Please remember as you get answers all bitches are different. I have one that shows NO signs, the sign is "Puppy time" and the 1st pup is on the ground.LOL
1. Pups move back in mom and are on belly hence making the bitch feel as if she is full. They stop eating. 2. Normal temp from a canine is approx 100.5-101.5 - Whelp is 98. Temp begins to drop 48 hours or less before whelp however there are many variables to this. 3. Nesting. Nesting Labor is pre labor whereby the bitch is nesting and looking for a place to have her puppies. Many get restless and do not nest but show signs of different behavior/personality changes. 4. Gestation of a canine is technically 63 days, again many variables. Almost all my girls whelp day 60/61 from 1st AI hence showing signs day 58/59 of gestation. Whelp can be 2 hours or 48 hours from when all this begins.
There is also a great sticky now that goes into this information and whelp.
Yeah, I know each dog is different. And I know what I read might not apply to my dog. That is why I want to here from everyone else, to see what kindof stuff their dog did. I just want to be prepaired. I dont want to miss her whelping incase something goes wrong. I try to be here at all times, and when I do leave I dont stay gone long.