Introducing “Freckles” – 8 Week Photos -Available

On August 4th, 2017, Seamus x Melody had a litter of borzoi puppies. Over the next few days, we’ll be doing something a little different with our “Daily Cute” and introducing the girls that aren’t spoken for.  If you’ve considered adding a companion, performance or show borzoi to your life, have a look at THESE cutie pies! 

Like all the dogs born here at Aria, puppies from this 2017 “Van Morrison” litter begin life with all the advantages we can give them.  Intensive pedigree research, as well as temperament testing and health screenings are all crucial parts of our breeding program, and all our litters receive the “SuperDog” puppy development exercises used by the US Army. You can read about them in an upcoming blog post we have planned soon. We strive to breed borzoi that excel in their lives, whether that be in the show ring, the field, as a beloved family pet, or (as most of our dogs) some combination of all of the above!

This is Freckles.

This is an 8 week old photo of “Freckles.” See how she lives up to her name?  This little girl is one constant smile factory, and we think she’s going to be a versatile bundle of energy that will do well in the show ring, coursing field, and as a loving companion.  She has an agile, athletic way about her already, and she’s always up for a game of “borzoi and wolves” with her littermates!  Freckles is available to a show, performance or companion home. $1000

Here is Freckle’s 8 week photo.
Happy “Birth-Day” Freckles!

The link to our questionnaire is HERE.

   Feel free to contact us on Facebook at Aria Borzoi to inquire about pedigree or any other questions you might have.  

 

 

Introducing “Minnie” – 8 Week Photos – Available!

available borzoi puppy

On August 4th 2017, Seamus x Melody had a litter of borzoi puppies. Over the next few days, we’ll be doing something a little different with our “Daily Cute” and introducing the girls that aren’t spoken for.  If you’ve considered adding a companion, performance or show borzoi to your life, have a look at THESE cutie pies! 

Like all the dogs born here at Aria, puppies from this 2017 “Van Morrison” litter begin life with all the advantages we can give them.  Intensive pedigree research, as well as temperament testing and health screenings are all crucial parts of our breeding program, and all our litters receive the “SuperDog” puppy development exercises used by the US Army. You can read about them in an upcoming blog post we have planned soon. We strive to breed borzoi that excel in their lives, whether that be in the show ring, the field, as a beloved family pet, or (as most of our dogs) some combination of all of the above!

available borzoi puppy
This is Minnie.

This is an 8 week old photo of “Minnie.” This little girl is a bundle of happy, and loves to play with her littermates and charm ALL the people.  She has a scrappy attitude and is good at figuring things out. Minnie is available to a companion home. $1000

Minnie – 8 Weeks Old
Day 1, Girl 4 “Minnie”  Happy “Birth-Day”

The link to our questionnaire is HERE.

   Feel free to contact us on Facebook at Aria Borzoi to inquire about pedigree or any other questions you might have.  

 

 

Bio Sensor and Scent Exercises

Bio Sensor Exercises

Did you know that from day 3 through day 16, there are a set of easy exercises you can do with your newborn puppies that help maximize their potential as performance dogs later in life?  These Bio-Sensor exercises stimulate their neurological and physical development and were developed for the SuperDog program for the US Army.  There’s only a small window of time for this program to be most effective, and keeping track on a developmental schedule will help you be sure you don’t miss this opportunity. If you’d like to see a video on the process, one is available here. 

These little sniffers are ready to be exposed to new scents as early as 3 days!

You can also introduce scents during this time frame.  Each day, introduce a new scent item.  While each puppy takes their turn investigating the offered scent, put them on a level surface, or hold them in your lap – so long as they are safe from falling.  You can choose a variety of scent items for these few days, focusing on things they might need to be familiar with in their adult life.  For example, bird dogs would benefit from exposure to pheasant feathers.  Law enforcement dogs could be exposed to some of the scents they might encounter on the job. Therapy dogs could sample some hospital scents, like antiseptics and cleaning products.  Blankets that smell like other pets in the household, or dirty laundry from family members are good choices, too.

Hold the scent near their nose, a half inch to an inch away, and allow the puppy to interact with the scent at will for at least five seconds. If the puppy moves forward to engage with the scented item, allow them up to 30 seconds to continue smelling. Repeat the process with each pup.  

You can see a video on early scent introduction here

Keeping track and making little notes of each session may sound like a lot of work, but it’s actually pretty rewarding. As time goes on, you can learn a little bit about the personality of each pup.  Who is good at self-soothing?  Who is normally quiet, and who is always vocal?  Who is the first one to

Little Denzel is one seriously mellow fellow! He was a great little puppy from the moment he was born. Here he is, falling asleep while being weighed. You can see my notes to the left.

explore a new scent or toy?  All these things can be important later, when deciding which pup is the best fit for which home.  

There can be a very thin line between “good” and “great.”  Going that little extra step early on can help YOUR puppies stand out as superstars later in the ring, on the field and as pets and companions.  

 

Labor and Delivery: Post-Whelp Troubles

The last couple days, we’ve been doing a series on Labor and Whelping. Today features three potential problems that may affect a nursing bitch  post-delivery.  Over the next few weeks, we will  be doing a series of posts about early puppy care and development.

Post-Whelp Troubles

Sometimes everything can go great during delivery, but problems arise afterwards.  Here are a few things to watch out for, as your bitch settles into caring for her brand new litter…

Mastitis: A condition when the bitch’s teats can become red, painful and swollen, making it difficult for her to nurse her puppies without discomfort. The symptoms can range from mild to severe, and some bitches can develop a fever and become lethargic.  Warm compresses/hot packing can help alleviate the pain. The puppies should still be encouraged to nurse the affected nippes – it helps flush out the infected material and doesn’t harm them in the least.

Verdict: Not an emergency, but watch to see if it worsens.  If it doesn’t clear up after a few days, or your bitch becomes lethargic, feverish, or snappish to her pups DO consult your vet.

Metritus: Usually occuring the first couple days after deliver, metritus is caused by trauma during delivery or a retained placenta.  Metritus is a serious condition and should be seen by your vet sooner rather than later.  Signs to watch out for include:

  • Listlessness
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Lack of Interest in Puppies
  • Foul Smelling Vaginal Discharge
  • Decreased Milk Production
  • Fever  

Eclampsia: More common in small dogs and usually seen in the first three weeks of lactation, eclampsia is caused by a calcium deficiency, as the dam’s stores are depleted by the demands of nursing her litter. Oddly enough, regular calcium supplementation pre-pregnancy can predispose a bitch for this condition.

Early stages include:

  • Nervousness, restlessness.
  • Stiff gaits.
  • No interest in her puppies.

As the condition progresses and becomes more serious, look for:

  • Inability to stand
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fever
  • Seizures

Eclampsia is a serious medical emergency!  Get your bitch to the vet immediately!

Most bitches are great mothers to their pups, and any sudden disinterest or lethargy is worth your attention. Paying attention to the dam and her needs is important to noticing an illness while it’s in it’s early stages, which can save money at the vet, not to mention lives.  

 

 

Photo Flashbacks – Zen, A Lady in Waiting

On July 5, 2016,  Encore x Zen had a litter of  borzoi puppies here at Aria Borzoi, with Rita L.Rice. “Zen,”  the dam of the “Firesongs” litter is pictured below, heavily pregnant and just hours from delivery.  As part of our “Photo Flashback Fridays” we’ll be showing photos of the Firesongs litter at about the same age as the 2017 “Van Morrison” litter (Seamus x Melody) we’re featuring, just for fun and the sake of comparison.  Every litter is a little different and there can be a quite a range of “normal” for strong, healthy pups.  Over the next few weeks, we will  be doing a series of posts about early puppy development  here at Aria, using photos and examples from the current  2017 “Van Morrison” litter (Seamus x Melody), the 2016 “Fire Songs litter (Encore x Zen) and the 2015 “Irish Airs”  litter (Lancelot x Bridget).   

Poor Zen, full of puppies! Every so often she’d look at me like, “When will this be OVER?”

 

I kept thinking “Catch that nap while you can, Zen.  You’re on the hook for at least 8 more weeks….”

That’s one BIG belly for such a svelte little girl!

 

Van Morrison Litter- Day One

Finally, it’s time!  The puppies have all arrived.  Melody has done a fine job cleaning them and letting them nurse for the first time as a litter while they all catch their breath.  It’s a special moment, a pause before the serious business of life, growth and motherhood begins in earnest.

Individual pup pics and profiles are coming, including other puppy goodness from previous litters, and the inside scoop on how we use the neonatal experiences a puppy has to condition them to be successful in later life.  Stay tuned!

 

Melody-The new mother and her litter, just after whelping.

The Circle Of Life – From Puppyhood to Fatherhood

On July 15, 2015, Lancelot x Bridget had a litter of  borzoi puppies. “Seamus,”  from The “Irish Airs” litter is pictured as a puppy, below – AND he’s also the sire of the most recent litter here at Aria!  Over the next few weeks, we will  be doing a series of posts about early puppy development  here at Aria, using photos and examples from the current  2017 “Van Morrison” litter (Seamus x Melody), the 2016 “Fire Songs litter (Encore x Zen) and the 2015 “Irish Airs”  litter (Lancelot x Bridget).   

Seamus dreaming of the future…

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From “Little Dude” to “Big Show Attitude,” Seamus was born knowing who and what he is and what he’s meant to be doing.  Brains, athleticism and beauty, all wrapped up in the same package.  We look forward to watching his first litter grow and develop into the bold, confident hounds of the future.