I rescued a mother dog and her pups from shelter about 5 weeks ago. I made a nice area in a stall in my barn for mother and pups to be alone and safe. They have a dog house with blankets in there too. When the pups were getting around pretty good I opened stall and made a nice enclosure so mom would have some outside time. Pups are now 6 weeks old and bothering mom with their sharp teeth and nails, so mom has decided to move out. She didn't jump the fence, she climbs like a ladder and jumps at the top. She is now camped outside my front door, won't come in. I've seen her go back to barn, climb back in and nurse pups and then leave. At night I make her go back to pups and lock her in the stall, she is not happy about this. Are pups okay at this age without mom? I'm feeding them 3X per day and they are eating great. Anyone have outdoor litters, do you have to worry about something getting pups or hurting them (i.e. raccoons) if mom is not with them?? Also, it's getting cold at night are they okay without mom keeping them warm? The vets told me the mother has to be dry 7-10 days before I can spay her, and pups have to be 8 wks old and 2 lbs for neutering (all boys), so should I wean now?