Lets back up a little, I have been asked what whelping is from a family member. Whelping is the process of a dog giving birth to puppies. Most of the time the female needs no help or minimal help during this process. Our female, Sago, was one of those and only needed minimal help from me. There was one pup I assisted her in getting it to breath and one I had to break the sac open while I was walking her. Yes the puppies are born in fluid sacs and the female breaks them open. The pup has about six or so seconds after being born to be out of the sac and start breathing. There is always some concern on the time between the puppies coming out. Sago went about two hours in between puppies but was relaxed and not stressed. There was one point she went between three and four hours that I started to be concerned, but she was relaxed, napping, and was not stressed. Also having the puppies that had already been born to nurse helps the whelping process as well benefits those puppies. After birth, and every day we weigh our puppies to make sure they are gaining weight. The picture above is one of the puppies, a little over two weeks old. They all have there eyes open and are beginning to get up on all fours and walk. They look like they are going to be big beautiful Dutch Shepherds.
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