Dog Journal-4- Puppy Weaning, Keeping Dogs Out of the Garden, Importance of Sunshine for Dogs & More
Getting Your Dogs to Accept the New Puppies
For the past 4-5 days, I’ve been familiarising my dogs with the pups. I’ve been taking the pups out in the sun where the older dogs are, but they don’t like being outside – yet. They begin to whimper and wail.
Keeping Dogs Out of the Garden
Rei keeps climbing into the flower beds. In fact it’s becoming more and more difficult to keep them from chewing my plants. They’ve already destroyed a beautiful creeper with magenta flowers and a couple of other plants. I’ve fenced in the flowerbeds as best as I can. I do make sure that the bedroom windows are left open during the day so the pups get some fresh air. Mu and Aii have begun to chew on my fingers, but they weren’t interested in the dog chews I offered them.
Weaning the Puppies
At over a month old, the puppies prefer boiled bones and bananas. I’ve got them special weaning food for puppies of which they eat very little. Kiku’s milk is drying out but they still like mother’s milk best.
Fresh Air and Sunshine Good for Dogs
My dog loving tenants told me that the sun is excellent for dogs (and for us) between 8:30 am and 10:30 am. It makes them strong and boosts immunity.
These days I keep the pups out during the daytime where they can romp around in the sun. They’re finally learning to like the sunshine. They’re all right with the older dogs and vice versa.
Dogs Irritated by the Puppies
I had been anxious about the older dog, Choco’s reaction to them. Both Choco and the male Goro (Japanese for Prosperity and he has really brought me much) are not fond of them which is a pity since the pups are so friendly.
I believe Choco as a little puppy out on the streets must have had an unfortunate encounter with all things little. She doesn’t like babies and children either. As for Goro who is about two years younger than Choco (being neutered, both are great platonic friends), it’s just bad temper, but at least they don’t bite the pups.
First Shots for the Puppies
The fattest and cutest Rei likes to stretch out on the cool floor of the living room, so that his belly is flush against the tiles. It’s getting warmer these days. I must take them for their shots this weekend. Expensive – four puppies, but it must be done. I had a dog years ago that almost died of parvovirus.
Speaking of medicines, Kiku’s had her second de-worming at the suggestion of the vet – two tablets this time, but she’s still as gluttonous as ever.