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SoftMaple & Gunflint

Boyerie Dese Maestro Music Please CR-CA148/24M/C-PI-ECHO CR-696G24M-PI CR-750
SoftMaple Gunflint's Beauty CR-715G28F-NOPI, CR-EL131F28-NOPI, CR-CA157/28F/P-NOPI

Week Three (Days 15-21)

+ Teeth begin to erupt
+ Puppies stand up and start walking
+ Begin to lap liquids
+ Defecate/urinate without stimulation
+ Start becoming aware of environment
+ Start playing with littermates
+ Develop sense of smell
+ Puppies will start to discriminate as to where to relieve themselves

Day 15

The pups have their eyes open now. They still can't see that great, but you can tell they can recognize Beauty!

We worm the puppies. Even if the mom doesn't have worms, chances are the pups do. Roundworm larvae will encyst in body tissue of adult bitches and activate during the last stages of pregnancy to infest puppies. The mom must also be wormed, since she is the one cleaning up after the puppies. At this stage, we use a gentle wormer, and there is no need to take a stool sample in to the vets. Im using Nemex-2 liquid wormer. It is used for the elimination of large roundworms and hookworms in dogs and puppies.

Worming should start at 2 weeks. Worming needs to be repeated at 3, 4, 6, 8 and 10 weeks. . The first treatment kills any adult worms. The second treatment kills any new worms that may have hatched after the initial treatment. Once the puppies go to their new homes, the pups new veterinarian will take over the worming schedule. It may be necessary at this time to bring in stool samples for analysis.

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Day 18

Trimmed nails again today on the pups. The nails grow so fast! Those sharp little hooks can scratch each other in the face, or scratch Beauty. Right now I just use a pair of scissors to nip off the ends. Nail trimming is something you want to get your pup used to from the beginning. Before even trimming your pups nails, start handling his feet from day one. Hold a paw, and give a treat. Hold a toe, and touch his nail, and give a treat. Hold the nail clippers or grinder in one hand, and his paw in the other hand. Get him used to the nail clipper touching his paw. So every time you pick up the grinder or nail clipper, its not to clip his toenails. Frequently handling his paws will also help him when he goes to the vets, or if he ever gets an injury to his paw.

Trimming Nails

Most dogs need to have nails trimmed at some point. While the vet will often clip them for you, many dogs need their nails trimmed more often than that to prevent injuries and other problems associated with overgrown nails. You may find some curlies are prone to brittle nails. Nails that chip and break off if left too long.

Use nail clippers available at pet stores. Look for the guillotine type (don't use the human variety, this will crush and injure your dog's nail) and get blade replacements as the sharper the blade is the easier this procedure is. There is another kind that looks like scissors with hooked tips that are also good, and may be easier to handle (however, the blades cannot be replaced on this type).

Before cutting the nails, examine them carefully. If the nails are are white, the difference between the nail and the pink quick is easy to see (use good lighting). If the nails are dark, it will be much harder to tell where the quick is, in which case you must take care.

If your dog resists having its nails trimmed, try trimming them while you sit on a couch with the dog on its back in your lap. By putting the dog on its back, you make the nails accessible and put the dog in a submissive position where they are less apt to fight. As with many things, this is easiest if you start while your dog is still a pup.

If the cutter is sharp, the nails won't crack if you cut at right angles to the nail. that is, hold it so that the blades are on the top and bottom of the nail, not to the sides of the nail.

Do not cut below the quick. It will be painful to your dog and bleed everywhere. When in doubt, trim less of the nail. It will just mean trimming more often. Clip the portion above the quick for each. Keep a styptic pencil on hand to staunch any blood flow. Flour or cornstarch will help in a pinch.

The nail grinder avoids the potential problems of cutting the quick, nails cracking, and sharp edges afterwards. The nails can also be thinned, allowing the quick to recede, resulting in shorter nails and a tighter paw.

RC Steele and other mail-order companies sell them for about $45. One model is the Oster Pet Nail Groomer, Model 129, with two speeds. Some dogs may be spooked by the noise. It may help to watch someone who knows how to use it first.

You can use a wood rasp and file your dog's nails down. Also, if you clip them, using a plain file afterwards helps smooth the edges down and keep them neat. You can use "people files" or purchase files shaped for this purpose

More about curly health care

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Day 21

Go to week Four

(Puppy evaluations are done on day 49. That is 2/21/2005. The pups will be ready to go anytime after that.)

SoftMaple Curly Coated Retrievers
Mark and Cathy Lewandowski
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan New York 13327

Beauty and Maestro's Pedigree

SoftMaple Puppy Application

SoftMaple Contract

Information on our next litter:

SoftMaple 2005 Spring/Summer litter plans

Ch. Dese's Black As Coal, CD, WC, CGC, TT, JH CR-530G26M-T, CR-CA47/30M/C-T, CR-582
and CH SoftMaple's Pheasant Dreams WC CGC CR-722G34F, CR-El134F34