Caring for Newborn German Shepherd Puppies
Like human newborn babies, German shepherd newborn puppies are helpless at birth. They need individual care so they receive sufficient nourishment. Owners need be watchful and prevent them from eating too fast and aspirating milk into their lungs. Without a watchful eye German shepherd, puppies may not survive the first few weeks of life.
German shepherd puppies often have seven, eight, or more siblings all struggling for a place at the table at the same time. Snuggling up to their mother’s warm belly means pushing brothers and sisters out of their way. The weakest German shepherd puppies in the new litter usually need the help of their owners to survive the early weeks after birth. The goal of owners and breeders is to help newborn German shepherd puppies to survive and thrive during the first six weeks of life. At this stage, weaning German shepherd puppies from the mother begins. At about seven months, German shepherd puppies are ready for separation from their mother.
The First Weeks
In the first weeks after birth German shepherd, puppies look like balls of fur with two black dots tumbling about bumping into each other. Unlike newborn human babies who can see within two or three days after birth, newborn German shepherd puppies do not open their eyes for two weeks after birth. This means newborn German shepherd puppies have to search blindly for the warmth their mother’s belly to find nourishment. German shepherd puppies that get sufficient nourishment will double their birth weight within a week’s time.
German shepherd puppies become very playful even before they are able to see their mother and siblings. Between three to four weeks, German shepherd puppies begin to see and to hear noises. They are fun to watch at this age as they respond to the yelps of their siblings as they all struggle to find the warmth and nourishment of their mother’s belly. At this age German shepherd, puppies’ legs are wobbly and they often fall head over heels, as they attempt to explore the space surrounding them.
When They Grow…
As the German shepherd, puppies continue to grow and become more active; their mother begins to move away from their birthing place. She stays within seeing distance and carefully cleans and feeds each puppy throughout the day. Around four weeks, German shepherd puppies have grown thin, sharp teeth as well as sharp claws. Feeding times become a little uncomfortable for their mother who pushes them away at times. German shepherd puppies’ like to nozzle up to their mother’s warm protective body and sleep when they are not investigating their surroundings.
Breeders tell us how important it is to keep German shepherd puppies clean and dry during these first few weeks of their life. Keeping their space clean and dry becomes a big problem at about five weeks since they are eating more and relieving themselves frequently. This is the time to introduce German shepherd puppies to the outdoors. Early potty training is important to avoid messy mishaps in the future.