I was wondering where you raise a litter of pups, for instance - outside or inside, in a pen perhaps? just really wanting to know what kind of approach you have adopted. I raise my pups in the house in a pen with newspaper on the floor as well as their bedding.
Kitchen in whelping boxes, after they are weaned I move them to the largest possible metal wire crates so that they can see all the happenings of the house. I use papers as bedding most of the time.
I have a door in the kitchen that goes outside to a yard just for the puppies and that is how I start potty training them at about 6 weeks by letting them outside between 8-12 times a day for 5-15 minutes at a time (depending on weather). When the puppies go home, most are barely even peeing on the papers in the crate.
Basement in the dog play area/my office half of it (basement is finished) then a pen in the dog room with their own run outside till 3 motnhs. Then whoever is stil here joins the main group in the main dog area and starts in crates.
In my basement in a whelping box until they are old enough to be up and about, then they are moved into an enclosed area in my basement with plenty of room to play and be a puppy. There is newspaper spread for them to potty on and make clean up pretty easy.
My dog room/office side of hte basement I epoxied the concrete. Its chilly but perfect for cleanup once they get a bit older. I'm trying to avoid ever breeding a litter in the winter again. My last litter (which was also my second litter ever) loved being outside once they figured the steps up into the kennel. I can barely get the ones still here inside now, and its cold and the ground is covered in ice and snow, they just adore being outside.
The pups before that wanted to be inside all the time.
Raised up to what age? Mine are raised inside and outside until they go home. I do not whelp outside though...I'm a nervous granny _____________________________________________________
HH - I mean from the moment that they are born to the day that they are going to their new homes.
Thank you to those that have responded, appreciate it :)
I raise mine in the dining area, don't have a basement here although I do have ample rooms in garages but they get way too hot in the summer and way too cold in the winter and besides I like to see them and have them there at my convenience. I do have a sunroom which is very spacious and has climate control but I would rather have them around where they seem all the time.
Puppies are alot of work, I am exhausted through making sure that all puppies are getting a feed and that none are left out when they are nursing and then when weaning time comes there is more work involved in keeping their area or pen clean. I have taken photos of my japanese chins x aussie shepherd; some of you may remember that I posted a thread on this. I will be posting photos as soon as I get around to buying the attachment that goes from the digital camera to the computer as my other one got chewed, I took a whole lot of photos today and was just about to get ready to upload them to photoshop and then I noticed that it got chewed, urgh the joys of pups although the chins didn't do this.
***Edited By: Soulmate on 1/25/2007 2:25:50 AM*** Reason: added
In a whelping pen with whelping box, in my bedroom with me. By the time they are about 6 weeks and really loud, lol. They are moved downstairs to a large puppy area.
In the home with the family 24/7 from birth to going to home or forever if we keep one.
Gunny.....That is a good idea too, though we just moved the whelping pen and box to different flooring. I was just reading an article on raising pups that are bomb proof. It talks about a 7's rule. By 7 weeks old, the pups should have introduced to 7 different types of floor...concrete, grass, carpet, etc. Have eaten out of 7 different types of dishes. There were a couple others as well, I would have to go look it back up.