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Oh my, that last picture: great confidence there. He caught it all himself. Look at that tail!
She is AMAZING - definitely my pick for a working/sport puppy. She is smart, cunning, persistent, tenacious and BUSY lol. Very engaged with everyone around her and seeks out people to engage with, even over her siblings. She was the first to escape the whelping box and the first to decide the tug had to "die" lol. She was actually thrashing it back and forth so hard she was making herself fall over when the handle would whip around. :laugh2:
 

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Wow, they look very developed and advanced for 3.5 weeks. Love how they so confidently look at the camera in the pictures. Signs of some great things to come, for sure!
 

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The last two weeks have absolutely flown by - so sorry there were no updates, I am not even sure what day of the week it is anymore. I just looked at the calendar and realized that everyone goes home in 2 days!

We did everything from Obedience (sit, down, stand, spin, target, focus), to grooming (Nails every week, bath day is tomorrow) and even some great agility imprinting with the tunnel, a frame and weave poles.

There are 9 VERY strong temperaments in this litter - each puppy has some amazing strengths and something that makes each unique. The hardest part, for me, about placing them, is hoping I have chosen right. I am always worried about that part the most - what would I do if someone did not like their puppy!?? I know it seems ridiculous, but I'm sure it can and has happened to other breeders lol.

I am so thankful to my friend and mentor for helping me go over the results of the temperament testing, and also for taking one of the puppies. Amp'd up is A LOT of girl dog - wholy smokes - so she will need a very special home to keep up with her. I would have LOVED to keep her, but without regular access to a club, or "real" work, I would be doing her a disservice.

I will reveal my "pick" next week - once everyone has gone home smiley for :) And when I say "pick" - I mean the puppy that didn't fit into anyone else's home LOL! Hellboy was kept back for the same reason and I don't regret it, not even for a day. So I'm hoping my "system" comes through for me again smiley for :D

I switch the puppies from raw to kibble 5 days before going home - they are NOT impressed. They eat because they are hungry, but they make it known that it is against their will. Thankfully all of the homes have plans to incorporate raw into their diets, so I'm sure they will find a happy medium. I caved last night and gave them lamb shanks for dinner. They picked the bones absolutely clean!

Ironhide was also separated from the litter about 3 days ago. She is also not impressed. She is such a great mom, but her fault is she can be a bit too much of a "helicopter" mom. She has not been having a very easy time with the separation, but in the past has gotten over it really quick once the puppies were no longer in the home. Fingers crossed she is the same this time smiley for ;)

Sunday morning I will have to load up 3 adult Shepherds and 9 puppies for their drive to Alaska - I am only bringing the litter as far as Beaver Creek, where one of the new puppy owners is meeting me to bring these guys the rest of the way to their new families. I have to meet him there for 8am, which means leaving my house by 1am - I need to make sure I have time for potty breaks and leg stretches. Our crate training has been challenging, so I am hoping this "crash course" will drive home the concept of "the crate is for quiet" lol!

Here is the album of them from 3 weeks on and I will post a few of my best photos:
Ironhide X Obelix Puppies - 3 Weeks On by Ironhidekennels | Photobucket
 

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Wow they have really grown. The are gorgeous and sound like they are ready to take on the world. Congratulations.
 
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