I brought the new box home yesterday. It’s a prototype so there are some adjustments to be made. If I decide to have another litter, we’d add the “pig rails”. The sides as built are 14″ which is too tall for the mom to jump in and out — of course that means Holmes and Watson will not be breaking out anytime soon. So, what we’re going to do is to add a drop-in panel on one side. When the panel is removed, that side that is only 11″ high. When mom is done and the issue is merely containment, the panel goes back in. I think perhaps a slightly higher lip between sleeping compartment and shavings compartment would be good. The transfer of shavings, however, is primarily on the puppies’ coats though. The biggest change has to do with a misreading of my dimensions. John made the main box 30″ x 40″ and it really needs to be 40″ x 40″ so mom can stretch out for whelping and for feeding. I think that I would probably whelp in the pool again, and use the box when it’s time to potty train (and contain) puppies.
The boyz knew immediately that they should toddle to the far end of the shavings area for bathroom activities. There was not a single instance of poop in the play/sleeping area last night. Smart babies. We must work on puppy peeing places, however. . . . and Phoebe — she’s ready to be done with them. Now she must be re-integrated into the adult dog life.