A few days before her due date, I decided it was time to transfer Holly to the whelping box.
Paul had told me to just let Mom take care of everything, but I was concerned that a pup might get trapped in the confines of her travel crate since Holly wouldn't use the whelping box.
When mom gets in the whelping box
, we say, 'Puppy, puppy,' in a high, happy voice, or blow a whistle," she says.
Blossom can tend towards being a bit clumsy but watching her pick her way across the whelping box
and carefully make sure where her brood is before lying down is amazing.
The "puppy cam" is already trained on the whelping box
at The Barns in Spennymoor - the North-East Region Dog Training School - staffed entirely by Durham officers.
Immediately, we disposed of the contaminated straw, and thoroughly cleaned the whelping box
Unless you want the newborn pups to arrive on your new satin bedspread, construct a whelping box
a few weeks before the pups are due, and get Momma Dog accustomed to using it.
Instead of crawling on their tummies, they can now stand up and, although they are still wobbly, they have a fantastic turn of speed when Bramble gets into the whelping box
and it is feeding time.
Now you're standing by the whelping box
or in the puppy room, and it's time to actually select a puppy from the wriggling mass of fur before you.
Normally Bramble and Blossom share one large bed, but I have started preparing a whelping box
for when the pups arrive.
Pups should be held in a whelping box
with sides high enough to keep them in but allow mom to enter and leave the box as she pleases while the pups remain contained.
My feeling is this: Standing at the right whelping box
when you choose your pup offers the greatest chance of increasing your odds in selecting a good puppy and the right puppy for you and your family.