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Whelping Boxes For Dogs

wooden dog whelping box
Whelping boxes for dogs, sometimes referred to as nesting boxes, are specifically designed to provide a safe place for the birthing and containment of puppies - also known as whelps.

They can "loosely" be compared to dens that female dogs in the wild prepare when expecting a litter. While our "domesticated" pets might instinctively try to prepare a den in a bedroom closet, a whelping box placed in a quiet corner would be more ideal!

Notice if you remove the "w" from this word, you are left with "helping", which is what you will be doing if you obtain a nesting box for your pregnant dog. And what dog lover doesn't want to do all they can to help with this special event.

dog whelping box and weaning pen
Plastic Whelping Box With Weaning Pen

This box which has a separate weaning compartment includes pig rails and rubber liner. With a variety of sizes available, you can select the one that's just right for your expectant doggie. A screwdriver is all that is needed for assembly and cleaning is a breeze.

Whelping Box Tips

As soon as you know your dog is pregnant, start thinking about whelping boxes because you don't have a lot of time to prepare for the "birth" day.

The gestation period for dogs is approximately 63 days or less and you'll want to have your pet become familiar with the box and its location at least 2 weeks prior to the birth event.

A couple of other things to consider: If you decide to purchase a box, availability and delivery times can vary especially during the Fall when many of those "Christmas" puppies are born. On the other hand, if you decide to make a box, you will need to allow sufficient time to complete the project.

The main difference between various ready made boxes is the type of material used in construction, which is also reflected in the price.

Depending on your breeding plans, you may either want a box that will serve more than once, or one that is disposable and expected to be discarded after the whelping.

First we will talk about the more rugged whelping boxes for dogs.

Wood Whelping Box

image of wood whelping box for dog

32" x 32"

image of whelping box with dog and puppies

48" x 48"

image of wood whelping box for dog

40" x 40"
The sturdy boxes above, which come with liners, are made from wood that is finished without chemicals. The other durable components of the box are made from stainless steel. The interior rails are free hanging which is a safer option for the puppies than those made with fixed rails. The rails are easily removable when necessary. This is a reasonably priced box that is easy to assemble and/or break down for storage and simple to clean. Choose the best size for your dog from among the sizes shown.

Here's another wood nesting box with enough room for a very big dog and her pups:

image of large dog and puppies in nesting box

X-Large 60" x 48"

Disposable Whelping Box - Advantages

For those who only expect to breed their female dog once, the disposable box has these advantages to consider:
  • Easy to assemble
  • Double walled rigid cardboard
  • Waterproof liner
  • Good insulation for natural warmth
  • Puppy protection rails included
  • Available in all sizes
  • No need for disinfecting
  • Discard after use

Disposable Box
Strong Double Corrugated Cardboard
With Rails And Optional Fleece

canine disposable whelping box

Sizes: 24" 30" 36" 40" 48" (square)

If you want something more substantial, upgraded whelping boxes can be purchased that are made with corrugated plastic which can be used more than once and are also waterproof and easy to clean.

Beyond this, are boxes that are designed to meet the needs of the professional breeder. These highly durable whelping boxes for dogs, are designed for long term use, are more ruggedly constructed, often have insulated floor panels, as well various optional accessories that can be attached to the basic model.

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