We set the box up a week or two before the due date to give Jam a chance to acclimate to the box as she will be spending a lot of time in it with her pups. As the pups grow, we will insert the door to prevent them from escaping. The quilt in the box is temporary and just for Jam's comfort. For the actual whelping, we will use disposable pads and after that, the pups will have a very plush fleece pad to enjoy.
Next on the list, setting up all the supplies for the whelping, the heat lamp and thermometer for the box and reviewing all the whelping books.