What exactly happens between 6 and 8 or 12 weeks that makes it
important for a puppy to stay with it's mom?
- Although I am new to breeding Maltese, I have read some very good
books that I would recommend that you read. One is 'Breeding Your
Own Show Dogs' by Anne Serrane. This book explains all the critical
stages that a puppy goes through from birth to age 12 weeks and beyond.
- Puppies between the age you're speaking of not only need their
mothers, they also learn a lot about being a dog from their
siblings in the litter. Submissive positions, like rolling over
and exposing the belly, are learned in the pack and playing
teaches other behaviors, like how hard he can bite without being
bitten back. Its also important that puppies gets lots of love from
people during this period otherwise they may never make a very
good pet. Ignoring or lack of attention can be devastating, especially
with the Maltese breed.
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