the father is acting like he is the mother to the pups

by deborah
(limerick)

my jack russell bitch just gave birth, she is a very placid dog and leaves us change her bedding no problem, she has no problem with any of the family going near her pups and helping them back into place if they roll to the wrong place. my question is, the father of the pups is acting like he is the mother, he is licking them, cleaning them, nudging them back to the mother if they roll away and generally just watching over them. i have never seen anything like this before, for the mother to allow it and for the dog to take such interist.

can anyone help me with this as i am not sure if i should let him continue

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Oct 15, 2012
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The Same Issue!
by: Anonymous

I wish there were more answers to this post! I am having the same issue. My male dog is helping with his litter of puppies also. The 1st week they were born (they are only 2 weeks now) he would not go anywhere near them. If we went in thesame room as the mother and pups he would sit in the door way but wouldn't come any closer. Now, in week 2 he is doing everything she is except feeding them of course, but he sits right beside them while nursing and then cleans them after. Some times he even beats her in to check on them when they come in from outside. He will run straight to where they are and stick his head in for a minute staring at them like he is counting them or something. It is adorable though! I am just going to continue to let him do his thing. He seems happy to be able to be a part of this birth. :):):)

Dec 25, 2011
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about the sire
by: Anonymous

Yrs, let him do it. It will do no harm. I had a Sheltie boy who would do that whenever we had litters.

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