Add a Whelping Box to Your Indoor
After covering the walls with 1/2” plywood, it’s important to install a floor railing. The railing will help protect against loss of pups due to being laid on by mother during the first few weeks of growth. I use a 1” x 2” pine installed three inches off the floor. A 1” spacer is inserted behind the railing at 2’ intervals to bring it away from the wall. The railing should be screwed in place with 2 1/2” sheetrock screws because you can remove it after two to three weeks of pup growth, allowing mother and pups additional space.
2 x 2’s or 2 x 4’s
|2.5-4 x 8” sheets|
|1-4 x 8” sheet|
(use existing door)
1 x 2” pine
1 1/2” and 2 1/2”
|3” hasp latch||1|
|X- heat lamp location (red bulb)|
|Table saw or circular saw
The ceiling for the addition can be made with 1/2” plywood. Be sure to insulate the ceiling if you construct your addition in an uninsulated building. Note in the photos how I cut the plywood ceiling in half and install a hinged ceiling with a locking hasp latch. I find this feature is important for me because when the pups are first born I can view them without disturbing mom. As the pups get older, I use the top access door to feed them. This way I don’t get mauled by the pups in the morning when I’m on my way to work.
Use the original indoor doghouse door for your inside access. You are going to want this door because you will be cleaning the whelping box almost daily when the pups get five weeks and older. I always have a good door on the outside. For the first four weeks of pup growth a heavy duty plexiglass door allows for a draft free whelping box. It is important to construct a 1” x 5” high barrier in front of the outside access door. This allows only mother to go outside. Naturally young pups should not be allowed outside during this growth period. As the pups develop eyesight and mobility a light swinging truck mud flap is installed so the pups have outside access without door restriction or potential injury problems caused by the heavy door. Because the outside door is 10 inches off the kennel floor, a small ramp is installed. The 1/2” x 12” wide plywood ramp has four 1/2” x 1” x 12” steps and a 2” x 4” underneath it for added strength. I always screw the ramp to my building, otherwise the pups use it as a toy.
One more item should be installed and that’s a heating system. There are heat pads with thermostat controls available on the market. I like the use of a heat lamp with an insulated bulb socket that has a metal cage lamp protector. You can now buy lamps with red bulbs which eliminate direct bright problems caused by clear bulbs. I install the lamp approximately two feet in front of the outside door, directing the lamp to the center of the floor. Always monitor floor temperature. A timer can be used to turn of the heat lamp if you expect daytime temperatures to rise.
The construction details I have shown you are held together with various sizes of sheetrock screws so that your whelping box can be easily taken apart and available for reuse. This design will allow you to provide a safe environment for your puppies and simplify your cleaning and feeding chores.
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