Precautionary Measures to Take Before Dog Breeding
Caring for dogs is an essential part of dog breeding. Whether dog breeding is pursued professionally or in a household environment for personal reasons, the following measures should be followed:
Conduct Timely De-worming & Vaccination
The chosen bitch should be de-wormed a few weeks before the scheduled mating. The bitch needs to be in optimal health during and after the pregnancy since the developing embryo needs proper nutrition. De-worming isn't recommended during and soon after pregnancy. In this regard, the choice of de-worming medication or the anthelmintics is also critical. All anthelmintics are not recommended since they might affect the dog’s metabolism. Only a qualified veterinarian can recommend safe anthelmintics for a particular dog breed.
Vaccination is critical for the stud and the bitch but most professional breeders are particular about vaccinating the bitch since it directly impacts the overall health of the puppies. If the bitch has been vaccinated previously, the effective duration of the pervious vaccination and the need to administer a booster shot should be checked.
Get Canine Partners Acquainted with Each Other
It is recommended that you introduce the intended mating partner for your dog, a few days prior to the breeding schedule. This ensures that the dogs develop a sense of understanding and don’t harm each other during the mating. If the two dogs seem incompatible and are repeatedly prone to biting or barking at each other, searching for an alternative partner is seriously recommended.
Beware of Dog Breeding Legalities
You need to do some basic research regarding the local dog breeding laws in your area. For instance, some local laws prohibit keeping more than a certain number of breeding bitches. Some laws prohibit cross-breeding of certain canine breeds. You might need a license for breeding the dogs at your home. Some local administrations levy heavy penalties if repeated breeding is conducted at the same household since it borders on commercial dog breeding.
Choose Dog Breeding Partner with Care
Besides the overall health of the canine partner for your dog, be particular about the underlying problems associated with some breeds. For instance, some breeds are inadvisable for being inter-bred since the laws of genetics point towards a high probability of possible genetic defects in the offspring. Also, understand the level of energy, thickness of fur and personality traits associated with the chosen breed. Chances for certain dominant traits to prevail in the puppies are higher among pure-bred canines. If you are not sure about these dynamics of dog breeding, seek the advice of a professional dog breeder or get yourself enlisted in a forum dedicated to canine care.
Understand Basic Dog Breeding Requirements
Ensure that you follow these basics of dog breeding:
- Dog Breeding Age—the bitch should be at least one-year old at the time of mating. Using an underage bitch can seriously compromise the health of puppies and the chances of survival of the bitch.
- Dog Breeding Accommodation—the bitch needs a dedicated space for herself once pregnancy is established. You need to prepare a hygienic space for her in advance. This accommodation should meet basic sanitation standards, including access to ventilation and clean water.
Take Care of Heating Aids
While setting-up temperature control aids in the chosen accommodation for your dog, be very careful about the heating facilities. The chosen heating device shouldn’t endanger the safety of the dog. Don’t use free-standing appliances or those with loose wires. Try to make the heating equipment inaccessible for the canine.