|Barked: Wed Jun 27, '12 11:29am PST |
|At five weeks she definitely needs to have time away from those babies. I fix my puppy pen so that the Mom can climb out on her own, and from the time the pups are about three weeks old, the Mom spends most of her time OUTSIDE the litter, either lying beside the puppy pen or on her favorite dog bed with the other dogs.
I start putting the mother outside to relieve herself from the day the pups are first born. Usually I need to take them outside on a leash for the first three or four days but after that they go out four or five times during the day and at least once during the night. By the time those pups are eating on their own the mother usually just hops in four or five times each day to nurse them and to clean them, then hops right back out again. Within a week or so of their eating solid food the Mom only plays with them several times a day and has them completely weaned on her own.
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