Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
It takes hours for a dam to deliver a litter of pups, so at some point the breeders really should have realized that there was something going wrong in the way she was acting and intervened. Your description of her behavior is completely abnormal. It is possible had they helped to get the pups nursing, rather than allowing the dam to hide from them (even if they had to hold her down and muzzle her for the pups to nurse) that things would have turned out different. Nursing releases many of the hormones that trigger the maternal instinct and get a bitch's brain in the right frame of mind to properly care for her litter. This can be especially important if it is a first time mother. So had there been earlier intervention before things may have turned out much better. Or perhaps they wouldn't. Some females just don't have good mothering instinct. Almost like something isn't wired correctly in their brain. They may be perfectly normal and well temperamented in other respects but be horrible mothers.
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