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SoftMaple N HunterBay
Fall Litter



Week Six (Days 36-42)
DEVELOPMENT OF THE PUPPIES

+ Growth and development continue

Puppy Toddlers (3 - 6 Weeks) During the Toddler period, puppies emerge on their own from the litter. They venture into the surrounding environment. This emergence from the litter is a gradual and continual learning experience. During this stage of development puppies learn basic behavioral patterns specific to dogs. While playing, they practice different body postures, learning what the postures mean and how they affect their mother and litter mates. They learn what it is like to bite and be bitten, what barking and other vocalizations mean and how to make and use them to establish social relationships with other dogs. Such learning and activity tempers their own biting and vocalizing. From the age of five weeks, the mother teaches her puppies basic manners. They learn to be submissive to her leadership and what behaviors are acceptable. If necessary, she growls, snarls, or snaps at them as a form of discipline. When weaning the litter, for instance, the mother will discipline her puppies so that they will leave her alone. Because the mother disciplines them in a way that they clearly understand, after a few repetitions, the puppies will respond to a mere glare from her. If a pup has not learned to accept leadership (and discipline) in its early interactions with dogs, its training will be more difficult. Puppies that are removed from the nest too early tend to be nervous, more prone to barking and biting, and less responsive to discipline. Often they are aggressive with other dogs. Generally speaking, a puppy taken away from it's mother and litter mates before seven weeks of age, may not realize its full potential as a dog and companion. To maximize the mental and psychological development of puppies, they must remain in the nest with their mother and litter mates until seven weeks of age.


Day 36
12/14/2004





Day 37
12/15/2004


Playroom pictures





Day 38
12/16/2004


The pups all meet me at the gate in the morning, ready for breakfast!

Bailey still has access to the puppy room whenever she wants. Most of the time now, she hops over the gate and sleeps on a doggie bean bag chair just outside the puppy area, or goes to her crate to get away from all those sharp puppy teeth!


Breakfast in the shark cage while the puppy room is mopped

A couple of the collars need changing this morning. And the pups are wormed again.


What is a pedigree?

A pedigree is an identification of the direct ancestors of your dog. Sort of a family history genealogy system, or family tree. A breeder uses a pedigree to keep track of the dogs parents, grandparents, great grand parents.

One great tool is to be able to keep a vertical pedigree of a dog. A Vertical Pedigree shows siblings of parents and of grandparents instead of just the ancestors of a litter. (uncles and aunts) Breeders often keep health notes on their own personal pedigree database.

A breeder should supply you with at least a three generation pedigree.

This is how the pedigree is set up:

Your Puppy Father GrandFather (Father's father)
Grand Mother (Father's mother)
Mother Grand Father (Mother's Father)
Grand Mother (Mother's mother)

Your pup's pedigree looks like this:

SoftMaple HunterBay Fall puppy CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCQ, WCX CD CGC TT HOF CR-536G27M-T OFA cardiac, CERF CH Riverwatch DesertWind ROM CR-EL30 CR-429E24M, CERF
Ch. Avanti's Best Bet CD CGC ROM ROMX CR-CA12/56F/C CR-408E24F, CERF
SoftMaple N HunterBay's Poetic Justice CGC PennHip, CR-CA158/21F/C-NOPI, CERF 2004 SUCH Ringlets Constant Wind Cardiac clear, eyes clear, hips A/B
CH SoftMaple's Fairway Explorer CGC CR-CA74/16F/S-PI CR-EL98F28-PI CR-642G28F-PI, CERF


Your puppies vertical pedigree

SoftMaple HunterBay Fall puppy CH SoftMaple's O'Dark Thirty JH, SH, MH, WC, WCQ, WCX CD CGC TT HOF CR-536G27M-T OFA cardiac, CERF

CH Soft Maple's Black Teddy WC JH CR-EL57M24
CH Soft Maple Crossing Delancy WC JH CR-CA46/24F/C CR-631N CR-529F24F
Soft Maple Velvet Elvis JH WC CR-539G26M-T
SoftMaple's Avanti Windfall CR-565G33F
Soft Maple's Goose Chaiser CR-CA43/25M/P-T CR-EL58M25-T
Soft Maple's Fremont CR-CA23/12M/C
CH Soft Maple's Turnning Leaf CR-CA28/12F/C-T

CH Riverwatch DesertWind ROM CR-EL30 CR-429E24M, CERF

CH RiverWatch WindSong JH SH CR-CA14/49F/C-T CR-EL29F24-T CR-525 CR-428G24F-T
CH RiverWatch Windwalker CR-CA104/62F/C-PI CR-EL32F25-T CR-526 CR-434G25F-T
CH River Watch Avanti TradeWind NA CR-EL38F32-T CR-701 CR-457G32F-T
RiverWatch WindStorm CR-EL31F24 CR-522 CR-430G24F
River Watch WindStar CR-EL39M32-T CR-458G32M-T

Ch. Avanti's Best Bet CD CGC ROM ROMX CR-CA12/56F/C CR-408E24F, CERF

CH Avanti Fairway Bewitched SN13550506 Nov 15 1993 F Full CR-498 CR-413G24F-T
Avanti Brilliant Appelgarth CR-420G27F-T

SoftMaple N HunterBay's Poetic Justice CGC PennHip, CR-CA158/21F/C-NOPI, CERF 2004

CH SoftMaple Boyerie's Int Affair
SoftMaple Odinís Raven
SoftMaple's Comin' To America CGC, CD CR-CA159/21F/C-NOPI CR-787N

SUCH Ringlets Constant Wind Cardiac clear, eyes clear, hips A/B

SUCh Ringlets Coaly Storm Hip B
Ringlets Chasing Hurricane, Hip A
Ringlets Chilly Typhoon Hip A
Ringlets Charming Breeze Hip A
Ringlets Catchy Twister Hip D
INTUCh SUCh NUCh Ringlets Conquering Gale Hip A

CH SoftMaple's Fairway Explorer CGC CR-CA74/16F/S-PI CR-EL98F28-PI CR-642G28F-PI, CERF

CH SoftMaple International Fling CGC CR-CA134/34F/C-PI CR-640G26F-PI, CR-EL97F26-PI CR-753
CH SoftMaple Dese's Int'l D'Lite CR-683 CR-624G24F-PI
Ch Fairway's Softmaple Finnheir, CGC CD CR-EL93M24-PI CR-625E24M-PI
CH SoftMaple Boyerie Int'l Dateline CR-CA117/28F/C-PI CR-643 CR-628F24F-PI
CH Fairway Pizzazz Rendezvous CR-CA110/27F/C-PI CR-716 CR-629G25F-PI
CH SoftMaple Avanti Mileage Plus CR-630F25F-NOPI
CH SoftMaple Fairway Explorer CGC CR-CA74/16F/S-PI CR-EL98F28-PI CR-678 CR-642G28F-PI
Fairway European Vaccation CR-CA75/16M/S-PI CR-679 CR-623G24M-PI
CH SoftMaple N HunterBay NY Wknd CGC CR-CA135/34F/C-PI CR-EL99F28-PI CR-747 CR-645E28F-PI

Another way to look at a pedigree is a picture pedigree

This is a useful tool in trying to predict what a litter's phenotype will be. Or how they will look, based on how the parents and grandparents look.

Your Puppy

Jet

Loki

Betty


Bailey

Tarras

Ripple


Day 39
12/17/2004


Yawn!


Morning!




Day 40
12/18/2004




Day 41
12/19/2004







Day 42
12/20/2004










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


Information on our next litter:


SoftMaple Gunflint 2005 Winter litter

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

softmaple@curlycoat.org