We are temporarily boarding Levi, a Canaan Dog from another New England litter, for extra socialization and training while he seeks his forever home. Levi has been started on housebreaking, gets along well with my four dogs, has been introduced to crate training, and is litter box trained.
The puppies are now nine weeks old, and Scarlett has left to start the next phase of her life! She is going to live in Connecticut.
Today the puppies went to visit Amy’s home for their final socialization party. They were introduced to several new adult Canaan Dogs and two Canaan Dog puppies from other New England litters, an Irish Wolfhound puppy, several new adults and pre-teen boys, and free range chickens. The chickens rated highest in the opinion of the puppies.
With Scarlett leaving, we had room to pick up a temporary boarder: Levi the Canaan Dog puppy will be staying with us for a short time so he can get some extra socialization before going off to his new home. With his visit, we re-arranged a bit and cut down the large weaning pen into two smaller bachelor apartments for the boys. They are old enough to start housebreaking and they spend much of their time out in the yard or romping around our combined kitchen and dining room, with brief forays into the living room, so the large pen is now too small to provide them with adequate exercise space. The bachelor apartments are perfectly sized to allow them to experience sleeping and eating alone while still keeping another dog nearby, and they contain their crate as well as a litter box. Keeping the litter box handy allows the puppies to utilize an appropriate place if they need to potty, but still lets them keep their den (the crate) clean.
The 2017 Harvest x Clover litter is now six weeks old. They have graduated from a whelping box to a weaning pen. They are eating solid foods. They have had two puppy parties at our home (one at five weeks that introduced them to several toddlers and young children, and one for adults only), and they have gone on their first field trip. They visited Nathan’s office in Boston, where they met several of Nathan’s co-workers and two young girls, plus they were carried through one block of Boston’s busy Innovation District, giving them the opportunity to see crowds and traffic. They are very good at using their litter boxes, which keeps their pen very clean (and is a relief to us).
Gio and Scarlett are now three weeks old. They are developing exactly as they should be. So far they have been introduced to six adult women and two adult men, as well as three adult male dogs (my Ridgebacks). They have been given toys to play with, and opportunities to explore outside their whelping box inside their exercise pen, as well as freedom to explore our kitchen. The first two weeks of life, puppies are basically little furry potatoes. They don’t do much more than eat, sleep, and grow. However, once eyes and ears start to open at 10-14 days, they become interactive and begin exploring their environment. At three weeks, and through twelve weeks, the puppies are in a critical socialization period, and we work hard to introduce them to as many novel stimuli as possible, as well as starting them on the important skills of housebreaking, leash walking, clicker training, and sport foundations.
As we follow the Puppy Culture program, during this third week the puppies will be introduced to solid foods and a litter box inside their whelping box, and for the next two weeks we will be stimulating their startle and recovery reflex multiple times a day by making loud noises (such as dropping books or metal bowls, starting vacuum cleaners near the whelping box, or introducing toys that make noise or move). They will also experience one-on-one enrichment opportunities to help prepare them for life apart from the litter in their new home.
Ribbit, solid black male, on the left. Scarlett, sable female, on the right.
Both puppies are nursing vigorously, and Clover is resting quietly. We look forward to posting many, many photos of the new babies.
Pending confirmation from the AKC, Jackson is now Kuluta’s Barada Nikto TKN. Thanks to Barbara Ferguson at Sirius Fun Dog Training, Jackson earned his AKC Trick Dog Novice title! We had to do 10 tricks, and here’s our list:
- Sit (hand signal only)
- Push Ups (sit, down, sit, down, sit, down)
- Table (get up on a platform and stay, 2x)
- Paws Up (front feet on a low platform)
- Kisses (gives a kiss on cue)
- Kennel Up (entered crate on cue, downed, stayed, 2x)
- Touch (nose-to-hand target)
- Jump over low bar (repeat 2x)
- Take a bow
Dora is the cover dog for the CDCA newsletter, The Canaan Kibitzer.
GCH COUNTY LINE’S LION MAN OF KULUTA, “Pike”
By GCH Kuluta Along The Watchtower – County Line’s Sweet As Pie
Wallkill Kennel Club
Springfield, MA with Amy Preston
February 26, 2017
CH Relic’s Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong, “Clover”
(By CH Renegade Stryker – BISS CH Renegade Camber)
BOS / OH BOB / OH G4
First Company Governor’s Foot Guard
February 24, 2017
BOS / OH BOB / OH G4
Rockland County Kennel Club
February 25, 2017