Things are moving along nicely.
I actually saw a puppy move off the rug and go into the little potty box area to pee today!
This is the whelping box setup now.
As you can see half of the box are rugs and the other are papers.
The science behind this is dogs are naturally clean and don’t like to soil where they sleep.
It’s the same basis behind crate training.
I usually set up the whelping box this way at about 3 weeks when the puppies are mobile and can actually walk over to the papers to do their business.
Once I move them to the pen next weekend, I will introduce the actual potty box that contains some cat litter for absorption.
With just two of them, they are a tiny bit slower in doing things. Less competition to learn from.
I find this with eating. With the two of them, they tend to eat slower. Nobody else is going to swoop in and eat all the food, like they do with a larger litter.
Fred and Wilma are doing pretty well with their eating and I’ve moved them up to twice a day feeding.
Keeping Bran out of the box so they’re hungry before getting their gruel is a feat!
I swear she’ll be nursing as the pups are heading out the door.
Bran is such a good momma.
I’m starting to cut back her food a bit in anticipation of weaning. She’s not going to like that. She’s a Labrador.
When I weighed the puppies at 4 weeks, Wilma was 6½ pounds and Fred was a whopping 7 pounds, 5 ounces. My goodness they are porkers.
This is Fred at 4 weeks.
This is Wilma.
As you can see, they’re not missing many meals.
They’re finally getting to the age that Claire, my 2½ year old yellow Lab, is starting to interact with them.
It takes a village.