NewBorn Care




Learning to Nurse

NewBorns instinctively Search for a Teat, but they often need assistance in finding it, and suctioning to it. It is very common for NewBorns to suck the skin just around the teat, and they need to be watched constantly to make sure they are on the teat. Smaller NewBorns need to be protected from the larger NewBorns, as they often get pushed aside. I do not believe in ‘only the strong survive’ - as EVERY Baby deserves your Full Attention.


It is imperative that your Female stimulates the NewBorns to Eliminate, as most NewBorns will have to Eliminate Immediately after Birth. NewBorns can become Cranky if they do not eliminate on a Regular Basis, which is every 2 hours.

Keeping Warm

NewBorns need to be kept Extremely Warm, and Free from Drafts and SunLight.  The Ideal Temperature to House NewBorns is between 74 - 80 Degrees Fahrenheit.

A hard Plastic Heating Element with No-Chewable Electric Cords can be used, but often are not necessary if their room is heated properly. Heating Pads & Hot Water Bottles are NOT recommended. DO NOT USE A HAIR DRYER!

NewBorns should be Warm to the Touch. If the NewBorn feels Cold, then they are Cold. The Rule of Thumb is ‘Cold Animals Die’, especially frail NewBorns.

Health Examination

When the NewBorn is Thoroughly Dried, a Health Examination is Crucial. The Most Important Area to Check is their Mouth.

Cleft Lips and Cleft Palates prevent the Proper Suction necessary to Nurse and therefore, these NewBorn’s  CAN NOT Nurse.

These NewBorn’s NEED to be Bottle Fed every 2 Hours for the First Week, then every 3 Hours during Week 2, and then every 4 Hours from Week 3 until they are Able to Eat on their Own, which is usually 5 Weeks of Age.

Cleft Lip

Cleft Palate

Batman gets a Hand!

Healthy Nursing.

Whelping Box

The NewBorns should be Housed in a Whelping Box, or a closed-In Area with a Guard-Rail, which prevents a NewBorn from being Squished up against the Wall of the Box.

There should be adequate Cushion and a couple of Layers of Fleece Blankets.  Ideally, a Whelping Box Cushion on the Bottom, then a Whelping Box Liner, and then the Fleece Blankets. The Whelping Box should be kept Draft-Free and Out of Direct SunLight.

Plastic Tote Boxes, Cardboard Boxes should NOT be used.

The Milestones of a Growing Puppy.



1 Week Old

2 Weeks Old

3 Weeks Old

4 Weeks Old

5 Weeks Old

6 Weeks Old

7 Weeks Old

8 Weeks Old

3-4 Months Old

5-6 Months Old


Essential NewBorn Care.

Possible Problems