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Q. My Chihuahua just had pups and is acting a little strange. She picks up 2 of the pups and tried to leave them under the couch. Do you have any thoughts on this?
Hello,

My chihuahua just gave birth Sunday, and now has 3 beautiful pups. Her experience was not a good one ending up in critical care (She was unable to push them all out) When she is in her box she is very protective, and loving. However she is acting a bit strange. We have noticed several times two of the three she picks up with her mouth and wants to leave these two under the couch. What would make her want to do this. Her vet said as long as she feeds them just keep an eye on them and not to worry, I am terribly worried, she will also be on the couch with us and hear her babys start crying and then start crying herself. We are so scared that my husband and I are taking turns with puppy patrol. Any Thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.....Thank you

A. Where is the box? If she is on the couch with you and not with her puppies, then I would be concerned. Our dogs won’t even leave the box for the first week or so unless they are forced to.

Maybe the box with the puppies needs to be moved to somewhere the momma dog feels more comfortable. You are doing the right thing taking turn on puppy patrol, not all dogs are good mothers and some of them need supervision.

If you are concerned about the puppies being cared for and fed, then I would suggest supplementing them with bottle feeding. You can read how to do this on our Bottle Feeding Puppies article.
  
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