Normally, GSD puppies are long and thin. So, they generally come out, sack and all in a bubble and and it goes pretty smoothly. A percentage of the time, though, there are issues, and freaking out will make your bitch nervous and make the whole process so much worse. She is your responsibility, and whether it was an accident or not, her condition is on you. And what she NEEDS is an owner who is calm and confident, who will cheer her on and be with her in the process, who will call the shots, who will keep her home where she feels safe and comfortable unless it is absolutely necessary to take her in, and who will take her in if it is necessary.
Once upon a time, an owner of a couple of my pups called and asked me to help her whelp a litter. I went. Previously, through the process I tried to prepare her for what might happen. I did not want her to freak out if we lost a puppy and so forth.
I got there, and the dog spent the night with me on the couch. LOL! She was 5 years old, and I had her for her first year, but she liked me and slept there with me.
The next day we waited, we watched, we just weren't getting there. Finally, I suggested taking her to the vet to see what where we were exactly. She was in labor, had six puppies in there, and if she didn't start having them on her own by 4:00AM, bring her back.
Ok, back we went. We watched, we waited. We showed her her box. We walked her. Finally about 11PM or 12AM, she started getting down to business. Two hours later, I was seriously considering going back to the vet. I put my hand down in there and the head was there. I said, ok, we have a head, I helped the head come out. It was a HUGE head. The puppy was 20 - 22 ounces -- big, but not abnormally so -- the head was large though.
The next one needed help.
The next one needed help.
The fifth puppy did not need help coming out, but her gums were a little greyish and I had trouble getting her going. It may have been better had I not gotten her going. She died after much medical intervention at about 3 months. Sometimes these things happen, and sometimes naturally these pups wouldn't make it. But, sometimes a pup just needs a bit of a boost and will be fine, and there is no telling at that point which is which. But we got her going.
The next morning it was getting later and later, and we knew there was another puppy. I needed to leave at one. The bitch was giving no signs. We had given the ice cream several times in the night. Finally, I just said to her, "OK, let's get that baby out of there." I turned her around and put my finger up there, and she started pushing and I had to help and awful lot -- another huge headed puppy. But it was healthy and alive.
Normally, I would say it isn't rocket science, bitches have been having puppies for thousands of years. They do most of it themselves, and usually it isn't a big deal. But then I remember the Gus-heads. It wasn't a good litter to be a novice on. It would have been so hard for this bitch to free-whelp with strangers helping her.
I figure, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Hopefully, at the end of the day, you can tell me how much easier it was than what I explained.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.