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Friday, September 16, 2011
You have gone to your local shelter and found a wonderful dog companion. You bring your new dog home, make her comfortable, and spoil her with designer dog supplies you picked up for her. You want to do the right thing so you consult the experts they tell you to… PUT HER IN ANOTHER CAGE?! No way! Your sweet dog was just got out of a metal cage at the shelter you aren’t really going to put her back in to cage. That wouldn’t really be the best thing to do, right?
Wrong. Dogs are natural den animals. This means that in nature, a dog’s den is their safe place. It is where he retreats if he’s feeling anxious or unsure, sleeps, and raises pups. You can use your dog’s den behavior as an invaluable asset in training your dog, house training a dog, and addressing any dog behavior problems that might arise, such as chewing on the furniture or other destructive habits. In your home there is no reason crate training can’t be a peaceful happy experience.
Where should the crate go?
Your dog is also social by nature. Find a place for the crate in a room where you and the family spends a lot of your time such as a kitchen or living room. Shop designer dog supplies to find a crate that blends into your home. At night, bring your new dog’s crate into your bedroom so you can hear him and know when he needs to go out.
Crating your dog:
Depending on the age of your new family pet you will have a harder or easier time introducing a crate. A young puppy should be easy to introduce a crate to, they will want it to be their place. Remember that crying at first may be adjusting to an unfamiliar household not the crate. Do not reward barking or whining with attention! If you are positive he doesn't need to go to the bathroom, ignore him until he is quiet, then praise him or take him out of the crate. By doing this you won’t be rewarding barking or whining! Do not leave meals in the crate for your puppy. Most puppies will spill water left in the crate. A safe chew toy in the crate is a must. Use your crate for your new pup when they can’t be supervised or must be left alone.
You should never crate your pooch longer than you know he can wait to go to the bathroom, typically less than 4 hour periods during the day. Here is a tip if you need to leave them longer than this. Put the crate with the door open in an enclosed area that is easy to clean like a bathroom or laundry room. You can lay down newspapers in the room since you may have a clean-up on your hands.
Important tips for crating:
• A crate should not be used for punishment, it should only be a place from positive experiences
• Limit the amount of time your dog is in a crate. 3 hours for puppies, 4 hours for dogs.
• Remember a dog will not want to soil their den, being unable to use the outside facilities will cause your dog stress.
A crate can be a very positive experience for your dog. There are a wide variety of styles and sizes to choose from in designer dog supplies.
Dazzle Dog Delight offers a large range of crates come check them out!
by Joy Randel
Joy Randel is the owner of Dazzle Dog Delight, an online store that offers a variety of high quality dog products and accessories from organic dog shampoo to designer dog supplies. We are passionate about dogs and would love to send you a FREE e-Guide on how to solve barking problems and other great info. Get your FREE e-Guide now at www.DazzleDogDelight.com
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