We have a great ‘Guest Post’ for you today by Dr. Jessica Bradford, DVM!
We know how important crate-training is. We used the method for potty-training Bubbs, and got amazing results. We recommend ‘Crate Training’ for all new puppy owners, new pet parents who’ve decided to make the decision to adopt, or when bringing home a new pet! Check out Dr. Jessica Bradford’s advice below…
It doesn’t matter whether your dog is a giant Great Dane, a tiny Chihuahua, or somewhere in between, a crate will make life with your canine companion much easier.
In Your Home
If you need to toilet train your dog, it will happen much quicker with a crate. Your dog isn’t likely to go to the toilet in the crate so they will be very willing to potty when you take them out. This gives you the perfect opportunity to praise them enthusiastically, and they’ll soon learn where they should go to the toilet.
If you have a young puppy that is likely to chew your shoes, it’s a good idea to train them to stay in a crate when you aren’t able to watch them. This isn’t just for your benefit, but will stop them from getting sick if they swallow something they shouldn’t.
A crate can be a safe haven for your dog, a place to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy household. If they are the quiet retiring type, they will feel more comfortable in their crate if you have visitors. Dog crate furniture will also enable you to keep your dog in the room while still crated where they might feel more secure when visitors are around.
Dogs do have accidents, and may need to spend a day or two in hospital. If your dog is unlucky enough to be in this situation, they will recover better at home if they can be confined in a crate. They won’t be able to over-exert themselves, and they can get some peace from concerned family members who may be
In the Car
There’s nothing worse than hot doggy breath in your ear when you are trying to drive. It’s not only distracting, but if your dog moves in front of you, you won’t be able to see where you’re going. If you turn sharply, or are unlucky enough to be involved in a traffic accident, your dog could be thrown across the inside of your vehicle. This could injure you as well as your dog.
It’s just not safe to have your dog loose in a car. One alternative is to put a harness on them and attach them to the seatbelt on the back seat. An even better alternative is to have a secure crate that is firmly anchored to your vehicle. Put your dog inside for the trip and he will be travel comfortably, and safe from harm.
If you take your dog on vacation with you, they will often be more settled in their holiday home if they have a familiar smelling crate to sleep in. It’s also a great way of making sure they don’t sneak onto the couch when you aren’t looking. Even if you are camping, you’ll appreciate being able to keep your dog safely out of harm’s way when you are cooking on the gas stove or over an open fire.
A crate can be a big financial investment, but in terms of convenience and safety, it is well worth the expense.
“Dr Jessica Bradford is a small animal veterinarian with 20 years experience in private practice, and a contributing writer forwooddogcrate.com. She shares her life with four dogs, so she can see first hand the many benefits of crate training.”
If this advice pertains to you right now (or maybe in the near future), we picked out some really great crates for you to consider when it comes time for you to get started. Check out some of these crates that we think are great, and range from very extravagant to your simple, basic crate!
- Wood Dog Crate End Table from WoodDogCrate.com — This crate is gorgeous, something you’ll have for a long-time, and extremely practical! This crate doubles as an end table! However, before purchasing this crate and forking over the dough, I’d wait until your pup has grown out of the chewing stage, and completely comfortable in a crate! We don’t want you to come home to your new end table in pieces!
- Midwest iCrate Single Door Folding Dog Crate from Petco.com — This crate is a wonderful option for crate training, and one that a lot of pet owners choose! This crate folds up for easy storage and great to take with you while you’re on the go, in the car, or to move from room-to-room!
- ABO Gear Dog Digs Collapsible Dog Crate from OnlyNaturalPetStore.com — On the go? Be sure to pick up one of these if you and your pup are about to take a road trip, that way you don’t confuse your pup and they’ll have some place they can go and be quiet and comfortable, and so you don’t lose any of the training you’ve worked so hard on!
- Petmate Kennel Cab Fashion Series Crate from Petsmart.com — When we were crate training Bubbity Boo as a young pup, we went through two sizes of these and he did really well during the process of potty training. Once he was fully trained, he slooooooowly made his way to sleep with us at night in bed. I do regret the decision to let him sleep with us every night, and we’ve attempted to get him to sleep in a crate, but it was too late and the damage was done. I do recommend that if you do choose to crate train your dog, STICK WITH IT throughout your dog’s entire life.
Thanks, Dr. Jessica Bradford, DVM! Your advice is great and hope you’ll continue to share your advice with us in the future!