My female is pregnant and its been on my mind wondering if female dogs get/are attached/bond to their pups when they have them?
Or dont they really care that they are gone after months of caring for them? Are they sad when they are gone? Silly question i know but just really waying on my mind about this. Im wondering if i should let her keep one of her pups so she has one of her babys. I have read that some dogs dont take to being a mother and dont care for the liter, Which i hope isnt her case but she is a very caring dog and has mothered the younger maltese. (which is the dad to the liter hes 10 months old)
I know alot of people have had liters on here and sold/found good homes for the pups when its time. Does the mom act sad and like shes looking for her pups? Do you wean her off of being with her liter so much when its about time to send pups to new home? sorry if this sounds retarted but i have a big heart and im just wondering about this and if she will also be sad to see her children go.
Dogs can be very bonded with their litters. Like anything, some extreme and some hardly at all. You don't have to keep a pup just to make mom happy. If you do keep a pup, you usually have to make sure that you keep the pup away for several weeks. I know a person who decided they were going to keep a pup, and let it go back with mom after all the litter mates were sold. The mom and pup bonded, and mom will not let any other dog near the pup. It became a real problem for the other dog in the house that was now left out. If you don't care to have a 3rd dog, then just let them go to good homes. Good luck
My girls count thier pups and are a little frantic when they start to go to new homes. You can see them running around taking a sniff of each puppy doing their head count and they know that one is missing. They get over it within a day in my experience though. Every girl is differant. I kept a pup back from my litter last year and the mother still knows that the puppy is hers, but she isn't obcessed with it either. She just cleans her alot which she doesn't do with the rest of my "pack". Even now that she has just had a new litter this year she is still fully aware that older pup is hers. Its funny... You absolutely do not HAVE to keep a puppy though. The mom will get over it. And i find it helps if the pups leave one by one instead of all in the same day or somehting like that.
I have had two litters of puppies with different mothers. The first litter we kept one of the puppies and the mother was great with it. I think she was sad to see them go. She would check out the people that come to take her babies away and I would tell her that they were good people and after that particular puppy left she seemed fine because she had one to go back to. We only kept the one puppy because nobody wanted her. My other mother had all her puppies go- It was bittersweet for me because they are alot of work but yet I still missed them. Once they were all gone she would go around looking for them. I felt bad for her. One of the puppies did come back 2 months later though- and she seems to know that that is her puppy. They are always playing together.-- This particular mother had a puppy climb out of the whelping box when it was 4 weeks old and when I woke up in the morning I immediately went to the garage to check on the puppies. This particular time I only saw 5 out of the 6 puppies and no mother. I am looking around and there is the mother laying by her one puppy who escaped keeping it safe. The strange thing about this was that when I last left the puppies in the box - the door to the whelping box was open ( it was a half door) so the mother could go in and out easily- anyways, this door that I left opened at night was now shut in the morning. I think that this mother shut it because she did not want anymore escaping. What a good mother she was.
Awww- Such touching storys. It makes me really feel bad for Lola now. LOL Yes, they seem to get over it but how sad to lose all your babies? Yes, she is a dog. But still, It tugs on the heart strings pretty hard. But, No i dont want anther dog. But i would of coarse if needed. I keep telling my husband that if she only had one pup then of coase we will keep it, He said no were not. Lola is like our baby and it just makes me sad to think she will be looking for her babys after they have went to good homes. But its a good idea about letting one go at a time and that is what i will do, Give her time to adjust to it slowly. Sad to think about tho
Sunnydaze, my females, for the most part, can't wait to wean their pups. They start to enjoy them when they can play almost as rough as they can. I've noticed a few wistful looks, but I have never let a whole litter go at once. I think that would be a mistake.