Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie Question

I have kept a female puppy from my 3 year old Sheltie's first litter. Mom was great but now...


I have kept a female puppy from my 3 year old Sheltie's first litter. Mom was great but now does not seem to want to have much to do with the puppy as far as sleeping close to her or playing with her. She runs at her in the yard and nips at her which scares the puppy. The other 4 puppies left yesterday and up to that point the mom was still nursing them at 7 weeks of age. Is she trying to totally wean the puppy this way or does this happen frequently that the mom does not bond with the puppy? Do not want to keep the puppy and have both dogs unhappy. Love the puppy and really do not want to give her up unless I absolutely have to. Any thoughts?

    In Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie - Asked by Anonymous - 12/5/2011 3:39:56 PM
It sounds like a weaning behavior. Moms can get snappish...I don't blame them, puppy teeth are sharp! Give it time and I'm almost 100% sure it will be fine. Of course if mom shows signs of serious aggression, you don't want to keep the puppy in that situation, but from what you wrote I really don't think that's the case. She must be a mellow dog to let the puppies nurse that long, after all! Best, Stella (It won't let me sign in :/ )
    Answered by Anonymous - 12/7/2011 3:56:34 PM