I am fostering five puppies, presumed Puggle, for our shelter. They will be eight weeks old soon, but will stay with us until they can be neutered, perhaps until next week. We also have the mother. The pups are active and independent and brave. They occasionally still attempt to nurse, but the mom shakes them off. I do not know whether or not she continues to nurse them in private. They are all eating dry food. Wouldn't it be better for mom and pups for her to go to the shelter to have her spay and go up for adoption at this time? Is there any reason she needs to be with the puppies at this point? She isn't a problem or anything, but it just seems to me that the puppies might benefit by getting used to her not being around.