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Whelping Puppies
Based on 6 reviews

Whelping Puppies

Based on 6 reviews
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  • 1 hour, 50 minutes long
  • Updated 2013
  • Instructor: Ed Frawley
  • CLICK HERE for a free downloadable whelping chart
  • Immediate streaming access when purchased with Leerburg account
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This DVD explains how to prepare and assist a female dog in whelping a litter of puppies. It tells the breeder exactly what needs to be done during the birth and during the first eight weeks of a puppy's life.

The dvd instructor, Ed Frawley, has bred and whelped over 350 litters of German Shepherds since the mid 1970's. He owned and operated one of the most professional breeding programs in the country for German Shepherds. In this dvd, you will benefit from the practical experience he has gained in whelping many litters.

This dvd takes you through the process of determining when to breed your female, Ed shows how to set up a whelping room, he explains what supplies to have on hand before the puppies are born, he shows and talks about the mistakes he made when he first built his breeding facility back in 1990, and then shows you what he did to fix those mistakes when he remodeled his breeding facility in 2005.

The DVD explains and demonstrates the three stages of whelping puppies and then covers the trials of dealing with sick puppies. It approaches raising the pups on a week by week basis with the "Do's and Don'ts" of raising a healthy litter to eight weeks of age.

The DVD shows a number of actual births. Ed shows how to calm and manage your female through the birthing process. He explains what to do if a puppy is born dead and how to handle weak puppies. Ed explains when he starts to wean puppies and what steps he takes to make weaning as easy as possible on the puppies.

In this DVD Ed passes along over 30 years of breeding experience. Ed talks about how he whelped his litters, and explains some of the mistakes he made along the way (I.E. on worming and vaccinations). He talks about how experience taught him to modify his thinking about subjects like tube feeding, puppy formulas, and weaning.

We explain and discuss breached babies and how to deal with them, we discuss how to get the pups going if they are slow to start breathing after being born. We explain when to get the vet involved if a problem arises, as well as explain what kinds of problems you can run into during a birth. This is a "hands on/how to" dvd. We took a lot of footage of puppies being born to produce this dvd.

The concepts that are explained in this video can be applied to every breed of dog.

Whelping Chart

Click to view a downloadable whelping chart

Whelping chart


The first VHS version of our DVD was released in 1993. That version was updated in 2003. In March of 2013, we completely reproduced and updated this DVD with a totally new script and all new video footage.

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Because of this video, we did saved three puppies. We had a litter of 10 and lost one. I can honestly say, for this video we saved one (conservatively) and three in open conversation. This video was the best purchase of all the purchases I had made. (I, also, bought the heated pad, which I adore.) To do it all again, this would have been purchase number one. We had one puppy caught in the canal, one that wasn't breathing enough (and he showed how to "sling") which was worth the 40 dollar all by itself. This video kept me from burying another puppy (or in my opinion, puppies). She had a long labor. And it was heartbreaking to lose one, but if you are in love with the breed like I am and serious about perpetuating the your breed (we have german shepherds) I will be willing to say in person, that this video was worth three times what I paid! We have used Leerburg many times, and when you are wanting to train and breed German Shepherds (or any powerful breed) eventually you have to pick a direction! I am glad this is the direction I picked. Many thanks to Leerburg, because I am new, does not mean I am not in love. We built a beautiful whelping room, and studied things down to the last detail. But to be simple....I have three pups above ground because of this video! I don't think I can be any more direct than that!

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Verified Customer Review

I purchased the Leerburg DVD on Whelping Puppies. I was very pleased with this DVD. It was very practical and informative, it covered many of the problems that I have faced when my dogs have had puppies. I am glad I got this DVD and will be able to use the information in it to have healthier puppies. I am thankful for the great resource of information that Leerburg is.

Thanks and God bless, Linda

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We could not have whelped our first litter this year without the help of Ed Frawley.

We had purchased probably at least 6 books on the subject of Whelping Puppies before Whelping to help us prepare for the whelp. We had spoken with other breeders, before coming across Leerburg's "Whelping Puppies with Ed Frawley". We will ever be so grateful to Ed for sharing his knowledge in DVD format. No comparison, Seeing vs. Reading. Amazing! We are now recommending Leerburg to all our Found Forever Home Families. You cannot put a price on Experience.

So our sincere Thank You to Ed Frawley and his Team for sharing,

The Donohues

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Excellent DVD for those whelping puppies, much to benefit from Ed Frawley's and staff's experience. Would recommend for anyone, first timers and those with years of experience.

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Very detailed and informative on all aspects of the process. A great help. Haven't been able yet to find a better source of info on the topic. I'm glad I bought this video. Well spent money. Sure I'm gonna watch this one a few more times before whelping starts.

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We have a litter of 14 black and tan bloodhounds that were supplemented with Ed's amazing formula, they look fantastic at 3 weeks old. All sizes of pups are consistent, coats shinny like minks and puppies are very healthy and content. We ordered Ed's DVD Whelping Puppies and educated ourselves on his excellent level of expert knowledge on newborns. We did not lose one pup. We are extremely grateful for Ed taking his time to put a DVD together with so much amazing information.

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