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I refer to your remark about physical punishment not working.Picture the senario: as the baby is born the mother tries aggressively/dementedly to grab the baby + bite it (her teeth are bared) I push her head away. She tries again, I push her away - by the 3rd time I had to hit her away with my fist. Only then did she calm down. I was sitting on the ground with her + as each baby came I grabbed it + dried it with a towel. Icannot allow her to lick them because she goes crazy + ties to bite them.Prior to last year she also killed a pup while trying to bite off the navelstring - she just cont eating! So obviously by the 2nd + 3rd baby I have to do everything in my power to keep her from getting to them. Keeping in mind that I have to get the babies to suckle as soon as possible and it is while they are sucking that she tries to get to them again. It is certainly not a case of physical punishment as you suggest - it is protecting the babies from being killed + there was NOTHING else I could possibly do!! Have you ever been at the birth of puppies - like your own? do you know what goes on? I very much doubt it otherwise you would not have given me the negative, flimsy, unsympathetic reply that you did.
Jackie du Plessis