Puppies are two weeks old on Friday! It’s been quite the sleep deprived adventure! Still monitoring feedings and weights around the clock to make sure they are all getting plenty of milk, but they are doing great and all gaining about an ounce a day which is right where they should be.
As I mentioned last post, Suki seems to have the 4 high producing nipples and then the 2 that are just so-so. Of course, all the puppies want one of the 4, so rotating puppies at every feeding has been the challenge and getting them to latch on to the undesirable nipples is quite the job too! They eventually give in after squirming for a bit and accepting that it’s their turn.
Suki’s nursing positions! She also tries to nurse them sitting down, but with so many that doesn’t work so well lol
Yesterday, Rose (red ribbon) opened her eyes, within a day, all of them had their eyes open! Also, yesterday, Rose decided to start trying and succeeding to get out of the pool. She opened her eyes and is ready to explore her world! Quite the little adventurer!
Already time to move the puppies to the next enclosure! I section off the front part so that when Suki hops in she doesn’t accidentally jump onto a puppy. Also, when she wants to get some space from her babies (can’t we all relate?! ), she has a place to rest and still be able to watch them. I also will start separating a sleep and pee/poo area. As they get bigger, the sleep area gets smaller and the pee and poo area gets bigger and they naturally want to keep their sleep area clean. Keeping their sleep area clean helps encourage those natural instincts and helps with potty training and crate training if you decide to do that once the puppy is old enough.
These pictures were taken at 12 days old.