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Old 04-14-2011, 06:36 PM
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Cool Hiya...a bit of advice please

We've recently had a little male pup from our beloved Jack Russels. We had 3 but 2 did not survive. We have decided to keep the one surviving pup who is now 7 weeks old this Sunday, the 17th April. I've reduced mums food to normal and he is eating small amounts of puppy food four to six times a day. He gets on great with mum, dad and our other huge dog Misty.Moo. I'm going to get mum a vest tomorrow to try to block him from trying to.feed from her, she is drying up now and he is making her sore, she is so placid, she puts up with it. Could I have some advice of whether I can separate them at night now, leave him in the whelping area and put mum back in her original cage that she's always.slept in? If so should I put her cage next to him so he gets the comfort of.knowing she is there but she can have some sleep?
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We've recently had a little male pup from our beloved Jack Russels. We had 3 but 2 did not survive. We have decided to keep the one surviving pup who is now 7 weeks old this Sunday, the 17th April. I've reduced mums food to normal and he is eating small amounts of puppy food four to six times a day. He gets on great with mum, dad and our other huge dog Misty.Moo. I'm going to get mum a vest tomorrow to try to block him from trying to.feed from her, she is drying up now and he is making her sore, she is so placid, she puts up with it. Could I have some advice of whether I can separate them at night now, leave him in the whelping area and put mum back in her original cage that she's always.slept in? If so should I put her cage next to him so he gets the comfort of.knowing she is there but she can have some sleep?
The puppy should be fine, so long as he is warm enough. Make sure he is not in drafts, and that the room is reasonably warm, and he has soft bedding. He should be able to control his own body temp by now, but like all puppies, you don't want him to get a chill. You could give him a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel to cuddle with. I recommend you not use a heating pad, as the pup could get overheated, plus he could chew the cord.
Definitely be a good idea for him to be able to see/smell the other dogs, IMO.
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I had a heat pad for 5 weeks then mum started chewing it so I threw it away, I have vet bedding and pads and the whelping area is massive, I bought loads of outside caging, 4 foot high, mums cage will fit in no problem. As he's the only one a "singleton" I'm conscious he is strong, in will and size, he seems to be dominating mum. Dad does put him in his place these days but also seems to love playing with his boy! I'll try it now, I've just been in and mum seems to have made her own devide, she seems to have made a wall with the top vet bedding...I think she may have had enough now... thanks for the advice Hun...much appreciated.
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Is Mum unable to leave the whelping box? Usually the mother dog is able to leave the whelping box, whilst the puppies are in there, so she can begin to wean them. Usually a mom will start to wean the pups around 4 weeks and slowly reduce how much puppies are allowed to nurse over the next few weeks, until they are eating nearly all puppy food by 6 or so weeks.
So really, if she is being bothered by the puppy, you can give her a break ;-)
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I've just rearranged the whole area (i turned my dining room into a dog area a long time ago (im soft) I've got Misty on her bed, Keithy (dad) in his cage, Betty (mum) next to him in her cage (which.is inside the whelping run) and baby Eddie in his whelping bed, next to mum but he has all the space and paper to Pee and poop. Got my baby monitor on so, ill see how it goes...kids, human or furrie, they always keep me up. Thanks for the advice guys.
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Sounds like you have thought of everything and have all babies tucked up comfy for the night!

Maybe you can post some pics of the family some time?
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Hiya...just to let you know, all is going ok. Little man Eddie does keep trying to get mum when he is in the garden but he is eating brill on his own and happy to have mum in her cage next to him within the pen. If you want to see my family, there are now a fair few pics of all of them (I havent included the Hubby and the Human Kids, they are not as cute, they are to me but not to everyone :-) )Thanks for the advice much appreciated. x
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