by Blksableworkingdogs on 17 November 2020 - 11:11
jettasmom you might be the only person thats ever had working dogs "if you do" that's made a decision and then 2nd guessed your self !
Im just trying to learn from "others" who have a very hard high drive female like mine, THANK'S FOR YOUR IMPUT !
by Entwerfer Haus on 17 November 2020 - 18:11
I have a 7X7 pen off the floor in the basement. 4' high sides (2' paneling/2' lattes), withi a swing door and I don't care what my females' temperament is, once labor starts, down to the pen we go and I'm THERE with my pillow and blanket on one side of the pen. They're usually OK after the first couple of pups for me to walk away, but I check on her at least every 30 minutes or so. *helicopter mom*
by jillmissal on 19 November 2020 - 10:11
If you bred the dog then why didn't you restrict her activity from the start?
My advice is to find a person local to you with a lot of experience and get their help with whelping the litter.
by Blksableworkingdogs on 19 November 2020 - 15:11
by jillmissal on 19 November 2020 - 16:11
by Entwerfer Haus on 19 November 2020 - 17:11
Whelping can be quite challenging. I remember having to nearly stick my forearm in (that's what it seemed like!) to turn pups because 2 were fighting to be the next one out ;-)
by GSCat on 20 November 2020 - 23:11
Even though the garage is heated and there is linoleum floor in at least part of the garage, the floor could get get cold and suck the heat right out of the puppies if you don't insulate between the floor and whelping box, especially if the whelping box has no floor. Think about the cold damp concrete in a basement. Walk around barefoot, even when the air is warm. The concrete floor will likely be cool or cold, especially if it's cold/frigid outside. Ditto for linoleum, vinyl, and tile floors over concrete. You could check using a cheapie plastic refrigerator/freezer thermometer that lays flat (lay it on the floor in different places at different times and give it a little while to come to the correct temperature)). If you do have to insulate below the box, make sure nothing protrudes out, even if the box moves, so it can't be chewed on or eaten by a puppy or Mom. Here's a cheapie thermometer candidate https://www.amazon.com/Pack-Fridge-Refrigerator-Freezer-Thermometer/dp/B089Y8LYXR?ref_=Oct_s9_apbd_oup_hd_bw_bjv039&pf_rd_r=GJZXH65FVJW0T5B1JH6D&pf_rd_p=a95b86b8-119c-4359-8789-0226247d3b07&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-10&pf_rd_t=BROWSE&pf_rd_i=678520011
The garage needs to be puppy proofed. Nothing toxic anywhere. No old oil, gas, or antifreeze stains or current drips, no tires, no motorcycles, no cars, no lawn mowers, no snow blowers, no snow shovels, no rakes, no hand or power tools, no yard waste or garbage bags, no garbage, trash, or recyclables, no exposed conduit or wores, no paint, no pant brushes, no dry sweep, no batteries, no battery chargers, etc., etc., etc., no chemicals, lubricants, gas, etc. on shelves, even if they're 6 feet off the floor. Make sure there's nothing a puppy can chew on, knock over, or knock to the floor by running into a wall (garage walls are notorious for being somewhat springy, so a hard enough bump by a couple of 4 or 6 week old puppies wrestling and chasing could knock stuff off the shelves, even way up high). Puppies and dogs will lick old antifreeze, oil, etc. stains, and the material is still toxic, even if it is old.
Also keep an eye on the integrity of the garage walls. When the puppies chart chewing, they could chew their way out of the garage, even if there's sheet rock, felt insulation, board insulation, etc. inside the exterior chipboard or plywood wall sheaths. If the garage exterior is brick, less chance of chewing their way out, except for the doors, and still potential for chewing and eating insulation or interior walls, and be careful of breaking out through windows. Or someone breaking in and stealing [angry emoticon] A self or paid monitoring service for alarm system that includes garage coverage would be a good thing.
by Blksableworkingdogs on 21 November 2020 - 11:11
by Roxy1477 on 21 November 2020 - 15:11
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by Blksableworkingdogs on 21 November 2020 - 19:11
Thanks Roxy1477... my wife had already bought a bunch of those disposable puppy pads, once she even gets to where I think she is within 12 hours of whelping Im putting those down.