New Puppy Grandma, born on Thursday morning. I have been very impressed with motherly instinct of young mother. The first day she rarely left the puppy bed, I fed her by hand and had to bring her the water dish. As the days go on however I find she is more and more anxious to get out and spend time away from them. What is a reasonable amount of time for her to spend with the puppies caring for them? I don't want it to be a punishment but I don't want her to neglect the either. Thanks for any help you can give me:)
This tends to happen with young mothers, quickly willing to leave the pups to be out with the family. More mature mothers tend to stay with their pups full time for 3-4 weeks except to come out to go potty and be fed, some even needing to be dragged out for that.