Breeding a Litter: The Complete Book of Prenatal and Postnatal Care is the most up-to-date and inclusive guide to breeding, whelping and placing puppies. There is a focus on making the most of the "breeding experience" in order to produce puppies who are physically and emotionally sound and go on to enjoy life and enrich the lives of the humans around them. This book contains the all-important basic knowledge necessary to serve as a foundation for the reality of firsthand experience. A clear and commonsense format shows everyone who is thinking about breeding a litter how to create the best possible environment for dogs, puppies and owners alike.
Beyond the basics, author Beth J. Finder Harris gives detailed information on selecting breeding stock, neonatal care, puppy development, social conditioning, and also fully addresses the aspects of breeders' responsibilities, contracts and puppy care instructions.
A Howell Dog Book of Distinction
About the Author
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments.
1. Breeding Responsibly.
2. Designer Genes.
3. Orchestrating the Breeding.
4. Detecting Pregnancy.
6. Attitudes, Owners and the Brood Bitch.
8. The Whelping.
9. Orphan, Premature and Unthrifty Puppies.
10. Medical Problems.
11. Postpartum Care.
12. Early Puppy Care.
13. Weaning the Puppies.
14. Parasites and Immunizations.
15. Evaluating and Placing the Litter.
16. New Owners' Puppy Care Instructions.
18. Spaying and Neutering.
Appendix I: Emergency First Aid.
Appendix II: By Air.
Glossary of Terms.