Whelping Box ?

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Good Evening. I am expecting puppys next month and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. This will be my first experience and cant wait. I have some family coming over the week of the pregnancy who are going to help me out. Any ideas on what can be put down on the box? any help is appreciated. thank you!

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Good Evening. I am expecting puppys next month and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. This will be my first experience and cant wait. I have some family coming over the week of the pregnancy who are going to help me out. Any ideas on what can be put down on the box? any help is appreciated. thank you!

I'm not to sure what you are asking in your question quote "What can we put down on the box"  Do you have a box already and you are wondering what to put inside or do you need plans to build a box?

We just had a litter born the 20th of Nov they are 3 weeks old right now. My husband built my whelping box from a combination of plans that I came up with on the internet. I would be happy to send the links to you if you need it. I'm very happy with the way it turned out, kind of a combination of things that I thought would be handy. I hope your experience goes better then mine has. This is not my first litter but it was an extremely expensive one. You can read my blogs on my website that tells a little about our ordeal. I've lost count after 3000.00 that was JUST for delivery and SOME of the aftercare, we are still not done with the vets and like I said it is just a partial account. This doesn't even account for all the health testing, prebreeding expenses, stud fee and things that got us to delivery. Most of the time everything goes fine but this last delivery was full of surprises.
Good luck with your new litter.
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Thank you for your response. I was just trying to find out if there was anything else that can be put down on the "floor" of the box. I have heard newspaper works well. I also found some plans on the internet. How are your puppies coming along.

I personally don't like newspapers they are way to slippery for the puppies. They might be okay during delivery but I personally haven't used them. Even when the puppies begin nursing they dig into whatever surface you have provided and push themselves and fight for competition towards the nipple. With newspapers their feet just scoot out from undernieth themselves and they have no traction. When they start walking it is also a very poor surface to try and walk on. If you go to whelpwise website I think it was they sell a high quality fleece type material different then what you get from the store that is an excellent surface to walk on. YOu will be surprised at how fast your little ones will get up and walk when provided a decent bottom to their whelping box.

I don't have a floor bottom in my whelping box, what we did was put a tarp underneath it then I bought one of those plastic mattress covers that keep liquid away from the bedding and covered a mattress pad it looks like egg carton but made out of foam. This gives the mother a little bit of cush seeing she will be laying in their alot. I have saved all of my kids old twin comforters so we top it off with that. I also went and bought a ton of 1 yard fleece Pieces,so we can put that over the top sometimes it is easier to take this out and wash it rather than everything. In the beginning you will still be changing the quilt 2 times per day and the fleece pieces even more. Now that my puppies are 3 weeks I change the quilt 4 times per day. Your washer will be running non stop I guarantee it! Right now they are up and moving around and like to go to the end of the box to pee, so I've put newspaper their and it is working quite well. They are strong enough and moving enough that they don't slip on it anymore.

I'm going to include a few links that I think are really good for anyone that is raising a litter. Their is so much more to it than just having a litter and letting the mom do all the work. These will give you day by day things to do with them so you produce well rounded puppies that are confident and ready to go to new homes without some of the problems that people on this forum ask questions about. Well worth the read. Your puppies will benefit and the people that are getting them will thank you for it.
http://www.dpca.org/BreedEd/article_menu.htm  This is the main list of articles
http://www.dpca.org/BreedEd/educate_pups.htm  educating the infant puppy
http://www.dpca.org/BreedEd/superpuppy.htm  Super dogs are made not born birth through 16+ weeks everyone could benefit from reading this.

So many more articles that will help you with your whelping, birthing,training and rearing your litter of puppies. I would strongly suggest that if you have never had a litter before that you spend some time reading through the section on breeding. Sometimes it is not as easy as it should be and you need to have the knowledge to recognize it and know what to do.

BTW my puppies are doing better they have been enjoying their first few meals and loving every second of it. My largest boy just hit 5 lb at 3weeks 2 days, the rest are just at 4lb. I'm really enjoying them and the cute little  things they do. I can hardly wait until we get to start introducing all the fun stuff to them, they are going to be well entertained lol.

Good luck with the litter, maybe Glengate will have some more suggestions if she reads through these. She has awesome ways that she raises her litters and her pictures of her puppy playyard have been an inspiration to me for the creation of ours.  :)

by the way who is it that is having puppies? Doberman or other?