Pet tips: Crating your dogon April 12, 2013 @ 11:41 am (Updated: 11:48 am - 4/12/13 )
Questions to Consider
• What size crate do you need? The crate should only be large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around. • What type of crate is best - wire, plastic, canvas? • Cost of a crate ($35-$150)
Benefits of a Crate
• Satisfies a dog's need for a den-like enclosure • Effective housebreaking tool (dogs do not want to soil sleeping quarters) • Prevents destructive behavior (such as chewing) • Keeps a puppy out of harm's way in the house (i.e., poisons, electrical wires, etc.) • Serves as a travel cabin for your dog when traveling by car or plane
Crate Training: Make It Fun
• Start with door open while you are in the room • Make it a game and toss favorite toys and treats inside • NEVER use the crate as a form of punishment or reprimand • Do not allow children to play in your dog's "den" or to handle your dog while he/she is in the crate. The crate is your dog's private place to take a safe time out.
• Remove collars (and leashes) • Do not confine a dog to a crate when temperatures reach an uncomfortable level • Never crate your pet outside in the sun • Don't leave your dog crated in a hot car • Make sure your pet has water at all times
Also, don't miss this week's Seattle Humane Society pet of the week: Coco.
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