A whelping box is a place where dogs get to give birth to puppies as well as nurse them till they are of a certain age. This box is very important for every dog breeder because it makes it easy for the dog to take care of the puppies. It is very important to choose the right box for whelping depending on the size of the dog. This is to prevent the dog from suffocating the puppies due to lack of ample space. You also need to prepare the box before the dog is ready to give birth to the puppies in order to make things comfortable for the dog. There are several things you can to ensure you end up with the right kind of box.
First and foremost, it is very important to ensure that you have picked a box that is of a good size. You need a box that has enough space to allow the dog to move her legs in all directions. Therefore, you might benefit from purchasing a box that is twice the size of your dog. This will enable the dog to be comfortable during birth as well as during the nursing season.
A door is another aspect you should look for in a box meant for your dog. A door is important for when the dog wants to move around after giving birth to each child. However, this all depends on the kind of box you choose. If it is too high on the sides in such a way the dog can’t step over and leave the box, you will need a door. If it is not too high on the sides, you might not need a box with a door because the dog will easily step over the sides and leave the box.
Last but not least, make sure that the bottom of the box is removable. This is important because it makes cleaning the space easier for you. Cleaning is very important because it creates a comfortable environment for nursing of the puppies which is very important for you and the dog. It is important for you because at the end of the day you need to have healthy dogs. Apart from this, it may help to place safety rails in the box to prevent the dog from accidentally sleeping on the puppies.
When it comes to preparing the box, it is very important to have everything ready before the dog is ready to give birth. First and foremost, you will need newspapers and towels to lie on the box because they will be needed to put the litter in. You will also need materials such as scissors and dental floss which you will use to cut the umbilical and tie it respectively. If you have no idea how to go about the whole process, it may be a good idea to ask a friend who knows how to bread dogs to help you with the preparation. This will make it easier for you to get all materials required and go through each step successfully.