Raising pups from foster dog
A few weeks ago I took a young GSD and her 6mo old pup to foster at my boarding kennel. The pup was quickly adopted but mom is heartworm positive and needed to stay with me thru her treatment. She has a wonderful family waiting to adopt her afterwards.
In any event, while waiting on her hw treatment to begin, she unexpectedly had puppies in my kennel. She was very thin, and I thought she was putting on a little weight, but being a big girl (tall and long) she did not appear pregnant. We are still amazed that she was hiding 8 huge puppies. We assumed her "motherly" look was the result of multiple pregnancies (we were told 3) and she is supposedly less than 2 years old.
All pups survived and are 1 week old today. I'd like to give these pups the best chance of a good life. Mom's temperament is fabulous but if the dad (GSD) is who we think it is, that half might be less desireable for the pets these pups are destined to be.
Any tips, ideas, suggestions on stimulation, activities, handling, playpen equipment? Things to avoid? I live on a farm so Im hoping early spring weather will allow some nice "field trips."
Thanks in advance.