Up until now, the puppies
have lived in a world of silence and darkness, being unable to hear or
see. At 12 days old, those tell-tale, glistening slits appeared on their
faces and the following day their eyes were fully open. If you look back
at the photographs, aged one week, you will notice that their ears stand erect
and are still tightly shut, but now they are gradually beginning to open.
This can be seen from the change in position of their ears in the photos below
and very soon they will react to sounds. They are also beginning to
lift themselves up onto their feet and becoming noticeably stronger and more
mobile, particularly when mum appears in the whelping box. Apart from
feeding they still spend most of their day asleep, but during the next few
days, they will become increasingly more wakeful and alert.