Posted May 23, 2023 in Pet Blog by Patti Croft
We know how it feels when you’re ready to leave the house, but your pet gives you those sad puppy dog eyes. Don’t let leaving your fur baby in a crate make you feel guilt-ridden all day while you’re away. As a dog owner, you understand the importance of providing a safe and comfortable space for your furry friend. It’s not a punishment to leave your pet in a safe space while keeping your couch in one piece when you’re not home. We’ll give you some fun and easy ways to make it more inviting and comfortable for your pet.
You know how much sleeping in the right bed or sitting on the perfect couch means to you. When it comes to your dog, specifics matter. Consider the size of your pet and the temperament. Get a crate large enough for your pet to sleep comfortably and move around in, with room for toys and bedding.
Now that you have the correct crate size, you want to make the living space cozy and inviting. You’ll need a dog bed or mat. This step may take some trial and error, as some pups chew their bedding. Others love a soft, fluffy bed to nap on. Either way, your pet needs some padding to keep joints safe and pain-free.
When your dog feels secure, it creates a more comfortable living area. Don’t place the crate in direct sunlight, as it can leave your fur baby too hot. If you have a dog with thick fur, use a fan for extra ventilation, but avoid air blowing directly on your pet. The goal is a pleasant climate, so your dog feels at home in the crate.
If your dog is a chewer, durable toys made for chewing are a must-have supply. Your pup will have a safe, appropriate outlet for that behavior. It may keep your pet from chewing up the bed and provides some exercise. If your dog isn’t a chewer, plush toys are okay, but these are best with supervision.
Keeping your dog well-hydrated is crucial. That doesn’t mean you need to leave a large bowl of water in the crate. That often leads to tipped- over water spills or a full bladder. Soon, your cuddle buddy will need a potty break, resulting in wet bedding. The best practice is to give your pet water before going into the crate. Talk to your vet and see if your dog has any medical reasons for a constant water supply, and if so, try a hanging water bowl for fewer spills.
If your dog hates the crate at first, this is normal for many pets. Anything new takes some adjustment time. Remember to give your pup plenty of exercise before and after staying in the crate. Many dogs end up loving their new spaces and even go in without encouragement from their owners. Crates are great tools for your canine counterpart and can be a hound’s haven when you’re away from home. Be patient with your pet during training and allow for ample time to learn. With our tips, your best friend will soon consider the crate a comfy little palace of relaxation.