Puppies start to change their coats. Their soft and mainly black hair shed and their colour cleans. The puppies begin to notice the presence of their siblings at this time. They develop a sense of smell and start to play. The communication between siblings is short but very intensive. They still sleep most of the day.
Shedding of soft puppy coat and the black hair, development of sense of smell, playing and social behaviour among siblings. Hearing starts to develop gradually, too.
Ear canals open and hearing develops rapidly. Be careful with strong and stressing noises. Any new and extremely strong or unpleasant noise can be shocking for a puppy that had been deaf until now. There is possibility that such shock will develop into sound shyness in an adult dog.
The vision is now fully developed (hearing is still developing). Puppies are able to sense visions and smells from the broader environment for a short time now, including areas outside of the litter box, grass, water etc. It is still important to watch out for any strong noises. The puppies play, bite each other and start to display the first signs of prey drive – catching and shaking the prey. With regard to their physical and psychological development, it is advisable to move entire litter outside.
Sight is now fully developed in all puppies. All puppies also react to sounds and noises by moving their ears or by crouching. Curiosity is now also fully developed, and we can observe differences between the puppies. These differences determine their working potential in the future. From now on, the puppies are able to leave the puppy box on their own and return quickly when they feel danger. A puppy that is not able to do this is genetically damaged. Here pack behaviour comes into play. (In natural conditions, this period is one of ... [Read more...]
The mother starts to feed the puppies while standing. Even if she has plenty of milk it is time to get puppies used to solid food (dry puppy milk, wet kibble, kibble mash etc...) Puppies ask for food by licking the mum’s mouth. This stimulates regurgitation. If our bitch has this rare natural instinct, we can leave the work to her. The food that she regurgitates is the best puppies can get. We need to feed the mother with puppy food and suitable additives.
Puppies bite everything within their reach. Their incisors and canines are fully developed but they are not able to chew on food. They use tongue and licking to consume their food, which is why their food must be mashed. By eating solid food, the puppies defecate more intensively. The mother no longer consumes their faeces as intensively as she had been doing when they were only in the whelping box.