We only breed our females once a year. This is a condensed version as to how we breed.
When they are due to come in heat I bring the females to the vet to get a check up to make sure they are healthy.
When they are in the 10th and 12th day of their heat I breed them.
Two weeks after their breeding I bring the female back to the vet to be palpated. At that time the vet can usually tell me if the dog is expecting. At that time I put my female on vitamins.
During the next few weeks we watch the female and gradually increase her food.
About five days before the pups are due I bring the female back to the vet for an x ray. That gives me an idea as to how many pups I should be expecting.
A few days before the female is due I start taking her temperature. When time get closer I will take her temp three times a day. When her temp drops I know delivery will usually take place in the next 24 hours. At that time I do not leave the mom.
I am there when mom starts delivering to make sure everything is going OK. If any help is needed I am there to do so. After the last pup comes I take mom to the vet for a quick check up and a shot of pitocin.
When the pups are two days old I bring them to the vet for a quick check up and at that time they are dewclawed.
At approximately six weeks old the pups go back to the vet for a complete check up. They are checked from the tip of their noses to the tips of their tails. Then they are given their first set of shots.
At eight weeks old they are ready to go to their new homes.
I hope this brief explanation of how I breed helps to answer any questions that you may have.
If you have any further questions please feel free to ask.