The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound is a hound-type dog that is bred for the purpose of hunting through their scent. They are a very loyal, spirited, and courageous dog breed that does best in a house of active and loving members.
Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound can give birth to 4-6 puppies. They need proper care and love so they grow up and become healthy and happy adults. This article will cover up the methods and ways to care for the puppies in different months.
Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound puppies are always blind, deaf, toothless when they are born. They are not able to see, hear, or feed on anything other than their mother’s milk for about two weeks of their birth. Since the mother’s milk contains colostrum which is high in antibodies, it will protect the puppies from any kind of serious disease.
Neonatal Stage (0-2 Weeks)
The neonatal stage is the period between birth to two weeks of the puppies. The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound needs a lot of care at this age as they are very fragile and delicate. They cannot generate heat on their own and also cannot pee or defecate on their own. The mother keeps them warm by letting them pile up against their body and help them pee and poop by licking their belly which stimulates them to defecate.
Provide them a warm place otherwise, the puppies might die of hypothermia. Do not bathe them for a few weeks as all the cleaning is done by the mother.
Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)
It is a very important stage in the puppy’s life as they start to open their eyes and begin to hear the sound around the. They witness their mother and other littermates for the first time and know what they sound like. At 10-12 days, they slowly begin to open their eyes but have a vivid vision. At 14-16 weeks, they start to ear and see things more clearly.
Around the fourth week, they start to develop tiny puppy teeth and begin to sample food from their mother’s bowl. They slowly stop feeding on their mother’s milk and go for solid puppies food.
Socialization Stage (4-16 Weeks)
Socialization is very important in the life of Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound. They have a calm, loving, and somewhat shy temperament, so early socialization with a variety of people can make them overcome their timidness in front of strangers and other canines friends. Slowly reveal them to the outside world and introduce them carefully to strangers and other pets in the park. They are very fearful at this stage, so make sure to help and comfort them.
This is the stage where they need their vaccination against distemper, DDPH, adenovirus, rabies, and parvovirus infection.
Juvenile Stage (3-6 Months)
This is the stage were the puppies start to lose their puppy face and begins to develop more adult face. Their food should be switched from premium puppy food to high-quality adult food when they reach about 5-6 months.
Basic training should be continued with some extra tricks and commands. Slowly enroll them in agility training for their physical fitness and mental stimulation.
Adolescence Stage (6-12 Months)
At this stage, the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound is fully grown and also reach sexual maturity. However, they are not mentally grown up and breeding, mating at this age is unhealthy for the puppies. At least, you need to wait for 15 to 18 months before breeding or even mating.
Since they have grown up and become an adult, they should be provided with a complete balanced diet. Continue their physical exercise and keep them stimulated.
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