My dog Jamie (no breed) had 4 puppies on July 8th. They haven't opened their eyes as of yet.
Prior to this, Jamie dug a hole in the ground in the yard and there she gave birth to her puppies.
While it's true that in the hole they are 'safe' so that my other dog (boxer of 5 years) can not hurt them, I think it is not healthy for the puppies that live there.
Today I took one of them out of the hole and I realized that the puppy had 3 pebbles in its mouth, and I took them out. The puppies are directly in contact with the land and hence they practically breathe nothing but dirt, I mean they get no fresh air.
My question is: Is it healthy that puppies live there? Could puppies get an allergy because of being in the dirt constantly?
Should I take them out and 'build' them a little house (so they would be in a cleaner place) and where they would be protected as well?
Should I leave them in the hole?
If not, what should I do?