Crate Training Dogs & Puppies- FAQ

Written by A. Grignard

1) Why should I crate train my dog?

Crate Training isrepparttar fastest and most humane method of housebreaking dogs. Have you ever seen a dog under a table, chair or bed? The reason is that dogs naturally want to seek shelter, even in a house. If you don't provide it, they will create it themselves in an effort to feel safe and secure. A crate serves as a den for your dog.

2) How does crate training work?

Like babies, puppies cannot control their bladders until they mature (usually between 3 and 6 months). Dogs have a natural instinct to avoid eliminating in their dens. Therefore, confining your puppy in his crate forrepparttar 136770 proper amount of time encourages him to "hold it" until you take him outside for a walk. Pet Dreams offers Free Crate Training Tips with more step-by-step details.

3) What about housebreaking older dogs?

It is never too late to crate train your dog! The number one reason dogs end up in shelters is behavior problems. Crate training, at any age, can help break bad habits and solve most of these problems.

4) How long do I need to userepparttar 136771 crate?

Crates are not just for training- they are good forrepparttar 136772 lifetime of your dog. By providing a crate for your dog, you are in essence providing him with his own bedroom. Crates are especially important for older dogs that use it to escaperepparttar 136773 hustle and bustle of everyday family life, which often includes small children or other pets that may harass them.

5) How safe is crate training?

Dog crates arerepparttar 136774 best housetraining tool available. They provide a room for your dog while protecting your home furnishings from damage. However, even a crate isn't an absolute safe harbor for your pet. As per crate manufacturers warnings, you should always remove standard collars before placing your dog in a crate. Otherwise, your dog is at risk for possible strangulation if his collar or ID tags become caught inrepparttar 136775 crate's bars. Pet Dreams' Cratewear bumpers arerepparttar 136776 only bumpers made high enough to help prevent collar strangulation and other crate-related injuries.

6) I was told that dogs like their crates, so why do I have to force mine inside?

There are many reasons to not enjoy a bare metal dog cage.

  • Comfort: When dogs lie down in their crates, they are leaning up against wire bars, which can be very irritating. Crate bumpers and pads, like Cratewear, providerepparttar 136777 comfort your dog will appreciate.
  • Security: Wire crates leave your dog exposed on all sides. Crate covers provide den-like security.
  • Location: Separating your dog fromrepparttar 136778 rest ofrepparttar 136779 family can add stress. Dogs are social animals, sorepparttar 136780 ideal location is a room full of activity. Your dog will enjoy his new room while still being part ofrepparttar 136781 family. At nightrepparttar 136782 bedroom is an ideal place for a crate so your dog will feelrepparttar 136783 security of being close to you.
  • Time: Confining him in his crate for excessive periods of time will be a negative experience for your dog. After housebreaking your dog, we recommend removingrepparttar 136784 door fromrepparttar 136785 crate so he can enjoy his den any time he chooses.
7) What can I do to make my dog's crate more appealing?

Dog Health Problems and Symptoms Where Do You Turn?

Written by Tara Pearce

I hoperepparttar reason youíre here is to be proactive, rather than having a sick dog. My heart breaks every time I see one of my dogs in pain or not feeling well. Luckily it doesnít happen too often, but when it does, I get very upset. Doing research on your dogís health problems and symptoms can help preventrepparttar 136769 problem from getting worse. And I must stress, when in doubt, see a veterinarian. I know quite a bit about dogs and I still hesitate before going torepparttar 136770 vet, so youíre not alone.

If you have dog health questions, your vet isrepparttar 136771 best person to ask. However, some common health problems in dogs can be addressed at home. Skin care for a smelly dog, for example. This can often happen due to skin allergies. Chinese Shar-pei can be bad for that, and Iíve been lucky so far. One ofrepparttar 136772 best tips Iíve heard from breeders though is to not bathe her too often, as it can dry outrepparttar 136773 skin. This is perhaps quiterepparttar 136774 opposite if you have a long haired dog. I suggest visiting and joining online forums for your dogís breed, or at least dogs in general Ė you can get invaluable information there. Forrepparttar 136775 record, when I do bathe my Shar-pei, I use an oatmeal shampoo. No skin problems in 3 years. You berepparttar 136776 judge.

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