Wilson’s Send Off

Bitter sweet day this past week, as Wilson headed off to his new home.  He joins his big sister, Greta, from our previous litter.  He will be shown and co-owned by us, so look for him in the ring in the Midwest!

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The boys posing with Wilson one last time

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Wilson and his new owners

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Settling in with his sister

4 1/2 Weeks Old & Cute as a Button!

Wilson is over 10 lbs now.  Today he graduated from the whelping box to a drop pen (crate with a raised floor) as he is able to escape the whelping box on his own!

4 week old dane puppy

4 week old dane puppy

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He has tried a variety of ground raw foods – chicken, turkey, pork, beef and green tripe.

Puppy Update – First Meal!

The puppy is 23 days old today and weighs 6 lbs 7 oz.  He had his first real food last night and loved it.  AFS meat (a mince meat raw diet) soaked in goat’s milk.  Doesn’t quite have the hang of things yet (big mess!), but he was enthusiastic.

I will have to try and get some pictures of his little messy face after tonight’s meal, before his momma happily cleans him up!

For now, a picture of doing what he currently does best….

3 week old Great Dane

Bio-Sensor Program

The puppy is 19 days old today and we while actually finished the Bio-Sensor (“Super Puppy”) program on his 16th day, I’ve been meaning to document the program on here.

The goal of this neurological stimulation program is to help kick start the pup’s neurological system.  It is believed that these simple exercises benefit the puppies in multiple ways:

  1. Improved cardio vascular performance (heart rate)
  2. Stronger heart beats,
  3. Stronger adrenal glands,
  4. More tolerance to stress
  5. Greater resistance to disease

The exercises are very simple and are performed on the pups starting at 3 days old and continuing through 16 days old.  There are five exercises:

Bio-Sensor Program Tactile Stimulation

Tactile Stimulation

Tactile Stimulation – Gently stimulate (tickle) the pup between the toes on any one foot using a Q-tip. It is not necessary to see that the pup is feeling the tickle. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

Bio-Sensor Program Head Held Erect

Head Held Erect

Head Held Erect – Using both hands, the pup is held perpendicular to the ground, (straight up), so that its head is directly above its tail. This is an upwards position. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

Bio-Sensor Program Head Pointed Down

Head Pointed Down

Head Pointed Down – Holding the pup firmly with both hands, the head is reversed and is pointed downward so that it is pointing towards the ground. Time of stimulation 3 – 5 seconds.

Bio-Sensor Program Supine Position

Supine Position

(Forgive the picture here…cheap help comes in the form of a 9 year old assistant!)

Supine position – Hold the pup so that its back is resting in the palm of both hands with its muzzle facing the ceiling. The pup while on its back is allowed to sleep struggle. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.

Bio-Sensor Program Thermal Stimulation

Thermal Stimulation

Thermal stimulation – Use a damp towel that has been cooled in a refrigerator for at least five minutes. Place the pup on the towel, feet down. Do not restrain it from moving. Time of stimulation 3-5 seconds.

Kizzy wins another point

Kizzy picked up another point towards her AKC championship yesterday at the Heart of IA dog show.  She was Reserve Winners today.

She now has nine points towards her championship, including one of her majors.  Six points to go!

Mantle Great Dane - Flighty Foto Absolut CGC

Show marked mantle Great Dane

Puppy Update - Mantle boy now has his eyes open!  They opened at 10 days old exactly…he is a little go-getter!  As of this afternoon, he is up to 2 lbs 15 oz and gaining fast.