You should start introducing solid food to the pups at about 3 weeks. This should be a mixture of puppy food and water or canine milk replacer. For dry puppy food use a ratio of 1:3 solid to water. For canned food use 1:2 solid to water. The pups may not be interested at first but it is important the food is there for them to get used to the smell, texture and taste. Gradually reduce the amount of water you are using to mix with the puppy food. The puppies should be off mum's milk by about 6-8 weeks.
How Old Do Pitbull Pups Have To Be To Be Weaned Off Their Mom And What Do They Eat During The Weaning Process?
The mother will start to wean her puppies around five weeks. You can start introducing them to soft dry puppy and get them in the habit of depending on dry food rather than looking for mom to feed them although moms milk is best for them so if mom isn't trying to wean them then I wouldnt force her to stop since moms milk has all the antibodies and vitamins and good stuff they need to support a healthy immune system and give them what they need to grow up healthy. They should be eating solid foods before you give them away. Five or six weeks is a good time to start feeding them some dry puppy food soaked in some water to make it soft enough for them to eat.
Absolutely wrong! Pups should begin weaning at 3-4 weeks and will be ready to leave their mother and siblings at 8-12 weeks.
You can wean a puppy at 6 weeks of age but it is better for the puppy to wean them at 8-12 weeks of age.
The weaning process should happen naturally though you can help it along once their 4 weeks. I also soak the dam's food at this stage so they don't choke if they get into it. Remove mom so she doesn't get involved and even eat the food :-). Get a good canned food (preferably a smooth one at first so there is no big chunks or just make sure you squish them really good :-) I use A/D from my veterinarian. In the very beginning for the first day at least I pretty much just flavor some water with the food in a low flat saucer and make sure it's not too hot or too cold (smells like the food you are switching too and comes in a more similar manner to the one they are used to but it will taste different from mom's milk and like food). As they begin actually eating and are doing well you can add to the consistency until it is just canned food. You can do this a couple of times a day and watch them so you know how they are doing and when to add a bit more food to the water to thicken it. As they eat more they will probably also start venturing to mom's bowl and eating from there too and will nurse from her less and less. You can also start putting less and less water so they get progressively small crunches and then regular ones :-). Smaller breeds can take a little longer to wean sometimes. If you notice anything that seems off or worries you I'd see the vet. She will also start to discipline them because the teeth hurt and this is how they begin to learn no. They learn the meaning from the dam and interacting with the other pups not really from us. They will also begin to learn bite inhibition in a similar manner though you can participate in that :-). The next four weeks or so actually make a HUGE difference in how those pups turn out in the long run. It'll happen sooner than you think. :-). Pulling a puppy to soon can lead to health and behavioral problems that aren't fair to anyone including the pups (since they tend to pay the price) if it didn't HAVE to happen. www.dogbreedz.com www.diamondsintheruff.com http://wonder-puppy.com/puppy-parents/puppy-development-stages
6 weeks, as with any other puppy. Not before.
They need to be nursed until they are 6 weeks old. Around 4 or 5 weeks though the mom will start snapping at them often. That's when she is starting to wean them. She will still let them nurse off of her some though just not as often. At 4 weeks you can go and buy wet dog food in a can and start giving them that. That helps them to be weaned easily and they also get the nutrients they need as the mother is cutting them off of her milk.
5 weeks of age is to early I use to wean puppies at 6 weeks of age but now I wean them at 8 week of age the puppies will do better at their new homes the older the puppies are.
Yes they need 8 to 10 weeks to be really healthy