Posted by: ANON | 2008/01/16

newborn puppies

our lab cross alsation had 9 puppies, six survived, she chose to have them in a sandbed. We have tried moving her and the puppies into a box, she promptly picks them up and moves them back into the sandbed? is there anything we can do - surely the sand cannot be good for them. also she is very agrresive towards her partner?is this normal? how do we ensure the puppies are all well fed as she seems to get very unhappy when they try and drink?

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Some dogs will move the pups away from where they feel is unsafe (even though we think the new place is safer!). You may try and improve the bedding in her current "nest". The pups should drink often and if she is reluctant to let them it could be that she has inflamed mammary glands. Do they look red and hot?

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Posted by: labby lover | 2008/02/12

still awaiting your reply to purchase one of your female puppies

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Posted by: labby lover | 2008/01/29

iwould like to buy one of your female puppies- could u please contact me -i put my labby down down two weeks ago she was 15 years old

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Posted by: WR | 2008/01/18

Hi there,
Tough one.
Yes, putting a blanket in the sandbox might sound like an idea - but puppies do crawl around, and yes, they get stuck VERY easily in blankets etc. Move the pups into the area you want them - AND confine the bitch and the pups to the area. At least for a day. Even go as far as closing the sandbox off - so she does not have the option of moving them back.
The male is not that big an issue now - and do not worry about her aggression - that is completely natural - in fact be thankful - she will be a good mother. BUT like Carol said - the BEST thing is to keep him away from her and the pups - the reason she is so aggro with the pups could be that she is not feeling safe and she stays in a protective mood.
She needs a quiet place. Not for the R&R but to give her a chance to calm down.
Let us know how things are.

PS; have her sterilized after this - saves you a lot of trouble.

Try and NOT interfere too much after moving the pups - keep an eye on them but limit the time you stand and stare - this could upset her - as she could worry that you, being alpha, could wanna kill her pups.
Make sure she has PLENTY of water - liquids are very important for milk-production.

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Posted by: Carol | 2008/01/17

Why did you not have a whelping area ready for her ...and did you keep an eye on her due date so you could confine her ????

Was this a planned litter!, her partner ????? good grief the male shouldnt be anywhere near her now .. she needs peace and quiet .

I would put her in a closed room AWAY from the rest of the household pets and let the poor thing settle down and feed her and look after her puppies !!!!!

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Posted by: ano | 2008/01/17

Why not try putting a blanket in that sandbed for a day to absord their smell and after that remove the blanket together with the puppies to a new location. so that when moves the puppies back their scent will remain on the blanket and she will think some are still left there.
as for the aggression is normal she is trying to be protective to the puppies

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