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Raising Jack Russell Terrier puppies is one of the most exciting experiences you can have, but it is also fraught with danger and difficulty. The information here will help you avoid the pitfalls.
NOTE: The information in this section deals with raising newborn puppies 0-8 weeks old. If your puppy is older than 8 weeks, the information you want on raising, feeding and training your puppy is in the Jack Russell Puppies section.
If you have a pregnant dog, the first challenge you face is delivering the puppies. This event needs to be well-planned to ensure that the puppies come into the world safely. Don't be complacent and just hope for a smooth birth - there are so many complications that can arise, it boggles the mind.
This is the kind of situation where you need to prepare for the worst, because if you're not prepared, the worst is bound to happen. Jack Russell Terriers can have up to 12 puppies in a single litter, so prepare for that extreme scenario and get yourself mentally and physically ready for delivering puppies before they arrive.
Feeding Newborn Puppies
Usually the mother will take care of the puppies more or less on her own, but there are times when you will need to help out. Don't be surprised if the mother does not seem interested in raising the puppies, or if she's rough with them. These things happen, especially with first time mothers. If the mother proves to be a danger to her own pups, you'll have to step in and take her place to some extent. If you're having mother troubles or feeding orphaned puppies, find out about
bottle feeding puppies and
tube feeding puppies.
Even if your Jack Russell puppies are feeding from the mother, they can't do so forever. Eventually you will have to introduce them to the food they will live on as adult dogs. By the time they are five weeks old they should be on to solid food, but the weaning process is a gradual one. This page explains the process of weaning puppies.
Parasites and Worming Puppies
Parasites like ringworms and tapeworms are the scourge of anyone trying to raise healthy Jack Russell Terrier puppies. The majority of Jack Russell Terrier puppies will have worms at some stage in their growth. To find out what you need to do to kill these parasites before they kill your puppies, take a look at the
older Jack Russell puppies section.
Caring For The Mother Dog
Breastfeeding and looking after her puppies can be stressful for your mother dog. Not all bitches are equally capable of mothering their pups and some will need more help than others. Find out about the important qualities of dog milk. There's a page dedicated to the health and well-being of new JRT mother's in the
Jack Russell Terrier Care section of this site.
If you intend to keep any of your puppies, you will want to get them off to the best possible start. Even if you don't keep any, how you treat them now will have long term effects on their personality and training. Sign up for my free special report to get started.