Weaning Shih Tzu Puppies??

I've never seen anything like this before, so maybe someone can give me their opinion. I have a Shih Tzu who had a litter of pups exactly 6 weeks ago. The pups ALREADY have a mouth full of teeth! I guess it was the puppy milk I fed the mom:) but now they're able to eat puppy food and are eating it. But they also want their mommy's milk and she can't resist letting them latch on. But moments later, she's yelping because they're biting her! What should I do? Keep them separate? Let them bite her? Or maybe just put a baby onesie on her so they can't get to her? Anyone with Shih Tzu weaning experience is welcome to give your opinion! Thanks.
This litter of pups came as a surprise to me since I adopted the poor mommy from an abusive home! I am not a breeder of any sort! I am simply trying to help these pups survive until I can find them a home in a few weeks. BTW, I did start feeding the pups softened puppy food weeks ago, but I didn't know they'd have this many teeth by now, since they shouldn't leave their mommy until they're 8 weeks old. I have a baby gate to separate my son from the pups as well as to give the mom a break, but she just hops right over it to them! FYI, I may not be a "breeder" but I'm not stupid, just asking something I don't know…. you'll never know if you don't ask. Thanks for your opinion.

You should have started weaning these puppies onto moistened dry puppy food by the time they were 4 weeks old. If you consider yourself a breeder, you surely know that they've had teeth for 3 weeks already!! The average mom has the puppies fully weaned by the time they're 6 weeks old. You should be feeding them puppy food by this stage and making sure they always have fresh water available. Give your poor dog a break and learn a little about what you're doing!!

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5 Responses to “Weaning Shih Tzu Puppies??”

  1. walkinglady says:

    You should have started weaning these puppies onto moistened dry puppy food by the time they were 4 weeks old. If you consider yourself a breeder, you surely know that they've had teeth for 3 weeks already!! The average mom has the puppies fully weaned by the time they're 6 weeks old. You should be feeding them puppy food by this stage and making sure they always have fresh water available. Give your poor dog a break and learn a little about what you're doing!!
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  2. melissa says:

    My shih tzu had eight puppies, poor thing. They were eating soft food at 4 to 5 weeks….mixed with milk. Mom finally got tired of the biting and handled that herself, so, I dunno how to make them stop….the onesie sounds like a good idea. We were selling them at 6 to 7 weeks, fully weaned. We kept one for her a playmate….and that one tried to latch on for what seemed like weeks. I say just let mom get them off. She'll know when it's time. But, again, with six….you might want to separate them every once and a while just to give poor ma a break.
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  3. Beverly A says:

    This is your first litter, right? I have a litter of Cocker-Lhasa-Tzu puppies that will be six weeks old Wednesday.. The mother is a Cocker and the father is a Lhasa Apso/Shih Tzu mix. The dog came to me pregnant.

    At four weeks, these puppies, which all look like Shih Tzu, were running their mother away from her bowl. They wanted real food. Try giving them one feeding with either milk soaked food or food mixed with milk and make sure they have plenty of clean drinking water. They will be less likely to go for the "milk machine". My female still cares for her puppies, but she will lay down or run away to keep them from feeding on her. Moms instinctively know when the time has come and she will take care of it on her own.

    Puppies think everything is a "milk machine". They go after our fingers, toes, and any other dog in the house, male or female, while looking for food.
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  4. happycamper says:

    Puppies start cutting their first set of teeth at about 4 weeks some at 3 and a half. I start weaning then, but I also let dams dry up slowly so they don't become engorged. Take the fats and milk out of the dam's diet so she dries up. You can let them nurse a little if she looks like she needs to be drawn off. Also cold compresses help on the dam's breasts.
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  5. MLE says:

    I have 4 week old puppies right now and they had all their teeth by week 3, which has not been fun for the mom. You should cut down on the food your feeding the mom so she stops producing milk. Puppies can be fully weaned by 6 weeks but It's best to keep them with the mom until 8 weeks for socialization
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