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Dog Journal-4- Puppy Weaning, Keeping Dogs Out of the Garden, Importance of Sunshine for Dogs & More

Updated on September 19, 2014
Puppies Aii And Shin Waiting To Greet My Dog-Loving Tenants Upstairs
Puppies Aii And Shin Waiting To Greet My Dog-Loving Tenants Upstairs | Source

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.

Dogs Love Sunshine. It Makes Them Strong, Boosts Immunity. Choco Enjoys The Sun.
Dogs Love Sunshine. It Makes Them Strong, Boosts Immunity. Choco Enjoys The Sun.

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 Choco In Foreground And The White Goro. Note Fenced In Flower Beds!
Dogs Choco In Foreground And The White Goro. Note Fenced In Flower Beds! | Source

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.

Puppy Rei Stretched Out
Puppy Rei Stretched Out

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.

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    • MarieLB profile image

      MarieLB 

      3 years ago from YAMBA NSW

      That is one good thing about dogs Anita Saran. They are not difficult to train at all. Cats can also be trained, but it takes a bit more effort!

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      Anita Saran 

      3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      I must add that I have succeeded in keeping dogs away from my plants. Fences do the trick and a few whacks when they do manage to get in!

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      Anita Saran 

      3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Thanks for reading MarieLB. My puppies were born inside a kennel so no sunlight but they started loving the sunlight soon enough - around 1 and a half months old. That's a good tip on getting older dogs used to pups.

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      MarieLB 

      3 years ago from YAMBA NSW

      I am surprised that your pups do not like being outside in the sun. I guess all depends on where they have spent the first few weeks of their life.

      Gardens and pups do not mix very well, but with some organising and perseverance, you should be able to save your favourite plants, at least. I tell you I have long decided that it is just too hard to keep both!LOL!! I chose the dogs. I have a pet boarding service [http://www.petplaceyamba.com/] so it is not easy to train them in a week or two

      My way of teaching older dogs to like the pups is to hold the pups whilst giving attention to the older dogs. A little bribe [treat] here and there works wonders too!!Ha!Ha!!

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