What to do when weaning your puppies
When a puppy reaches a certain age, it is time for them to wean. This process involves lessening their need for their mother’s milk and care.
After giving birth, the mother dog naturally takes care of her puppies. They depend on her fully for nutrition and for security. After some weeks it is important that the puppies learn to eat solid food and rely less on their mother.
When should you start to wean puppies? You should start weaning a puppy when they are around three weeks old. This process can continue until the seventh or eighth week.
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Weaning a Litter of Puppies
The weaning process should happen gradually, over a few weeks. Begin by separating the puppies from their mother for a few hours at a time. While separated, introduce the puppies to eating from a pan. This will begin to lessen the puppies’ dependence on their mother’s milk and presence.
Feeding: Over time, gradually increase their food and length of separation. The puppies will develop self-confidence and independence during weaning. Don’t separate a puppy from the litter during this time as it might be too soon.
Socialization: This is when puppies learn most about social behaviour from their mother and littermates. You can help by taking them to puppy classes and giving them social contact before they are twelve weeks old. This will make your puppy less likely to develop aggressive or fearful behaviour.
Socializing your puppy can prevent later problems. Along with weaning, it helps with behavioral development and can affect the way puppies act when they’re older.
Puppy Weaning Food
When weaning your puppies, pay attention to the quality and taste of their new food. Dogs need their food to be appealing, not just nutritious.
Puppy Food. Feed them high-quality puppy food that has been created for them. Talk to your vet about choosing a food with nutrients that are essential for the growth of a young dog.
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You should mix new solid food with warm water or canine milk replacer to moisten it. Puppies will love the warm soupy gruel and will eat it more easily. Always provide clean drinking water in addition to the food.
Encouragement. Puppies might need encouragement to eat food from a pan for the first time. You can help by letting a puppy lick the gruel from your fingers. Most puppies will learn to feed from the pan by themselves quickly.
The weaning process is complete when you’re able to feed the puppies regular dry or canned food. The puppies will also be more independent and not look for their mother all the time.
When weaning orphaned puppies.
The weaning process is the same for puppies with a mother. Provide nutrition for the orphaned puppies using puppy milk replacer. You can get it through your vet or at a pet supply store. Your vet can teach you how to prepare and give the milk replacer safely.
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