I'm assuming this is all normal and on time but I do have one thing that I'm unsure of. Ginger is still nursing and cleaning up after the pups too by the way. They are 6 weeks as of Thursday.
Mom is starting to 'play' with the puppies but I dont think they know what to make of it. LOL she barks, nips in their direction and bounces around and they just look like WTH.. very funny stuff. She is doing this more with the girl than with the boys but the girl tends to be the roughest at play so I figure that could be why.
She is also adding in some discipline too. Last week if a pup when up to Susu she jumped all over him but now she pushes the puppy away from him if they jump on him or anything. she pushes them around and bites at them until they lay down. Nothing hurting them of course. and now when the puppies jump on my feet she also chases them off which is funny since they crawl all over my daughter and she ignores this. lol But yesterday I was petting one puppy while she was sitting in front of me and Ginger came over wanting attention. She put her mouth on my hands to take them off the puppy. Ginger does not mouth me. Not a bite or anything protective etc. Just tried to move me away from the puppy. Not sure if she wanted attention and thought the puppy should wait or if she thought the pup was being 'disrespectful'. Any thoughts? Any ideas on how to handle this? I put my hand up to Ginger and told her to back off and when she sat down I finished with the puppy and invited her to come and see me.
I'm also following Gingers lead and requiring the pups to be more 'respectful' at this time too. As in no more mouthing me.. I give them a toy or put them down. I dont pick them up until they are sitting or are calmly standing. And I shuffle through the kitchen in socks expecting puppies to move or get pushed by a foot... lol I'm also handling them a little more vigorously and frequently 'inspect' a paw or an ear or 'look for ticks' etc. Things I may need to do as they get older.
Is this all about right? The main mantra in the house is to not interfere with puppies and the other dogs. Puppy playing if corrected is corrected by Ginger, puppy interactions with the grown dogs are handled by Ginger, etc and we do not interfere. I figure she knows way more about this than I do... LOL But with that in mind.. how do I handle when Ginger puts herself in my interactions with the pups. Is this an appropriate time to let her know to back off and not interfere with me? Or should I defer to 'mom' and do what she wants? I do not want to upset the balance of mom and pups but ultimately at some point soon the pups will fall under my care and not Gingers and I want to be sure that this move is an easy transition.