After placing the puppy pad on the carpet, I threw a little blanket in the corner for Dixie. This gives her something to push around and sleep on...and she doesn't scratch the floor anymore.
|This photo shows the top and bottom side of the whelping pad. They also come in light blue.|
You can buy these pads in multiple sizes at http://www.ezwhelp.com/AboutWhelpingPads.htm. I foudn the exact same product (by the same manufacturer) on Amazon.com. I didn't pay any extra....and I got free shipping! This is the exact size of our pen and the edges fit under the plastic walls.
The children now understand that they can't touch the puppies without permission. ....and Dixie helps to enforce that. She will let out a very stern bark at the kids if they go too close. She will even jump up and push them back. The kids take this very seriously, since she normally is very friendly to them.
|Look how quickly these puppies are growing!|
We keep a full bowl of food and water outside the pen for Dixie at all times. She eats and drinks a lot when she is nursing. I have never noticed any extra weight gain, so I let her eat as much as she needs to.