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When is it safe to touch newborn puppies?

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It is best to avoid over-handling puppies until after the first 2 weeks of life, but it is safe to touch a newborn puppy right away if the mother is neglecting the puppy or the puppy seems to have problems breathing or maintaining a proper body temperature. Most mothers will handle the tasks of cleaning, feeding and snuggling their newborn puppies without the need for human intervention.

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Puppies can spend some time away from the mother and be held gently at around 3 weeks of age, as this is when their vision and hearing is maturing and is an important stage for socialization.

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