Just wanted to know if there was anything I can do to prepare Zoe. My vet said she may get depressed when it's time for them to go and I just didn't know if there was anything I can do to prevent that from happening. Obviously, she will miss them, but I don't know what will be "normal" and what would be depression. Any advice??
99.9% of my girls are so glad they are done with their pups. This is more of a human emotion to worry rather then reality of a canine. Every blue moon, and really rarely a doggie will look for pups but sincerely that goes away fast. They simply do not have the type of emotions you and I want to believe they do. She will be fine, probably really glad it's all over when they are 8 weeks LOL
I really hope she won't be upset when they leave. I hope you are all right, I'm telling you, keeping her on a tight schedule w/ them has gotten to her. She paces in front of the door to get to them and whines at me. I really really hope she will be okay with them leaving. Maybe it's because she can hear them and there will be a difference when they are actually no longer here? Well, and I am keeping one, Uh-oh does that mean she will be giving him EXTRA mothering???
How old are her pups? My females are very attentive to the pups and once they are no longer nursing, will play with them to keep them from nursing, but I have been breeding for 6 years now and have never had a female be sad or show depression. Mine are happy to get back to being spoiled themselves. LOL.. Not saying they are not great mothers, I have always been lucky to have dogs that love there pups and take great care of there pups, but they are happy for life to be about them again.. :)
Mastibull, if you want to, get them picked up a couple at a time, not all on the same day, that'll make a difference too. I really don't think you have anything to worry about. I thought you really were keeping one? That would be ideal.
pitpuppy101 - she is attentive to them, as in still allows them to nurse. (they will be 8 weeks this Sunday) Which is why we have put her on a limited schedule w/ them and then have to stand over her and not let them nurse on her. She just stands there and wants them to nurse. Of course she plays w/ them, but won't stop them from nursing.
Pen, I am keeping one, I was just asking a question I had thought of as I was writing the last post - which is - will she then give him extra attention (as in too much) because the rest will be gone?? And I am already planning on "weaning"them from here, several gone one day, another the next and so on. I don't want to give her shock! - LOL!
With Duchess, she was ok at first. But the pups left one a week. But when 4 left at one time, she went nuts looking for them. I had to force her to come in from outside. She was looking in all the little nooks and crannys. Lucky she still had two here to look after. One more left a week later, and it bother her.
If you notice it bother her, have one leave every few days, so it not all at once.
My puppies are completely weaned when they leave for their new homes and as everyone says, moms are fine with it. By the time they leave the puppies have sharp teeth and claws, but would still try to nurse on mom in a heartbeat. I think most-- particularly if it was a large litter, would run in the other direction if their babies came running at them. Even 'good mother's' have a breaking point where they say "we are done, go off on your own now".