- Waaay OT: disturbing pet behaviour
I've only been party to this
Its never happened to my dog, but still i think its one of the most harrowing sights ive seen.
I believe its the mother thinking she can't care for them, or she thinks they are to ill to survive.
Its not an issue you could have done anything about. In fact the dog was probably thinking about you.
Bad times,but its not your fault.
The problem is getting this across to the children.Posted 8 years agoTrustyrustyMember
Our Collie gave birth to it's first litter of six this week, and the missus was very pleased, pictures were sent and lots of cooing and mooning occured over the aborable little bundles.
However, about 4 hours later the wife left mother and pups (feeding happily) to gather a few things, when she and my daughter came back 25mins later, the scene was horrific at best, Mum had eaten two of the pups completely, chewed the back legs off another and half of the head of one more. The two remaining live pups had some small puncture wounds and were OK for a while, but after a while both just faded away and died, probably delayed shock.
I rushed back to help as best I could, but after clearing up the mess (so much blood!) and trying to help the last two there was very little to be done. But I can't get my head around why it happened, I know that even "domestic" dogs are still wild animals to a degree, but what purpose did that serve? I know that humans occasionally dump newborns in post-natal depression/shock, but euugghh.
Probably more scaring than sharing, but I can't stop thinking about it.
TRPosted 8 years agoMrs ToastMember
When I was a kid, a friend's greyhound had a litter. I remember that none of the kids were allowed to go in the room or make too much noise near the mother until the puppies were a couple of weeks old, because we were told that if the mother gets disturbed too soon after birth, or if the pups ended up with a human scent on them, she might eat them! No idea how true that is though.
Did read this though:
"Some bitches have even been known to eat their young out of fear and panic, any bitch that resorts to this behavior should never be bred again ( even if it is a top prize winner ) as this tendency can be passed on to the young. "
Could be that she's inherited the compulsion?Posted 8 years agobullheartMember
Last comment is very true.
I had a beautiful rottie called Sophie many moons ago; very friendly, gentle, but she destroyed her litter over a 48 hour period, despite us leaving the mother and pups alone.
You shouldn't let her breed again. But also remember that she is your dog too, and doesn't understand that what she has done is unacceptable.Posted 8 years agodangerousbeansMember
Pretty normal dog behaviour.
Obviously she was not happy about something (and don't blame yourself – it could just have been because she was freaked over having pups) and this is something dogs (and most other mammals) sometimes do.
Don't try to put human values on the dog, she will always behave like the wolf she actually is under the thin veneer of domestication.Posted 8 years ago
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