Tuesday, March 31, 2009

T-Z Pups Day 8 Babies in the Basket

While the whelping pad gets changed, the pups hang out in a warming bed until their digs have been cleaned.
One by one, they get weighed and then placed in the bed.
All of our pups have doubled their birthweight and 6 of the 7 are over 2 pounds!The zebra stripes they were born with have competely disappeared and the wrinkles are filling out.

Adorable faces peered over the top of the bed and then nestled together for a snooze.

Monday, March 30, 2009

T-Z Pups Day 7 Night, night...

The power of being cute

After viewing our puppy blog, a friend and fellow dog lover said, " Those are the most adorable pix I have ever seen and it couldn't be a more perfect day to see the gifts we are given."

Tracking Training for Sky

Sky, Grayhart Lightfoot Early Morning Rain, JH, NSD, pointedSky, 10 months old, out of our Trixie/Parker litter, is training to be a tracking star.
Owner Debbie has put tracking titles on a number of her Weims over the years and says that Sky is a natural. Debbie sure keeps busy as Sky is also in training for her Senior Hunter, agility and obedience careers. And if all that wasn't enough, Sky will be back in the show ring late Spring!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

T-Z Pups Day 5 Bio-Sensor for Super Dogs

The Bio-Sensor or "Super Dog" method is a tool we use to help ensure our puppies develop superiorly both physically and mentally. Developed by the U.S. Military, the Bio-Sensor method is a series of exercises performed on puppies starting at day 3 and ending on day 16. Each exercise is performed one time, for a specific amount of time, daily during this time period. It is important not to perform each exercise more than once per day or for increased amounts of time as it could over stress the puppies. These exercises would not occur naturally during this time frame and work by requiring the pup's neurological system to kick in earlier than normal.

Studies have shown that Bio-Sensor puppies have:
  • Improved cardio vascular performance
  • Stronger heartbeats
  • Stronger Adrenal Glands
  • Increased tolerance to stress and
  • Greater resistance to disease
Studies also show that Bio-Sensor pups are far less affected by stressful situations than pups that do not have these exercises performed. They were more calm and able to perform learning tests with fewer errors.

The benefits from this early neurological stimulation have lasting effects on puppies, lasting a lifetime if proper enrichment and socialization is provided during the dogs life!

We believe this is an important tool in developing puppies and in our breeding program.Securely holding the pup in an upright position with head over tail. This position is then reversed and the pup is held tail over head in a secure hold. Each exercise is performed for 3-5 seconds.
Pup is held between both hands on its back in a supine position.
Tactile stimulation with a Qtip.
Pup is exposed to an interesting scent, in this instance, a mink hat.
Thermal stimulation on a chilled plate.

Friday, March 27, 2009

T-Z Pups Day 4 Say Cheese

The pups had their first at-home owner-handler photo shoot. They did an amazing job and posed perfectly for the camera!
Following in the pawprints of their model mother Trixie
King of the mountain
Then there were four...
and then six...The gangs all here!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

T-Z Pups Day 3 A New Look

The pups have a new look, after having their tails docked and dewclaws removed.

Miss Pink likes to sleep upside down

When the pups have had enough milk, sometimes they just crash wherever they may be.

Another puppy pile...

Just so darn cute!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

T-Z Pups Day 2

Miss Pink's precious little puppy tongue
Mr. Orange likes to curl up on Trixie's back legs
Some sleep sitting up
Being a mom is a never ending job...and if you are curious as to what the black cord is, it is a thermometer with a probe to measure the temperature in the whelping box. The puppies cannot regulate their own body temperature therefore, it is critical that we keep the whelping box warm so the pups do not overheat nor get chilled.

Miss Raspberry between those big paws
Piling is a nice way to nap

How can you not smile holding one of these bundles of gray joy?
Mr. Yellow nice and mellow after filling his belly with milk.