June 5, 2018

All About Crating Dogs

***I was asked to share this as a guest post, but I support everything in this article!***

When Annie from www.bestdogcrates.net reached out to me, asking if I could share this article summing up the main info on dog crates, I couldn't resist sharing it! Leave a comment to let me know what you think about it!

How to Help Your Dog Enjoy Their Crate
Crating your dog is one of those things that is tough to do but might be necessary depending on your personal situation. After all, if you have a Houdini, escape prone dog then you can’t have them running around on their own!

Luckily, there are a few ways that you can make your pooches time in their crate more comfortable. This will decrease the chances of them experiencing anxiety or stress and all the problems that come along with that.

Don’t Keep Them Inside for a Long Time
When crating your dog, it’s important to make sure they aren’t locked up for a long time. No more than a couple hours at a time, and they should get a bathroom break beforehand, as well as plenty of food and water. Limiting their time inside will also help to prevent accidents inside the kennel.

Get a Proper Kennel
It’s so important to get an appropriate size crate for your dog. Many people get this wrong and get a cage that either is too big or doesn’t allow for future growth of their pet. There needs to be enough room for them to stand up, lie down and turn around easily. At the same time, you don’t want it too big that they do their business in the corner.

You also want to get the right type of cage. Strong dogs like Pitbull’s will need something that's made of heavy duty steel as they can destroy wire crates with ease. Here’s a link to some examples of the crates that will be able to hold them like these www.bestdogcrates.net/escape-proof-cages (please copy link from site). Smaller or well-behaved dogs on the other hand, might be ok in a simple wire or plastic crate if they don’t make a point of trying to get out.

Exercise Them Often
If you can get your pet “dog tired” your work is done. Having them fall asleep and have a nice nap in their kennel is a great situation for you.

The best way to get this done is to take them on a long walk or run at the park. Take them to play fetch or walk them for at least an hour. If you don’t have the time to walk your dog, then you can always hire a dog walker to take your best friend out. It will greatly enhance the quality of their life and make them healthier in the process.

Keep Them Entertainment
A great way to take your dogs mind off the fact they are in their crate is to give them something that entertains them. Bones and toys are a great temporary distraction. A cool trick you can use is to fill up a Kong toy with treats. This trick will keep them busy for hours while they try and get at the tasty snacks inside!

Get a Good Bed for their Kennel
Lastly, you’ll want to make the inside of the cage as comfortable as you possibly can. A simple blanket isn’t good enough here. A high-quality dog bed is ideal, and if your pet is older, a memory foam bed should help in reducing joint pain for them.

Also try and keep the kennel away from distractions and noise. This will help your dog to relax and not get stressed out.

Conclusion

When it comes time to crate your dog, be sure to put some of these tips into practice and make their time inside the crate much happier, they will thank you for it!

3 comments:

  1. Great advice Chris, you are a wise pup
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  2. My Florida associate Miss Charlee loves to go to her crate where she always hides her toys and bits of food. It's her own private spot.

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