Tessa's and Bear's Labradoodle puppies were born October 6, 2020.
Tessa delivered three boys and five girls. Colors were cream, caramel and black. All the boys are 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 5, 2020.
See pictures, videos and weekly development reports below.
One of Tessa's Labradoodle puppies, 17 days old.
During their first two weeks these newborn Labradoodle puppies did nothing but nurse and sleep. 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 around 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. It won’t be long before they are climbing out of the whelping pool and I will enlarge their world to an exercise pen about half the size of their room. Still, most of their time remains either nursing or sleeping. Their coats show hints of the curls and waves that will develop as they grow up. This nails have been clipped for the first time. Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) continues through this weekend. Soon I will encourage them to make direct eye contact with me. When their ears open socialization exercises will begin, and I’ll describe them to you each week.
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Tessa's Labradoodle Puppies 17 Days Old
A few days ago their eyes began to open and they are now taking their first steps instead of dragging themselves blindly along on their bellies. They are exploring their little world and each other. For the first time they recognize each other as littermates and playmates.Toward the end of the video one of the puppies is mouthing a companion's muzzle, then settles for licking her nose.
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Tessa's Labradoodle Puppies Sleeping 15 Days Old
Compare with the video above and you can see the difference just two days make. Their eyes have begun to open, but not quite yet. Even though they are mostly sleeping in this video, they are now pulling themselves around more efficiently than last week as their legs strengthen, but they are not quite walking. Their coats hint at the curls and waves that will develop as they grow up.
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Tessa's Labradoodle puppies are all healthy and are nursing vigorously. They have more than doubled their birth weight! They are pudgy little bundles of fur and very cute. They jerk and twitch while they sleep. This is not dreaming, but a normal automatic condition that helps with their early muscle development. Scientists call this myoclonic twitches, or "activated sleeping." It decreases quickly as they grow older, although adult dogs continue to jerk during REM sleep. The puppies are almost walking. They try to get up off their fat little bellies and wobble unsteadily toward their mom or their litter mates. This is usually not very successful and they often fall over comically. It's fun to watch their determination. They have a strong righting reflex and work hard to stay upright, except when sleeping! Their eyes will begin to open next week and their ears a few days after, so for now they still navigate by smell and by sensing nearby body heat. On Sunday I began Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) as I described in last week's report. ENS will continue daily through the end of next week. Click the thumbnails below to see full pictures and videos.
Tessa's Labradoodles Puppies 10 Days Old
The puppies sleep in a heap or next to each other for warmth and comfort. They frequently adjust their position which sends ripples through the heap. Their dew claws have been removed. Early Neurological Stimulaton (ENS) began Sunday and will continue through the end of next week. View full screen with sound for the best experience.
Tessa’s Labradoodle puppies were born early Tuesday morning, October 6, 2020. She delivered three boys and five girls. Their eyes and ears remain closed, but they are very vocal with squeaks and chirps and contented huffing while nursing. They are completely dependent on their mother who is with them constantly except for brief trips outside to relieve herself. The puppies are all healthy and nurse vigorously. They are growing rapidly and will double their birth weight by the end of next week. Their dew claws have been removed. Tomorrow I begin Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS). ENS consists of five gentle exercises for each puppy, once a day. 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 no more than five 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 in the 1970s as an effort sometimes called the “Super Dog Program.” The benefits have been subsequently confirmed in veterinary literature and renamed “Early Neurological Stimulation”.) ENS exercises continue until the puppies’ eyes and ears begin to open during their third week, when I will begin in-home socialization and training. Click the thumbnails below to see the full images and videos.
Tessa's Labradoodle Puppies Nursing
Tessa's puppies are healthy and are nursing vigorously! At this age they spend all their time nursing or sleeping. They twitch while they sleep to develop their muscle tone. Their eyes and ears will not open for a couple weeks. All the nourishment they get is from their mother's colostrum and milk. Tessa is very attentive and keeps them clean.
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