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Puppies at four weeks old
Sassy the English Mastiff with her litter of 11 adorable Mastiff puppies and their potty training progress

These pictures were taken first thing in the morning. The pups are four weeks old. EVERY poop this morning was on the paper. Pretty impressive. I am still having the odd pee where it shouldn't be, but most of the pee is on the paper where it should be. These puppies are only 27 days old, one day short of four weeks. Using the Misty Method of potty training pups while still at the breeder not only makes it easier for the breeder to keep the puppy area clean, it gives the pups a good head start on potty training. Pups will not be 100% house trained when they leave the breeder, however, they will have the basic concept and will be easier to train as they already know there is a certain place to do your business; you do not eliminate wherever you please.

 
 

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Pups 4.5 weeks

Pups 4.5 weeks

At four and a half weeks the pups’ whelping box is changed from solely paper to paper with wood shavings. The shavings coat the poop and absorb the pee, so it doesn't get tracked around. You cannot do this with toy dogs, but with large breeds it works great.

Pups 4.5 weeks

Pups 4.5 weeks

Pups 4.5 weeks

Pups 4.5 weeks

Wood Shavings

Pups 4.5 weeks

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Pups at 4.5 weeks go outside to play

Since these pups are being raised with the Misty Method of potty training, they are able to be placed in areas with a nice carpet, food area and a potty station. Notice the potty station at the far end of the puppy pen. The pups will use this to do their business. Pups that were not raised using the Misty Method would pee and poop all over this pen, soiling the carpet. These pups have learned at a young age the carpet is not the place to do their business. Not only is it easier on the breeder as far as cleanup, the new owners of these pups will have an easier time housebreaking their new puppy. These pups were bred by MistyTrails Mastiffs.

 

   
   

Putting a rock in the water bowl to weigh it down prevents large-breed dogs from tipping the water bowl over.

The pups now have teeth and some dry kibble has been placed on the rubber mat for them to munch on.

Eleven lovable pups crawl all over daddy!

Sassy and her puppy

 

Courtesy of MistyTrails Mastiffs

Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. You can find more whelping information in the links above. The links below tell the story of Sassy, an English Mastiff. Sassy has a wonderful temperament. She loves humans and adores children. An all-around mild mannered, wonderful Mastiff, Sassy, however, is not the best mother toward her puppies. She is not rejecting them; she will nurse them when a human places them on her to feed, however she will not clean the pups or pay any attention to them. It is as if they are not her puppies. This litter is getting mom’s milk with major human interaction, manually giving each and every pup what they need. In return, the pups will be super socialized and will make remarkable pets, however the work involved is astounding. It takes one dedicated breeder to keep this situation healthy. Thankfully this litter has just that. Read the links below to get the full story. The pages within include a wealth of information that everyone can appreciate and benefit from.

C-Section in a Large Breed Dog

Newborn Puppies... What you need

Whelping Mastiff Puppies One to Three Days Old

Things do not always go as planned (imperforate anus)

Orphaned Litter (not the plan)

10 Days Old Plus +

3 Week Old Puppies

Puppies 3 Weeks - time to start potty training

Puppies 4 weeks old

Puppies 5 weeks old

Puppies 6 weeks old

Puppies 7 weeks old

Socializing the Puppies

Mastitis in Dogs

Whelping Large Breed Dogs Main

Whelping, a new found respect

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So You Want to Breed

Pros and Cons of Inbreeding

Stages of Puppy Development

Whelping Puppies: Breeding age

Reproduction: (The Heat Cycle): Signs of Heat

Breeding Tie

Dog Pregnancy Calendar

Pregnancy Guide Prenatal Care

Pregnant Dams

Pregnant Dam X-Ray Pictures

Full-Term Mucus Plug

Whelping

Whelping Kit

First and Second Stage of Labor

Third Stage of Labor

Sometimes Things do not go as Planned

Dam Almost Dies on Day 6

Whelping Unfortunate Troubles

Whelping: A Green Mess

Water (Walrus) Puppies

C-Sections

C-Section Due to Large Dead Puppy

Emergency Cesarean Section Saves Lives

Whelping Puppies: C-section Pictures

Dam Day 62

PostPartum

Birth to 3 weeks

Puppy Nipple Guarding

Pups 3 Weeks: Time to start potty training

Pups Week 4

Pups Week 5

Pups Week 6

Pups 6 to 7.5 Weeks

Pups 8 Weeks

Pups 8 to 12 Weeks

Whelping Large Breed Dogs

Mastitis in Dogs

Mastitis In Dogs: A Toy Breed Case

Why are Toy Breeds are Harder to Train?

Crate Training

Showing, Genetics and Breeding

Trying to Save a Fading Dachshund Puppy

Whelping Stories: Three Puppies Born

Whelping: All puppies do not always survive

Whelping Puppies: A Midwoof Call

Whelping a Full Term Preemie

Whelping Small for Gestational Age Puppy

C-Section Due to Uterine Inertia

Eclampsia is Often Fatal

Hypocalcemia (low calcium)

SubQ hydrating a Puppy

Whelping a Singleton

Premature Litter

A Premature Puppy

Another Premature Puppy

Pregnant Dam Absorbing Fetus

CPR Needed to Save One Puppy

Whelping Puppies Congenital Defects

Puppy with Umbilical Cord Attached to Foot

Puppy Born with Intestines on the Outside

Gone Wrong, Vet Makes it Worse

Dam Loses Litter and Starts to Absorb Puppies

Whelping Puppies: Unexpected Early Delivery

Dam whelps 5 days early due to dead pups

Lost 1 Puppy, Saved 3

An Abscess on a Puppy

Dewclaw Removal Done Wrong

Whelping: Heat Pad Caution

Whelping a Large Litter

Whelping and Working

Whelping a Messy Litter of Pups

Whelping Puppies Picture Pages

How to Find a Good Breeder

Pros and Cons of Inbreeding

Hernias in Dogs

Cleft Palate Puppies

Saving Baby E, a Cleft Palate Puppy

Saving a Puppy: Tube Feeding: Cleft Palate

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Whelping: Close-to-Textbook Case

Puppies' Progress Chart (.xls spreadsheet)

Cuban Mysti Puppies: Full Term Mucus Plug - 1

Cuban Mysti Puppies: Labor Story 2

Cuban Mysti Puppies: Labor Story 3

Cuban Mysti Puppies: One-Day-Old Pups 4

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