The puppy post

Gentle exercise for brand new chocolate labrador puppy

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.

Five day old chocolate lab puppy

Exercise for brand new puppy

Labrador breeer Laurel Cook with neonatal puppy

Puppy stimulating exercises

New Labrador puppy on a cold towel for stimulation

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.

Young boy with mother chocolate labrador

I’m looking forward today to seeing the puppies and Apa. Bye everyone!

Dog pawing rock in icy pond with boy
This post was created my youngest son, who goes by the moniker of PetKid here. He loves looking after all of our various animals, including our dog Reggie, three gerbils, nine budgies and a flock of Americauna chickens.

5 thoughts on “The puppy post

  1. How interesting – I wonder if the mother dog or a mother wolf does these exercises naturally with her pups as well – for example, using her tongue between their toes, or rolling them over with her nose as they lie near her.
    Very cute puppy in the picture!

    1. PetKid wondered too if any of those stimuli might be offered in a more limited way by the mother dog; he’s planning to ask our breeder about that this week. Last week when we visited they were already starting to walk and preparing to open their eyes, and he’s planning an update later this week.

  2. Thank you for such an excellent and well-researched post! We have three dogs, and like you have learned how important it is to begin the socialization process when the pups are very young. This means lots of touching and petting, so the dogs can learn to be unafraid of the human touch. We also learned how important it is to being touching their toes and feet early on, so they can become accustomed to having their nails clipped. Lastly, giving them a variety of positive experiences, such as being exposed to small children, riding in the car, and experiencing different floor surfaces all help them to become more comfortable as they grow. You are so fortunate to have such an excellent breeder, who has helped you to bring up such a wonderful dog.

    1. My son was really excited to read your comment, Libby, and says a big thank you. He’s wondering how old your three dogs are and whether they were puppies when you got them.

      1. Our two Irish Wolfhounds Otis and Addie are 3 and 5, and we got them as puppies. Our labradoodle Doodle is about 6, and he came to us when he was 2 years old. Doodle is technically not our dog; we are taking care of him for some friends who were transferred to Kuwait. Tell you son to keep up the good posts…we love reading his essays.

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