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    This website gives some dimensions for different breeds

    Whelping Boxes For Dogs - "How To" Guide For Making Or Buying One.

    And the lab one shows great pics of a safety rail. We always had a safety rail to prevent squashing. Large breeds are prone to do that accidentally

    LAB TAILS: Whelping Box: The Reason for Rails

    And you might like this site, because it has some info on raising pups and such

    How to Build a Whelping Box for Your Dog

    Not sure as to wether you can see the rail made from plumbers piping in the attachment pic, it is plastic, so easy to keep clean and was cheap to buy and you can pull it apart and store. Sorry about the pic only a phone pic of a few years ago
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    I definately understand Crazy about the rails. I figure if they don't work or the bitch doesn't like them I can always remove them
    Also I aready have a great little camping mattress lol I am 100% sure that i will be sleeping in the laundry first the first few nights any way.

    thanks newfsie for those links having a read now
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    For me a whelping box MUST have pig rails and must have a lower section.
    Whelping boxes aren't just a place to contain the puppies which a lot of people don't realize and sadly end up with dead puppies because of it.

    Pig rails for protection of pups. Whenever we have had a litter at our house mum is always supervised when getting in and out of the box but they are just there for added protection.

    A shorter end is for the bitch to get in and out of the box. Pups can easily get squashed and trodden on if mum has to take large steps or jump into the box... I can't find a picture but just a square cut out that you can latch and unlatch (a bit like a cat flap) is good.

    We don't use really soft bedding, just enough so mum is comfortable.
    Again, this reduces the risk of pups suffocating as when mum goes to lay on them she can actually feel them. If the bedding is too soft mum can lay on them and not realize.

    The box needs to be in a warm, secure place. Pups should not be spending nights outside no matter what the outside temp is. We keep our box in the spare bedroom with just the box and a bed so we can sleep right along side them.
    Once they are old enough to spend nights alone the bed is taken out of the room and they are left with just the whelping box in an empty room (with toys and newspaper).

    It's scary how little some people know about whelping boxes when having pups... I mean, it's not hard information to find.

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    I completely understans Crested_Love. Especially about the bedding and the rails. The bedding point is why I am looking into carpet as the main bedding with maybe the mothers favourite blanket/towel. I figure they never had lots of blankets when they used to have puppies in the wild. I will not be letting the puppies sleep outside at all but they will be having outside time in the later stages of thier development.

    As for the rails I agree they are needed, i hear many horror stories of such accidents from 'accidental' breeders.

    And in regards to a gate/dog flap my OH has desided this will be his project and he has announced that there is going to be gate.
    He wasn't really into the research to becoming a breeder, but tell him he gets to play with tools and he decides he LOVES the idea of breeding dogs, and he is sure that we are going to need at least 2 whelping boxes (always good to have a spare lol) and a puppy play pen for when it comes time to play outside in the later weeks.

    It will be long time before i need a whelping box for quite a while as I have just started saving the money to import my first dogs (I have found several breeders OS keen to help) but my OH is talking about going to the local hardware lol (Jumping the gun a little hun).

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    I only had one accidental litter and so we weren't really prepared for it before she got pregnant, (long story short, our male dog got desexed and produced puppies with his last shot). So when we had the checkup 30 days in and confirmed pregnancy we had 30 days to prepare. However I did alot of research online and we ended up with the box that my partner built which is the first picture. He also painted a coat on the wood that made it water resistant so it could be washed. We went to Bunnings and bought a $20 roll of easy dry carpet to put underneath it and lots of towels from the $2 shop. We had Rottweiler x Husky puppies and when all 13 of them were born (4 didn't make it, so we ended up with 9) we were quite shocked. At the ultrasound the vet said she could only make out about 4-6, when we were changing bedding and stuff the first couple of days we were able to use a washing basket to hold them in, and that is also how we took them to the vet at 3 days old to remove dew claws. Also, we went and bought a metal barrier which is in the other pictures. Was about $60-70 for it from the markets, two sets of 8 individual fences that could be made into lots of shapes. We ended up using it every single day and helped alot, keeping them out of places they weren't allowed. Until they got to 5 weeks old and were able to climb over it! But I have gone off track! The whelping box was pretty easy to make just coating it with the waterproof stuff and another coating of other stuff (I forget the name) so it wouldnt be harmful to the puppies if they tried to eat it. Then when we werent using the box anymore for the puppies we took out the railing on the inside and it is now a massive open kennel that we keep on our patio. I hope I helped.
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    thanks Sasby. We are thinking something very similar with pig rails.
    Thankfully My OH has managed to stay away from the hardware store so far but know he is itching to start building lol

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