Border Collie Puppies Can Be A Real Hand Full

Border Collie Puppies Can Be A Real Hand Full – Gracie Lou 12 Hours Old

 My pups are born in the busiest room of my house so we never miss any of the action. At birth they average 8-14 ounces each.  They are handled by us  from the first day,  and who could keep their hands off them anyway? They learn to enjoy humans as well as their canine family.
 
If the litter is large, and there is a small pup or two, I supplement feed them by feeding tube or with a bottle of puppy formula. This little extra help makes a big difference and the smaller pups manage to stay strong and grow at the same rate as the larger ones.
 
I follow a series of neurological stimulation exercises, with each pup from the second day,  which stimulate the pups immune systems as well as strengthen the heart and adrenal glands and make the pups more tolerant to stress as adults. The results of these exercises have amazed me. Our pups are healthy, strong, confident and very people friendly.

 

Patty (Jess & Jack 03) Just one day old!

Patty (Jess & Jack 03) Just one day old!

 

By two weeks the pups eyes are opening and they begin to see and hear and soon they begin to respond to us when we visit the pup’s box. We spend a lot of time just holding them close, so they will become used to human scent and enjoy being handled. We often bring one or two at a time to the family room in the evening if we are watching TV.
We subject them to as much normal household noise as possible and play the radio for them during the day.
 
When they reach 3 to 4 weeks old, the strain of nursing starts to show on the dam, so I begin feeding solid food, starting with a mix of puppy formula and baby rice cereal (just like human babies) and gradually add in canned puppy food to the mix.

 

Brandi took to her first meal like an old pro, and I'm sure Jess was only too happy to let me help with the feeding of 8 hungry mouths!!

Brandi took to her first meal like an old pro, and I’m sure Jess was only too happy to let me help with the feeding of 8 hungry mouths!!

 

Puppies have sharp claws, so we keep them trimmed, and teach them to enjoy having their paws handled.  Their teeth are also beginning to break through, so a lot of chewing goes on, especially each others ears. We rub their gums and new teeth to get the pups accustomed to having their mouths handled too.
 By this time, at least one pup has learned to climb out of the whelping box and crashing to the floor, so we remove it and give them a nice large ‘playpen’ to roam and wrestle with one another. We add a few disposable toys to the pen, like paper towel tubes, and Kleenex boxes. 
Gordy (Jess x Bandit 02) Managed to get himself stuck in a Kleenex box 3 times in one week.

Gordy (Jess x Bandit 02)
Managed to get himself stuck in a Kleenex box 3 times in one week.

 Around 4 1/2 weeks of age, they are being fed canned puppy food 3 times daily and are still nursing from mom. Soon they are introduced to dry puppy food. Feeding solids if a very messy business, so feeding time usually includes a bath. If the weather is warm these feedings will take place outside, which makes cleanup much, much easier.
4 kids, 8 puppies, and a beautiful spring day!

4 kids, 8 puppies, and a beautiful spring day!

 
 They will begin to explore the great outdoors during these outings, and learn to come when we call them. As they grow bolder, we take them for walks around our yard where there are so many interesting sights and smells to discover. Even crossing the driveway can be scary at this age, but with a little encouragement, they follow along and never (well, hardly ever) get lost. The older dogs will meet the new gang and teach them the proper way to greet more dominate animals, as well as how to play.
 
 They also meet the cats and discover their weapons of defense!!
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 Around 5 weeks of age we add a separated are to the puppy pen which is filled with sawdust litter. This becomes a potty box for the puppies and they very quickly learn to stop playing and go to the potty area when the need strikes them. This is the first step in potty training. Once a pup learns to go to a specific area to relieve himself, he will do it by habit. By 8 weeks when they go to their new homes, the pups will be ready to start house breaking and looking for a way to go ‘outside’ when they need to.
 At 6 weeks they take a trip to the vet’s office for a checkup and they receive  their first shots. Most pups will weigh in around 6-7 lbs. to as much as 8 or 9 for the bigger pups. Mom will be attempting to wean them at this time, but they will still catch up with her if given the chance.
 
 I feel it is vital to have your pets microchiped, to increase the chances of your dog being returned to you if it is ever lost. Ask your vet to implant a microchip in your pup on your first vet visit. Once registered it can be tracked back to you for the safe return of your pet.
Brandi at 6 months plays with Raven's pups.

Brandi at 6 months plays with Raven’s pups.