Pups are gaining by leaps and bounds! Their noses are beginning to blacken and they are pretty mobile though they don’t quite get up on their wobbly legs yet. Here are some photos. No names yet and some are not the greatest pix but I’ll bring out my good camera for the next ones. I’m giving you their coloring and weights as well though it has little bearing on their final size, I’ve learned.
|Puppy #1 is a female. Weighs 11 3/4 ounces. She has a small black spot on her side that you can see better in the group photo below.|
|Puppy #2 is a black and white male. Weighs 10 1/4 ounces|
|Puppy #3 is a black and white female. Weighs 11.5 ounces.|
|Puppy #4 is a male Irish Pied. He weighs 11 ounces.|
|Puppy #5 is a tan and white female. She’s 7.5 ounces but strong as ever!|
|Puppy #6 is a female with sable and white coloring. She weighs 10 5/8 ounces.|
|Puppy #7 is a male, black and white. He weighs 10 ounces|
|Puppy #8 is a female with sable/white coloring. She weighs 8 7/8 ounces.|
|Yes, they are all in here, nursing to their heart’s content. You can see the spot here on the middle one, Puppy #1.|
A couple things to remember. This test is for all breeds including such German shepherds, Basenjis and other typically protective/ agressive breeds. Several of the criteria, then, have little to do with our sweet, friendly and happy-happy Havanese! Also, no dog falls crisply into any single category. Like people, they have a variation of the theme which makes them unique. Finally, this is an extremely interpretive and subjective test. If you have any questions about the results for a particular puppy please don’t hesitate to drop me a note.
by Jacqueline Carney, Carneys Havanese Haven
Purpose: To determine degree of social attraction, confidence or dependence.
Purpose: Degree of following attraction. Not following indicates independence.
Purpose: To determine degree of dominant or submissive tendency.
Purpose: To determine degree of acceptance of social dominance. Pup may try to dominate by
you crouch beside him. Continue stroking until a recognizable behavior is established.
Purpose: To determine degree of accepting dominance while in position of no control.
Purpose: To determine degree of willingness to work with a human.
Purpose: To determine degree of sensitivity to touch.
Procedure:Place pup in the center of area, tester or assistant makes a sharp
- Mostly 1’s A puppy that consistently scores a 1 in the temperament section of the test is an extremely dominant, aggressive puppy who can easily be provoked to bite. His dominant nature will attempt to resist human leadership, thus requiring only the most experienced of handlers. This puppy is a poor choice for most individuals and will do best in a working situation as a guard or police dog.
- Mostly 2’s This pup is dominant and self-assured. He can be provoked to bite; however he readily accepts human leadership that is firm, consistent and knowledgeable. This is not a dog for a tentative, indecisive individual. In the right hands, he has the potential to become a fine working or show dog and could fit into an adult household, provided the owners know what they are doing.
- Mostly 3’s This pup is outgoing and friendly and will adjust well in situations in which he receives regular training and exercise. He has a flexible temperament that adapts well to different types of environment, provided he is handled correctly. May be too much dog for a family with small children or an elderly couple who are sedentary.
- Mostly 4’s A pup that scores a majority of 4’s is an easily controlled, adaptable puppy whose submissive nature will make him continually look to his master for leadership. This pup is easy to train, reliable with kids, and, though he lacks self-confidence, makes a high-quality family pet. He is usually less outgoing than a pup scoring in the 3’s, but his demeanor is gentle and affectionate.
- Mostly 5’s This is a pup who is extremely submissive and lacking in self-confidence. He bonds very closely with his owner and requires regular companionship and encouragement to bring him out of himself. If handled incorrectly, this pup will grow up very shy and fearful. For this reason, he will do best in a predictable, structured lifestyle with owners who are patient and not overly demanding, such as an elderly couple.
- Mostly 6’s A puppy that scores 6 consistently is independent and uninterested in people. He will mature into a dog who is not demonstrably affectionate and who has a low need for human companionship. In general, it is rare to see properly socialized pups test this way; however there are several breeds that have been bred for specific tasks (such as basenjis, hounds, and some northern breeds) which can exhibit this level of independence. To perform as intended, these dogs require a singularity of purpose that is not compromised by strong attachments to their owner.
|Sparky LOVED the mush|
I started Maxi’s pups on mush yesterday. Puppy kibble soaked in water, then mushed up and mixed with goat’s milk for a very creamy consistency…more milk right now than mush…warmed up to about 95 degrees F. Yummy!
|Actually, so did Blaze|
It is interesting to observe the logistics in all this. Of course the puppies have no clue what this bowl set in their midst might contain. I am sure they can detect the milk but it is not their mother’s milk nor is it our vet’s formula that some have been fed. With a gentle nudge of muzzles to mush they slowly get it. Why? Because it tastes good.
Still there are problems as there are with any new experience. They have to learn to keep their noses clear of the substance or they sneeze. They have to learn to balance themselves or their front end drops into the dish of mush. They have to learn to lap at the food instead of sucking it. And they have to learn to keep their feet clear of the mushy stuff because it feels funny. At least it did to some of them. A couple had no problem diving right in and remaining there.
|It took Boomer a few minutes to get the program|
|And Georgie just wanted to play|
Today Maxi’s pups got their second nail trim. This time I did front and back toes for a total of 64. It took a while. I also spent a few moments gently laying each puppy on my lap…on its back. This is a very strange sensation and one of complete submission which some pups (and adult dogs) have difficulty with. This exercise teaches them trust. It also teaches them to better handle stress.
In time they will have other exercises as well. The U.S. Military was actually instrumental in developing these “Early Neurological Stimulation” exercises to improve the dogs’ performance for military purposes. Of course, some puppies can handle this stress better than others and it is important to appreciate the difference so as to not “freak out” the puppy. With tiny, gentle stimulations they will become better adjusted pets…each at its own pace.
|But ten minutes in…they were all interested and chowing down|
|Then there was the ceremonial cleansing of feet|
|And, here is Phoebe with her babies…all growing nicely|
I’ll talk about the four other kinds of stimulation later.
|Phoebe’s puppies at 12 days|
been able to find them lately though.If you plan to keep your
piddle pad as a permanent place for pottying you can buy
them online a lot cheaper…100 for $50.
|A big yawn|
11. 5-6” long Nylabones. Do not use rawhide chews for puppies and always supervise your puppy when he is chewing any kind of bones.