Whelping Boxes – Recommendations

Welcome to all new and usual followers, today’s topic is going to be Whelping Boxes which most breeders are aware of and most of them have their favorites.

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What is a Whelping Box?

Whelping Boxes are used for birthing puppies and keeping them contained in an area of safety once they are born. This provides the mother with being able to leave the newborn puppies to eat and relieve herself.

A whelping box can be used from the time the puppies are born until they are ready to leave the mother depending on the size of the liter and how many puppies she has had a long of course with the size of the box.

They come in different styles and are made from various materials so doing some research prior to purchasing one or if you are super handy building your own is a great idea.

Size of the breed is a determining factor for how large of a whelping box you are going to require so this is another thing to take into consideration from small toy breeds to extra large breeds your can purchase or build a box to suit your needs.

Comfort is one of the main objectives of the box providing the mother a safe haven in which she feels the most comfortable to deliver her puppies.

 

Using a Whelping Box

If you are planning to use a whelping box for delivery of the liter then might I suggest you get this prepared ahead of time so that the mother has time to use it to sleep in and become familiar with making her more comfortable and at ease with it.

When you do this it will help her to know where she is expected to go when the delivery time has come and not hide somewhere inside or outside the house and have her liter.

Placing her bed inside the box prior to delivery time will make her know this is her own space and help her know what is expected when the time comes.

Providing food and water inside the box can also add to helping her know what is expected of her. Spending time inside the box with her keeping her comfortable with encouragement can be a good idea as well.

What to do if she does happen to start to deliver someplace else – move her and the new puppy as soon as you can into the whelping box and get her comfortable soothing her the whole time.

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Materials for the Whelping Box

Yes, they do come made from different materials so selecting what is best for the dog and puppies is most important to most people.

Most do it yourselfers make them from heavy plywood and normally this is just a box big enough for the mother and the puppies but remember puppies love to chew and the tiny claws are sharp so this can be a danger to the puppies.

Looking online I did find one at Amazon called the MagnaBox Whelping Box the perfect solution for professional dog breeders and careful home occasional breeders (otherwise known as backyard breeders).

Its textured surface, gray-colored, offers a pitiless resistance to damage and dirt and to top it up, it is chew-proof! Made of FDA approved HDPe plastic it is easy to clean with no cracks or crevices for bacteria or contamination.

No tools required for assembly and it measures 54″ L x 54″ W x 24″ H!

This box does not have a bottom in it so I would also recommend getting the Drymate Whelping Box Liner Mat which is made of a soft absorbent fabric with a non-slip waterproof backing preventing soak through.

Provides a sanitary whelping area where odors and stains wash right out it is washable, durable, and reusable. It can be cut to fit the edges won’t unravel or fray. Having a sure-footed surface for puppies giving them an insulated surface to walk on.

Durable and long-lasting, machine washable, and made in the USA.

Making your own Whelping Box

Finding plans to make your own whelping box can be found in so many places on the internet including on your tube with instructions and videos.

What I do not like about them is the fact they are made from wood and can be chewed or scratched by the new puppies nails with small slivers coming off and possible harm coming to the puppies.

Should you want to do this might I suggest once built your line the box with a solid piece of linoleum to protect the puppies from possible harm from the wood this will also make the box much easier to keep clean and sanitary for them.

This is probably not the best solution but at least thinking ahead will give you an idea of possibly something to line the box with making it much safer for the liter as well as the mother.

Even making your own might I recommend getting the Drymate Whelping Box Liner Mat to place in the bottom this mat is one of the best values to invest in for the puppies and the mother due to the warmth it can provide them.

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In Closing

Whelping Boxes what a great idea for our wonderful doggies giving them their own space when it is time to deliver those new arrivals.

What are your thoughts on whelping boxes? Are your expecting a liter in the near future is this information valuable for you?

Leave your answers to the questions below I would love to hear them. If you have any questions for us here at Delightful Doggies 4 U ask them as well, leave any comments or suggestions too.

Thanks for joining us today have a great day where ever you are,

Susan

 

 

Dog Bowls Stand / Feed and Water Bowl Stands

Good to see you, Thinking of getting a Dog Bowls Stand for your doggie for their food and water bowls this can be a great idea to help them with digestion and to eat properly.

Dog Bowls Stand

These have been out on the market for some years now and people have found that they serve many benefits for their doggie making it much easier for them to eat and digest their food.

You would not think much about it helping with digestion but with them not having to bend over and grab the food up with the jaw this tends to let me them chew their food properly helping with digestion.

One other nice thing about the dog bowls stands is you have less of a chance of your doggie chocking on the food because they are not gulping it up out of the bowl in the first place.

Stands come in many different sizes designs and colors so choosing on to fit in with any decor in your home is not going to be a difficult one.

I have even seen some that people have made themselves and they turn out very cute and functional. So if you are a do it yourself person making these are just finding a pattern or having the know how to make.

 

 

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Benefits of Dog Bowls Stands

Raised feeders provide ease of access to food and water which can help keep your doggie from chasing the food bowl all around the floor while trying to eat.

Consuming food from elevated dog bowls places less strain on the dog’s neck, hips, shoulders, and joints, which promotes better posture and less pain to older dogs that have arthritis.

Having a messy eater this can sometimes help them clean up their act when eating but is not a guarantee this will happen some dogs just are messy eaters no matter what.

Dogs that suffer from old age or arthritis can benefit the most from dog bowls stands to make it much easier on the joints when they are no longer required to bend over to eat.

These can also be beneficial to older people who love their doggies and find bending over to the floor more difficult as time goes on because they also suffer from arthritis.

Dangers of Dog Bowls Stand

With large breed dogs, people were told these types of stands would help the dogs from contracting “bloat” which is seriously fatal to the large breed dog.

Bloat occurs within an hour after eating so if your large breed dog has arthritis and it is more comfortable for them to eat this way then we must recommend you watch them closely during the time they eat and an hour after.

Large breed dogs have a tendency to eat faster when they are at the comfortable level of eating from these types of feeders and because they gobble up the food this allows more air to accumulate in the stomach causing the “bloat”.

Finding this information was shocking to me because I always thought that providing your doggie with comfort was the best possible thing for them.

Should your large breed have arthritis or other medical problems then using dog bowls stand is not a problem just keeping an eye on them is important to make sure they are taking their time to eat the food.

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Small Breed Dogs

Small breed dogs do not suffer from contracting “bloat” from eating and therefore it is very acceptable to feed them from the dog bowls stand.

Just as human systems are all different the same applies to breeds of dogs and the size of the animal so please use the best judgment when it comes to your doggie.

When you have more than one small breed doggie having their own dog bowls stand gives them a feeling of importance but can also make them territorial so training is important when deciding to use these.

 

In Closing

I was seriously shocked to find the information about dog bowls stands that I did when these first came out people promoted them as really great for all sizes of doggies especially the large breeds.

Finding this information has made me see that sometimes things are not as good as they sound on a product when it first hits the market – even tho I have medium breed dogs mine still eat from the floor.

What are your feelings about dog bowls stands? Do you think that they are a good thing?

Do you use a dog bowls stand for your doggie? If so, what breed do you have?

Love hearing from everyone on these and if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please leave them in the space provided below.

Thanks for stopping by until next time,

Susan

 

 

 

How Much Water Should Dogs Drink

Hey, good to see you and did you ever wonder “How much water should dogs drink?” this is a question as a doggie owner that many people do consider.

Fresh Water for Doggies

It is my belief that everyone should keep fresh water down for their doggies at all times giving them free-range to drink when they get thirsty not to cause any health problems.

When doggies do not get enough fresh water this can cause kidney failure which is fatal for your sweet doggie and no one would ever want this to happen.

This then poses the question “How much water should dog drink?” so I decided to do some research and talk to my veterinarian about this fact.

Another thing that I discussed with him while I was there was how often does the water bowl need refreshed to make sure the doggies are getting fresh water intake.

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All dogs need fresh water at least three times per day according to my veterinarian, but since I have three dogs I usually end up filling their bowl much more often.

In order to figure out how much water your doggies needs on a daily basis you would take their weight and for every pound, they require one ounce of water – meaning a ten-pound dog would require a little over a cup of water per day.

As we all know when dogs drink water you are talking splashing it everywhere and what able those ones with the big jowls holding at least half a cup of water when they are done?

Puppies will consume more water than one ounce per their body weight because they are so active playing and running makes them thirsty and they need water to grow.

During hot days doggies will always require more water than the recommended amount so they do not become dehydrated just the daily walk will have them drinking more water than usual.

Should you feel your doggie is drinking more water than it should be showing an excessive thirst then this could be a sign you need to see the veterinarian and have some tests run making sure your doggie is not suffering from an illness.

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Other Causes for Excessive Thirst

Above I have already mentioned dehydration and this can turn life-threatening if you suspect this might be the case take your pet to the veterinarian right away.

Signs of dehydration in your dog other than increased thirst may include lethargy, dry gums, dry tongue, and thick rope-like saliva.

If you feel it is just a mild case of dehydration then you can take care of them yourself by giving them small amounts of water a little at a time – never let them drink themselves this can cause vomiting making your dog even more dehydrated.

Illnesses can lead to excessive thirst or dehydration in your doggie as well so having them checked for diabetes, Crushing’s disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and cancer is recommended.

Illnesses and infections including fevers can cause dehydration so be aware of your doggie’s health knowing their personality better than anyone else if these could be a possibility as well.

Anytime your doggie comes down with diarrhea they can be affected with dehydration so make sure during this time they get plenty of fluids (water).

Another possible cause for their excessive thirst could be medications that your has prescribed if you feel this is the case contact your vet to see if a lower dose will correct or help the problem.

A dry food diet can also lead to noticeable thirst in your dog along with foods high in salt will also cause your dog to drink more.

Large amounts of salt can be poisonous to your pet, please avoid sharing highly salty “people” food with your dog. Signs your dog may have eaten too many salty treats include tremors, diarrhea, and vomiting even depression.

Regulating Water Consumption

So how do you know if your doggie is getting the proper amount of fresh water needed every day?

By filling the water bowl at the same time every day with fresh water noticing how much you doggie has consumed from the bowl from the last time you filled it (you can use a measuring cup but this will not be accurate).

I personally fill my dog’s water bowl freshly at least four times a day – first thing in the morning – at lunchtime (noon) – around their feeding time which is three o’clock in the afternoon – and lastly around seven o’clock in the evening.

This keeps the water fresh for them and by watching how much is left in the bowl each time prior to filling I know that they are all getting a proper amount of water for the day.

In Closing

This is information that all doggie people need to know to keep their dogs healthy and not cause them a serious medical problem which could, in turn, be fatal for their pet.

How many of you were aware of how much water should your dog drink to stay healthy and well?

So happy that we here at Delightful Doggies 4 U can provide these little facts to help new doggie people as well as those who have experience with doggies.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions we would love to hear them please leave them in the space provided below.

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Where did Domesticated Dogs Come From

Hey hello all, Have you ever wondered where dogs came from are they descendants of wolves or how in the world did we end up with so many different breeds? Has a child ever asked you where dogs come from?

Exploring Where Dogs Come From

Now most of us would mostly answer this question to a child from the mother dog, but for some, this would not be what they really wanted to know especially if they are older than two or three.

Instead of giving them a complete history lesson with all types of technical terms this post might help to answer this question for not only them but you as well.

The real story is the origin of the domestic dog is not clear even if it has been linked to the genus Canis, which forms part of the wolf-like canids, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore.

Extant gray wolf is the closest living relative of the dog there is no evidence of any other canine contributing to its genetic lineage.

Modern wolves are not closely related to the wolves that were first domesticated, archaeological records and genetic analysis show the Bonn–Oberkassel dog buried beside humans 14,200 years ago to be the first undisputed dog with disputed remains occurring 36,000 years ago.

The domestic dog was the first species and the only large carnivore to have been domesticated. However, the timing, geographic locations, and ecological conditions that led to dog domestication have not been agreed upon.

Small woodland foxes grew bigger and better adapted to running, and by the late Miocene, the first of the genus Canis had arisen – the ancestors of coyotes, wolves, and the domestic dog. Some remained in the trees, while others came down from the trees, learned to walk upright, developed larger brains.

These wild animals in the more open country learned to avoid predators while becoming predators themselves. The ancestors of humans and dogs ultimately met in Eurasia.

The problem in attempting to identify when and where domestication occurred is the possibility that the process of domestication occurred in a number of places and at a number of times throughout prehistory.

Early dog remains have been found in different parts of the world. This suggests that dog domestication may have taken place in different regions independently by hunter-gatherers, in some cases at the same time and in other cases at different times, with different wolf subspecies producing different dog lineages.

Therefore, the number of dog domestication events is not known. A maternal m DNA study shows that dogs fall within four clades, indicating that dogs are derived from four separate lineages and that there was no single domestication event.

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Wikipedia has a very long write up on where domesticated dogs originated and in highly technical terms and locations but no one has agreed with any of the information provided there.

From The Atlantic I found they feel that tens of thousands of years ago, before the internet, before the Industrial Revolution, before literature and mathematics, bronze and iron, before the advent of agriculture, early humans formed an unlikely partnership with another animal—the grey wolf.

The fates of our two species became braided together. The wolves changed in body and temperament, their skulls, teeth, paws shrank, and their ears flopped. They gained a docile disposition, becoming both less frightening and less fearful. They learned to read the complex expressions that ripple across human faces and they turned into dogs.

Scientist and archaeologist have not been able to agree for years when dogs became domesticated or how the breeding between different species happened to arrive at the breeds of dogs we now know today.

DNA has been collected from many fossils from all over Eastern Asia, China, India, and even here in the Western World trying to pull all the genes is like “a completely homogenous bowl of soup”.

They agree that all dogs, from low-slung corgis to towering mastiffs, are the tame descendants of wild ancestral wolves. But everything else is up for grabs as to the origin of where they first came from.

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My Opinions

I am of the belief that all dogs are descendants of the wolves but I have no proof just from observation of having had a gray wolf from the young pup age until full-grown.

With inbreeding all the other types of dog creatures here on earth as the fox and coyotes then you would have many breeds come about with different sizes and personalities.

Breeding today continues to have the type of dog people are looking for in size, color, personality, traits, and many other aspects which breeders keep trying for.

Crossbreeding the proper way can produce a completely new breed of dog that people can fall in love with and become very popular, but if you do not know what you are doing or how to properly breed the animals please do not try this.

When dogs first became domesticated I feel it was a two-fold man was looking for companionship and a type of animal that could protect his livestock.

Wolves would fit into this category well knowing what I know about wolves. My gray wolf was the peacemaker of the pack of dogs I had at the time, although he would play and join in with the pack he was always observant in a protective way.

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In Closing

This is some of the information concerning how the domesticated dogs came to be, with the scientists and archaeologist not really being able to agree on where exactly the first wolf became domesticated.

They do agree that the DNA that has been collected from all over the world from bones that have been dug up from thousands of years ago tract back to wolves that were bred once domesticated.

With the world changes and evolution all creatures have changed to manage to survive for hundreds of thousands of years, climate changes will affect us all in the future and we will evolve to keep our species alive when the time comes.

What is your opinion on how domesticated dogs came about? What part of the world do you feel they were bred in and then brought to the western world? How many times do you think the interbreeding occurred for us to have all the breeds today?

It would be great to know how others feel about the subject, please leave answers, questions, suggestions, and comments in the space provided below. I will always get back to everyone!

Thank you for reading and leaving your replies,

Susan

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All About Dogs

Good afternoon from my place of residence, It is a chilly rainy day here in my part of the world today so thought a good day for letting people know all about dogs, they do have some traits in common shall we begin?

Did You Know?

Interesting facts about our dogs which most people are unaware of:

When a female dog is pregnant the usual gestation period is 63 days but depending on the breed it can be anywhere from 58 to 58 days.

The lifespan for all dogs is very different so when choosing a breed this should be taken into consideration an animal especially a dog is a commitment for their life, which is considerably less than ours.

Adult dogs will sleep 12 to 14 hours a day which is normal some more hyper breeds do not and like puppies, they spend so much of their time exploring and just like a child are afraid of missing (something).

The scientific name for dogs is Canis lupus familiaris and they are descendants of the wolf-like canids and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore.

Breeds of dogs come in miniature sizes starting at they can fit in your hand known as teacups and stand no taller than 4 inches, but normal breeds start at 6 inches tall at the shoulder up to an amazing 44 inches at the shoulder.

Fun fact did you know dogs can wiggle their nose nostrils independently?

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What Are Some Characteristics Facts

The fastest dog breed on record is the Greyhound which was recorded at running speeds of up to 45 miles per hours no wonder they are used as racing dogs.

 

English Mastiff takes the largest dog breed on record normal size is 36 inches at the shoulders and weighing in at 200 to 230 pounds, but the largest English Mastiff on record weighed an unprecedented 343 pounds.

 

Chihuahua is the smallest dog breed recognized by the AKC they stand only 6-10 inches tall and weigh in at a feather-light 4-6 pounds. Mentioned prior they do have breeds called tea-cups but these are not recognized by the AKC.

 

Here for the smartest dog breed there are many highly intelligent ones but I would go with the Border Collie these dogs are trained to herd and watch over flocks and they must keep alert at all times. Training begins at a very early age for this breed but they are a working breed and love what they do.

For the dumbest dog breed, we have found the Afghan Hound at the top of the list because of it being overly independent and has an aloof nature. They really are not dumb but because they are stubborn, hard-headed, and does what it wants.

Most loyal breed found is the German Shepherd – but this I will have to debate I have had German Shepherds and yes they are very loyal then again I have had many other breeds that have shown the exact same loyalty.

So what gives for the most loyal breed? With a dog loyalty is earned as they grown are you the person paying the most attention to them, feeding them, grooming them, loyalty is returned from them to you know you care.

Everyone has opinions for the most active breed dog but for me, I would have to say the Jack Russell Terrier they have endless energy constantly on the move and curious beyond belief. A wonderful loving breed!

 

The Laziest dog breed would be the English Bulldog they love nothing more than napping just be careful they do not rub off on you and convince you nap time is here 🙂

 

Selecting the most difficult breed to train would say the Beagle this little guy/girl has a strong nose and when they pick up a scent oops too late you are not even visible or audible to them.

 

These are just a short list of facts about some dog breeds for today I could probably write 50 pages with the topics you can list and find on the dog breeds.

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Recommendations for Seniors and Families

Seniors that can have a dog seriously should have one they are great companions keeping you company and relieving stress from being alone so much of the time.

Breeds for seniors should be low maintenance and low activity levels due to as we age we cannot get around as well as we once did.

The Pug, Miniature Schnauzer, Chihuahua, Boston Terrier, Shih Tzu, and Pekingese are the breed that I personally would recommend for Seniors these breeds require little outside exercise and can entertain one for hours.

 

Families have a very large choice of breeds any of them really but you need to take into consideration about how your household operates on a daily schedule.

Will someone be at home with the new addition all day or only part of the day, who is going to be responsible for the animals care if no one is going to be there for 10 hours a day?

When getting a puppy they are not equipped to be housebroken in one or two days especially for long periods of time while people are away at work.

Yes, puppies are very cute and adorable but require someone responsible to be there and take care of them so they do not get into mischief or possibly something that can be even fatal while no one is supervising them.

Many dogs grow up with separation anxiety if they are left to often for long periods of time please take this into consideration when adding a new addition to your family.

All breeds have main characteristic traits that usually go with the breed but you as a responsible pet owner will need to teach them what is expected of their behavior and how they should act.

Hitting your dog should never ever occur no matter what even a stern scolding can make them feel inferior so please treat your animal with respect they do have feelings – just like humans – !!

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In Closing

This is just some tidbits of information about all dogs that people should be aware of and I have plenty more that will be added in the future maybe making it a series of All About Dogs – What you always wanted to know!

That could turn my website into a novel in no time (laughing) considering I have had dogs with me my whole life, I even had for a pet until he passed away a Gray Timber Wolf he was so beautiful and loving.

You have any little tidbits of information you would like to share with us? We love hearing from our readers any questions, comments, or suggestions can be left in the space provided below.

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Susan

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