Your dog has finally given birth to a string of little puppies, each one cuter than the next. They run around, play, fight all day, a great experience to live. However, keeping all these puppies is impossible, it represents too much expense and time investment, not to mention the space they take up in your home. It will therefore be necessary to give them. However, it is not a question of giving them to just anyone, or just anyhow. This article will help you take all the necessary precautions to feed your puppies.
At what age can you give your puppies?
During the first two weeks of life, a puppy will hardly develop any senses. His eyes will not yet be open, his hearing almost nonexistent, and his sense of smell very poorly developed. During this period, her body will be in full development, and will need to stay as much as possible with her mother, who will be there to protect her young and especially to bring them her breast milk, essential for their good development.
From the third week, the puppies will start to open their eyes, their hearing will finally be developed, and their sense of smell a little more efficient. He also learns to move, thanks to the first games they will play between brothers and sisters, which will allow them to develop the muscles of their legs to quickly start walking in a still awkward way.
During the fourth and fifth week, the puppy will express its first emotions. He will start wagging his tail when he’s happy, squealing when he’s in pain, or when he’s scared. Communication also develops, and with it, the notion of dominance and submission. The puppy will discover this through play, by fighting with his siblings.
From the sixth week, until the eighth, the puppy will enter the most important period for his learning: the social discovery of other species, of which we humans are part. It is important that the puppy sees a lot of people during this period: women, men, children, and even other species such as the cat for example, because in adulthood, the dog will tend to be wary, even to have fear of species that they have not yet or not sufficiently crossed.
At the end of this eighth week, the mother, who was present until then, will start to move away from her young, and they themselves will begin to be more independent. It is therefore from this age, eight weeks, that you can think of finding an adopter for your puppies.
Who to give her puppies to?
You are ready to give your puppies, but to whom? Knocking on every door isn’t enough to tell if someone in your neighborhood wants a puppy. Let’s not forget that taking care of a puppy is a lot of responsibilities and that there are certainly a number of advantages, but also some constraints. If you meet an interested person, chat with them to make sure of a few contingencies:
This criterion should be checked for any animal: why does the person want to adopt it? A puppy is not just a soft toy to keep a child company, it will grow up and be expensive. The responsible adult must be aware of this and assume this well.
His involvement with the puppy
Unlike a cat which will be very independent, for which the master’s role will be reduced to feeding it and managing veterinary care, the dog will be quite different. The canine breed is very dependent on humans, for food and care, of course, but also for play, and above all, for walks. All dogs need to go out at least 45 minutes a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, especially if the dog is in an apartment and has no means of defecation indoors. The future master must therefore be aware of the time that a dog requires, and assume it, even if it means disrupting his habits.
The home of the future puppy
Not all dogs can live anywhere. If a small dog, such as a Bichon or Yorkie, can live very well in an apartment as long as it is out regularly, a larger dog, more energetic like a Doberman or a Brittany spaniel, will not be happy. if he is locked up all day in an apartment, even a large one, because they are dogs that need a garden to shake off and run. So do not hesitate to ask the adopter if you can see his housing to ensure the future living conditions of your puppy, if the person really loves animals, he should understand.
The ability to handle certain types of dogs
If you have chihuahua type puppies to give, you will of course not need to check this criterion with the adopter, everyone can manage the dog, even an adult, without too much effort. If, on the other hand, you have puppies of one breed or which have a difficult temperament, or even which have a lot of strength, like husky or rottweiler, do not give them to just anyone. has never had a dog in his life will certainly have a hard time taking care of this kind of dog which requires a strong education. Likewise, if someone who is too old wants to adopt this type of dog, you can imagine that there is too much risk that it will end badly. When walking, the master should walk the dog, and not the other way around.
Being able to financially manage the dog
Here too, this is a common criterion for all animals, but you will have to make sure that the adopter has the necessary means to breed the dog in good conditions. Taking care of a dog is expensive, between veterinary costs, accessories and kibble which quickly represent a fairly high budget, the person must be able to assume all of this. And even if there is insurance today to reduce veterinary costs, nothing else is sometimes beyond a person’s financial capacity.
All these criteria verified, and the puppy having reached his two months, having gone through all the first stages prior to his adult life, you will finally be able to adopt the puppy. You can be proud of yourself, because you will have ensured that he will live happily and in good conditions.