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Whelping and Raising Puppies

Week 6

 

At six weeks, the pups have now fully developed their vision and hearing, but are still too young to respond to a name. They are ready to investigate anything. They should be starting to wean or be nearly weaned. Putting a weaning bra on the dam promotes her to spend more time with the puppies, but they are unable to nurse. Some dams want to spend more time with the pups, but they cannot.

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By putting a snap-up shirt on the dam, she will spend more time playing with the puppies. You do not want them constantly trying to nurse at this age, stimulating milk production. The shirt is an easy way to stop the puppies from nursing, and works well. These shirts come in a variety of sizes from a children's department store.

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The puppies are getting free time to run around the 20' x 20' kitchen, and play with the other dogs...

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...and meet the cat.

Their world is gradually getting larger...a little at a time, so as not to overwhelm them.

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This is the age they start to love to explore new things.

These 6-week-old puppies are being housetrained using the Misty Method and are perfect little pottiers.

Misty Method house trained puppies at 6 weeks old

Misty Method house trained puppies at 6 weeks old

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Pup #1

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Pup #2

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Pup #2

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Pup #3

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Pup #3

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Pup #4

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Pup #4

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Pup #5

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Pup #5

 

Courtesy of MistyTrails Havanese

 

 

Whelping: Close-to-Textbook Case