Lacey's and Walter's Goldendoodle puppies were born October 8, 2020.
Lacey delivered four boys and five girls. Colors are cream and caramel. These puppies will mature in the medium size range (30 to 50 pounds).
After eight weeks of nurturing, socialization and training they will be picked up by their new owners on December 6, 2020.
One of Lacey's Goldendoodle puppies 17 days old.
During their first two weeks these newborn Goldendoodle puppies did nothing but nurse and sleep. By ten days old they had more than doubled their birth weights. Three days ago their eyes began to open and now they are beginning to walk! For the first time they recognize each other as something other than a warm pillow and are beginning to play with each other. These are big steps in their young lives. It’s the beginning of their interactions with the world. Of course they still have a long way to go. Even when their eyes first open, they can’t see very well. Their vision will clarify over the next few weeks. Their ears remain closed but will open by the middle of next week. And whereas just a few days ago they were still pulling themselves around blindly on their bellies, they have now taken their first wobbly and uncertain steps to roam their whelping pool. Vision and walking are a powerful combination! They explore the limits of their confinement and return easily to their mother and littermates. Sometime this coming week they will begin climbing out of the whelping pool and I will enlarge their world into an exercise pen. Still, most of their time will continue to be nursing and sleeping. Their coats show hints of the curls and waves that will develop as they grow up. Their nails have been clipped for the first time. Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) is completed as of this weekend. Soon I will encourage them to make direct eye contact with me. When their ears open in a few days I’ll begin their socialization exercises, and I’ll describe them to you each week.
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Lacey's Goldendoodle Puppies Roaming Their Pool
With eyes opening (not quite all the way yet) and wobbly legs, the puppies are beginning to explore the confines of their whelping pool and interact with each other. Every day they become stronger and more adventurous. Baby barks and whines have been added to their vocalizations. Play sessions are still short after nursing. Sleep is still the priority!
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Lacey’s Goldendoodle puppies are now ten days old. They nurse vigorously and are growing rapidly. They have already doubled (or more) their birth weights. Their eyes will begin to open next week and their ears will open soon after. In the meantime, they are very vocal with squeaks and chirps and contented grunting while nursing. Last Sunday I began Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS). ENS consists of five gentle daily exercises for each puppy. First I tickle the bottom of one foot with a Q-tip, then I hold the puppy straight up with head pointed to the ceiling, then straight down with head toward the floor, then on its back (supine), and finally I set it down feet-first on a cold damp washcloth. Each of these five exercises is done for only five to 10 seconds. ENS improves their cardiovascular performance, stimulates their heart and adrenal glands, increases their tolerance and recovery from stress, and improves their resistance to diseases. (ENS was originally developed by the U.S. military as the “Bio Sensor” program, later called the “Super Dog Program.” The benefits have been subsequently confirmed in veterinary literature and renamed “Early Neurological Stimulation”.)
Daily ENS exercises will continue into the puppies’ third week, when I will begin in-home socialization and training. I will try to file these reports regularly on Saturday afternoon or evenings.
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Lacey's 10-Day Old Goldendoodle Puppies
Four of Lacey's Goldendoodle puppies are nursing. Two have become separated. To find her again, they turn their heads back and forth to sense her body heat. If they are too far away this is unsuccessful. Then they squeal loudly in distress until I come to rescue them. Since I was already watching I was able to move them back in her direction quickly. They are still crawling but getting stronger every day.
Lacey's 10-Day Old Puppies Nursing
The four puppies all finally arrived and are nursing happily. It looks hard on Lacey (and their little claws are sharp!) but she doesn't seem to mind. She makes sure they are well situated and licks them to keep them clean. She is very patient with her puppies and doesn't like to be apart from them. At this age they still spend all their time either nursing or sleeping, or nursing while they sleep! Happy puppies.
Lacey’s Goldendoodle puppies were born early Thursday morning (October 8) and are now three days old. She delivered five girls and four boys. Their eyes and ears remain closed for now, but they are very vocal with squeaks and chirps and contented huffing while nursing. Lacey is very attentive to their needs and licks them frequently to keep with clean. She is with them constantly except for brief trips outside to relieve herself. The puppies are all healthy and are nursing vigorously. They are growing rapidly and will double their birth weight by the end of next week. They jerk and twitch while they sleep. This is not dreaming, but a normal automatic condition that helps with their early muscle development. They can’t walk yet, but drag themselves around on their bellies, pulling with their claws which are small but sharp. They aren’t very steady and sometimes fall or roll over comically. However, they have a strong righting reflex and work hard to stay upright, except when sleeping! Click the thumbnails below to see the full images and videos.
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