You wrote asking how long after a dog “nests” does she have puppies? Some dogs will start what they call “pre-denning” behavior about 3 weeks prior to delivery. Some will do more true “nesting” within 24 to 48 hours but it really varies with each dog.
How can I tell when my dog is about to have her puppies?
The Signs of Dog Labor
- She becomes restless.
- She stops eating up to 24 hours before labor.
- She may paw at her bedding, as if preparing a nest.
- She starts licking her vulva.
- She may vomit or discharge mucus.
Should I leave my dog alone while she is in labor?
Should I be present during the whelping? Some dogs like the owner to be with them the whole time they are in labor. Others prefer to have their puppies in seclusion. If your pet chooses to be left alone, try to avoid intruding any more than necessary.
Do dogs usually go into labor at night?
Get hold of your vet’s out-of-hours phone number prior to your dog giving birth, as delivery often happens during the night.