Puppies are cute. Puppies are adorable. But if you have a litter of puppies at home, they can be very messy and cause a lot of stress to your daily routine. Puppy feeding time is one way that this chaos continues to happen in homes across the country, as these little guys want nothing more than milk from their mother dog. Here’s how to stop feeding puppies from mother.
• Remove the Mother from the Puppy
As adorable as it is to have puppies feeding on their mother, or even a dad dog for that matter, you are going to have to separate the happy trio before too long. This means removing the mother from her offspring after eating solid foods around eight weeks of age. Get her used to staying in another room or even another area of the house up until this time.
This will make it easier to remove her once the feeding time needs to come to an end. In a way, this is something of a sad moment – as you are pulling your pet dog from its children and making sure that the puppies no longer feed off her milk supply.
It’s not always possible for people who have other dogs at home, or it may not be healthy for the mother dog to have puppies constantly hanging off her teats, so feeding from a bowl is certainly a healthier alternative. It just means you’ll need to act fast when the time comes!
• Feed the Puppies in a Different Room
Regardless of whether the mother is present or not, it would help if you made sure that your puppies don’t feed off their siblings. Once they start eating solid foods – which is usually around eight weeks of age – you should bring them into another room and continue to remove any milk from their stomachs after each feeding session. That way, they won’t feed off one another after the milk is gone!
This means that you will need to get a bowl for each puppy in the house and make sure that there is enough food in one place for each of them. Sure, it’s more work than feeding on mom – but you’ll have much less stress in the long run!
Puppies need to learn how to eat off a bowl, and their mother will most likely not be around for much longer. If you continue feeding her after that point, your dog is also very likely to refuse food from you as well. That can be a real headache when it comes time to feed these guys, so just cut out the middleman for as long as possible.
When you begin feeding solid food, make sure that there’s a lot of variety and nutrition in each meal. This will ensure that your puppy is healthy and getting everything it needs to grow up into a happy and healthy adult dog!
• Feed Puppies with a Bottle or Dish that is not Near their Mother
It is best to bring food out of the dog’s reach and attach a bottle or container to the floor. This prevents puppies from feeding off their mother directly, and they will need to leave her side to partake. That way, she can keep eating until they are full-grown.
You don’t have to worry about the mother dog eating her food too fast – as it is more than likely that she has already been taught how to eat from a dish or bowl. Remember, you will need to keep the puppy’s feeding area separate from their mother before long anyway.
• Place a barrier between the puppies and their mother, such as baby gates, to stop them from going back to her
If they can’t reach her, they won’t want to feed on her. Another reason it is essential to get puppies feeding off a bottle as soon as possible is because the mother’s milk will begin to go sour if left in their stomachs for too long. This means that it will no longer be as healthy for them and can cause stomach upset.
Commercial puppy milk replacer is a good idea if you want to make your baby food (it’s also known as dog milk replacer or puppy milk powder). This provides all the nutrients they need to develop correctly – but remember, too much dog milk can be dangerous. It’s essential to get your puppies off this type of food before they turn three months old, as high amounts cause diarrhea and other digestive issues in some dogs.
It is also possible to purchase store-bought puppy biscuits or kibble that can be eaten without water, but many owners use a nipple bottle instead. This means that puppies will not have to be forced to eat off the floor, making things easier for everyone involved.
• Put Food Bowls in Different Places
If you are concerned that your puppies will return to their mother for more milk, keep a close eye on her during mealtime. If she begins to show signs that she is about to go back over and feed on the other dogs, place her in another room or behind a door so she can’t reach them.
You may even want to keep her in a crate at this time, as it makes things easier to manage from a training perspective. You can take the mother dog out of the room so she can’t reach them. Or, delete your pet dog if there are other dogs around. This depends on what is healthier for her – either way, it works well!
Make sure that you leave the mother dog in a crate at night, or take her out of the room entirely if she is eating lots and trying to feed your puppies. They mustn’t be able to pull themselves off once they start drinking from her – especially if you want to avoid any dominance issues down the line!
It’s usually not necessary to remove the mother dog from her puppies altogether, but if your pet is vast and they are still small (under 12 weeks old), then it may be a good idea. However, you should never take them out of her sight for more than 20 minutes at any one time.
If they can’t be in their mother’s room, you will need to put them in a crate under supervision for the first twenty minutes. After this time has passed without her returning, they can be let out into the rest of the house with their siblings (again, under supervision). By doing this, she should learn that they are no longer dependent on her for food – and she can go back to her routine.
• Put a Dish of Milk with an Unpleasant Taste Near Where the Puppies Drink their Water
Something citrus-based can be a good option as it is bitter and sour, but you could also use soap or lemon juice and vinegar mixture. The taste will discourage them from drinking the milk in the future. In the same way that you would train a child not to put their finger into an electrical socket, you need to teach your puppy that there are unacceptable things in the world (like milk!).
The most important thing to remember is that you will have to continue with this regime as long as your dog has her puppies. Once they learn not to drink their mother’s milk, your job becomes a lot easier – but until then, she will be living in a state of stress and fear.
• Prevent Siblings from Fighting by Separating Them
Separating puppy siblings is crucial if you have more than one puppy at home. It is a good idea to set up separate feeding and play times for them not to get the chance to fight. How long to separate your puppy siblings depends on the behavior of the puppies towards each other. If they seem healthy and happy, you may be able to put them together in a common area or play with them simultaneously. However, if one or both of your dogs seem aggressive, anxious, or hurt when you put them together, it is best to keep them separate.
When you put the puppy siblings together for playtime or meals, try to make sure that they do not have the chance to fight. Ensure someone is home with your puppies at all times or even a baby monitor so that you can hear if there’s trouble. This will help ensure that they have complete supervision during this time. Hire a dog walker if you don’t have the time to supervise them during these activities.
Final Thoughts on Separating Puppies from Feeding Mothers
Separating puppies from feeding on their mother is a tough decision. Puppies need to be with the mom for eight weeks, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still help out while she’s caring for her litter! Try these tips to keep your pup active and engaged during this time when they need you most. If you’re considering separating a puppy from its mother, it sounds like an emotional experience no matter what path you take.