Puppy Tips

The best way to learn about breeding is to listen to other breeders. Here is a smattering of advice from some experienced breeders of purebred dogs.

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  • Don't take a new pup away from the mother as soon as it's whelped. Let the bitch lick the puppy, to distract her from the pain of the next pup being delivered.


  • A pregnant and nursing bitch will need to relieve herself much more often than usual. Be prepared to let your bitch outside frequently. As a precaution, locate the whelping box in a room without carpet for easier clean-up.


  • When the time approaches to let your puppies go to their new homes, start putting a few puppies together in a crate at night. The transition to their new home will be easier if they are already used to being separated from their dam when they sleep.


  • Handle your puppies at least once a day. Massage their feet to get them used to nail clipping. Roll them on their backs to teach them to trust people.


  • Monitor your pups carefully to make sure that each one is latching on and nursing vigorously within 24 hours after birth.