Tips - Puppies
Prepare Your Puppies for Tying Out
Before you tie them out, put on a collar and a length of chain (as long as the pup) and let them drag it around. The constant stepping on it and pulling on the neck, plus the noise, teaches them to drag the chain beside them. This does not eliminate the first few jolts when they are tied, but we have not had a pup get tangled in his own chain and get injured. A couple of half hour sessions is usually enough and is well worth the time.
Remember not to leave pups running around with chains on unsupervised!
More on Preparing Your Puppies for Tying Out
We have seen that the pups are mostly quiet and experience very little trauma once they
are permanently switched to the chain. A positive association with the food and the chain
was created and, as a bonus, they eagerly come to be tethered when let loose in the dog
Safety Rails for Whelping Boxes
In your whelping box (we use a 3 ft x 3 ft dog house) put 2x4's horizontally around the interior about 3.5 to 4 inches from the floor (screw the 2X4 from the outside of the house with long screws). When the female is having pups, the puppies can go under the 2X4 and be protected when she lay down to deliver other pups. Pups sometimes get killed when the female lay down and is too busy delivering the new pups and just "squish" another one. This is very good for new mom or nervous dogs...
Submitted by Magali Philip, Nenana, Alaska 4/29/02
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