Caring For Puppies From Age 1
Caring for dogs from 1-8 weeks is not quite the same as caring for a young dog. Puppies should stay with their mother and littermates until the age of eight to 12 weeks. A dog separated from its mother will need human intervention. Puppy dogs are born with closed eyes and ears. They can't see very well, if at all. They have no teeth at birth and can't walk. Newborn dogs are incapable of urinating or defecating on their own. Pups will spend about 90% of the time sleeping during the first few weeks of life. They are keeping warm with their littermates and the mother's body heat. New puppy dogs can get very sick very quickly without proper care. They should be taken to a veterinary hospital as soon as possible to assess their health. Puppie dogs should not be fed cow's milk, as it does not provide adequate nutrition and it can cause digestive issues. The first milk made by the mother contains colostrum, a substance that contains additional antibodies to help the baby fight infection. This can be absorbed by the dog for the first day or two of its life. It provides temporary immunity against whatever illnesses the mother has immunity against. A newborn baby is too young to go through any kind of training. If the mother permits it, you can handle the little ones regularly for a short time. You can use the time to cuddle and pet the dog. The dog will get used to the smell and feel of humans. . . .