Posted 17 November 2010 - 06:22 PM
Do you think this sounds like the way to go? Any suggestions on drying her up and avoiding her being uncomfortable or mastitis issues?
Posted 17 November 2010 - 07:52 PM
ETC: crazy mistyped sentence!
Posted 17 November 2010 - 09:03 PM
Just another mention, be sure when you feed the pups that you use lots of bowls, at least 2 more bowls than there are pups. This can help tremendously with any resource guarding. Same goes for toys, etc. More is always better.
Border Collies: Molly, Chance, Heather, Tess, Rudy
Posted 18 November 2010 - 01:20 AM
It seemed a natural process the mothers were quite comfortable making themselves, and the babies adjusted to it just fine, since they had puppy food to make up the lack. So, I think unless you see some problem going on, it's probably safe to let your mama make up her mind. She'll soon have enough of those sharp teeth and pointy little claws!
And meanwhile she's helping keep them clean and teach them their manners.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace. ~ Milan Kundera
Posted 18 November 2010 - 12:05 PM
Posted 18 November 2010 - 04:14 PM
We just weaned a litter a month or so back, when the pups start eating a good amount on their own I seperate the dam at feeding time, this particular female is a oinker and is pretty nasty to any pup that pushes in to eat. What ever the pups don't clean up I let the dam clean up when I return her to the pups. I don't hurry when returning her, I may even let her be with me around the farm away from the pups.
I base full weaning on the female and how much she in interacting/schooling on the pups. The female that we just weaned doesn't really tune or play with her pups and lets them have their way with her. At about 6 weeks I removed her completely, but I did socialize the pups with some of our other adult dogs that are good with pups. They did a good job teaching "No" along with other dog/dog life lessons.
I don't reduce the females food until I pull her perminantly from the pups, at that time I cut her back to a normal feeding. I've not noticed any issues with excessive milk or post weaning discomfort like we see with other animals at weaning time, atleast not with this particular female. I do keep and eye on her watching for hardness, heat or redness and I do not touch her glands unless I feel it is absolutely necessary. Once the pups stop demanding milk she just starts to dry down. Last year our vet told us to not worry about weaning gradually and to just take the female away and not put her back when we want to wean.
We have had pups out of 4 different females over the last 8 years, only one would wean her own pups and dry up on her own. The rest all had to be pulled, cold turkey seemed to work the best.
Hope this helps.
"Every poor one you continue to work with equates to a good one that you never get the opportunity to own"- M. Christopher
Posted 23 November 2010 - 03:03 PM
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