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We bred my lovely girl, Marya, on July 5, 7, and 9th. This is the first litter I've ever bred in my life of 53 years. I have my friends in the Gr. Miami Dog Club to mentor me, but I need the advice of Havanese breeders on this forum, who I deeply respect. Please, do you use a whelping box? If so what type is best? I'm shopping online and have seen all types, I was advised to get one with a pig rail. Do you prefer any models, please let me know your opinion. Any advice on this new phase of Mari's and my life will be appreciated greatly.

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I love my DuraWhelp boxes. I have two. They fold down into a four inch wide box that is just as long as one side and can be stored easily. (Don't throw the box away.) It's a little pricey, but they hold up really well and are made of corrugated plastic, so they wipe down very easily too. I'd recommend splurging and getting two of the interior pads though. It makes it easy to wash one while you have another to use.

I also recommend that you pick up a copy of The Book of The Bitch. It's very helpful and focuses on the care of Marya. You will find a ton of other tools for raising puppies, but I love this one strictly for the care of the dam.

ETA: The web site for the DuraWhelp box is http://www.breederbase.com . If you can find my Fiesta Litter thread, there are a bunch of pictures of it in there because I had a web cam set up and had a lot of help with pictures being posted thanks to Suzanne.

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HI~!
I actually have my girls deliver in a big cardboard box. I line the bottom with sick-on shelving paper, and have lots of old towels in there. That way, all the mess is contained in the box, and the box goes straight out to the garbage when she is done, and she and the babies get to move right into a nice clean nursery area.
My hubby made me a wonderful nursery box that we raise the puppies in for the first 4-5 weeks. Its wooden with tall sides, and a front that folds down half way (or folds up and locks). This way momma can be in the box with her babies, and doesn't get stressed out when my other dogs are around the box because she can't see them. It's big enough that at 3 weeks I put a pee-pad holder with pee-pads in one side of it, and the other side is for sleeping. I just love it! We store it in the garage with all the other whelping/raising puppy supplies in it when it's not in use.
When the babies are around 5 weeks, I move them to an x-pen~
Here are a couple pics of the box, I know it's hard to see, but these are all I have on the laptop~


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Although I've got no experience, one breeder who I highly respect believes that puppies should be born and raised like they are in the wild. This person uses a portable crate with blankets over the top for extra warmth. This way it's like they are in a den they'd create in the wild. Certainly makes a lot of sense. I'm glad you've got a mentor - they are worth their weight in gold.

Good luck and let us know how things go. Kimberly, thanks for the link and Katie, you and Elaine are so lucky to have such clever husbands.


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What about the pig rail. Is it necessary in your opinion to keep momma from crushing her puppies?

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Thanks everyone for the good practical advice. Katie, what are the dimensions of your wooden box?

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Paula, Please go to the HCA website www.havanese.org and look under Education on the left and then go to For Breeders. This area was made especially for new breeders of Havanese and you should read through it and maybe print out some of the information to keep. It is wonderful that you have a mentor from an all breed person but I really do suggest that you get someone to mentor you locally that has delivered and raised Havanese before. There are very wonderful breeders on this list and anyone of them can help you with all of your questions but at 2:00 in the morning when you might be delivering and all of us are sleeping out here you might need someone close. Please read through the material on the HCA website as it was done by several respected breeders of Havanese. Good luck and we will all look forward to hearing as your girl progresses with her pregnancy and new puppies.

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We bred my lovely girl, Marya, on July 5, 7, and 9th. This is the first litter I've ever bred in my life of 53 years. I have my friends in the Gr. Miami Dog Club to mentor me, but I need the advice of Havanese breeders on this forum, who I deeply respect. Please, do you use a whelping box? If so what type is best? I'm shopping online and have seen all types, I was advised to get one with a pig rail. Do you prefer any models, please let me know your opinion. Any advice on this new phase of Mari's and my life will be appreciated greatly.
I love using the Perla bed. I turned Elaine on to them too. They are really a dog bed made out of heavy duty plastic but they are great for our small girls. Buy the large size. here is where I got mine. http://www.jbpet.com/Perla-Bed-Base-Only,244.html

I also made one out of wood, painted it, the floor has linoelum and the end opens half way if needed. I tend to use the Perla bed more though.
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If you can find my Fiesta Litter thread, there are a bunch of pictures of it in there because I had a web cam set up and had a lot of help with pictures being posted thanks to Suzanne.

*grins* yep It was soooo addictive! I took about 91 pictures in total
It's a wonderful whelpingbox!

So add a webcam to your shopping list *grins*


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With all the fancy whelping boxes being suggested I feel kind of silly writting this but.... my husband has made 3 whelping boxes for me now and guess what... my girls do best in a large size dog crate. They can push harder because they are able to brace themselves on the wall but still have plenty of room to stretch and dig and turn etc... My last girl insisted on welping in her crate and kept getting out of the whelping box so that started the whole idea. Also when I took the lid off and sat it on the floor she would crawl into the opening to get under the lid for cover so when someone told how their friend puts a blanket over the top, that's a great idea. They definetly like the little cabin feel. So I just kept the top on until hard labor began than I lifted it off to help her. It worked great both litters for her so that's what Im sticking to. Hubby feels snobbed but understands women.

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