What is involved in raising a fill of puppies? This is a question I am asked quite often. It is certainly an activity that should not be taken lightly. That soft textured little puppy rottweiler puppies for sale5 is going to be a full grown dog someday soon, and will have an effect on many ancestors lives and you want that impact to be a positive one.
I think the first thing you must look at when you began thinking about having a fill of puppies is the sire and dams ancestral qualities. You want to be sure you are passing on healthy ancestral make-up. To do so you must be certain both parents are free of any ancestral faults which could afflict your particular breed. In addition both parents should exhibit very stable temperaments.
Once you have determined that both parents are healthy, and your puppies have arrived successfully, the real task of raising the puppies begins. It will require a straight of devotion not unlike a mother’s to her newborn child. Though there are many dog breeds the process is the same.
For the first so often of a puppies life the dam does much of the work. Most dams will instinctively keep the puppies clean and feasted. However, it is up to you to make sure the dam and puppies have a quiet place of their own with an adequate whelping box. The bedding in the whelping box must be kept clean and sanitary. The temperature in the whelping area must be administered and maintained so the puppies and the dam are comfortable. Probably the most important thing of all at this time is making sure your dam has proper nutrition so she can produce an adequate supply of milk. Only the breeder should handle the puppies in these first few weeks of life. But, they should be handled as this establishes a first trust in people.
Puppies eyes began to open at few weeks of age and they began to stand on their own. This is when the real work and expense of rearing a fill begins. As the puppies began to display individual character attributes their emotional and physical development begins to rely more and more on the breeder and less on their dam. It is at this point that puppies must be handled daily, and handled in a positive manner, so there is never a barrier of distrust created. Puppies will never be objects, no matter how many you have in a fill. Each has unique character attributes and puppy conditioning by the breeder is simply as important as any other area of puppy rearing.
At three to four weeks you will begin the weaning phase. In most cases the dam, soon there after the puppies teeth will emerge, will begin to spend less and less time with the puppies. It is at this point that you will will supplement your puppies diet. I start off with a mush made from a high quality puppy food which has been softened with a prepared puppy milk replacer. Gradually you will decrease the amount of milk replacer through to the puppies are eating their kibble dry. You must always have fresh drinking water available.
Once the puppies are eating on their own on a regular basis the dam will become less wary about cleaning up after the puppies and it will now fall to you to see that the puppy area is maintained in a sanitary manner. You have probably moved them out of the whelping box and into a larger area at this point. Make sure this is in a location that makes cleansing relatively simple. You must, in any case, mop once or twice daily. You may use a diluted bleach solution, but I prefer to use a one-step solution which is a germicide, fungicide, washing liquid, and deodorant. You can find this at your local animal health store or your doctor may be able to aid it.
Also at weaning time is when most veterinarians recommend beginning your puppies on a routine vaccination and deworming schedule. This is extremely important in maintaining good health in your puppies and will guard them against infectious diseases. I recommend consulting your doctor for an appropriate schedule.
Now for evaluating and placing your fill. You have probably been without conscious thought “grading” your puppies from the day we were looking at born. An experienced breeder is able to see beyond color and markings, looking at things such as bone, head shape, angulation, and other criteria that vary with each breed. But keep in mind that most puppies change dramatically as they develop. Some puppies may show early potential for show or future multiplying stock, but some will, without doubt be of pet quality. It is very important for you to be able to recognize this in order to properly place each puppy. Personality is also important when placing your puppies. The quieter puppy will not do as well in the show ring as the puppy whose modern personality says”Look at me!! inch
As well as grading your puppies, you must be able to “grade” prospective owners. I cherish each dog I bring into this world and treat it as part of my extended family when i erect it in its new home. Some of the things you may want to ask a prospective owner are whether they have had pets previously, if so, do they still have the pet and if not what happened to it. This teaches what type of other pets the puppy will be around and how responsible the proprietor was with their previous pet. You will need to know what they intend to do with the puppy. Show, house pet, agility candidate? Will someone be home with the puppy and if not will someone at least be able to come home at lunchtime to check in on the puppy? Will the puppy stay in the house or outside in a put in writing. What kind of space do they live in? A small apartment or a house with a fenced yard. Some breeds are well suited to apartment living while others require more space in which to exercise. Does the new owner understand that the time and financial commitment they are making. Give them an average of annual costs, including, doctor visits, grooming, food, and supplies. Also let them know, that while we never want it to occur, sometimes things occur which require emergency doctor care and this can be quite costly. If the future owner is young ask what their plans are for the future, while it may be awkward, you want to know that your puppy is going to a stable home.
Last, but certainly not least, is having a well considered contract for everyone to sign. Include things such as any health guarantee you are prepared to offer and, if the puppy is being sold as a pet, require evidence of spay/neuter by four months of age. Require appropriate doctor care throughout the life of the dog. Another thing a conscientious breeder will include in a contract is a clause which states the breeder be afforded first probability to buy the puppy back if the owner is unable to keep the dog for any reason. If it is not feasible for the breeder to take the dog back they will be able to help find a new home for the puppy. These are just some of the things you may want to consider putting in a contract. But always insist upon a written agreement, even if the new owner is a friend or family member. It just stops confusion and distress resulting in bad feelings later on.
Letting your puppies go to their new homes is difficult for any caring breeder. You have invested a lot of yourself in every one of them. But, when you have taken the time to determine a relationship of trust with the new owners, it’s really a very rewarding experience. I receive pictures on a daily basis from satisfied owners who have acquired a puppy from me and it is very heartwarming when you know you have gotten to provide that puppy and that family a happy life together.