This should be a quiet time for both the mother and the puppies, as this is the time when the maternal bond is established. At this time, you should be gently handling the puppies to check on good progress, and generally ensuring the mother and puppies are doing well. Any causes for concern should be discussed with your vet.

Now is the time to start thinking about taking photos and videos of the litter over the next few weeks in order to give the new owners a photographic track record on how much work you’ve put in to socialising the puppies to become well-adjusted adults.