When Can I Touch A Newborn Puppy?

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Zeke Zepplin Profile
Zeke Zepplin answered
You can touch them straight away, but only if your dog lets you, if she looks stressed then leave them alone. Never try and take them away, if she feels you are a threat to them she may eat them as a way to protect them, just hold them for a few minutes and then give them back. Make sure to stroke her first and talk to her calmly to let her know that you're not a threat to them.
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You can touch a newborn but you got to make sure your hands are clean like you do for human babies and you really don't want to touch them that much cause you can make them sick from bacteria on your hand that you could have picked up anywhere also if you handle them to much you can make the mother either had the pup or not feed it anymore because you handled it to much and it smells like you.
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angela cooper
angela cooper commented
Thanks a lot. The reason I asked because I wanted to nudge the runt to the nipple. By Mon I was trying a bottle but she died anyway.
missy girl
missy girl commented
I just had new born puppie yesterday & she had 4 & we're getting her fixed b cus this is her 3rd litter & I can't wait til I can touch them
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Anonymous commented
Thats really helpful cause my dog had eight puppies on october 5.
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Anonymous answered
My dog is a pedigree staff and she gave birth 4 weeks ago. While she was giving birth she had her head on my lap the whole time. When she had sorted pups out and they were moving around she was actually rolling them towards me, as if she wanted me to stroke them. I did this and she was fine with it. I would not advise anyone to touch the pups unless you really know your dog.
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Anonymous answered
You shouldn't handle the puppies until their eyes open , a lot of people say, maybe even wait a bit longer.
I would feel so guilty and sad that I had a litter of perfectly fine puppies at birth (the risky part)
and then have them all die because of handling them. Don't risk it.
It can be very tempting to want to kiss, and hold them, and take some cute pictures with them, but look past that, you are really harming its life.
Its better to only handle them to get them over to the mothers nipple.
Other than that, keep your hands to yourself.
Also, the mommy won't be comfortable with a whole bunch of people touching them and holding them, so its better for the person the female loves , cuddles, and bonds with.
(usually the one owner that bought the dog)

Good luck on the new breeders!
I will be breeding very shortly!
Extremely excited!
I just hope everything goes well, and as planned!
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Anonymous answered
You can't touch it until it is 2-3 weeks old or else the new born pup will not smell the same as the mom smelt it first then the mom will not think its her child anymore
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Kerri Kezzbox Maguire
That's not true, my vet said as long as we let her smell us and "ask" her if we can, she'll be fine. She has no problems letting us touch them.
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Darci Moffitt answered
You can touch them right away as long as the mother is fine with you but don't hold them to much or they can get sick and don't keep them away from their mother too long other wise she might get angry and try to hurt you.
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Phoebe MadHat answered
Touch the mother first; be comforting, quiet, and reassuring. As she becomes less tense and the pups become slightly less squeaky and look around their environment, you can try gently stroking them. Make everything gradual. Once the mother seems relaxed with you their, try to lift a puppy and see how both respond. You should be present if your child lifts the puppies. They might get excited and that would upset the mother.
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Anonymous answered
If you wear gloves while touching the new pup, it's okay. We raise pits and we do it all the time with no problems. Now if you touch the pup with nothing on your hands the mother will disown the dog and you will find yourself bottle feeding a orphan pup every 2 hrs on the dot...
Stacy Morrison Profile
Stacy Morrison answered
You wouldn't want to put your scent on new born's as the mother could reject them. Try not to handle them too much to start with.
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Anonymous answered
Around six weeks old, make sure they are eating and drinking good before they go to new homes.
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shamar shamar answered
Usually a while because she can catch a baby cold,just call the vet to make sure but usually 3-4 weeks after birth.
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Anonymous answered
I have 4 pups and I don't want give any away  but I will give them away when they are drinking and eating on their own!
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stacey Mergist answered
When the pup starts to eat and drink on their own & when the mom refuses to feed them. Make sure the can function well with out any disabilities.
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Anonymous answered
You can't touch a newborn puppy untill they're around 2-3 weeks. Other than that you can help it if it gets seperated by it's mother.
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Some moms no matter how loyal and loving to they're owners and family members wil  be overprotective with the new pups for a few days this is very normal in fact it is a very good sign that shes is just being a good mom  I would say it would be fine for the kiddies to hold the pups a couple of days after they are born and as long as it  looks like the mom is comfortable with it and always make sure you grab the pups for the kids kids
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Kerri Kezzbox Maguire , According to the vet, answered

According to my vet, who's a -very- esteemed guy,.. You're fine to touch the puppies if they get stuck or need to find a teet... As long as you pet the mum for a while first and let her sniff your hands. Your hands must be washed both before and after handling the puppies as well :)

caroline Profile
caroline answered
You can help put him on the teat right away, especially if hes having trouble. Hold him there until he latches on, and watch the mother isn't moving him off. Don't be afraid to handle them.
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Anonymous answered
Children can handle puppies as soon as they are cleaned up after being born. If fact, being cuddled helps warm them. Make sure they don't drop them. For smaller children, make them sit dog and place the puppy in their lap.
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Anonymous answered
I think it would be better off not to handle them to much in the first week of life its a lot better for the pups and lets mom be mom otherwise your risking the chance that mom could reject them
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Anonymous answered
You should wait for at least three weeks because the mother might reject them and not give them milk so you should wait till they open their eyes and start walking a lot   so three or four weeks
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Dustin McKeever answered
You can let them play with them just not for too long and the mom might be more protective against the children you should grab the pups for your children
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
You shouldn't because if the dog is not ok with it then she might not want to give her puppies any milk or she can actually kill them
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My female just had her first birth of 5 puppies she is dirty after giving birth
can I bath her now or do I need to wait any longer?
Can I carry the babies into the box to keep them there with their mother so they can be warmer,?
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Anonymous answered
Around 8 weeks, the bitch will start to ingore them n the pupps will eat n drink on there own!!!!! N your a bitch jk

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