So, would you leave puppies alone with their mother? No, ideally not. Not for a few weeks, at least, until the pups are strong and mom has recovered completely. Until the puppies are 10 to 14 days old, there is a risk that mom will inadvertently suffocate them by sitting on them. The puppies cry, but the mother is unaware that one of them is crying beneath her. Another risk is that the mother is deficient in calcium after giving birth, and she may turn on the pups. This usually occurs within 48 hours of birth. You will be successful in raising them if you or someone else can babysit for the first 10 to 14 days.
Can newborn puppies be left alone unattended for long periods of time after your bitch has a litter?
The answer is clearly NO.
Someone should stay with your buck for a week beforehand because you never know when she will start whelping. Then, for the next two weeks, you should sleep in the same room on the floor next to the whelping box, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In addition, the bitch requires several feedings per day. The pups will then require feeding at least five times per day while they are weaned, as well as constant cleaning up after them. The more the puppies are handled, the better their socialization will be.
Of course, some people get away with leaving their newborn puppies unattended. However, you should not leave your adorable and cuddly newborn puppies with the bitch for extended periods of time.
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