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Must-Read Tips on When You Can Touch Newborn Puppies

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Newborn puppies are just cutest thing in the world and there is always a temptation for dog owners to touch and play with them as soon as possible. There’s no single rule in terms of when you can touch newborn puppies. This will largely depend on a number of factors such as the trust and relationship between yourself and the mommy dog, as well as the mommy dog’s general personality.

In most cases, the puppies’ mother will be able to handle the newborns on her own without any human assistance. For example, they may clean the puppies with their tongue and snuggle with them to provide enough warmth (puppies aren’t able to generate their own body heat in the first few weeks so you may also need to add dog accessories such as heating pads that can provide warmth).

For this reason, you should definitely take your time as far as when you decide to touch the puppies. The last thing you would want is for a protective mother to snap or bite at you as you get too close and potentially hurt the puppies in the process.

We would suggest you first give some time for the mother to rest before you touch her puppies. When you do approach the puppies, do so gradually. You don’t want to freak out the mom and the puppies by approaching them quickly. Move slowly and let her sense your presence first.

The first few times you grab the puppies, only do so for a short amount of time (no more than a minute). The mother wouldn’t want the puppies to be away from her reach for too long of a period. As the puppies get older, you can extend the amount of time you spend with them.

One additional tip is to not touch the newborn puppies when there are people that are strangers to your dog. The mother dog might trust you with all her heart but she may still potentially bite you when there’s a strange in the same space.

Can You Touch the Newborn Puppies with Bare Hands?

Yes, you can touch newborn puppies with bare hands but with some preparation. First, newborn puppies lack a strong immune system so you should wash your hand with anti-bacterial soap to get rid of any potential bacteria and germs.

Second, newborn puppies need to be kept warm at all time times. Check the temperature of your hands. If it feels too cold then you should avoid touching the puppies until it is warm.

Can I Move My Dogs Puppies After Birth?

They can be moved with care, but in an ideal situation, you should have already prepared a whelping area (or a nesting box) for the mother dog to rest in before she gave birth. This would avoid the need to touch the puppies during what could be a sensitive situation.

When you are moving newborn puppies, we would suggest to first touch and pet the puppies in the litter so that they get acclimatized to human touch. Once the puppies are ready, gently pick them up by placing your hands underneath their body and place them in a cardboard box (covered with a warm blanket) for transportation.

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