my 5 year old momma dog had 14 puppies and we are Down to 9 i have tried everything possible the whelping box is pretty large, we even tried setting sides but then she will try to squeeze into that very small area where the puppies are and she will step on them and squish them she got up once the puppy was in front of her sleep she jumped up and her paw flung it went flying onto the side and died. We figured it was to many pups to keep track of for her at first but once they started dying off we noticed she is just being careless. I move them to the front so they can eat but then she will get up and just be extra lol like moving around pushing them from the nipple to the front of her or underneath her we have to sometimes make her lay down so they can eat and We have decided now to separate only until feedings and cleanings but she cries pretty loud am i doing the right thing? I’ve tried to let momma dog do her thing and not really intervene at all but when they started dying i figured people who gave me a advice to let “nature take its course” because she will know what she’s doing were wrong there’s a smaller one that barely gets any milk because she won’t allow them to nurse properly we went and got replacement milk it’s just a frustrating situation when i felt like we could’ve done more instead of listening to people who doesn’t really have experience we asked a breeder and she said NEVER SEPARATE THE PUPS FROM MOM but at this point we have to. before anyone jumps down my throat she was going to get fixed we kept her and our newly male dog separated pretty well it must’ve happened when we left them out the one time together on the patio for 2 hours unsupervised we barely found out three weeks ago she was pregnant when she gained a little weight and we took her to the vet. The area where the box is is very quiet warm no one is in that area no noise no kids no one intervening to make her stressed or nervous to protect her pups we barely touch them just went to check on them and move them if needed until we started actually watching her and noticed her doing these things, she is just being very careless any suggestions from POLITE PEOPLE ONLY!!