Hi there princess_peachyyy,
Thank you for your question regarding your 6 year old Standard Poodle! Congratulations on her pregnancy - this must be a very exciting time for both of you. To answer your questions - firstly, dog's are generally pregnant for around 60 - 65 days - but on average around 63 days is the full term of a canine pregnancy. In order for you to work out how many days away from pregnancy your girl is, you really need a full Vet check. Your will even ensure that your dog is in fact pregnant. If she is more than about 28 days along then your Vet can usually tell be feeling her abdomen, however if he or she has ultrasound, then they can tell if she's pregnant after 21 days of pregnancy. They can usually narrow down how far along she is by measuring the fetuses. If she is 40 days or more then an x-ray can tell us how many pups she will have and roughly how big they are in order to get an idea of when pregnancy will be. If you are not even sure if your girl is pregnant then your Vet can carry out a Relaxin blood test after 21 days to confirm the preganancy.
Once your Vet has helped you narrow down when her approximate date of pregnancy will be, then you will be more prepared to watch for signs of labor. Usually it is best a week or so out from the expected date of pregnancy to have ongoing blood tests to measure progesterone levels ongoing as this is the best way to get an idea of when labor is about to kick in and your Vet can again help you with this. Taking rectal temperature is also a good idea close to the date of pregnancy as there is a distinct drop in body temperature 12 hours out from labor. There are very distinct stages of labor and I would like you to visit and read the info from the following site for details of this: http://www.2ndchance.info/caninelaborstages.htm
The above link also lists everything you will need for your girl. When your girl is very close to her due date, have a nice warm area of a lounge or something simliar with several blankets and towels so that she can nest in them - this will be the place for her to settle down in. You will need to keep in touch with your Vet if you notice any ongoing labor problems or if your dog seems distressed during labor as she may well need further assistance or even a C-section!
I hope this is useful to you and I would encourage you to get in touch with your Vet soon to discuss this further.
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Dr M D Edwards