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Raising 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.

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.

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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.

 

 

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