It’s time for another posting by my youngest, PetKid, who we recently started homeschooling. We had an amazing offer from the breeder of our dog, Regimbald (also known as Reggie!), for a weekly visit and lesson on the newest litter of puppies. Our dog’s breeder, the wonderful Culandubh Kennels run by Laurel Cook and Ross McLaughlin in Clayton, Ontario, raises purebred Labradors, and the latest litter are entirely chocolate labs.
In this picture is one of the reasons why our dog Reggie is so smart. Because Laurel does lots of exercises with the newborn pups to develop their nerves and mental pathways. On our first visit the pups were not even one week old. Before we got to visit with the puppies, Laurel gave us biscuits to feed to Apa, the mummy dog, so that she would be friendly and not threatened by us handling her pups. Then I washed my hands with disinfectant so that I could be near the eleven puppies.
Then Laurel did all of the exercises with the puppies one at a time. Each exercise was only about five seconds. The first was holding the puppy upside down, then lifting it up so its feet dangled in the air, then over on its back in Laurel’s hand. After that she put a Q-tip between each of their claws very gently, and finally she put them gently on a cold towel.
The puppies drank milk from their mummy, Apa, after these exercises. They were tired and thirsty, and after drinking they fell asleep. I gave Apa a hug and told her what a good mother she was.
I’m looking forward today to seeing the puppies and Apa. Bye everyone!