Things have been a little weird around here since we welcomed Momentum’s litter of four puppies. Weird in a good way, and I’m preoccupied with puppiness. Which might not be a word. There have been a lot of requests for photos, so today my blog has puppy pics for you. We also get a lot of requests for my puppy resources, so I’ll link to the most popular below the photos for you.
It would be no surprise that I’ve been posting photos to Instagram and Facebook, and in the comments there have been a lot of great questions about breeding and raising puppies. My answer is always the same. If this is something that you have an interest in or want to know more about, I’d highly recommend you join the Avidog program for breeders. Even if you are experienced, you should check this out. I’ve been breeding dogs since the 80’s (around every 4 or 5 years), and let me tell you, this group is phenomenal and you will learn so much.
One of these puppies will be my next dog, and I believe I knew which puppy the night they were born. Stevie, David, Alexis and Moira are nicknames. I’ve had the name of my “next dog” in mind before the puppies arrived. There are many considerations to naming, and many ways to go about choosing a name. I covered my thoughts on the topic on my podcast, so after you have checked out the pics, head over to Shaped By Dog Episode 13: Naming Your Puppy or Dog to watch or listen.
On with the puppy spam. Can you guess which puppy will be staying with me?
As promised, here are some of my most popular resources for puppies.
- Puppy Training Playlist on YouTube
- Puppy’s First Night: All About Dogs Sleeping in the Bedroom
- Housetraining: It’s Time to P-o-t-t-y! Inside Scoop on Housetraining
- Don’t Wake Da Mama: Podcast Episode 26: Pro Dog Training Tips to Get Your Puppy to Sleep All Night
- Easy Games to Play: 5 Games for Puppies
- Daily Routine: A Day in the Life of a Susan Garrett Puppy
- Puppy Biting: Podcast Episode 17 – Help! How do I STOP Puppy Biting?!
- Puppy Biting: Podcast Episode 18 – 4 Puppy and Dog Training Games for Acquired Bite Inhibition
- Socializing: Have You Tried A “Puppy Adventure Trip?
- How Puppies Learn: Teaching Puppies: It’s Just Arranging Coincidences
- Toys: How to Pick the Best Toys for Your Puppy or Dog
- Retrieve: How to Teach a Puppy to Retrieve
- Recall: A GAME to Preserve Your Dog’s Recall Cue
It’s exciting to be raising puppies, as well as knowing that one will be staying with me. I’ll be sharing the adventures with you as there’s sure to be lots of new learning coming up. Let me know in the comments if there is anything in particular you’d like me to cover about raising a puppy to be an awesome family member.
Today I am grateful for John Hill, official puppy photographer!
Beautiful puppies – I vote for Alexis – saw the video of her trying to wake up her siblings.
Beautiful pups…don’t think you can go wrong! Congrats!!!
I love the shot with Momentum and her puppies. Her eyes are so bright. I’m excited that Susan will be raising a pup the same time as I will. We are picking our Irish Doodle up on the 8th of September. I love the shot of Momentum and her pup nose to nose. Such beautiful shots. The names are fantastic, and I assume from a favorite show of mine filmed in Ontario.
I’m thinking that IYC is a good place to start with a puppy. Is that correct?
This blog is perfectly timed for me. I just came back from visiting and evaluating a litter of Berger Picards. This will be a new breed for me. She will join a household ruled by Standard Schnauzers in just a few weeks. I’m looking for suggestions for integrating these 2 breeds. Schnauzers are 12 1/2 years old and her puppy is now 7 1/2 years old. I’ve had Standard Schnauzers for over 20 years. I need every suggestion I can get so I start this out right.
I think you’ll be keeping Moira 😍
Who is the daddy of this litter??
Moira looks like the keeper!
IMHO: too early to tell. Waiting for my puppy who is only 5 weeks at the moment.
I am thrilled you will be raising a puppy same time as myself. So absolutely everything you can share would be helpful. This is my 4th puppy and my 2nd herding dog. I hope to play Agility with her! So any new games, toys, anything would be wonderful. They are all SO cute, can’t wait to see who you pick!! Mine is a Smooth Collie! She is such a sweetie and a handful LOL. Thanks Susan.
I’m thinking Moira, too!
Puppies are wonderful but require a lot of work. I am on my fifth Labrador and she is now 20 months old. Although se still sometimes behaves like a puppy she is becoming much the dog I want. Lots of play time and lessons to help her develop into the dog I want. She is great. As for which puppy you will choose will be decided once each personality comes through and which one you want to develop. Hard for me to say at this time. Al the best and congrats to Momentum the proud mother of a fabulous litter. Enjoy they grow so fast as you know!
Awwww…………. How can you get anything else done but puppy watching? 🙂 Moira is my guess.
Congratulation Momentum and Susan, you will no doubt have a fantastic 8 weeks of fun with these puppies. I guess that David will be the one you are thinking of keeping at the moment
Gorgeous puppies and Momentum is an Awesome Momma keeping them Soo healthy and shiny 🥰💝 I’m guessing the Quickest pup with the Drive from being born to nursing will be your keeper 😍 Thank you Susan for sharing Momentum’s puppies with us and all these invaluable resources ❤️ I loved reading shaping success and would love seeing you raise this newest member from the very beginning 🎉👏🏻🤩. Hoping to see more puppy pics/videos as the puppies develop and looking forward to Seeing how you prepare Momentum’s Beautiful puppies for all theIr firsts 💞
It’s so lovely to see Momentum become a mom!
I’d say Moira. She caught my eye.
I am raising a young pup now, 4 months old. A few things come to mind, such as, introducing a pup to as many strange objects, obstacles, sounds, people, children as you can. Teaching them IYC from the start. Letting them explore new surroundings on their own and with the other pups in the litter. Learn how to be comfortable with their feet, ears, tail mouth and all other parts of their body being handled. Trimming nails and bathing. Learning their name, and beginning the core steps of recallers.
It’s been a couple of years since my last litter, but these pictures are so good that I can actually smell puppy breathe. They are all adorable, but you will know who is the right one, and the puppy will choose you too. Much affection, Kate
When a dog consistently doesn’t want to do something, how do you change that behaviour? My 8 month old puppy refuses to walk home from the park. I think he has me trained to play the RZ game, it always gets him walking but I have to keep it up for at least 10 minutes.
By the way … all puppies got to keep their names as by the time they went to their forever homes, they each responded to that name. So. Much. Fun!
I’m guessing Alexis or Stevie. In the meantime. I whelped and raised a litter of Poms for Recycled Pomeranians recently during the pandemic. I had no thoughts of keeping a puppy. There were three. The rescue group named them Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, aka the Chipmunk litter. As they grew I got the feeling more and more that one of them was staying with me and I knew who it was. Simon, the middle child (like me) had the best attitude and confidence without being overly pushy. Sure enough, he is mine. Now at 5 months he is going through Recallers and enjoying each and every game. His favorite Golden, Poppi (who is now 19 months) is traveling through the games as well. My first OTCH MACH OGM was raised with Puppy Peaks. I’d LOVE another Puppy Peaks as you being your new journey. Swagger will always be special to me.
Alexis has a forehead blaze, similar to her Momma! Is she your next princess?
Love them All!
My guess is Stevie!
How do you choose! They are all so adorable. Are there certain traits you can see at this age?
I have a 10 month old pup . I have been having a tough time walking him He goes Crazy with excitement when he sees any kind of squirt bird, bunny , geco etc .
In addition when he sees another dog .
He’s very friendly but I can not get his attention .
I know I must be doing something in correct .
If you could discuss this I would be so appreciative .
Yes, a blog on how to prevent puppy/dogs not to hunt birds 🙂
Curious what day they were born? Excited to watch them grow up!
Is it Moira? Love the nose-to-nose shot of her with her mom!
I think you seem a little partial to Moira. We’ll see!
Moira is the keeper…?
Awwww Momentum looks so happy. They’re ALL gorgeous ❤🧡❤🧡