Rachel
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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Why Stray Dogs Hide Their Puppies

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 3 ·
why stray dogs hide their puppies

Stray dogs often hide from humans, depending on whether they trust humans. However, did you know that mother dogs will often hide their puppies? Let’s talk about why stray dogs hide their puppies and what you can do to help them. 

What Causes Stray Dogs To Hide Their Puppies?

There could be several reasons why a mother dog will hide her puppies.

For instance, stray or not, it’s possible for a mother to reject her puppies or single one or two of them out from the rest of the litter.

Sometimes, if there’s something wrong with the puppy (or the mother herself), the mom will try to bury the puppy. Or, the mother will single the puppy out and keep it away from the other puppies in the litter.

This might happen if the puppy is sick, injured, or disabled. Or maybe there could be something wrong with the mother, and the reasons are unknown why she rejects her puppies.

However, this can happen to a stray dog. But, more often than not, stray dogs hide their puppies because they’re trying to protect their litter.

Why Stray Puppies Need Protection

Depending on where the dog and her litter are, the streets aren’t always safe. For example, puppies can be attacked by natural predators and other wild animals. But, on the other hand, some humans don’t treat them right either.

So, the mother will hide her puppies in whatever shelter they’re using. Then, she’ll go out during the day and find some food for her puppies.

The mother will do her best to ensure that wild animals and humans stay away from her litter. Also, she’ll try to find a place of shelter that’s quiet and out of the way. They won’t rest anywhere near a busy area such as a street or something.

It takes a lot for a mother dog to trust someone or something for her to bring her puppies out of hiding.

When Do They Bring Their Puppies Out?

A mother can bring her puppies out of hiding if they’re strays. For example, if a human decides to show the mother some kindness.

The dog might find someone who provides food for her at the same time every day. Then, after a week or so, if the mother grows to trust the human, she might bring her puppies to that spot.

It’s easier for her to bring her puppies out to show them where food is. Then maybe the human will put out more for the puppies. Then, they can all eat together, and the mother can get some.

On the other hand, sometimes it’s difficult for the mother to hide her puppies. Depending on where they are and how heavy traffic is from cars and humans, the mother might have a hard time finding a hiding spot.

If this is the case, then the mother dog will often do everything she can to protect her puppies. She’ll make sure they don’t wander off, and the mother won’t leave their side, even to find some food.

She also might be more aggressive than she usually would be because she’s trying to keep people and other animals away from her litter.

How To Protect Mother Dogs And Their Litter

Observe the situation first if you ever see a stray dog and her puppies. On the other hand, just know that their mother might not be too far away if you see a lonely puppy or two.

You’ll want to observe them so that you don’t accidentally split up the mother and her puppies.

As you would with any stray dog, make sure that you assess the situation before trying to help. You can leave out food and make sure that the dogs have a roof over their heads for the night.

However, you don’t want to try catching them right away. Once again, if you see a mother dog taking food and running with it, she might be bringing it back to her puppies. On the other hand, the puppies might have wandered, and their mother isn’t too far behind.

You’ll want to gain the mother’s trust by feeding them and ensuring that you’re a safe person. But unfortunately, you don’t know how the dogs became strays in the first place, and the mother might not trust humans right away.

Once you earn the mother’s trust and bring her puppies out of hiding, you can try to catch them. Or you can call the local authorities, and they’ll do their best to get the puppies and their mother to an animal shelter.

Alway Help Stray Dogs

No matter how many dogs you see or their age, you should always try to help street dogs. You don’t know their story or whether a mother is fighting to protect her innocent puppies. 

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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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