For weeks I have been making sure that I had everything in place just in case my Player had a difficulty whelping puppies. She looked absolutely huge and I figured it would be tough for her to handle the pups. I had the vet ready to meet me if anything went wrong.
She started at 10:00 pm and kept delivering through the night. Every one of them I checked them out, dried them off and helped her with the first 8. She looked like she was done at 3:30 am and was sleeping. My Vet had thought 9 was the number and 8 came out. I decided it was time to get two hours of sleep.
5:00 am I rise and head out to the whelping box, there are two more puppies and they are all cleaned up and nursing with the others. I had nothing to do with them and they were perfect.
9:00 am she had two more and once again she handled it all by herself the whelping box was as clean as could be and she was cleaning the puppies.
I guess my point here is that often times we try to "help" or coach this whelping process with people and dogs. 98% of the time Mother Nature is really the one in control and we should let Nature take it's course.
I included a picture of the 12 Traveler & Player puppies that were all born healthy. I had little to do with it