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Crate introduction, this is where it all leads! Thought I would film a little look into a normal feeding time. Be sure to check out each clip for a description of what's going on. :)

Waiting their turn to be picked. I take them out and set them down a bit from the crates so they can run in on their own. No jumping, no crying. Politely sitting and giving me eye contact. Beautiful self control displayed by all!

A look at all of them eating, quiet, mannerly, and happy!

Example of what it looks like for all of them, but only with one in this case to save time and make it possible to film since I only had one hand. Tori runs into the crate on her own, and notice if you will the excellent eye contact she gives me while waiting for her food, which I reward by going and getting her bowl. Polite and calm behind the closed door waiting for food to come.

Draft showing off the skills I instill, and expect from all of them, remember having expectations of them is very important, grows their mind, body, and produces puppies who want to learn and please! He was finished eating and wanting out. He instantly went into a sit and gave me eye contact to ask out, no jumping or crying. I replace the natural crying and whining behavior they are born with, with a strong instinct to sit and be mannerly when they want something. This goes for everything from food, to wanting out to play, to getting pets.

Showing their calmness even if I wait a few minutes before opening the door. Fiesta was happy to just chill while waiting to get out, along with her sister Wynn in the cage next to her. Notice how Wynn gave good eye contact, and how I waited to move in to open the door until she took her paw down. I do not allow or encourage any kind of digging at the cage to get out, and while she was not doing that and was calm, I simply wait until she has returned to a full sitting position before opening so nothing has a chance to form in her mind that putting her paws on the bars will get her out.
 

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Happy 7 Weeks Old! When I say they are growing like weeds, I am not kidding. Right now they are going through a bit over 8lbs of food a day, 33 cups, and a full bag every 4ish days. They are gaining 3-4lbs weekly, and keep in mind they are only 7 weeks old ?? My biggest litter before these guys was a group of GSD mixes, Liberty is measuring a week bigger than that litter who are now mostly 70lbs and over! She is going to be 100lbs plus for sure, most of the others probably 70lbs plus, with the smaller maybe staying in the 60ish range. As it is right now, Liberty is most likely going to be over 20lbs by adoption day.

It has been a crazy last few days as the apps are being worked with, and let me tell you there were a ton! As of right now everyone has a good app, refs and home visits are in the process, so if all that checks out, and no one backs out, this litter is adopted. It's been a crazy journey, and as sad as I feel knowing I only have about two weeks left with my babies, I am grateful we have made it to this point with all 11 healthy and happy, there was a time when I wasn't sure it would be for all of them.

Blitz: 11.1lb
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Bucky: 9.2lbs
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Cadence: 10.8lbs
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Draft: 11.2lbs
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Fiesta: 11.1lbs
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Hitch: 9.9lbs. My ever handsome boy!
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Leah: 9.10lbs
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Liberty: 13.12lbs
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Price: 11.2lbs
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Tori: 9.11lbs
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Good morning from most of the babies, (some were outside going potty). Thought I would share something that happened yesterday, a success story if you will. Hitch's family came to visit him yesterday, just over a week ago, another family had come to pick between Hitch a two others for their new family member, and Hitch was so fearful and reserved he wouldn't even approach them for a full 10-20mins. After that I started working with him, and yesterday evening saw the results. As soon as he saw the people who will become his family, he instantly went right up to the three of them and was all tail wags and kisses like he is with me. I was so proud watching as he boldly interacted with them and not a sign of the fear that was so real before. He was all about showing off, playing, sitting in laps, offering lots of eye contact and sitting in front of them, and sitting on command when asked which charmed them, haha. Towards the end of the visit, he was getting tired, and instead of just going and laying down somewhere, he walked over to me, sat down and looked me directly in the eyes, then looked over at the door which leads back towards his sleeping area, he was asking me to take him back because he was tired! And this you guys, is why I teach sit and eye contact, I am not just teaching manners, I am giving my puppies a voice.
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It's so exciting to see them ready to belong members of their new families. Do you have adoptive families coming from outside your area? I would imagine that you and your rescue have made a name for yourselves in having such wonderful puppies.

Between visits, how did you help Hitch overcome his fear and reservation? Did you have others show up so that expose him to new people and reward him for positive interactions with them?

Any news regarding Rose and how she is faring?.
 

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LoveMyFosters: .............The biggest mistake I see with pretty much every person I have ever seen who raises puppies is they fail to treat them like the intelligent beings they are, they coo and coddle them, they suppress the potential that is just waiting to come out. Treat them like intelligent, able to learn beings from the youngest age, and you will be surprised by just how much they can learn!
If you ever make a calendar of the litters you've fostered, gems of knowledge like this, would be a good thing to add. The shelter should even try funding a book based upon your observations with a few photos in it...that people adopting puppies should get as a part of the adoption fee.

I'm so glad this litter went from having so many issues to one that is now well on the path of being more normal in their responses to things around them, especially in being social when it comes to meeting new people.

I just love your threads about the litters, and am always saddened to have to say good-bye to them, so I can only imagine how it must be for you... the word bittersweet is about the best one to use, but I wonder if it's still is a strong enough word to describe the emotions in having to say good bye to each litter.

I keep hoping I'll get more time to come in here more often...hoping March will be the month when life goes back to being a bit more like normal. : )

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It's so exciting to see them ready to belong members of their new families. Do you have adoptive families coming from outside your area? I would imagine that you and your rescue have made a name for yourselves in having such wonderful puppies.

Between visits, how did you help Hitch overcome his fear and reservation? Did you have others show up so that expose him to new people and reward him for positive interactions with them?

Any news regarding Rose and how she is faring?.
Yes, we do sometimes have out of state adoptions, this litter one of the families will be driving 11 hours one way to pick up their pup.

Yes, introducing new people, and lots of confidence building exercises to help him. A lot of it was just allowing him to continue to mature too, he is doing so well now, and all of them are improving and becoming less fearful all the time with more work and growing.

Nothing recently no, I honestly don't expect much, if any change out of her.

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If you ever make a calendar of the litters you've fostered, gems of knowledge like this, would be a good thing to add. The shelter should even try funding a book based upon your observations with a few photos in it...that people adopting puppies should get as a part of the adoption fee.

I'm so glad this litter went from having so many issues to one that is now well on the path of being more normal in their responses to things around them, especially in being social when it comes to meeting new people.

I just love your threads about the litters, and am always saddened to have to say good-bye to them, so I can only imagine how it must be for you... the word bittersweet is about the best one to use, but I wonder if it's still is a strong enough word to describe the emotions in having to say good bye to each litter.

I keep hoping I'll get more time to come in here more often...hoping March will be the month when life goes back to being a bit more like normal. : )

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Great idea! That would be fun.

Honestly, most times it isn't. I really don't talk about it much, but it is so hard saying goodbye, harder than I ever let on.
 

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"No", a small word with huge impact. This is a little clip into the daily happenings, as you will see throughout the video I give a couple corrections, so I thought it was a fitting topic. My puppies know exactly what I mean when I tell them to stop doing something, whether I say no, or something else they listen, why? Because one, from the youngest age they have been given a foundation of obedience, focusing on people, and wanting to please them. Two, because they know I mean it, and they also know if they don't stop, I will back up my words by coming over and removing them from the area, or taking whatever they have away. Dogs are incredibly smart, and if you don't mean it, they will quickly pick up on this fact and stop listening to you. People blame the dogs for their bad behavior, when in fact the dog is nothing more than the victim, overindulgence and lack of training leaves a dog frustrated, so they act out because of it. So many people I see nowadays seem to think discipline is a bad thing, they envision someone hitting a dog or yelling at them, and that is complete and udder nonsense. As shown when a dog respects you and knows what you expect of them, you don't even have to move. If someone says, "you can't have nice things with a dog" it's time for them to rethink their training, you can absolutely have nice things with a dog. I have a whole herd of active, teething puppies who run around my house throughout the day, this doesn't stop me from having nice things, nor having things within reach. Discipline your dogs, have expectations, supervise and give them structure. I can guarantee you will see a night and day difference!
 

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I read the entire thread last night. Wow!
I've always been interested in watching people who are really good at their jobs work. What is a real treat is when
someone very skilled takes on a new challenge and launches into unknown territory.
You do beautiful work, LMF. An artist with dogs.
Thanks for sharing this adventure with us. You are an inspiration to everyone who wants to give their dog a voice.
 

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I read the entire thread last night. Wow!
I've always been interested in watching people who are really good at their jobs work. What is a real treat is when
someone very skilled takes on a new challenge and launches into unknown territory.
You do beautiful work, LMF. An artist with dogs.
Thanks for sharing this adventure with us. You are an inspiration to everyone who wants to give their dog a voice.
Thank you for your kind words! Glad you are enjoying following along!
 

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Happy 8 Weeks Old! Once again another week has flown by, time just seems to be racing, as these last three weeks before adoption always do for me. The babies have entered the puppy equivalent of the terrible twos, lol. I don't know what the science behind it is, if there is any at all, but every litter around 7-8 weeks will enter a week or so long period where they seem to forget everything they have ever been taught, they test every boundary, forget they were ever mostly house trained, and get into trouble constantly. During this time I always tighten up everything and stay extra structured with them to prevent the development of unwanted behaviors, soon enough it will pass and they will return to normal.

In other news, I have been working with all of them, Blitz in particular, on fearful behavior, and they just continue to improve in their boldness! I had introduced a toy that lights up and makes noise when they were tiny, and at that point I had removed it because they were all terrified of it, but just yesterday evening I brought it back out, and the not only was everyone all over playing with it, but Blitz was the first one to run right over! So proud of all of them, and him with how far he has come from the pup so afraid he would shutdown at the slightest thing. While I can for sure tell there is a genetic component, and that will always be with them, they continue to gain confidence in all areas and are maturing so nicely!
Only 5 are adopted so far, we have had many apps fall through oddly enough as of late. We continue to work on finding the remaining the best homes possible! Leah and Hitch will remain with me until the 20th, then they go home to their new families.

I am absolutely in love with my huge herd of babies, smart, outgoing, and so sweet! This is just an amazing litter. My little fighters!


Blitz: 13.15lbs
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Bucky: 11.13lbs
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Cadence: 13.11lbs
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Draft: 14.7lbs
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Fiesta: 14lbs
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Hitch: 12.3lbs
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Leah: 12.2lbs
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Liberty: 17.1lbs
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Price: 14.4lbs
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Tori: 12.9lbs.
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The life of a puppy is clearly soo hard, haha. Completely passed out after a romp out in the front yard. The towel near the door is for keeping the mud they track in down, but of course some decided it was far better than their actual bed, lol. I love watching them sleep, it's so peaceful and relaxing.

These are the hardest days for me, as we grow so close to adoption, one has so much time to sit and think about it. There's a part of me that still isn't ready as my babies get ready to fly the nest. The day of adoption is fairly easy compared to the days before, because on that day I am completely focused on the task at hand. I think it shocks people sometimes when they hear that I always get depressed after a litter leaves, but I do, that's my way of grieving, and that's okay. I have a right to feel the sadness, I have a right to grieve their leaving, and I have a right to be utterly unhappy and heartbroken. Does it last long? No, within a couple days I am okay again because I know my babies are off having adventures and living a wonderful life because I said yes to them, and that eases the pain. I think sometimes it's hard to fully realize, even more so after all we have been through, that they don't need me anymore. When their coat shines and their eyes sparkle, you know they are ready ❤
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I would never be surprised that you grieve after saying goodbye to 'your' puppies. They were yours and in some ways always will be...because you stamped their young minds with positive things that will probably be hardwired in for the rest of their lives. The time you take to get them use to new noises, and to have manners and in learning to walk on a leash...all those things made them yours...so yeah, giving them up has to be heart breaking....even when you know they are going to good homes and will have wonderful lives with people who wanted them so much they were willing to fill out forms, talk to shelter workers about owning a puppy and willing to pay adoption fees to finally get one of them.

I've said it before, but even if I were physically able to foster, I know my heart couldn't bear the pain of giving up an animal that finally found a home. I admire what you do, and know you can't have the heart to do all of that without that heart suffering a lot when it comes time to allow the puppies to move on to their next life.

I wish the issue of so many unwanted litters could be solved...so many puppies and kittens end up birthed in alleys, abandoned buildings and worst of all, the homes of people who won't neuter their animals...and think all those puppies and kittens will end up with good homes are delusional. I'm glad you are there to help save a few of those precious little lives and have the means to have new owners vetted before they get one of the puppies.

Hugs I'm going to miss this litter too...I loved their looks and I have owned a Pyrenees mix before and I've had Goldens too, so I was attracted to this litter because of that.

Thanks for sharing so much with us...I love the videos, photos, and notes about the puppies.

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