My dog is a 2 year old German Shepherd/ Golden Retriever and in heat now. What does it take to help her have puppies? I have the idea that if I give the puppies away and let the new owners decide on shots etc, then REALLY all I need to do is feed mama extra food of a different nutrient profile. Let nature do its thing
What do you all say?
Also, I had the idea that permies would make the best new owners, so perhaps I will give the puppies away on here or at cost, if my dog gets pregnant this time around. So I would like to gauge interest in that as well - she's a German Shepherd and I'm in North Idaho a couple of hours from Missoula. Obviously no commitments can be made - she isn't even pregnant yet - but if you would potentially be interested I'd like to get an idea of the demand for puppies here.
I guess I wonder if having puppies is really the right thing to do. There are so many unplanned litters that shelters and pounds put dogs down all the time. Unless you have a special purpose dog -- like a great LGD or something -- I don't think the world needs more puppies. I'd suggest you consider waiting till she's out of heat and then getting her fixed. There are groups in many regions that will spay a dog for little money.
If you're "trying to gage interest" I would think putting an ad on your local craigslist would be a better idea. As for helping your dog (or any other animal) give birth, I find that the most common mistake "newby's make is to try to help. Generally leave the animal alone. Don't watch from where they can see you, don't help, don't make noise, don't talk, they mostly know what they are doing. If the animal gives birth to multiples, sometimes the first born will be abandoned. If that happens you can intervene by drying the "lost" baby and getting it to nurse. But otherwise stay out of sight, it just makes mother nervous. ...One thing you might keep in mind when giving away puppies, I have heard stories of folks who collect dogs for using as bait or fighters in dog fights. You might want to ask questions and try to gage sincerity of adopters.
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I would gauge interest locally, talk to people. I have no idea how it is elsewhere, but around here shelters have a host of different problems, poor health, expensive, judgmental, etc., making acquiring animals from shelters a no-go for many people. I much prefer getting my animals from people I know, or even, back in the day, the pennysaver.