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Maggie just turned 8 weeks. She seemed a bit smaller than two of her siblings....timid as well....
Her brother took her chew stick but she went after it and got it back....
They were jumping and frolicing and she wasn't. This week she started to play and jump...grab at strings on clothes etc.

I was relieved....and I'm assuming some pups just mature more slowly than others. Am I right?
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Gerri - I'm sure you're right! They all mature at their own rate -- just like human kids. Maggie looks so much like Beau that you've taken me back a little over a year!! Thanks.



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I have learned also that just because pups are in the same litter, doesnt mean that they are the same age. If a bitch has been mating over a weeks time the pups can actually have been conceived on different days, thus be a week apart in maturity. Am I right about that fact, breeders?

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also, some dogs are just more active than others...

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Maggie sounds cute! Need another pic.
I am sure she is developing according to schedule, getting stronger everyday. I only had a 12 week pup, can you ask your breeder?
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I don't have another Hav to compare to but I noticed Paul Anka take to some things quicker than others. I wouldn't worry about it. He didn't really "Play" until about ten weeks. Thats when he figured out how to chase things instead of just stare at me like, why did you do that? As long as she is alert and happy looking I would say no worries at all! I noticed that one day new things will just click and then they will get it (As far as the fun things go). Another piece of advice, we played tug with Paul anka because he didn't know how to do anything else for a while and that was a mistake. I know there is a lot of hype about tug but I don't buy into it. The regret that I have is we didn't teach him drop it first so now every time he has something I want, i.e. running around with my undergarments, he thinks it's time to play tug.

This would be a really good time to play some name and recall games with her! Paul Anka learned a sit right away by the time he was 9 weeks. We would sit down with him on a leash and call hi back and forth from person to person and give treats. He loved that and now when he hears his name at 16 weeks his head whips around really fast! Doing basic obedience and games is actually really fun and stimulating for a young one.

Now that my slightly tangential rant is over I hope I gave you something useful out of all that

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I don't have another Hav to compare to but I noticed Paul Anka take to some things quicker than others. I wouldn't worry about it. He didn't really "Play" until about ten weeks. Thats when he figured out how to chase things instead of just stare at me like, why did you do that? As long as she is alert and happy looking I would say no worries at all! I noticed that one day new things will just click and then they will get it (As far as the fun things go). Another piece of advice, we played tug with Paul anka because he didn't know how to do anything else for a while and that was a mistake. I know there is a lot of hype about tug but I don't buy into it. The regret that I have is we didn't teach him drop it first so now every time he has something I want, i.e. running around with my undergarments, he thinks it's time to play tug.

This would be a really good time to play some name and recall games with her! Paul Anka learned a sit right away by the time he was 9 weeks. We would sit down with him on a leash and call hi back and forth from person to person and give treats. He loved that and now when he hears his name at 16 weeks his head whips around really fast! Doing basic obedience and games is actually really fun and stimulating for a young one.

Now that my slightly tangential rant is over I hope I gave you something useful out of all that
Some puppies have more innate "play drive" than other. That is something you want to check for if you want a dog for performance sports. The better the play drive, the easier it is to teach them.

That said, play drive can be enhanced or diminished by the early puppy environment. Puppies who are raised in kennels, or do not have access to an enriched sensory environment will have less play drive than puppies who are raised in an enriched learning environment. (think "Head Start" for puppies!)

As far as playing "tug" with Paul Anka, this is another one of those silly "dominance theory" things. There is absolutely NO problem with playing tug with your dog, as long as you teach them the rule. The rules should be that YOU decide when to play the game, and YOU decide when to end the game. It sounds like Paul Anka is going though the perfectly normal "puppy keep-away" phase. Try to keep small training treats in your pocket at all times. When he steals things he shouldn't and wants to play tug with them, put your hands on the item, on both sides of his mouth, as close to his muzzle as possible. Say "Drop it!" firmly, but quietly. Often, just having your hands so close on both sides of their muzzle will encourage them to release. If not, don't let go, but don't pull back if they tug, either. Keep a soft arm, and aort of play them like a fish on the line. If there is no resistance, tugging is a lot less fun. Finally, the MOMENT he releases the item, give him a treat, and tell him what a good boy he was.

You can also train this behavior by handing him something, saying "drop it" and then treating. This is a great thing to practice when he DOESN'T have your underwear!

I will warn you that this is NOT something they learn to do reliably in a short time. It is VERY tempting for a puppy to hold onto "contraband". This is a resource issue, and very instinctual, so it's not like training a sit, which is something dogs do naturally... We just put it on cue. It will take time and patience for him to learn "drop it", but if you are consistent and stick with it, he WILL learn it. (and some of the puppy thievery we fade with time anyway)

But this is a REALLY important safety cue for them to learn, right up there with the recall and stay. You really want them to know to drop something immediately if they happen to pick up something dangerous.


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I noticed a difference in development rates between two litters I visited when doing my research. One litter seemed much more developed, and at an earlier age, than the other litter. I chose a pup from the seemingly less developed litter and as it turns out she is ahead of the game with many things. I wouldn't worry, different rates are normal. My lab was a late bloomer.
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Well Maggie's catching up. She's playful and responsive...My favorite is watching her strut with her chew in her mouth, black tail wagging straight up and white tush sticking out....what a riot....haven't captured it on camera yet.

But here she is at 8 and 9 weeks. The older she gets the more difficult it is to capture her picture...she's too busy scampering about.

Thanks for all the feedback.

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Some puppies have more innate "play drive" than other. That is something you want to check for if you want a dog for performance sports. The better the play drive, the easier it is to teach them.

That said, play drive can be enhanced or diminished by the early puppy environment. Puppies who are raised in kennels, or do not have access to an enriched sensory environment will have less play drive than puppies who are raised in an enriched learning environment. (think "Head Start" for puppies!)

As far as playing "tug" with Paul Anka, this is another one of those silly "dominance theory" things. There is absolutely NO problem with playing tug with your dog, as long as you teach them the rule. The rules should be that YOU decide when to play the game, and YOU decide when to end the game. It sounds like Paul Anka is going though the perfectly normal "puppy keep-away" phase. Try to keep small training treats in your pocket at all times. When he steals things he shouldn't and wants to play tug with them, put your hands on the item, on both sides of his mouth, as close to his muzzle as possible. Say "Drop it!" firmly, but quietly. Often, just having your hands so close on both sides of their muzzle will encourage them to release. If not, don't let go, but don't pull back if they tug, either. Keep a soft arm, and aort of play them like a fish on the line. If there is no resistance, tugging is a lot less fun. Finally, the MOMENT he releases the item, give him a treat, and tell him what a good boy he was.

You can also train this behavior by handing him something, saying "drop it" and then treating. This is a great thing to practice when he DOESN'T have your underwear!

I will warn you that this is NOT something they learn to do reliably in a short time. It is VERY tempting for a puppy to hold onto "contraband". This is a resource issue, and very instinctual, so it's not like training a sit, which is something dogs do naturally... We just put it on cue. It will take time and patience for him to learn "drop it", but if you are consistent and stick with it, he WILL learn it. (and some of the puppy thievery we fade with time anyway)

But this is a REALLY important safety cue for them to learn, right up there with the recall and stay. You really want them to know to drop something immediately if they happen to pick up something dangerous.
Such wonderful advice....I have two girls, one 14 weeks old and the other two. When I think back about the older one (when she was just a wee one) they are soooooooooo different in temperment, how fast they were potty trained, how quick to respond...etc.etc. So everyone and every dog is different so take it slow and enjoy this stage...it goes so fast.

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