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Dog Laying on New Pups?

My dog just gave birth 12 hours ago to 8 pups. She keeps laying on them and she never seems to notice or care, so we move them away from under her and put them near her teats or with the rest of the litter. We don't have a whelping box, and we all work four hours a day, and I'm afraid to leave momma with the pups because I don't want her to smother them by mistake. What should I do?

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Also, I have another dilemma, we have to move in two weeks. We didn't expect the pups to be born until after we moved, (pre-mature) and we have no idea how to move mom and puppies safely and comfortably. We also have a cat and the daddy dog, but we are keeping him away from the pups for now. What should I do?
Thanks.

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October 12, 20170 found this helpful

Some facts about the puppies:

  • When a dog is born it has no way to keep warm. Normally the mother will lay on the puppies or the puppies will huddle together to keep warm.
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  • She knows she is lying on them. She will know when one of them is hurt. Do not worry so much.
  • As for moving this shouldn't be a problem. You will need to get a large carton to put the babies in. Make sure you have an old towel or blanket to put inside the carton.
  • At two to three weeks old it is safe to move them.
  • They should be opening their eyes between 18 to 21 days.
  • At two to three weeks you will see the puppies being more active and moving around or trying to learn to stand up on their legs.
  • Just keep them warm when you move them. The mother should follow you when you pick them up in the box. She will normally stay with the box to make sure the babies are fine.
  • As for the father I allowed my male dog next to my female dog after she gave birth to her puppies.
  • The male dog kept his distance and only sat and watched the female with her babies. He didn't try to go next to her or the babies.
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  • Once the babies got a bit older he would go next to the babies and smell them.
  • When they were first born he was a bit nervous and would come and get me all the time to come and look at the mother and her babies. I would even pick up the babies now and then and let him smell them.
  • It all works out. If the mother doesn't want the father around the babies, she will let him know.
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