So you know you’re close to the delivery date of your new litter of puppies, anywhere from 58-63 days from date of inception. But how do you know when your female is about to drop her first puppy? Are there any signs that she gives when she is about to give birth? The answer is YES. After breeding German Shepherd Dogs for a very long time, I can almost guarantee you that when she does these things, her first puppy will be on the ground very soon.
- Your female dog will stop eating when birth is near. You can try to give her regular food, but she will refuse it. Each and every litter I’ve had my female German Shepherd has stopped eating the night before birth. Don’t be concerned, this is a great sign that delivery is near.
- The female will start to use the bathroom often. She wants to clean out her system before birth, hence the need to stop eating, but she will also use the bathroom frequently to get rid of everything in her system before the puppies arrive. Frequent #1 and #2 is another great sign of your new puppies.
- If your female’s water breaks, the puppies are on the way shortly. Almost every litter I’ve had my female dog’s water breaks just minutes before giving birth.
- And lastly, your female will begin to dig…if you have newspapers down at the delivery site (highly recommended), she will undoubtedly begin to dig and rustle up the newspapers…in other words, she is creating a ‘nest’ for those puppies to lay in. It is instinctual in a dog, like other animals, to make this nest for the puppies. Like clockwork, once my dog begins to rustle up the newspapers and start digging like crazy, you can expect your litter within hours, if not minutes.
No one can predict exactly when your dog will give birth, just like a human, nature will take its course. But when you see the aforementioned signs, you can bet your bottom dollar that your puppies will soon arrive.