Glory’s pups are now halfway through their fourth week and are growing and changing. They have been using their UgoDog litter box system since around three weeks and are doing great! Since they are growing and producing more “waste” the litter box needs to be scrubbed out twice a day. When things get to that stage, it’s time to introduce them to the plastic box/wood pellets type litter box. The wood pellets are easier to scoop little poops from and the pine smell helps “deodorize” the urine smell when they pee.

They’re getting big enough that they almost need to move to the bigger puppy pen in the puppy room, but before that I want them to get the hang of their new litter box. This plastic one we start with has the side cut down so it’s easy for them to access. When they get a big bigger we’ll give them a box with full sides and they will easily hop over the edge to get in the box. The sides help to keep the pellets inside the box and contain the mess a bit better.

Here they are checking out their new bathroom. 😉

We’ll give them a few days with their new box and then move them to the puppy room into a bigger space with a couple litter boxes and their first crate to start getting used to sleeping in.

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12 Responses to Transitions

  1. jonnastar6 says:

    Jennifer, it’s just amazing how much you are teaching and how much they are all learning at SUCH a young age! Marvelous job = fantastic puppies!

  2. jonnastar6 says:

    Do you think sometime you could write a blog and educate us all on how genetics work when mating for puppies? I would love, and I’m sure others are interested, to understand how a litter can contain several black and then just one red puppy. An how you can predict what colors of pups certain parent dogs are likely to produce. Obviously very different than human genetics…….? Thanks!

    • Well, the dad is red, so he produces red/apricot. The mom is black and tan but her dad was blenheim (more red genes) so the two of them can produce red/apricot pups. I am no way a genetics specialist, but there are color/coat tests you can do on dogs to see what colors they can produce. But it’s always a “gamble” when you have two parents that can produce lots of different colors. It’s obviously easier with something like the Dickens/Sky litter. He is blenheim (red and white). She is cream/white so all of their pups are always red/white, cream/white, or apricot/white.

  3. Jerda Antoinette Smeltzer says:

    I just love how you share the whole process! A while back you mentioned a “healthy, well-adjusted puppy” (my interpretation) method, but I can’t seem to find it. When you get a chance, can you share that I again? I’d love to be really well-versed by the time I make to the “possible to get a puppy” range on your list. Thank you!

  4. Marilyn Pyles says:

    I’m learning so much reading your posts. I am grateful you are taking the time to write. I am reading a ton of books as well. I am not on the waiting list yet, but since I’m hoping to be the parent of a therapy dog I know it will take a lot of knowledge and work. Would you classify your puppies as multigenerational. Do you tell the parents -to -be if their pup is F1, F1B, F2, multigenerational etc.? And while I was walking my neighbors dog (practicing) with another neighbor and her 10 mo puppy, she asked me how many adult females you have on the premise and I realize while I have been following for awhile I did not know how many moms ( not counting the Aussies) you have. Would you mind sharing that? My husband and I are VERY thankful how each litter gets special attention as if this was tour first and only litter. Keep it up. You are doing a great job!!!

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