Been speaking with another member here...privately about this and wanted to get some thoughts from others.
The pups are coping okay with the loss of Mully however they are a bit sooky and have become extremely attached to Bailey....Through our glass sliding door.
They will sit there for anywhere up to an hour crying for her and then when she comes they all lick the glass (Bailey does too) and they become more calm.
Bailey seems to want to take on the role of 'mum' and is very protective of them. I have let her inside today and supervised her reaction to them. This is what I found -
She is very protective of them....when Tyson gets grumpy through the glass she will bark and give a short gruff growl. Then she nuzzles all the pups away from the glass! - She was fine with Tyson when she was let back outside with him. Lots of wagging tails so that's good.
She seems to want to feed them! This something that concern me greatly. She will lay down on her side and push her back leg right out the way and has no problem with them suckling - even though there is NOTHING for them to suckle!
This concerns me because I have an inkling that Mullys problems may have come from having puppies. I don't want this to happen to Bailey! I know that if the puppies continue to suckle from her, although she is desexed, this can stimulate milk production. In the meantime though...will this hurt her?
The pups have teeth now and I have been weaning them off of milk for the past 2 weeks. Should I let them feed from Bailey? Will this undo all the weaning progress so far? Or can I let them feed from her AND eat puppy food etc?
She started to lick and clean them all even stimulating them to wee and poo (although they can do it themselves now) and has been cleaning up their messes.
I of course will only be doing this supervised although I completely trust her with them (as much as you can trust any dog)
Any thoughts people? Suggestions or info to add?
Cheers in advance