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Hi all, my dog is about to have their puppies, and i´ve already prepared a whelping box using the usefull tips found in the forum.
My doubt is:
should i use old newspapers or it is better to use blankets and towels, or a combination of both?
I know that it´s not the big deal but we want the dog feel comfortable the day D.

Thanks for your time
 

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I use newspapers. Sometimes I will put a kennel liner in there after the pups are a few days old and the bitch is not bleeding so much. But I have had a bitch get some serious gas from ripping up and injesting part of one prior to whelping, so sometimes I just go with newspapers.

GSDs can learn to walk on them, no problem. They are insulating and absorbent, and friends and relatives will give them away, so inexpensive.

Blankets and towels always run the risk of having a puppy get itself wrapped up, and then laid on by the bitch, stepped on by the bitch, etc.

Some people use wood chips, or straw.
 

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I hope you have lots of newspapers on hand. Some people shred them like you do. I just open them and then spread them, usually 3 across overlapping and 3 down until I have a pretty good bed of them in there.

Prior to and during whelping the bitch will scratch at them, and that's ok. But after whelping, they will need to be cleaned out, and replaced many times. So I get into a system. Anyways, whelping is a really messy business, and there is no way to be neat about it. I just find that when I go to clean the box, I can roll them up, one way and then the other and then bag them.

You get to be quite the expert at cleaning the box quickly and efficiently when the bitch wants to get back in with her puppies.
 

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I hope you have lots of newspapers on hand. Some people shred them like you do. I just open them and then spread them, usually 3 across overlapping and 3 down until I have a pretty good bed of them in there.

Prior to and during whelping the bitch will scratch at them, and that's ok. But after whelping, they will need to be cleaned out, and replaced many times. So I get into a system. Anyways, whelping is a really messy business, and there is no way to be neat about it. I just find that when I go to clean the box, I can roll them up, one way and then the other and then bag them.

You get to be quite the expert at cleaning the box quickly and efficiently when the bitch wants to get back in with her puppies.
I think you´re right and it´s going to be better not to shred the newspapers. Anyway i will keep the whelping box as it is now, i dont want her to be disturbed, so after the puppies come i will follow your system. Thanks selzer
 

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Keep lots of small hand towels around - they are excellent to clean a puppy off or to mop up as she whelps. You can get them very cheap at Walmart. Just toss them out after - they will be ruined.
This, I actually use the wash rags they have at WalMart -- cheap package of 15 or so. I use 1 to 3 cleaning each puppy, and yes, I toss them afterwards.
 

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So we can expect beautiful drawings and carvings of puppies?...:)
 

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Hi all, my dog is about to have their puppies, and i´ve already prepared a whelping box using the usefull tips found in the forum.
My doubt is:
should i use old newspapers or it is better to use blankets and towels, or a combination of both?
I know that it´s not the big deal but we want the dog feel comfortable the day D.

Thanks for your time
Newspapers = too slick. I have several of these [ame]http://www.amazon.com/EZwhelp-Washable-Whelping-Puppy-Pad/dp/B003B3S3OS/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1411660407&sr=1-2&keywords=whelping+pads[/ame]
 

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I set up my whelping area (large area with a smaller box inside) with foam matting covered by one huge piece of vinyl. Super easy to clean and because it was over the foam matting, it was cushioned well.

Then I had 8 large flat bed sheets, which were tucked under the edges of the whelping box. Absorbent, and provided good footing. Sheet was changed twice a day, bleached and reused. It worked VERY well and no puppies could get stuck in loose bedding.
 

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I set up my whelping area (large area with a smaller box inside) with foam matting covered by one huge piece of vinyl. Super easy to clean and because it was over the foam matting, it was cushioned well.

Then I had 8 large flat bed sheets, which were tucked under the edges of the whelping box. Absorbent, and provided good footing. Sheet was changed twice a day, bleached and reused. It worked VERY well and no puppies could get stuck in loose bedding.
Thanks both for the advices. Now the puppies are 8 weeks old are most of them left the nest.
Until now i´ve been unsing for the base cardboard and over it newspapers (i have one everyday), this helps to keep the pups warm at night but it´s too dirty.
If I had the same experience again i would do as you said.
Here you are a pic of DIY whelping box
 
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