The process of drying up a mother dog's milk is a natural one encouraged by removing puppies 4 weeks and older from the mother for a few hours each day. Nursing puppies empty the mammary glands, signaling a need for more production. As the puppies consume less milk for their needs, the glands reduce and eventually stop milk production.Know More
Under ideal circumstances, the weaning process is gradual, and milk production reduces slowly. Once puppies reach the appropriate age for weaning, owners begin introducing them to small amounts of solid puppy food in a bowl during the time they are away from their mother. Owners should gradually increase the amount of solid food the puppies receive. If the vet has put the adult dog on puppy food during pregnancy, owners should gradually convert her diet back to adult dog food during the weaning process.
Permanent removal of the puppies before weaning leads to excess milk production by the mother, which is often painful for her. If the mother continues to produce milk after the puppies are weaned, there is the potential that she could develop an infection in the mammary glands, known as mastitis. Owners of a dog who continues producing milk after weaning puppies should contact a veterinarian.Learn More
Dean Smith on Critters 360 explains that after a coonhound is taught to track and find a raccoon skin, it is time to begin work with a live raccoon. Trap a raccoon, and release it so it runs up a nearby tree. Set the coonhound to follow the short scent trail to the treed raccoon, and praise the hound for finding, sounding and working the treed raccoon.Full Answer >
Small Labrador Retrievers were originally bred as a friendly companion and a working dog. These dogs were originally used as helpers for fishermen in the North Atlantic. Their descendents, the small Labrador Retrievers now bred as pets, are just as loyal and hard-working as their ancestors.Full Answer >
Some good names for a male Goldendoodle puppy include Bailey, Cody, Maximus, Biscuit and Oliver. Names for a female Goldendoodle puppy include Arrow, Avalon, Angel and Bandit.Full Answer >
The only way to calm a male dog when he is in close proximity to an unaltered female in heat is to separate the animals so they cannot hear, see or smell one another. Many pet owners send the female to a veterinary hospital or boarding facility for the duration of her heat cycle.Full Answer >