Enriched Puppy Fostering

“We have four puppies that we’re fostering right now. Felix (brown male with green eyes) and Patchouli (brindle female) are 7 weeks old. They are fosters from Broken Promises Rescue. The two Rotti (Rottweiler) boys are 9 weeks old. They are BC SPCA fosters. Hugo is the smaller, with the blue collar. We fostered him since he was three and half weeks old due to a leg fracture when he was stepped on by his mom. We are adopting him. His brother Hector, in the red collar, only came to us a week ago, when the rest of the litter was surrendered to the BC SPCA.

We believe in giving these puppies an enriched experience because they are learning constantly while in our care. It’s important to us that they leave here well socialized, confident, basically stable healthy dogs. We know that the chances of them staying in their new home are considerably improved by the work we do with them now. So we take our job of fostering very seriously. The fun part is being creative about providing a complex environment for them. We have tunnels, noise makers, climbing objects and of course the paddle pool to get them used to water.

Well we had to make a hard decision with Hector. The time that we had with him and Hugo had with him was so important. I was finding that Hugo was drifting more and more to his brother and they were hanging out like littermates. At their age, I really need to be focusing on one puppy. They need a lot more.

Our two younger pups were supposed to stay longer but… There was a foster family that had just gone through a really rough time with a foster dog they had had. So Patchouli went to this family for the rest of her time to be a sort of therapy foster puppy because she became so gentle and calm. I know it will go amazing and it will be a great experience for Chouli.

Felix went to his foster to adopt family. He was doing so well that they thought he could go continue his fostering with the family. He is living on the west coast and it sounds like he’s fitting in amazing!

We never know how long we will have puppies sometimes. Different rescues do different things and sometimes it’s hard to stand by and not have any say. So we take our time seriously with our puppies.

In the meantime, Hugo and I are in puppy classes. All of the other pups are 1 and 2 months older than him and he keeps up! I’m so proud of him and for what he’s learned and for the joy in his face when we’re working in class.

We are truly blessed, to be able to have so many puppies come into our lives. They bring so much love.

Oh and of course now, as we wait for the next phone call, we clean, get rid of all the newspaper trash, take a look at the whelping box, fix if needed, keep preparing the yard for the puppy playground and anything else we can think of!”

Puppy Myth Buster #5

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Answer: c)

Puppies that have not had the benefit of a proactive, positive social schedule along with not having developed a soft mouth could prove to be at particular risk for becoming aggressive with people and other dogs. This is a double-edged sword since when they do bite they bite hard and deep. A puppy learns to inhibit the force of his bite from the feedback that we give him and from playing with other friendly dogs.

Learn More:

Socialization, Fight or Flight
Socialization, The Unfortunate Reality

Perception trumps reality

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“Oh! Be careful, she just rolled in a dead animal. I’m taking her home to wash her. She’s one year old and he’s three. She lunges at people from time to time. It’s usually when I don’t expect it. It really catches me off guard. Once when I was walking in the park I came across a mother and her daughter. They didn’t speak english well and were afraid of dogs. She lunged at them. I wanted to reassure them that she really is quite sweet, but there was a language barrier and I was also trying the wrestle her (the dog) under control. I felt badly about it. With him, he’ll be walking along side of her and want to play fight and of course it looks worse than it is and disrupts the walk.

The one thing I don’t get is why so many people think poodles are aggressive.”

New Puppy Rules – Play

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We have taken puppy raising concepts and broken them down into a few key points to help make them easy to remember and to practice. With each new set of rules you will find a link included to take you to ultimatepuppy.com, where you can get a comprehensive explanation and/or lesson on the concept.

 

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Click on this link to learn how to play Tug safely with your puppy: Tug

Click on the link to learn how: Games