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My girl had her 8 puppies on Sunday so today is day 6. This is her first litter. Everything went smoothly but as the time progresses she seems to get more anxious and trying to move them more and more. We did everything ‘by the book’ – set up the whelping box in the dining room and made it her exclusive room, drawn the curtains and keeping it warm. I didn’t want her to feel banished and excluded from the household so I put a baby gate up and draped a blanket over it. That way I can keep the door open and she can see and hear us but my other dog can’t go in or look in and the room feels kind of semi closed.

However, every time she goes for toilet breaks she starts wandering around the house, digging in corners, grabbing cushions and blankets or anything she can find and trying to make a den from them.


Then she goes back to her pups and grabs them and tries to move them.

We try not to handle the pups, only moving them if she seats on them and they are in the danger of being squashed. I even don’t touch or change the bedding. I changed it once after the whelping to remove all soiled newspapers and blankets and put the VetBed in and have not touched it since. postanoxic encephalopathy definition This is the VetBed she had and slept on for 2 weeks on prior to whelping so it has her smell on it and she is well used to it.

I don’t think moving her to the living room would help because I don’t think it is the issue of being with the rest of the household but more the issue of wanting to hide the pups as she tries to cover them up. I think a whelping box is quite an unnatural set up from the nature’s point of view with the VetBed and nothing to cover the pups with but if I give her blankets pups keep getting tangled up in them or crawl underneath and can’t get out.

Thank you for your replies. Yes, I know about Enclampsia and have been monitoring for that closely from the start. She hasn’t been showing any of the symptoms. She has lost some weight because she was not eating well for the first 2 days but now she is eating and is becoming more energetic every day. It also looks like her weight is coming back on. She was checked by a vet a day after birth, I called him out for a home visit to prevent any extra stress from going to the surgery and everything seemed ok. Since then she has been getting more energetic and bright eyed every day (she was a bit shell shocked at first).

She let us handle the puppies from the start and seemed ok with with that provided we did not lift them out of the whelping box. I just stopped handling them thinking maybe it will make her feel better as she seems to be getting more anxious as the time goes by rather than calming down.

The only visitor we had was the vet, the day after birth and we haven’t had anyone new since. I haven’t even taken my other dog out for 3 days now just to stop him bringing strange smells in despite her not really having any contact with him.

Perhaps it is just a new mum syndrome… Should I just force her to stay in the room she is in and tell her of if she grabs the pups to move them or would that just upset her more? Or should I try and move her to the living room, maybe she will feel more protected surrounded by the family?

She is just so anxious and unsettled. I try to stay calm when she grabs a puppy not to add to her anxiety and just let her walk around with it. And then talk to her in a calm reassuring voice every time she settles down again but nothing seems to work

She is 3 years old so not too young. Boxers are not really supposed to be bred from until they are at least 2 because some conditions can’t be tested for effectively before then. And then it took me a few months to find a suitable stud dog as I didn’t want someone who just looks good on paper through the KC match tool or handsome from the pictures. I wanted to see the kennel set up, meet the dogs and chat to the owners well in advance to make sure that I only breed to improve the breed. This is most likely to be the only time for us so I wanted to get everything right.

She is shy for a boxer in the sense that she is not too much in your face and is not charging about. difference between hypoxia and anoxia Her breeder was actually quite proud of this trait she got in her breeding line and apparently many people want a boxer who is not too pushy. The trainer she had when she was younger described her as ‘a thoughtful dog’. She just has just a wonderful, gentle personality with such an understanding nature. I guess this makes her more sensitive to the events and maybe I was quite anxious without realising, which made her more anxious as she always watches us and how we behave and that in return has an effect on her behaviour. She is just such a delightful dog to have that I wanted to breed from her and hopefully give the pleasure for the puppy owners to experience the same. I chose a very calm and confident sire for the pups so I am hoping that the pups will be very well balanced character wise, at least where the breeding is concerned.

I am not sure where she is trying to move them to as I never actually let her out of the room with a puppy in her mouth to see where she would take it but she was digging about in the garden, behind the shed, looking in the garage and digging up the carpet in the corners of the living room so I don’t know if she actually knows where she wants to move them. I slept with her for the first two night in the room, on the floor by the whelping box but that just seemed to make her confused as I guess she is not used to seeing me sleep on the floor so I moved next door and been sleeping on the couch with a baby monitor so I can go in if I hear puppies yelping too much.

I have also now closed the door of the room where she is in, instead of just having a baby gate with a blanket draped over it. I think it made her feel a bit more secure. I will see how it goes over the next day or so and hopefully she will feel settled. If not, then I will look into moving her into the living room. I already have a plan of maybe putting a dining table over the whelping box and draping some sheets over it so it feels a bit more like a den.

This time she had been trying to move them since day 1. Not Birth day but the next. She seems real unsettled. She did get them into the bathroom while I was asleep and unfortunately since it’s such a small area she laid on one and it succumbed.

I’ve been trouble shooting ever since. Lights, coaxing etc. hypoxic brain damage recovery Nothing seems to be working. Finally, I strung two large towels over the pen and secured them on either side and shut the lights off again. I stayed w her for a bit to settle her. For the moment she has settled.

Sometimes we have to be reminded who is in charge. It’s not the dogs and its not the kids but the adults who are responsible for them. Sometimes it hurts. That mother guilt. I’m feeling it after I lost that pup. I should have gotten up and I guess slept on the floor beside the whelping pen. what is anoxic brain injury I’m responsible for these pups and their mother. I had a pocketbook hit and lost pup. You don’t want anything to happen to your 1 year old. That’d be even a greater guilt than mine. Everyone meant well and was just reminding you of your responsibilities as a mom. What 10 times over? A dog , 8 pups, and a one year old. You do have your hands full. And, to be truthful, the first three weeks are the easiest and then the work begins!

This time she had been trying to move them since day 1. Not Birth day but the next. She seems real unsettled. She did get them into the bathroom while I was asleep and unfortunately since it’s such a small area she laid on one and it succumbed.

I’ve been trouble shooting ever since. Lights, coaxing etc. Nothing seems to be working. Finally, I strung two large towels over the pen and secured them on either side and shut the lights off again. I stayed w her for a bit to settle her. For the moment she has settled.

Sometimes we have to be reminded who is in charge. It’s not the dogs and its not the kids but the adults who are responsible for them. Sometimes it hurts. That mother guilt. I’m feeling it after I lost that pup. I should have gotten up and I guess slept on the floor beside the whelping pen. I’m responsible for these pups and their mother. anoxic encephalopathy icd 10 I had a pocketbook hit and lost pup. You don’t want anything to happen to your 1 year old. That’d be even a greater guilt than mine. Everyone meant well and was just reminding you of your responsibilities as a mom. What 10 times over? A dog , 8 pups, and a one year old. You do have your hands full. And, to be truthful, the first three weeks are the easiest and then the work begins!