We review the 4 stages of the dog heat cycle. Part of this article discusses the signs of heat you should be watching for to tell if your dog is in heat. Don't stress about unwanted pregnancies, know what to do if you are not going to have your dog spayed.
Category - Breeding Your Dog
Is my bitch too old to breed? How old should my dog be before allowing him to sire a litter? What is the recommended age for both male and female dogs to breed? We attempt to answer these questions in this article.
Too many people emphasize the selection of the male dog, but you have to spend time making sure the bitch is just as qualified to receive your premium stud dog. We suggest 10 key points to consider before having your dog provide stud services.
One question I am frequently asked is, How do I tell if my dog is pregnant? This is easily answered, but not be quite as easy to determine. Dont be alarmed, it is possible, but it requires some effort.
So your dog is nearing the end of her pregnancy. You're anxiously wondering what the signs of dog labor are. Now is a great time to understand the Top 10 Signs of Dog Labor which we cover in this article. If you have further comments or questions about 'Signs of Dog Labor', feel free to visit our Forums, Use our 'Ask a Breeder a Question Link' or make a Comment on this article below.
Raising a litter of puppies is both rewarding and a lot of hard work. So now it is time to learn how to wean puppies. We cover some of the basics regarding 'how to wean puppies' and suggest two options for replacing mother's milk in the puppy's 2nd stage.
What is really necessary for a whelping box? Do you really need to purchase an elaborate setup or can there be a simple solution? Obviously, purchased whelping boxes are designed for the dog birthing process and can make your job easier and your mom-dog more comfortable.
Part of being a responsible breeder is being prepared for whelping puppies from your pregnant dog. There are quite a few items that you should have ready before the big day arrives. We provide a list of these items.
We discuss how to weigh a puppy in this article. Regularly monitor the weight of your puppy. Declining or stagnating weight for a puppy could indicate more serious problems. Restricting the puppy long enough to get an accurate measurement can prove challenging.
We've delivered or assisted in the delivery of many litters of puppies. This is an ongoing list of problems that we have run into during the whelping process.
The long wait is nearly over. So what are the warning signs that indicate puppies are near? We review dog labor signs, potential problems you may run into, the birthing process, and more...
As you weigh the benefits and risks of this procedure, be sure to be honest with yourself. If you are not going to be vigilant when your dog is in heat, you will most likely end up with a litter of pups. It only takes seconds for your dog to become pregnant. Talk to your vet and your family and do what is best for you and your dog.
What is the process for having my female puppy spayed? Why should I have her spayed? We attempt to answer these questions.
Surgical complications, increased vaccine reactions, spay incontinence, and other reasons are reviewed as to why people choose not to spay a dog.
Choosing the right stud dog is essential to a successful dog breeding. Be sure to take your time in choosing correctly. It is not a perfected science, but here are some basic suggestions for choosing a stud dog.
Selling puppies responsibly seems to be a worrisome problem for many breeders, especially if you are reasonably new. I have written this article to help relieve some of the stress that may accompany the hectic life of a breeder. Compiled here is an 11 item checklist of things you may want to consider doing/having to help you sell your puppies professionally and responsibly.
Prenatal dog care is critical to having a healthy litter of puppies. We review tests you should complete before your dog mates. We also focus on 7 dog prenatal care tips.
Deciding to breed your dog is a big decision and should not be taken lightly. Before breeding your dog be sure to research and read as much material as possible. We review 4 Vet tests before breeding your dog.
Most of the time a female dog is good about cleaning herself during her heat cycle. Occasionally, a dog or specific dog breed can be quite messy during heat cycles. We give you a couple suggestions on what to do to keep your home stain free.
Every person who assists a dog with the whelping process should be familiar with helping newborn puppy breathe. Many times a newborn puppy will need some slight assistance to stimulate its breathing.