I need advice. At what age should I take the mom away from her puppies. They are really loving the canned food and cereal mixture and the mom is less and less interested in nursing. The pups are 5 weeks old now. And how do I keep them from nursing, mom isn't stopping them, she just doesn't let them nurse for long. There are seven puppies and I'm afraid I won't be able to feed them all equally. The two runts just began to eat solid food. Any advice would be appreciated!
Slow down the food intack on the mother,only let the pups feed off her one to two time daily.This will slow down her making mike.Do not cold turkey take them away as this is not good for puppies or mother.
Your bitch will decide when she's had enough, and she is already pulling away. If she continues to go to them let her, when she's ready, she just won't let them nurse at all. As far as the equal feeding goes, my advice is to take the 2 smaller ones out and feed them with their own bowl, 3 times a day. If you absolutely want to know what each pup is getting, you can do the same with the others. The best way to know for sure what each puppy is eating is always to feed it on it's own. You can certainly also feed them with a circular bowl,(one with a hole in the middle) and the way to determine whether they are getting enough food is to weigh them each week. What breed are these babies?
The pups are a beagle mix. I'm fostering them for our local humane society. I live in the midwest, these dogs were taken from a kill shelter to make room for flood dogs. This has been a lot of fun, but a lot of work! I have no idea how breeders do this all the time. Also, the mom isn't housebroken and she poops all over my house. If you have any idea how to get the stains out I would appreciate it!
If you have a special area for the pups and a baby gate, you can close it, and let the Mom in and out that way. You don't have to take them away from her, she will still want to see them, but she just will hop over them, and want to get out, if they all charge her at once and want to nurse. Eventually the puppies will stop doing that. You could try and crate train the Mom, do you know how to do that? I've had dogs so long that I ripped up my last carpet years ago; so I'm sorry I can't help you with the stains. I'm sure there are products on the market, and other members here will know of the good ones.
Thanks for the great idea! I can make one the mom can get over and the pups can't! I do know how to crate train, but she poops and pees right in front of me, I can't leave her in the crate all the time. Also, I want to try to get her trained so she will have a good shot at adoption. Thanks for the advice, Sherry
Sherry, you don't have to leave her in the crate all the time. Watch and learn her habits. If she's in the crate at night, let her straight out, in the morning. Let her in and feed her, and take her out again. It's really not that hard, and the kennel is just a tool, not a punishment. Anyway, if you decide to do it, there's lots of help here.
HI. I recently had the weaning experience. Hellish.... Lots of crying and yowling. Just kidding on the hellish part, but it was a bit difficult for awhile. I have been told that it depends on the breed and that since mine were poodles, they might have been a bit more high strung than others. I think 5 weeks old is too young for weaning anywayz. You could, as advised by other members, try to shorten the duration of the feedings or the number of them, but do it very GRADUALLY....My vet told me to just separate them completely, cold turkey, and it was bad advice. It just caused all of them to panic and my common sense won out so I reunited them. I would say to worry about it more at an age of closer to 7/8 weeks, but that's just my opinion. I know you think they won't ever stop, but they will, just not at 5 weeks old. It is just a gradual process of spending less time with mom and eating more food from a bowl. At least yours love the food you give them. Mine never really did.
As I said, every bitch I've ever had dictates when the pups are totally weaned. You start supplementing the puppies when the bitch starts to get up quickly, and you can tell she's not comfortable, around 3-4 weeks in my breed. That's just the mush with formula. As their teeth get sharper, so does the dam's patience, and who can blame her. Those of us who have nursed our chidren can relate. That is when we increase the amount of mush to feed the puppies to less mushy food, until it's close to dry. At the same time the milk starts to decrease. I know one thing, I have never, and will never take my bitches away from their puppies suddenly, or at all. If they don't want to nurse, they simply won't, and if you have a place for them to get away, that's the best method, in my opinion. The dam usually likes to play with the puppies, but as soon as one gets the idea that they might want to nurse, the dam will make a quick exit.