Hi everyone. I'm Jeff. I grew up with my mother raising all different breeds over the years and she always wanted a Welsh, but here in the Southern US they are rare and quite expensive. She passed away a couple years ago and I got a Welsh female after driving halfway across the country. After a few months she got lonely/bored while I was at work so I thought hey why not get a male. She needs the company, and a few cute pups now and again can't be all that bad. So here we are. She finally delivered yesterday. Six healthy fat adorable little bugs. She was super nervous and anxious when it started and seemed to really need my help. I tried to calm her and position her, I think the issue was getting the first one out. Once she did I helped with the sac and afterbirth, after that she kind of took over and even turned away from me in her box as if to say "I got this, back off". So I did lol, and all went well. She has been extremely doting and very protective of the pups. She allows me to pick them up and play with them, etc. but she doesn't seem to want to leave their side. At first I thought, this is understandable. But, tonight (2nd night after birth) I think she needs a break. I've brought her food, and I assume she has snuck away once or twice to the food/water bowls, but that's IT. I don't think she has left their side for more than 2 mins straight. I know she must be extremely worn out and need a break from nursing, but having trouble getting her to leave. I've gotten her to follow me a couple of times, but within seconds she kinds jumps like "what was that, let me go check those babies." It's great she has these instincts and is so protective of them, but I'm beginning to worry she is gonna get so worn out and stressed she might lose it. What can I do to help calm her and get her to take a break? Thanks in advance! .