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Puppy Separated From Mother – Tips

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Rachel
Apr 6 ·
Puppy Separated From Mother

Everyone knows how important it is for a puppy to be with its mother for as long as possible. It’s essential for the puppy’s physical, emotional, and developmental health. But unfortunately, there are times when a puppy is separated from its mother too early. So, let’s talk about some tips for raising a puppy when it’s separated from its mother.

What Age Should Puppies Leave Their Mothers?

Puppies should stay with their mothers for a minimum of eight weeks. When they’re born and up until eight weeks of age, puppies learn a lot from their mothers.

For example, they learn various behavioral patterns and canine communication from their mothers and littermates.

Puppies will learn how to play and care for themselves during this time.

In addition, they’ll get all the nutrients they need to grow from their mother’s milk. 

What Happens If A Puppy Is Separated From Their Mother Earlier Than Eight Weeks Old?

Unfortunately, if a puppy is separated from its mother too early, it may have behavioral problems and health issues.

For instance, you may notice the following issues in the puppy:

  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Increased risk of disease
  • Poor immune system
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Aggression
  • Fear when walking
  • Distrust of strangers
  • Destructiveness

Overall, if a puppy is separated from its mother at too young of an age, then it won’t be able to self-soothe itself. Also, they won’t be able to get the nutrients they need from their mother’s milk. Finally, the puppy won’t have a good grasp of canine behavior and won’t know how to act around other dogs, animals, or humans.

Why Do Puppies Get Separated From Their Mothers Too Early?

Sadly, there are many reasons why a puppy might get separated from its mother.

For example, sometimes, a breeder will sell the puppies prematurely before they’re ready to leave their mother. So if a breeder lets you take home a puppy before they’re eight weeks old, that’s a red flag for the breeder.

Puppy Separated From Mother

A good breeder will only let you take the puppy home if they are at least eight weeks old. However, they’ll wait until the puppy is nine weeks old to be on the safe side in some cases.

In addition, sometimes the reasons can’t be helped. For example, a puppy may get separated from its mother because they are stray, and something happens to either the mother or the puppy.

In some cases, the mother may get sick and pass away giving birth if there are complications. This leaves the litter of puppies without a mother to care for them. At the same time, they can get nutrients in other ways, such as goat milk, which is developmentally tricky for them.

Tips For Raising a Puppy When It’s Separated From Its Mother Too Early

Even if a puppy is separated from its mother too early, there are still ways that you can help the pup grow and develop healthily.

Take The Puppy To The Vet

The first thing you’ll want to do is bring the puppy to the vet. They’ll be able to get the puppy up to date with their vaccinations. Also, they can tell you where the pup is developmentally and physically.

If you’re unsure what the doggo needs to grow well and remain healthy, your vet will be able to tell you.

Puppy Separated From Mother – Hire A Professional Dog Trainer

One of the reasons puppies need to stay with their mothers and their littermates for up to eight weeks is because they’ll learn how to behave and proper dog body language.

A puppy separated from its mother too early may have behavioral issues. For example, they may have separation anxiety, be aggressive toward other humans and dogs, bite a lot, bark a lot, be too clingy, and more.

A professional dog trainer will be able to help you nip these behaviors in the bud. This will include leash training, crate training, socialization with other people and dogs, etc.

Puppy Separated From Mother

Give Your Puppy Some TLC

You don’t want your puppy to get too clingy to you because you want them to be socialized well. However, as a young pup, they’re only a baby without its mother and need some TLC.

If you’re going to bring home a puppy that was separated from its mother too early, you’ll want to make sure that you have the time to commit to training and caring for the dog.

You’ll need to set aside some time for vet appointments, dog training sessions, practice going on walks, house training, etc. It’s similar to training any other puppy, but now you need to be extra cautious about their overall health and wellbeing.

Puppy Separated From Mother

Puppy Separated From Mother – Not A Lost Cause

These young pups are not a lost cause. It’s undoubtedly a red flag if you get a puppy too early from a breeder, but it can live a good life as long as you put in the work to ensure the puppy is healthy and happy.

In addition, stray puppies who don’t have their mother near will need some extra TLC, but they’ll be an excellent best friend to you if raised well. 

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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