I'm not feeding raw, so I put the dam on the food that I wean the puppies onto. Yeah, I start feeding them around four weeks old but I let them continue with the dam and she cleans up their food too, and I just expect that if I offer it 3-4 times a day, they will get enough, that with what they drink from their dam. Somehow they manage to be weaned by eight weeks. The dam does most of the work in that. I never separate her, and the pups seem to do fine in their new homes.
I wean them on dry adult food that is suitable for all life stages. I put hot water in it and wait for it to become luke warm, and then I put it down for the puppies. I put their head in it and they catch on right away. Some prefer their dam's milk and I don't worry about that. It's like my mom always says, "when they are 21 they will be able to tie their shoes and go to the bathroom." But of course she's talking about humans. People worry about how fast we get to this point or that point, and the best thing is to skip all the worrying. For me, I think the pups do better with the dam longer, and I know the dam seems to do best if she is not stripped of her puppies all at once.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Quinn (The Werewolf), Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.