If you’re a new dog or puppy owner, you might think crate training is unkind or unnecessary, but there are many positive benefits for both you and your dog.
With the right training, your dog will view his crate as a shelter or safe haven, similar to a den used by his wild ancestor. It will also serve as your safety net for training and housebreaking. Read on for reasons why and how you should crate train.
Why Crate Training Works
When your pup is trained to love his crate, he will:
Learn bladder and bowel control
Feel safe and secure while you’re away
Have a safe haven to go to during stressful situations
Limit his destructive tendencies to toys, not furniture
Travel with less stress
You’ll also get peace of mind knowing your dog is comfortable and safe while you’re away.
Dog parks, beach outings, barbecues and long walks… summer time is for enjoying the outdoors with our pets. It’s also a time to be alert to summer hazards. Keep your pet’s play time fun and safe with these tips:
Lawn and garden products
Do you have a green thumb? Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides might help your garden grow, but they can be toxic to your pet. Use pet-safe products or keep your dog out of the treated area until it’s safe.
Unlike humans, dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies. They pant to cool down, but can still overheat and have heat stroke if they’re out too long on hot days. Dogs with flat faces, like pugs, boxers and bulldogs are especially vulnerable, because they can’t pant very well. Make sure your dog isn’t overdoing it outdoors, has shade and water, and is never left alone in a car, even with the windows down.