We're going through a confusing time. Puppies have teeth. Mom wants to be with the puppies and nurse the puppies and the puppies want mom, but those little teeth make mom think twice about actually getting into the whelping box. So she stands in front of it and cleans the puppies and whines.
Sometimes she feeds the puppies, but more frequently whines.

The good news, I guess, is that puppies are little eating machines and they aren't entirely particular about where the food comes from, as long as it's food and it's either on their insides or their outsides.

All of them will eat from a bowl and their preference is the formula with the rice cereal. They have been given that mix plus some meat and veggie slush (liquid? watered-down puree?).
The puppies are taken outside but don't seem to know what they are there for. And all the while, mom wants to be right with them, cleaning and supervising them and whining.
She was in the bedroom with DH & Bella when I took the puppies outside and evidently tried to dig her way through the door to get to her puppies. So of course he let her out. Once outside, the puppies just wanted to focus on mom and nothing else.
Did I mention that all mom does is whine? Gigi is not much better. She also whines a lot, but she simply wants to be cuddled and we have to be careful with that...

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Are you positive it's the teeth that are bothering her? Many times, it's actually the little puppy claws that bother the dam far more than the teeth. You may want to check to see how sharp those little claws are, and clip them down. Just a thought, anyway. Emotion: smile

May I ask why you have to be careful with cuddling Gigi? Do you mean giving it to her in reward for whining?
You may want to check to see how sharp those little claws are, and clip them down. Just a thought, anyway. Emotion: smile

Puppy nails are regularly trimmed and filed. I can't do the same for the little teeth!
May I ask why you have to be careful with cuddling Gigi? Do you mean giving it to her in reward for whining?

Yes. I have no problem cuddling her when she's quiet, but not when she's being demanding. Since the puppies are in the office, it makes life difficult when puppies are demanding!

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We finally got the puppies outside after waking them up and they finally all eliminated outside. There was much rejoicing around the x-pen.
I'm happy because they have now "marked" the x-pen territory and I hope this will make the reason they are in it clearer to them!

Hooray for the eliminating 5!!

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Hooray for the eliminating 5!!

What a New Year's celebration! Hooray!

Janet Boss
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Puppy nails are regularly trimmed and filed. I can't do the same for
the little teeth!

Ahhh... I see. Sounds like you have a good grasp of what's going on, and good for you for getting them used to having their feet held and groomed at an early age. That is extremely helpful later in life, as I'm sure you know!
Yes. I have no problem cuddling her when she's quiet, but not when

she's being demanding. Since the puppies are in the office, it makes life difficult when puppies are demanding!

I understand.
Well, my thoughts are tapped! Sounds to me like you know what you're doing. Good luck and best wishes for continued good pup health and happiness.
Sounds to me like you know what you're doing.

Not by a long shot, but we're doing a decent job wingin' it.
Good luck and best wishes for continued good pup health and happiness.

Thanks!

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Sounds to me like you know what you're doing.

Not by a long shot, but we're doing a decent job wingin' it.

You're doing a magnificent job. And boy have you come a very, very long way in 26 days!
Now that you're feeding them more solid food and Mama isn't liking teeth so much, she'll probably wean them and my bet is she's stopped cleaning up after them too. The next 2-3 weeks are going to be a fair amount of work for you. Just let Neo decide how much time she wants to spend with them even when they're weaned they'll still need her guidance!
my bet is she's stopped cleaning up after them too. The next 2-3 weeks are going to be a fair ... let Neo decide how much time she wants to spend with them even when they're weaned they'll still need her guidance!

She's still very involved with cleaning them - and feeding them. Evidently some feedings are more uncomfortable than others. She does want to clean them and it's somewhat amusing to watch her go into the whelping box to clean them and sort of dance around so they can't feed if she doesn't feel like it.
We've never had any dogs that we knew were kept with mom & siblings for at least 8 weeks and that's something we think will be very beneficial. DH is talking about waiting just a little longer if possible, but he's not the one doing the brunt of the work!
We're letting her sleep in the bedroom with us at night and getting up to feed her and let her nurse the puppies. She seems to appreciate time away, but she's VERY concerned about the puppies. I think it's going to be hard for her to let go when the time comes, which will be sad (probably for all of us).

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