Passing the puppies out the window—it is easier to get them out for fresh air with two people.
Pups at five and a half weeks. I am getting more sleep, BUT it is like living in a barn. Each day the puppies go out the window to the outdoor area, and the chips need to be cleaned. I don't do a full wood chip change every single day, I do that every two to three days, depending how soaked they get. On the days the chips are not completely changed, I filter them, and pick out the poops with a kitty litter scoop, all day, and top them off with new shavings. Two to three times a week they need to be totally shoveled out, with the area cleaned and bleached, and new chips need to be put down. It is a lot of daily work.
Scooping the soiled wood chips out of the puppy pen.
The pen’s all clean, chips scooped out and the floor has been bleached.
New wood chips ready to be spread.
The wood chips have been spread. The pen is ready for the pups to come back and soil it once again.
While the pen is being cleaned, Sassy is outside enjoying the fresh air and her pups.
Sassy giving her pups kisses
Courtesy of MistyTrails Mastiffs
Although this section is based on a whelping of an English Mastiff, it also contains good general whelping information on large-breed dogs. You can find more whelping information in the links above. The links below tell the story of Sassy, an English Mastiff. Sassy has a wonderful temperament. She loves humans and adores children. An all-around mild mannered, wonderful Mastiff, Sassy, however, is not the best mother toward her puppies. She is not rejecting them; she will nurse them when a human places them on her to feed, however she will not clean the pups or pay any attention to them. It is as if they are not her puppies. This litter is getting mom’s milk with major human interaction, manually giving each and every pup what they need. In return, the pups will be super socialized and will make remarkable pets, however the work involved is astounding. It takes one dedicated breeder to keep this situation healthy. Thankfully this litter has just that. Read the links below to get the full story. The pages within include a wealth of information that everyone can appreciate and benefit from.