The dam (mother) will automatically start pulling away from puppies as soon as they start spiking teeth. This is the wheening period and with this phase of the pups life, they start becoming more independent, and their personalities start forming. It is best to keep the puppies with their mother as much as she wants to be around them. She teaches them what is right and wrong, and she also lets the pups know when they have over stepped their boundaries. Even though the dam will start letting her young venture off without her, she will still play a dominant and influential role until they are about 8-12 weeks of age. It is best to part the pups from mom minimum 8 weeks to maximum 12 weeks.
Answered by MooseBrookShepherds - 1/9/2014 12:43:55 AM