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Discussion in 'Dog Breeding' started by kiara, Jun 1, 2010.


  1. kiara

    kiara PetForums VIP

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    Lady is on day 43 and really is blooming. :)

    I'm thinking of setting up the whelping/puppy area in the next week for her to get used to.

    I'm looking for ideas of where you put yours.

    I live in a house with a dining room, dogs are not allowed upstairs and cant get up there because of baby gate, the gate cannot be taken off because i have a toddler. The dogs get free range of downstairs, i need to think of somewhere that is quiet away from the traffic of the house and where she can come and go and the other dogs cant. this needs to be for while she is pregnant and once the pups are here, obviously when she is in whelp all doors will be shut and i will be with her. My elder staffie will listen and once i tell her to leave it she will but my younger pup wont! The whelping area will consist of a cardboard whelping box and a large puppy pen around the outside(4x12ft). i know that my younger pup will jump over the pen and get in there to take her food or just cos she can (she has no manners yet!!!!):rolleyes:

    So how do you keep other dogs out but still be able to let her in and out as she pleases? :confused::

    Hope you can help. :confused1:
     
  2. kiara

    kiara PetForums VIP

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    anyone??????....
     
  3. billyboysmammy

    billyboysmammy PetForums VIP

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    sorry i cant help, i'm more of a cat lady but thought i would bump this for you x
     
  4. Tanya1989

    Tanya1989 PetForums VIP

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    For the first few weeks I would have the whelping box in the bedroom upstairs as the other dogs can't get to her but you can be with her (in comfort) for the first 4 weeks which you should be, these are the most critical weeks. Fading puppy usually starts about 3 weeks ish. Mothers will not usually purposely kill their young after 2 weeks.
    This is how you let her in and out as she pleases, because you are there to allow her out. At 4 weeks you can introduce the babies to the other dogs (if mum allows) and they should be moved to a high traffic area of the house to get the socialisation the need after the critical period has ended. This is also when they can go outside (weather permitting) in their pen... If mum still isn't happen at letting the other dogs near pups she won't let them, so you are alerted and if necessary can keep them shut in a separate room.
    HTH
     
  5. Lucy1012

    Lucy1012 PetForums Senior

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    I set our whelping box up in a room adjoining our kitchen, it is quietish during the day with 2 out 3 kids at school and then I sit in there and watch the telly in the eveing. Our pups are 8 days old and Maisie grumbles at our other bitch but is happy for her to be in the kitchen, the cats however have been nipped at. your bitch will let you know if she is not happy. We had to move the whelping box from the upstairs spare room, into a more familiar room, so not ideal in terms of quiet and calm, it is where she was most comfy..
     
  6. alaun

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    I set our whelping box up in a spare bedroom. It's a nice quiet and warm room away from noise and general household traffic. Once the pups are more active and mum is leaving them more I move them into a big pen in the kitchen so they can see and hear lots of things.
     
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