it is a lot of work. You need to take your dog to the vet and check up on the pups, give them special care, etc. it is not a job for an unexperienced person. You need to put a lot of thought into raising puppies, it's a LOT harder than you would ever imagine.
You may, but I don't think you know what you're getting yourself into at all if you're really considering having your dog have puppies and asking a question like *what do you do? Do they just.. come out?* The answer is No, there are a lot of steps proceeding to the birth.
Dog breeding is a lot of work. I highly suggest that before anyone consider doing it themselves, that they find a mentor that can teach them all aspects and allow them to gain hands on experience during the breeding, pregnancy, whelping and care. There are also many great books with a wealth of information, but by no means completely prepare a person for the actual event.
Through the years, I have learned that every dog is different. Some females are excellent mothers, doing a lot of the work themselves. But other females just weren't meant to be moms... they needed help during delivery, wanted to lay and crush the pups, didn't want to clean or feed the pups, etc. Some females require c-sections, some females may pass away leaving you to bottle feed. Others may develop mastitis and you have to bottle feed.... the list goes on. As far as mess, yes... giving birth is very messy.... there is blood and fluid, sacs and umbilical cords during the birth, and all those puppies can create quite a mess in the whelping box with thier potties.
During the birth (which is usually in the middle of the night!) there is a lot of work to be done.You need to dry off pups, cut, tie off and disinfect cords, weigh and record the pups, get them to nurse (latch them on a teat) make sure mom is OK, change bedding to keep it clean and dry in the box... and that's if there are no complications. If there are complications, you need to know how to handle the situation and be prepared to take your female to the vet ASAP!
If you do breed your female, make sure you have a mentor to guide you, and have a close relationship with your vet. Make sure your vet knows your female's due date, and be ready to take your dog in if she is having complications during delivery. Once the pups arrive, you should take the bunch (mom included) in for a check up to make sure all are well.
There is so much more information... way to much to try and give over a message board! Again, I suggest you find a mentor and read a few books on the subject. There is definitely a lot more to it than "having the puppies come out and that's it"!
I would again suggest the a book called "Book of the Bitch". It is an older book, but is fairly complete in it's information. ---------------------------------------------------------- Editorial Reviews
This serious book with the funny name is a no-nonsense guide to breeding dogs, caring for breeding stock and raising puppies properly. Complete and concise, it should become an indispensable part of every breeders reference library. It should be the one book that becomes handy when birth is imminent. Book of the Bitch features 12 chapters divided into four sections. It delivers an abundance of detailed, expert advice on every stage of the breeding experience, including first aid, emergencies and much more. There are numerous, excellent illustrations to enhance the text and ease the way for even the first-time breeder. J.M. Evans is a world-renowned veterinarian who has helped develop many important pet care pharmaceuticals. Kay White is a prolific journalist specializing in veterinary and general animal subjects. Both authors live in England. --------------------------------------------------------------- A must have for anyone that is contemplating breeding! ltlgto