YOUR HELPFUL FREQUENT QUESTIONS:
PRE-WHELPING (Pre-Birth) - YOUR FREQUENT QUESTION
Q-We would love to learn more home visits to see where the puppies grow up
A-You can read our “Visitation Policy” for more information.
Q- What are your requirements for a prospective owner.
A- Thank you for asking. My requirement is honesty and forthcoming with information. I’m very transparent and I open my home for all to see through the livestream. This contract is a contract of trust & respect and it needs to be mutual. I do listen to my gut feeling. I also trust in God’s guidance. I do reject those that are not forthcoming or give me a sense of withholding.
Q- When will you start to have the live camera?
A- A few days before due date when she starts showing signs. The puppy camera is assigned to the current puppies. After current puppies go home, the camera will be reset with a new link for the new litter.
Q- How will we know when she is giving birth?
A- I will let you know. There are some signs to watch for that will let us know delivery is eminent. One main one is keeping a record of temperature days before for baseline. Once it spikes up delivery is within 1-12hrs. Then it will drop low, that’s when delivery is within the hr. Plug comes out 1st, then the first pup. I will warn you ahead of time.
I will send you the link during baseline temp. That will give you time to open the link and have it ready. That can be days before delivery. Then, I will alert you when the temp goes up. This may be the last alert since I’m usually busy comforting mamá. We may be in and out the whelping box. The camera will be aiming towards the whelping box. Delivery will be in the whelping box because all the supplies, towels, etc; are in the whelping box. So if prior to delivery we are in and out the whelping box; don’t worry, once the plug comes out I can carry her to the whelping box for delivery. During whelping, I may not respond to any text. My focus will be to my female dog and pups.
Q- So can I ask when we pick up our puppy what will they come with?
A- Pick up will be after 1st vaccinations and Vet check at 8-10wks old, depending when mom weaned them off. You will take home your puppy and a gift bag with a zip bag of puppy food and treats, puppy toy or chewy bully stick, wee wee pads, and a folder with AKC registration form plus more information.
Q- What can we buy ahead of time to get prepared?
Q- So her due date can be …?
A- Gestation is give and take 64days from tie date. But she can deliver from day 58-68day. I usually start taking her temp around day 56 for base line. Once she starts showing other signs like nesting, frequent potty to empty bowels, mild contractions.... I’ll send you the camera link. This can be days before delivery.
Q- Also, we would like a female. The others on the list say female or male. What does that mean if there is only one female?
A- That means that whoever deposit came first, they get to pick even gender. Sometimes it’s helpful to know preference. If one female is born and the rest are males, there are times that those that don’t really have a preference will choose a male when they see someone else really wants a female. So far we’ve had good caring buyer. We pray that God will continue blessing us with kind hearts.
3-4 WKS OLD - YOUR FREQUENT QUESTION
Q- Have they started to potty on the grates yet?
A- Yes, they squat and stand still to go potty. It’s hard to tell because they are so little. Also, Mom is still keeping the area clean. But I see evidence once I pick up the tiles and see the wee wee pad with urine spots and there’s indication of stool that also goes through the tile grill.
Q- Did it help to shrink their bed area?
A- Yes it did. They still head towards the potty area and sometimes when their front paws touches the potty area then they go potty but their back paws are still on the sleeping area. So they already know, just need a little more time to practice. Also, when I see they are waking up, I run to gently encourage them to potty in the potty area.
Q- When will you let your other dogs interact with the puppies?
A- Usually around 5-6 wks old. But, mom is the one that sets the boundaries. At that time they move from the whelping box upstairs to the mini house downstairs which is four times the size of the whelping box and has a gate where they greet the adult dogs every morning. I do introduction one adult at a time. Junior, the father, loves to play with the puppies when they are smaller than him. He’s a good father. The adult girls become maternal, protective and playful. The girls like to keep the puppies clean. LJ is the disciplinarian. In the morning while they greet, if they get too rowdy, LJ growls and doesn’t move and once the greeting becomes more gentle then he continues to play w them. Sometimes one adult might give a harsh correction and the other adults will jump to action; go to lick his/her face to calm him/her down and the other half of adults will run and play with the pups and move them away. All this is under Mom’s supervision and approval.
Q- Do your other dogs know that there are puppies and want to check them out?
A- Yes they do. They all walk by the nursery room but they don’t even dare to walk in to the room to see the puppies. They know it’s not time yet. But, sometime I see them hiding behind a door frame with one eye trying looking in and the other eye and body is hidden behind the door frame.
Q- Do they all interact eventually?
A- Yes. Eventually the pack becomes their teachers. The pack will teach them good doggy manners and doggy etiquette. This stage is important because it is the foundation for socializing.
Q- Is Mom choosing to spend more time outside of the box or are you reducing her time with them to help develop independence?
A- Mom never leaves their sight except to go potty or eat. The nursery room is next to our room and the door is open to give her freedom to come in and out. She has her favorite bedding right outside the whelping box. She has the whole room to sleep anywhere including a window; but she prefers right next to the whelping box. She jumps in and out the whelping box all day. She also has free food in the nursery room but she also comes downstairs to be part of our morning and night feeding ritual. Once she’s done eating, she runs back to her babies. The puppies need their mom all the way till they go home. They depend on her for all new situations which, just about everything is a new situation. The only time I start to reduce her time with them is around 7 weeks. That’s when she no longer has access to free food (to reduce her milk production), and reduce nursing them, plus, the puppies don’t share their food with mom. Even when teeth erupted and they bite her while nursing; she will grow at them and give them another chance. Most of the time they get it, but a few times she simply growls and walks away if they still bite her. But the next time they will get it. All my girls are good moms. I feel honored to witness doggy culture. God must have had a lot of fun when He created wolfs/dogs.