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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.

A white snap-on onesie. A Dam is standing across a tiled floor with a onesie on. In front of her is a sitting puppy pawing at her and behind her are two puppies playing with each other. A dam is wearing a onesie and standing across a tiled floor. In front of her is a line of puppies.

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.

Three puppies are playing in a kitchen next to a wooden whelping box.

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

The right side of a white with black Puppy that is reaching out to sniff the back of a cat. The cat is bigger than the pup.

...and meet the cat.

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

Two puppies are sniffing the brush side of a broom on top of a white linoleum floor.

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

Six small black puppies are gathered towards the end of a fenced in area inside of a house.

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

Six puppies are inside of fenced area of a room. There is a potty area and a separate play area in it.

Misty Method house trained puppies at 6 weeks old

The back of a fenced in area in a room. There is a paper potty area with pee on it in the back.

Misty Method house trained puppies at 6 weeks old

A girl is sitting cross legged leaning against a wooden whelping box and a puppy is sitting in her lap. There are four other puppies around them playing. A girl is sitting in the puppies play area and the puppies are walking up to her. One is in her arm and the other is standing up against her arm. Two puppies are standing under a table near there Whelping box.
The left side of a tan with black puppy that is being posed by a person standing behind it.

Pup #1

A tan with black puppy is standing on a carpet and it is looking forward.

Pup #1

The left side of a black with gray puppy that is being posed in a show stack on a table by a person behind it.

Pup #2

Front view - A black with gray puppy is laying across a couch and looking over the edge.

Pup #2

The right side of a white with brown puppy that is trying to stick its nose through a wire rack enclosure.

Pup #3

Front view - A white with brown puppy is sitting on a couch, it is looking forward and its head is slightly tilted to the left.

Pup #3

The left side of a brown with white and black puppy that is standing across a table and it is being posed in a show stack by a person behind it.

Pup #4

Front view head shot - A brown with white and black puppy is being held in the air by a person and behind them is a wood panel wall.

Pup #4

The back right side of a brown with white puppy that is standing in front of a door that has bells hanging from it.

Pup #5

A fluffy brown with white puppy is sitting against the arm of a couch.

Pup #5

Courtesy of MistyTrails Havanese

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