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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-18-2015, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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First litter due soon...

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So breeding is something I've wanted to do since I was a little girl and of course it's going to be with my favourite breed!

I own the dam and the stud and know them extremely well, I love them both to pieces. I'm not interested in a lecture, I have done everything in my power to secure A plan to make these puppies entirely stable and the perfect house pet as they grow with me. They have had their relevant health checks etc, she's been given the all clear by the vet and she's now at the end of day 59!

I am so full of anticipation I keep thinking everything she has done for the last few days is a sign she's due. Now I've been tracking her temperature and today it's dropped to a record low of 37.3 and stayed that way all day. She's still eating, but her milk has been producing for the last week so it's started leaking because she's that full! Now we're just waiting for the puppies.

I'm actually hoping for some people to give me some first hand experience with their first little and the signs of the first stage of labour that your girl showed you to tell you it would be soon. I am on the edge of my seat every time she moves. She's showing us no signs except that the past few days she's been laying about and not really wanting to move much. She was sleeping a lot but at the minute she's more or less laying on her side wide awake, nibbling at her belly now and then (there's one persistent puppy who doesn't like to stay still!).

Going from this to labour, can anyone give me some info on the In- between? It's very hard to find haha. I have researched to the bone, literally about 4 solid days worth of research. My free time is all about research. I have books and I have been scouring YouTube and forums like this the past few days and some first hand accounts would be lovely!

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I don't know squat about breeding. I agreed to foster a pregnant cat for Humane society and that was enough for me.

There are some good older threads here worth researching, tons of info, but I cant recall the titles. I remember one where a brother passed away and his sister took on his pregnant gsd. Experienced forum members guided her through it. You might try using different key words in the forum seach block until those with experience come along and see your thread.

Eta, found one.

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...need-help.html

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Well I just recorded her evening temperature and she's down to 37.0/98.6 degrees so looks like it's this weekend! I think this thread will be a blog of her whelping I will post a picture pre-birth, I guessed 8 puppies!
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She should whelp within 24 hours. Usually they will start nesting and get restless as they go into 1st stage labor. I would keep an eye on her from now on. Have all your supplies handy too plus lots and lots of towels. It is a messy experience.

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If this is your first litter too it may be helpful to ask someone to help you who has raised litters (if the dog knows this person).
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My only advice: if this is your first litter, it's 3 times the amount of work you think it will be. I took in a rescue litter, and I was in a state of shock for the first week.

No advice on whelping, I wasn't there when the bitch dropped the litter, I got them at 5 weeks.

Hope it goes well, and post tons of pics when they are here!!!
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My only advice: if this is your first litter, it's 3 times the amount of work you think it will be. I took in a rescue litter, and I was in a state of shock for the first week.

No advice on whelping, I wasn't there when the bitch dropped the litter, I got them at 5 weeks.

Hope it goes well, and post tons of pics when they are here!!!
I took in a pregnant dog who going to be PTS in a pound. 10 pups and my life was on hold for more than 2 months. They all made it. If you do it right it will be a 24/7 job.
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Search member Selzer and puppies. Lots of experience there.
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Wolfy, I don't envy you at all! I only had 5 and it was a massive undertaking, and not one I would do again! Sadly, only two of the litter made it.
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Wolfy, I don't envy you at all! I only had 5 and it was a massive undertaking, and not one I would do again! Sadly, only two of the litter made it.
Me neither. I just wanted to experience this once without being responsible for breeding. But taking in her, I did add 11 to the pet population I guess.
I didn't mind; they were worth saving. It was one of the most fun experiences of my life.
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