THE WHELPING ROOM
The whelping room is a key part in the raising and nurturing of any puppy. It provides a comfortable and safe nest for mom and a warm home for the babies. My whelping rooms are different for every litter for a variety of reasons but there are some aspects that hold true throughout the generations.
Things that have changed over the years:
- minor ‘tweeks’ to whelping box
- use of crates for puppies as they mature
- medium for potty area
Things that have not changed over the years:
THE WHELPING BOX
I’ve always made my own whelping box
This was the beginning of Nickel’s whelping box for her first litter. She was about a week away from delivery and very interested in the next that was being created for her. The black round center is called a “Whelping Dish” it is a really cool heating pad that maintains a constant temperature for puppies. You can adjust the temperature and the puppies can move off and on, allowing them to manage their own comfort
Below you can see Nickel over seeing the build. This box was for her 2nd and last litter
I build my own whelping box because I like a larger size than what is available commercially. Most boxes are 4 x 4 and I find this too confining for a standard poodle and not flexible enough to accommodate active and growing puppies. Over the years I’ve perfected my dream whelping box and the final design is a 4 x 8 platform divided into a boxed section 4 x 5 and a potty area 4 x 3. Believe it or not, puppies will begin to search out a potty area as soon as they’re able to perambulate. It also gives mom a separate area where she can lay away from puppies while still keeping an eye on them.
This is Rhodi with our latest litter. You can see how the box is covered by a ‘tent’ to help hold in the heat, prevent drafts and to help mom feel safe. Notice that the ‘potty area’ hasn’t been added to the box yet (but puppy has already found her way out).