Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: Do you supplement? Would you in this case?
Yes he can catch up later, or he may not and may still be a bit smaller than the others through weaning. Some pups grow faster and some slower, even at this age. Either way so long as he IS gaining weight I wouldn't be too concerned at this point. More aggressive nursers will also grow faster than those who are more lax about it, and often times this just translates to a difference in temperament with some being more assertive and pushy, and others more laid back.
As for books, they state averages and what is most common, but in my experience few pups or dogs in reality are good at reading books and following what is says they should be doing, and there are a whole lot of exceptions to what is considered average/normal/common. IMO, books that talk about things in generalizations of what is normal can be somewhat useful but also need to be taken with a big grain of salt.
If the pup is gaining weight, acting content, appears healthy in other respects and isn't being treated any diffrently by the dam, I wouldn't worry.
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