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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 Seven (Days 43-49)

+ Total hearing/visual capacity
+ Will investigate anything
+ Can't respond yet to name

Canine Socialization Period (21 - 49 Days):
Interacting with his mother and littermates, the pup learns various canine behaviors. He is now aware of the differences between canine and human societies.

Human Socialization Period (7 to 12 Weeks):
The pup has the brain wave of and adult dog. The best time for going to a new home. He now has the ability to learn respect, simple behavioral responses: sit, stay, come. Housebreaking begins. He now learns by association. The permanent man/dog bonding begins, and he is able to accept gentle discipline and establish confidence.

THE RULES OF SEVENS (at the end of this week...)

By the time a puppy is 7 weeks old (end of seven weeks) it should have:

1) BEEN ON 7 different surfaces:
Carpet Concrete Wood Vinyl Grass Dirt Gravel Wood Chips Newspaper Etc.

2) PLAYED WITH 7 different types of objects:
Big Balls Small Balls Soft Fabric Toys Fuzzy Balls Squeaky Toys Metal Items Wooden Items Paper/Cardboard Items Milk/Soda Jugs Etc.

3) BEEN IN 7 different locations:
Front Yard Back Yard Basement Kitchen Car Garage Laundry Room Bathroom Crate Kennel Etc.

4) BEEN EXPOSED to 7 challenges:
Climbed a box Climbed off a box Go thru a tunnel Climbed up steps Climbed down steps Climbed over obstacles Played hide & seek Go in & out doorway with a step Etc.

5) EATEN FROM 7 different containers:
Metal Plastic Cardboard Paper China Pie Plate Frying pan Etc.

6) EATEN IN 7 different locations:
Crate Yard Kitchen Basement Laundry room Bathroom X-pen Etc.

7) MET AND PLAYED WITH 7 new people: including children & the elderly

Day 43

We took our first short car ride yesterday. The pups got to ride 5 to a crate. This is to get them used to the noise and motion. It won't insure they don't get car sick, its just so it won't be as frightening when they go out on their own. Half of the experience was just being loaded into the crates, experiencing the wind and cold outside. And finding out at the end of the road, they get to go back inside to Beauty. New experiences should be as positive as possible. You don't want the first car ride to be the one that takes them away from their siblings, and the second car ride the one that brings them to the vet for shots.


When first introduced to car riding, some dogs get sick. Luckily, most get over it and love to go for car rides.

The first signs of car sickness are yawning, then excessive drooling, sometimes followed by vomiting. For a dog that is exhibiting these symptoms, open a window a crack to get some fresh air in the car. Along with getting fresh air, it is important that the dog be able to see out of the window. Arrange a spot in the car, perhaps the rear window ledge or a box, that the dog can get up onto and see the road ahead. For severe cases and for long trips you may want to try motion sickness medication.

Conditioning is the best method to prepare your dog for riding in the car. This is done over several weeks and it involves you, your dog, your car, and the use of lavish praise. For a few minutes several times a day for three days in a row set up the following schedule. First, just sit in the car with your dog and give him lots of praise for not showing any symptoms of sickness. Then, start and run the engine for the next three days and continue with the praise. Next, start the engine and back the car out of the driveway and drive back in. Never mind what the neighbors will be thinking! Continue praise for showing no symptoms. Finally, drive around the block, then go half a mile, then two miles. Keep this up until your dog is able to ride several miles without getting sick!

Teach your dog a verbal signal such as "OKAY" for getting in the car. Use the same signal for getting out. In other words, do not let your dog get into or out of the car without your okay. This will teach him not to get into strangers’ cars, and it will keep him from jumping out of your car into traffic.

If your dog is jumping around inside your car, try putting him in a crate (a small cage). After he appears to have settled down, you can open the door of the crate and offer him some freedom so long as he behaves.

Whining and running around can often be a symptom of impending sickness, excitement, or anxiety. If you determine car-sickness, follow the procedure above. If the whining is simply a bad habit, work on training him to stop. When he whines, say, "NO Whine!" When he stops follow this with "Good Dog!" For some dogs, you may have to try some aversion therapy by squirting lime juice from a plastic squeeze lime into his mouth immediately during the whine. Follow this with "NO Whine!" and praise when he stops. The best way to accomplish this training is do it in small steps following the routine outlined above for conditioning.

Congratulations to BIS BISS Ch Riverwatch Southern Cross Best of Breed at the 2005 Westminster Kennel Club Show 2/15/2005. Watch for him in group tonight!

I had a few people email and ask how their pup was related to Curlew. He and Jet are half siblings. This is Curlew's pedigree

CH Riverwatch DesertWind ROM
(Loki and Mariah are siblings)
Ch. Karakul Trademark ROM
Ch.Karakul Myrlyn The Magician ROMX
Ch Charwin Paisley Cr Porsha CDX WC ROMX HOF
BISS Ch. Ptarmigan Gale At Riverwatch, WC, CD, CGC ROM
BIS Ch. Summerwind's Charles Dickens CD
CH Ptarmigan Hard Rain
CH Riverwatch She's Fire n Ice
CH Ranah's Bainbridge Meant To Be CGC CD CDX
CH Ptarmigan Jollybodies Crash
(Crash and Whizz are siblings)
CH Ranah's The Dark Comes Dancing ROM
CH Riverwatch Windwalker
(Mariah and Loki are siblings)
Ch.Karakul Trademark ROM
BISS Ch. Ptarmigan Gale At Riverwatch, WC, CD, CGC ROM

And this is Jet's pedigree. (Beauty's dad)

Ch.Riverwatch DesertWind ROM
Ch. Karakul Trademark ROM
Ch.Karakul Myrlyn The Magician ROMX
Ch Charwin Paisley Cr Porsha CDX WC ROMX HOF
BISS Ch. Ptarmigan Gale At Riverwatch, WC, CD, CGC ROM
BIS Ch. Summerwind's Charles Dickens CD
CH Ptarmigan Hard Rain
Ch. Avanti's Best Bet CGC CD ROMX
BISS Ch. Ptarmigan Walk The Wild Side
CH Rockmeadow Deliverance CD,WCX,JH,TT,ROM
Ch. Ptarmigan Jollyboddies Whizz
(Crash and Whizz are siblings)
Ch. Springolds Irish Spring
AM/CAN,MEX,INT Ch. Karakul Keno CD
CH Karakul Rhinestone

The dogs in Red are dogs that both have in common. The ones in Purple are siblings.

Now, you may notice that in Curlew's pedigree, his niece was bred to her uncle. That is not incest in the doggie world. There are different types of breedings. Inbreeding, which would be very close. Brother bred to sister, or other bred to son. Line breeding. Where two related lines are crossed. Cousins, uncle to niece, etc. And outcross. An outcross is bringing two unrelated lines together, with no common ancestors. (or at least in the first few generations, no common ancestors)

Beauty's pedigree is an outcross. I bred an American dog, Jet, to Seger, who was from all imported blood lines. Maestro's pedigree is also an outcross. His American pedigree mom was bred to a dog from Finland. So by bringing these two outcrosses together, we are doing a loose line breeding on some of the dogs behind the Caballus and Darelyn in the pedigree of each dog. The older American dogs in the pedigree, when you go back a few more generations, are also related to each other. By bringing like lines together, you hope to set some of the breed type, and traits that those dogs may be strong for. (that is a very simplified version of it all!)

Day 44

Day 45

One pup tries out the Sherpa Carrier

Day 46

Day 47

Right after a particularly messy breakfast!

Tonight the pups get their shots.
Canine 5 Prevent/Vac Combination Vaccine
This Vaccine contains:
Canine Distemper
Adenovirus Type 2
Parvovirus Vaccine Modified Live and Killed Virus

The pups have been wormed 4 times, and one set of shots.

We have been very busy with the pups. I have kept this diary to more of a minimum on content and pictures...mainly because I am almost maxed out on space on this site! We have had the pups playing with wings and a frozen duck a few times. They went for vet checks yesterday, and all passed health checks. Two of them got car sick, but they will get better as they get older. We did puppy evaluations today. There weren't any big surprises. The boys seem to all act very similar. There is no real bully of the litter. A couple pups are more laid back, and a couple that are on the go all the time.

One pup escapes from the puppy room on a regular basis. Every morning I find her on the bean bag bed with Beauty and all of my shoes! She is not the best pup overall in the litter structurally... but she will be the one I am keeping. I like that attitude.

There are a lot of things to consider when looking at a pup. If you are picking a show pup, the pups structure has a lot to do with it. But you can have the best looking silhouette of a dog, and if it doesn't have that attitude, the judge will never find the dog in a crowded ring. People throw around the terms Show Quality and Pet Quality all the time, without really knowing what it means. There can be a very slight difference from the pup that is a show potential, and the pup that is deemed not a show potential. Basically, any Curly that can walk around the ring without limping could be pushed off as a show pup. There is no disqualification in the AKC Standard for the Curly. A breeder evaluates a litter based on a lot of things. Temperament, personality, outgoingness, etc. And Structure. Some breeders will sell any pup to a show home, but that is not fair to the new owners, who may spend a lot of money trying to show and finish a mediocre dog. Its also not fair to the dog, who may be shuffled off to a new home if he does not win, and live up to his owners expectations based on the promise of the breeder.

If you are picking a field prospect, there are certain things you must look at. How the pup does in the temperament evaluation is very important. You don't want a pup that is sound sensitive. (gun fire) or a pup that is not forgiving. If the trainer gives a correction, you want the dog to learn from this, but not pout and shut down in training because he was scolded. You want a pup who has good eye contact, willing to run after something thrown. If he doesn't bring it back, not a biggie at this point, since bringing back to you is a learned response. (and most retrievers will do this, once they find out that's the only way you are going to throw the object again)

The term Pick of the Litter is one of my pet peeves. People get hung up on what *pick* they get. If you get pick of the litter out of a litter of mediocre dogs... you get a mediocre dog. If you get last pick out of a litter of exceptional dogs, then you are still better off than the poor schmuck who got stuck with the best of the bad litter. I gave that advice to someone looking for a curly pup 2 years ago. She was hung up on getting a lower pick of a better litter, or getting pick of a litter I wouldn't have suggested a pup from, knowing what activities she would be doing with the pup. After a lot of though, she opted for the lower pick of the better litter. The dog just turned two, and has 9 titles so far.

Im not saying titles make a dog great! I think the most prestigious title in the Curly World is the The CPE Couch Potato Excellent!

We do baths tomorrow. I have someone who is nice enough to fly into NY to help with puppy baths... she doesn't know it yet! ;-)

Day 48

Baths went well. At this age, I can wash them right in the sink. (for about another week!) I used a real dilute puppy shampoo. I like to mix the shampoo with water and put it into a spray bottle. That way you can get a light even coat of shampoo. This makes rinsing a lot easier, as you don't have a big glob of shampoo still on the pups back.

The pups didn't mind the water. I use a real big deep Rubbermaid water dish in the puppy room. I got it at a farm center, and its really some type of livestock feeder. It holds a lot of water, and the pups often play in the dish, so they are used to the splashing water.

Day 49

One of the pups and Beauty share a chew bone

Aysa loves to tease the pups

The first puppy went to his new home today. His new owners flew in from TN for him. He went first class in a Shirpa bag. (Im sure the other first class passengers were thrilled!) ;-)

Unexpectedly this morning I learned that one of the prospective owners can not take his pup. Due to a job change and move, he decided it isn't fair to the new pup, who would have to be raised most of the time by someone else while he is at his new job. I would rather someone make that hard decision before they take the pup, than to try it, and find it doesn't work, have to return a puppy. So now I have one puppy available to the right home. I'm in no great hurry, as I know just the right home is out there. Of course, today just before this, I sent two prospective owners that called to other breeders!

Tonight I have to make up the shipping crates. On Wednesday, one puppy will be dropped off at the airport to meet his new owners, who will fly with him to AZ. And three more will make their flights solo to CA, NC and MI.

Never mind!
I found my forever home. My new owners come this weekend for me

Go to week 8

Information about socializing your curly pup and early training

Safe Toys for your Curly pup

Crate Training, House Training a Puppy & Submissive Urination

Collar and Leash for the new pup

Puppy training tips

Puppy proof your home

Things that can be done at home to socialize your new Curly pup

Kids and Dogs

Your Curlies General Health (ears/eyes/teeth,etc)

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


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