Strawberry keeps getting out of the box with the pups and laying under the sink in a corner. At 3am I heard them crying for a long time and I went in there and she was ignoring them and I made her get in there with them so they could eat. She gets right back out as soon as they are done eating. She use to lay in there with them all the time and now she wont. She also dont keep them clean like she use to.She will only clean them while she is feeding them and thats it.She just started this behavior in the last two days.
How old are the puppies? Is this her first litter? The older the puppies get, the longer the bitch will stay away. She may complete feeding them in a few minutes time and then just leave them.
Do you have a mentor? Someone experienced in breeding dogs that can help you with your litter?
If the litter is just a few days old, then I would worry about the mother abandoning them, but if they are a couple weeks or more, then I would hazard to say that she needs a break from them and is trying to rest.
Is this your first litter? The bitch normally stays with her litter almost 24/7 for the first week or so, you can't drag her away, but after that, she will develop a routine of feeding them when she sees fit.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.
They are 2 weeks old. No mentor but I talk to other apbt breeders often. This is not my thing as I explained before my fiance breeds them and shows them but he had to leave state for work (unexpected 30 days into the pregnancy) He works hours on end and is in hospitals so can not have a cell phone on in there. He repairs medical equipment.
I'm not a breeder but I would think Basset's advice makes sense. Momma cats and rabbits do the same thing after a couple of weeks, once the ears and eyes start opening they spend more time away from the nest, letting them cry instead of hovering over them. People suggest that we do the same thing with our kids around 4 months of age, which is about the same stage developmentally, letting the baby cry for a bit so it can learn how to self-soothe. As long as the pups have fat little bellies I would let the mamma follow her own instincts. Maybe its the start of her socialization training, letting them learn to not have seperation anxiety or something. If the puppies start looking a little skinny I would intervene then.
Immunique, I hope you don't think I'm following you around the board! I keep seeing little things that might help though. The puppies are 17, now 18 days old. If I were you, I would mix up a formula of 1 can of evaporated milk, a 10 oz can, or the same amount of goat's milk, 3 ounces of sterilized water (only if using the canned evaporated milk, not with the goat's milk), 1 raw egg yolk, 1 cup of plain whole fat yoghurt, and 1 teaspoon of Karo syrup. Mix all in blender, warm slightly, and see if they can lap it up. Slowly add baby rice cereal, and baby food, (meat) in small amounts, mixing well. At the third week of age, soak some regular good brand of dog food in water, mash, and add into milk mixture. Your Mom (dog) may need a few extra calories, so I would supplement her diet as well. She is trying to wean them already. Good luck! and keep us posted.
The mom gets her food mixed with a couple scoops of plain yogurt or cottage cheese and brown rice and chicken or ground turkey. Thats how she has been fed since about 1 week before the pups were born. Thanks Pen I will try that mix tomorrow. She is feeding them for now but not like she use to. Dont worry about following me around the board because honestly I wait for you to reply because you are always so helpfull usually I try to pm you the question and then it dont work so I just wait for you to see my thread and reply lol.Sometimes I think you are on then I look again and its pen2. Is that your husband/wife or is that also you?
First time moms are very unpredictable. At 2 weeks, they usually are still spending alot of time with the pups. When she is leaving and they cry...do she show concern over their whimpering? Check the pups to see if they are indeed full when she is leaving them. The pups belly's will be round and taut if full. I would check them routinely...every two hours to see if they are full. If they are, then I wouldnt get too worried. If the do not appear full, then you need to go in and make her lie down and feed them until each is full. As long as they will nurse and you can stay with her makin her lie while they nurse, there shoudnt be a need to make formula at this point.
If, though any are not feeding long enough or mom is to hard to get to nurse them, you will have to take over feeding them by hand. Puppies will dehydrate quickly! Once dehydrated itis had to hydate again without vet intervention...unless you have Subq fluids on hand.
Since she is not being aminate about cleaning them, potty them each feeding yourself with a soft damp cloth t make sure thy are going. They arnt able to urinate on their own for a couple more weeks...or defecate.
Keep us posted.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.