I give up! Trying to call them numbers just isn't working, can't remember any of them to save my life and keep trying to think of a name to call them, so just because I will give them names. I went with names that have a meaning that relates to their personality. One, the big black boy is now called, Art which means, Strong as a bear, rock, and noble. Five, the smaller black boy I am now calling, Dilyn which means loyal. Eight, the smallest pup I am now calling, Goober because he's just that, a goober, lol. The two girls, Three, (lighter tri color with less white) and Seven, (Darker Tri with more white) I am calling, Alice, (originally Three) which means truth and noble, and Jolee, (originally Seven) which means cheerful and pretty.
Art is doing so much better, I have started leaving him in the kennel with the rest of his siblings while they get taken out to eat one at a time and he hasn't tried to attack anyone, yay! At first I had him tied up outside the kennel near where his sibling was eating. At first he got very fussy and kept trying to go after the pup that was eating but since his sibling was just out of reach, he quickly learned that his siblings were going to eat when he wasn't whether he likes it or not and just lay down, since then he's been doing just fine!
I am seeing much improvement with them learning to play together. They get better everyday and are beginning to learn that they don't need to guard or steal from each other. It's such a joy to watch them play tug of war, or romp and play fight out in the yard.
They begin leash training today along with learning that being away from their siblings won't kill them. I didn't realize just how badly dependent they are on having their siblings near until I took each pup out by themselves. I have never seen puppies go from afraid of nothing to scared of even things they know so fast! They did come around, but it took a lot longer than it should for pups that have been raised right.
Evaluation on their behavior while out alone:
Art: Very little hesitation when brought into new area, do not fight the leash at all. Begin exploring the area new right away and quickly become comfortable in the new environment. Very confident and generally further away from me exploring on his own. Very good attention to me when I asked for it, liked to watch the world around him.
Dilyn: Moderate hesitation when brought into new area, didn't want to go at first and took some coaxing, but quickly begin to explore. Did fight the leash several times in the beginning, but after a few minutes begin to calm and no longer fight the leash. Stayed close at first, but begin to explore away from me as he got used to each new place. Very little attention to me when asked for, always getting distracted by something.
Goober: Very little hesitation as long as I stayed close. Warmed up quickly to each new place and didn't fight the leash. Stayed close to me throughout but did show interest in exploring. Really seemed to enjoy being somewhere new, got quite hyper and bouncy. Decent attention when asked for, but often too hyper to focus for long.
Alice: Moderate hesitation, stayed close at all times but not out of fear. Did fight the leash very briefly at first, but was soon walking along next to me without problems. Excellent attention when and when not asked, always looking for ways she can please. Very eager to learn. Quickly became comfortable and even got playful.
Jolee: Extreme hesitation, didn't want to go anywhere and kept trying to get back to the kennel and her siblings. Did come around, but took quite a bit a time. Did not like being stopped from getting back to her siblings by the leash and did fight with it, but came around after a few minutes. Was always close to me and didn't show much interest in exploring. Never become truly comfortable with being in a new area.
And now, into the photos. Finally, nice clear ones with good lighting too, yay for sunny weather! I'm just going to post photos, if you want to know which pup is which, just ask.