow the link on the voucher page). We recommend small - medium and also the antlers that have been cut in half to expose the bone marrow.
There are also many dried treats and chews that I recommend but below are some of our firm favourites here :
*Hooves - although just to warn you they sometimes have a certain smell when they get wet.
*Chicken feet - don’t worry these are dried!
*Rabbit skin - anything with fur or feathers still attached they can eat and is good as a natural dewormer.
*Cow, lamb or pigs ears.
*Cow and goat horn's.
Click here for where I buy natural chews for our dogs.
Please stay well clear from Rawhide and make sure anything you buy is naturally dried with no colours or preservatives.
Please see below the short video on how Rawhide is made :
For the last year we have been thinking of ways to add to our puppy health testing program - one of the tests we were thinking of was a BAER hearing test for our puppies. Unfortunately there didn't seem to be anyone local who did this test, with the closest being in Manchester. However we have recently managed to find a mobile BAER hearing testing clinic - and on Tuesday afternoon the Sheepadoodle pups were our second litter to have their hearing tested.
We are passionate about health checking and testing both our breeding dogs and puppies, so to be able to add this important test into our breeding program is very exciting for us and I hope that it will bring further reassurance for new owners.
The puppies were all so well behaved when having their hearing tested, I was so proud!
The test uses three small acupuncture needles placed under the skin:
One in front of the left ear
One in front of the right ear
One on top of the head
A headphone is placed in the ear being tested that produces a sound wave in a pattern of ‘clicks’. This then generates a computer graph measuring brain wave response to the sound allowing us to assess the hearing. Once both ears have been tested the computer will print the graph and certificate. The puppies results and certificate of their BAER hearing test will be included in their puppy pack.
I took a little video of each of the pups having their hearing test, please excuse the Christmas tree in the background.... I'm sure I once read that the rule of thumb is, if the lights are unplugged, the tree is invisible!!!
Im hoping that the pups can enjoy our outside astroturfed puppy pen over the weekend, so keeping my fingers crossed for some nice dry weather.
We do not allow the puppies onto the grass until they are 11 weeks old, vaccinated and fully immune. We are very fortunate and have a lot of land, which also attracts lots of wildlife. Unfortunately wild animals can carry diseases that dogs can catch - as the puppies aren’t fully vaccinated, if they catch these diseases it can make them very poorly and at worse could be fatal.
We actually vaccinate differently to vets recommendations and instead follow the manufacturers guidelines. We do not believe vets are out to harm your pets, but we have found over the years that vets are generally ill informed when it comes to vaccinations or understanding how immunity works.
We are passionate about vaccinating properly and responsibly and have created some information about vaccinations for you to read on the home page. Please do have a good read as I will be asking questions on this subject next week.
Do let me know if you have any questions. It is highly likely your vet will challenge you on vaccinations, so it’s important to be knowledgeable so you can make an informed decision for your dog’s wellbeing.
For access to Week 7s photos and videos you will need to have watched the 'Pet Fooled' documentary.
Please answer the following questions for us -
1. During the war, what was the drive to change how dog food was created and distributed?
2. Dogs being carnivores are equipped to be able to process their evolutionary food source, which is raw meat - what do dogs have that enable them to eat and digest raw meat?
3. Can you explain what the term 'By-Product' means and how it can be sourced?
4. For each of the 'key words' commonly used on dog food packaging, what is the minimum percentage of meat required ;
- Dog Food