If for some reason she doesn’t, you can simply put her in the whelping box once her
2nd stage labor begins,
and chances are, she will stay in it without complaining.
During the last 2 to 3 weeks in a dog pregnancy, it is very important that you do not allow her to rough house with another dog or people. If her belly gets bumped, this can result in stillborn puppies.
When it is time for your dog to give birth, do not have several people in the room, and especially no other animals. Not even the father.
Many times, your dog may birth 2 to 4 pups, then take several hours before she gets back around to delivering any more.
Though Golden Retrievers are notorious for taking a very long time to give birth, they can sometimes surprise you.
One of my dogs gave birth to 9 puppies in 2 hours, start to finish. That is a bit unusual though.
When whelping puppies, it is normal for your Golden Retriever to birth many of her babies tail first, rather than head first. This is called a breech birth and is quite common and nothing to worry about.
By the time your dog is getting close to finishing giving birth to her puppies, she will become very tired and worn out and can become slow in removing the membrane sac.
You’ll need to stay with her until all of the pups are born, as you do not want to lose a pup due to her being too slow in getting the sac off.
The temperature of the room that the pups are to be born in must be very warm. Puppies can not regulate their own body heat and getting cold is a death sentence for them.
Newborn pups are suppose to be kept at 90°F but the room does not need to be that warm, since they have momma and littermates to snuggle up to for body heat. You will need to have the room at 75° to 80°F for the first week though.
A puppy’s shiver reflex kicks in at 3 weeks of age and that is when they are able to regulate their own body heat and keep themselves warm.
Golden Retriever pups will weigh between 14 and 16 ounces at birth.
After giving birth, the new mother will not want to leave her pups. She will need to go to the bathroom though, and you may need to snap a leash on her and coax her to go outside.
Even if your dog is used to having her fur dried with a hair dryer, she will not want to be away from her puppies that long and will only get upset.
A day after your dog has given birth, take her to the vet to be checked to make sure she has not retained any placentas.
I always leave the puppies at home, rather than take them with her, due to not wanting them to be exposed to any germs. I leave them on a heating pad for warmth, making sure they can crawl off of it if they get to hot.
Vaginal discharge is to be expected after dog birth. It should be odorless and may at first even be a green color. After that, it can be red, dark brown, or even black.
It can continue for 4 to 6 weeks, but the amount should be greatly reduced after the first couple of days, and there should only be a slight amount for the next several weeks.
If there is an odor, or the amount is not lessening, then she will need to see a vet.