How to Make a Whelping Box Out of Cardboard – Step by Step Guide

A Whelping box plays a very crucial and necessary role in a dam’s life. For everyone’s notice and information, let me tell you what exactly a whelping box is and why does a dog needs so. Whenever a female dog gets pregnant and around 6 or 7th week of her pregnancy, she has her diestrus phase. This phase of her heat cycle needs to be very warm, cozy, and peaceful. This is the time when one needs a whelping box to calm the dog and deliver her puppies happily.

How to Make a Whelping Box Out of Cardboard?

If you have a dam and you are not much aware of the whelping box, then surely now you know everything. Again, having a whelping box makes a huge difference that too positive one. This article is for all the female dogs that are having their beautiful phase of life and making them happy and cheerful. Read the steps below and know how to make a whelping box out of cardboard.

Step 1: Choosing a Perfect Cardboard Box

Step 1. The very first step will be choosing a perfect cardboard box. The size of the box may vary from dog to dog. If you have a large dog, then you may need a large cardboard box, and if you have a small dog, then you will need a small cardboard box. Space should be sufficient and not too much. The cardboard box must be comfortable for the dog to lie and feel cozy and comfortable. Make sure that the box should make your dam feel like home and peaceful.

Step 2: Cut the Cardboard Box

Cut the Cardboard BoxWith the help of a cutter, cut the cardboard box in a rectangular notch on one side. Creating a notch on the side of the box will be the entrance and exit for your female dog. Make sure the notch id deep enough for your pregnant dog. She should not drag her stomach into the notch as it can harm her babies. So easy way to measure the notch is, cut the notch double the width of your dam’s body. Also, you need to take care that the newborn babies could not come outside of the cardboard box.

Step 3: Lining Plastic Over the Cardboard

Step 1: Choosing a Perfect Cardboard Box

Cardboard boxes often have chances of getting wet and absorb excretion along with fluids. So for fixing this issue, the best solution is lining plastic properly all over the cardboard. For cleanliness purposes also the plastic can help you. You can also place a soft furry blanket on the cardboard and then place a thick layer of newspaper on it. 

PS: Make all the efforts that make your dog feel cozy, comfortable, and calm.

Once your dam gives birth to beautiful puppies, then you can throw the newspaper away and place some old towels there. Making a DIY cardboard whelping box is always great fun, and I hope that after you read this article, even you will make a beautiful whelping box for your dog.

Have a look at the pros and cons of different material built whelping boxes:

Material Pros Cons
  • Easy to Clean
  • Sturdy
  • Disposable and
  • Hygienic
  • Any uncertainty can take place due to plastic.
  • Chances of glue to not last in the long run.
  • More pricey as compared to cardboard. 
  • Ultra cheap
  • Disposable
  • Easy to carry & place
  • It can absorb excrement and fluid.
  • It becomes difficult to keep the cardboard clean.
  • Also, it has a solution to fixing plastic-lined all over the cardboard that can eliminate every con.
  • Sturdy
  • Perfect for large breeds
  • Easy to form pigrail as compared to other material made whelping boxes.
  • It can absorb fluid and excrement.

That’s it. Creating a whelping box our of cardboard is so simple. All you need to do is follow the step thoroughly. When a female dog has her heat cycle, there are changes in many mood swings and misbehavior. What you need to maintain is a proper balance and understanding between you and your dog. Also, make sure that your whelping box is situated at a very calm corner of your house. Always make them feel happy and satisfied. The most important thing is never skipping any meal or any check-up to vet. We, humans, are expressive through our mouth, but these creatures are not. Always learn to treat them well. I assure you once you will see the newborn babies of your dam, even you will feel like a new mom. I will be back with another informative article, till then good luck.

Joanne Perry

Hi, I am Joanne Perry. I am a true animal lover and I personally have many pets. Here you will find everything about the whelping boxes and necessities a dam needs during her heat cycle. From your dog’s pregnant day to delivering puppies and how to take care of them, one can read every phase of their lives here. Woof Woof, Lots of love from Doggo!

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