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Raising Puppies at Five Weeks Old

Sassy the English Mastiff and her litter of 11 adorable Mastiff puppies at five weeks old

Sassy the English Mastiff and the puppies laying in the middle of a lawn
Puppies crowded around and nursing from Sassy the English Mastiff
Puppies feeding from Sassy the English Mastiff who is standing up
Sassy the English Mastiff laying outside with Three Puppies
Sassy the English Mastiff laying outside with three puppies close to her face
People passing a puppy through a window

Passing the puppies out the window—it is easier to get them out for fresh air with two people.

Puppy being passed through a window
Passing a puppy to a person in the house

Pups at five and a half weeks. I am getting more sleep, BUT it is like living in a barn. Each day the puppies go out the window to the outdoor area, and the chips need to be cleaned. I don't do a full wood chip change every single day, I do that every two to three days, depending how soaked they get. On the days the chips are not completely changed, I filter them, and pick out the poops with a kitty litter scoop, all day, and top them off with new shavings. Two to three times a week they need to be totally shoveled out, with the area cleaned and bleached, and new chips need to be put down. It is a lot of daily work.

Scooping the soiled wood chips out of the puppy pen

Scooping the soiled wood chips out of the puppy pen.

Scooping the soiled wood chips into a trashcan
Soiled Wood Chips are placed in the trashcan
Cleaned and Bleached Puppy Pen

The pen’s all clean, chips scooped out and the floor has been bleached.

New wood chips placed in a puppy pen

New wood chips ready to be spread.

Wood Chips spread in puppy pen

The wood chips have been spread. The pen is ready for the pups to come back and soil it once again.

Sassy the English Mastiff outside nursing her puppies

While the pen is being cleaned, Sassy is outside enjoying the fresh air and her pups.

Close Up - Sassy the English Mastiff licking her puppies face

Sassy giving her pups kisses

Close Up - Sassy the English Mastiff licking more of the puppies face
Close Up - Sassy the English Mastiff licking her puppies face and being licked back by a puppy

Courtesy of MistyTrails Mastiffs

 

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