Weaning a puppy has many variables that can alter the age decided upon. Ideally a pup that can be nursed at least part time till eight weeks is ultimate. Some mothers will nurse even up to 12 weeks (I have had one that was still nursing a pup I kept at 14 weeks). Most mothers will instinctively start slowing their willingness to nurse (frequency) around 4-5 weeks which encourages the pups to seek out alternative food sources. If a mother tries to start weaning before 4 weeks you will play a more significant role in weaning because in most cases puppies are not ready to be weaned at that age. Puppies are best if nursed completely for a minimum of 4 weeks with a slow introduction of slightly softened puppy dry food from 4-6 weeks. At six weeks nursing should have slowed to part time with pups eating dry food more than nursing (barely moistened if possible).
Answered by funlog - 2/11/2014 9:06:00 AM