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tekkenfreek236 asked:


Just one week ago, my dog had puppies. I was wondering how old newborn pups have to be before you can start holding them. I have been very careful about handling these newborn puppies ever since they were born.
Also, my mom has this firm belief that newborn puppies will get suck from being handled too much. Is that true?
Also, my mom has this firm belief that newborn puppies will get sick from being handled too much. Is that true?

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21 Responses to “How old do puppies have to be before you can start holding them?”

  1. bassetnut Says:

    I hold them from the day they are born.

  2. Pondering Says:

    You can hold them now, just be careful. They won’t fall apart! :)

  3. Dani B Says:

    I handle mine immediately – every day – several times a day, from the moment they are born.
    Don’t let other people from outside your home handle them though as this could upset the mother & the puppies could get sick.

  4. Josh C Says:

    any time you want!!! but to be sure wash your hands before and after

  5. Karl Says:

    you can hold them this second!

  6. Hi..............plz help me Says:

    It sounds like you are doing a great job. But the one thing you have to remember is that you aren’t the mother. Let the mother take care of them. You can hold them after a week.

  7. Coolazeyez Says:

    Anytime you want

  8. ladybuglydia Says:

    You can hold them from the moment they are born just make sure your hands are clean.

  9. **ANAIS** Says:

    You can hold them now, just be sure mom is ok with it…

  10. Sandra R Says:

    You are doing a good job. Make sure they are supported and watch mom. If she gets anxious, put them back. A few minutes a few times a day is fine. They will need to learn how to be handled.

  11. Loki Wolfchild Says:

    In my experience, about 45 seconds to 1 minute.

    You should be able to hold them from birth.

  12. ?muffin? Says:

    You can hold them now. Be very careful though. They’re fragile =) And when you put them down, dont do it too fast. it might frighten them.

  13. Jay Says:

    An adult should be able to hold them immediately, for a brief period.

    A 2 yr old child would be held to a different standard.

  14. Nathan Says:

    the mom might move them but you can hold them any time there not hamsters the mom wont eat them, hehe

  15. Sheribear Says:

    It depends on if the mother will let you:) I held mine right off.

    CONGRATS

  16. Miss JJ Says:

    You can handle them from day one so long as the mom is cool with it.

  17. animal_artwork Says:

    I hold them from the moment they are born.

  18. Lovin' Bama Says:

    You can hold them now. Just handle with care. The mother will not reject them. Make sure that you wash your hands before and after you touch them. Plus you need to handle them and check them over. There only sweet and have puppy breath once.

  19. wmayers99 Says:

    You can handle them very, very gently right now. Of course, you don’t move them more than a few inches from their birth bed, and you don’t hang onto them to the point that momma dog gets very anxious. Pick them up one at a time, stroke them gently, breathe lightly on their faces, and then very gently give them back to momma dog. This is the beginning of training them to react positively to interaction with humans. It also reassures momma dog that it’s okay for people to be around her puppies.

  20. KIKEENONO Says:

    since i am there from the moment she is giving birth i actually hold them right after they are cleaned and sometimes when they are still in the sack(to help open the sac when mama is too tired) just sit right there with her and hold one puppy at a time that way they also get a feel for human hands touching them,touch them all over from head to tail and everywhere in between.this procedure will help later in life with Dr’s visit when they have to exam in odd places.

  21. MArina S Says:

    make sure the mother is okay with it about 2 days old.. BE GENTLE

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