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[MUSIC PLAYING] Daphne and Floyd are having puppies, and you're about to go on a journey with the puppies through the first 12 weeks of their life. [MUSIC PLAYING] We've done our job to ensure that the genetic material the puppies will be born with will have every chance of being excellent, but that's only the beginning. [PIG GRUNTING] Hi, piggy. What you doing? Genes, which people often think of as written in stone, can switch on and off or change depending on environmental input. Thus, it's possible for some genes to express themselves as an extremely negative trait or an extremely positive trait, depending on the nutrition and treatment the mother and her offspring receive during pregnancy and the first few weeks of life. The emotional and physical health of a mother will affect the ultimate personality and health of her children. Prenatal stress can significantly influence the brain development and behavior of the puppies. Puppies from stressed mothers can have more difficulty recovering from stress as adults, and they can have decreased learning and memory compared to puppies from non-stressed mothers. So our first concern is to make sure our mother dog is relaxed, well-fed, and comfortable. [MUSIC PLAYING] If you stroke a pregnant bitch's side late in her pregnancy, the puppies will respond to your touch. Research shows that mother dogs who receive caressing and affection during their pregnancy will give birth to more docile puppies, and those puppies may enjoy being touched more than puppies from mothers who did not receive this kind of affection. So, in some ways, the puppies' predisposition to form deep and meaningful relationships begins before they're even born. Daphne. While you might think of a dog having puppies as the most natural thing in the world, there's always risk. Having a relationship with a good veterinarian at a well-equipped hospital is key to optimizing outcomes for mother dogs and their puppies. We're fortunate to have an exceptional veterinarian right in our small town. Hello, baby. Hello, baby. I know. I know. Okay, see you in a little while. See you in a couple of minutes. Come on, babe. Dr. Kenneth [INAUDIBLE] is an excellent surgeon who's very experienced in canine reproduction. He's an expert on the safe use of anesthesia for surgery and has lectured internationally on anesthesia drugs. He's performed hundreds of cesarean sections, so we know Daphne's in good hands should a surgical intervention be required. The more information we have, the more accurate information we have, the easier it is for us to intervene whenever there is a problem. And we have a much more specific criteria to use to know at what point, for instance, to do a c-section or at what point, for instance, do we need to give them specific drugs to use. At what point to say, you know what? We're not sure. Let's use an ultrasound machine to tell what's going on inside with that particular puppy. And we can actually look at the heart rates of the puppies, and that gives a little bit more of a criteria. We know that the gestation period for dogs is approximately 63 days. In Daphne's case, we had already confirmed that she was pregnant earlier on during the gestation period. And that just gives us, just knowing that information, on how to treat the dog nutritionally, on how to plan to make sure we have discussions with our veterinarian to make sure that they're going to be on alert that we're going to have puppies and they may need to be available. Now that we're at the end of the gestation, we're taking an x-ray to confirm how many puppies are actually in there. And that helps us in a number of ways. For instance, if there's only one puppy, that one puppy has a much better chance of increasing in size, perhaps causing more difficult labor. If we have that information, we can better prepare to know when do we need to do a c-section, perhaps, or if we need to have some sort of an intervention. If there's 10 puppies, we know that after eight puppies and we said, oh, good, she's had eight puppies. It doesn't look like she has any more. But if we know that there's 10 puppies in there and they're not coming out over the next couple hours, then we know that we may need to have somebody have an intervention to get those puppies out or at least give some sort of medical attention to them to help try and get live puppies out. I think, as a pet owner of the breeding dog, the less surprises you have, the better outcome you're going to have for, one, a completely healthy litter of puppies, as well as a healthy mother at the end. Mark, what's your guess? Uh, five. Victoria thinks six. I guess seven. Oh, there's a lot in there. One here. One here. My guess is within the next day or two. We hope that she whelps, and if she does, we're looking for at least seven puppies. Well, the fact that there's seven in there, they shouldn't be huge. They should be a more reasonable size, so she be able to have them on her own. That's my prediction, that you do not have to disturb me on Christmas day. Thank you. OK. Come on, Daph, you're going to go home. Why do you have two collars on? You're fancy. Because I'm trying to advertise my hospital. OK. [MUSIC PLAYING] Bet it won't be for long now. You're almost ready. You're almost ready, yes.

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