This Page Is About My Weaning Practice And Beliefs
Please Read This Information, It Is Very Important To Understand Why I Can Not Give A Specific Date When Puppies Can Go Home.
But Usually It Is 6 - 8 Weeks Of Age
Some of the following information has been cut/pasted from ASPCA website.
1. When Is the Best Time To Wean a Litter of Puppies?
Whether puppies are orphaned or with their mothers, weaning can generally begin between three and four weeks of age, and is ideally completed by about seven to eight weeks of age. Although itís often unavoidable, especially in the case of orphaned dogs, itís preferable to allow weaning to be a gradual process that occurs over several weeks. Puppies need time to learn important behaviors from their mother and littermates, including how to interpret signs of dominance, inhibit their own biting habits and submit to more dominant dogs.
"This is why I let the mothers wean at their own pace (usually 6 - 8 weeks), unlike puppy mills that will completely take puppies away from mothers as early as 3 weeks!"
2. How Do I Wean a Litter of Puppies?
Start by separating the mother from her litter for a few hours at a time. While separated, introduce the puppies to eating from a pan. This time apart will reduce the pupsí dependency on their motherís milk and overall presence. The amount of food and the frequency and length of separation can gradually be increased. As the puppies become independent and self-confident, they can spend more and more time away from their mother until they are completely weaned.
"I don't do this, the mother will separate herself from pups since they are in the house and not caged together. The mother will do this all on her own" Usually around 5 - 6 weeks of age.
3. What Should I Feed Puppies During the Weaning Process?
During the weaning process, itís a good idea to feed puppies the same high-quality puppy food theyíll eat throughout their growth period right from the start. Be sure to moisten the food with warm water to create a soupy gruel thatís appealing to their sensitive palates.
For the first few feedings, pups may need encouragement to eat. For example, puppies may be allowed to lick gruel from a finger dipped into the pan. Most puppies will quickly learn to feed from the bowl. Always have fresh water available.
"I use Pedigree dry puppy food and canned pedigree puppy food. I add warm Goat Milk to dry food, then add a little canned food to that, let stand till moist (about 1/2 hour) Then feed to pups." I start this at approximately 4 weeks of age, making it less soaked and more crunchy every week till eating only dry food. Then continue goat milk (about 1/2 cup a day till 12 weeks old.
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