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Crating Your Dog

Does your Indianapolis home have a dog crate in it? If not, you should seriously consider getting a crate for your canine pal. Crate training is beneficial to both you and your dog. If your pooch ever needs to spend a morning at the salon, or travel long distance, chances are, Fido will have to be crated. Getting your pooch used to being in a crate will help ensure that he never has to adjust to both a crate and a new environment at once. Crates can also be very helpful as training aids and short-term solutions.

Many dogs actually like their crates. The close quarters can give your furry buddy a feeling of security, and he may enjoy having his own little place where he can sleep undisturbed. You may find a crate comes in handy for keeping your pooch out of the way if you are painting, moving furniture, or perhaps have an allergic guest. Crates can also help keep dogs from destructive behavior, but they should be used as a training aid, rather than a solution.

Crates can be very useful when you are house training your pooch. Dogs don’t like to soil their sleeping quarters, so your pooch will naturally learn to hold it. Your canine’s system will slow down when he sleeps, so your pooch can stay overnight in crates without having an accident, though Fido will need to be walked first thing in the morning. Puppies should not be crated before they have developed enough to have some control over their bladder.

Dogs should never be crated for long periods of time. During the day, your pooch should not be crated for more than four or five hours. Don’t ever crate a dog with separation anxiety, as this can backfire and end up making your pup’s issues worse.

When selecting a crate, make sure the crate has ample space for your pooch to stand up and turn around. You can make Fido’s crate comfy and inviting by adding toys and a dog bed or thick blankets. If you are buying a crate for a puppy, make sure to choose the crate based on your dog’s estimated adult size, and leave a bit of room to spare.

There are a few things you can do to help get your dog used to his crate. One tip is to throw a few treats in there when Fido isn’t looking. You can also put your pup’s food and water dishes in the crate, and leave the door open for him.

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