Reasons to Crate Your Dog

When properly used, a dog crate is an effective tool for training your dog. Using a crate you can train your dog to be content in a crate, furthermore, you can provide a safe, comfortable place that is just for your dog. This is a place they can retreat to when they need some alone time, and can comfortably sleep in at night. Crates also are a safer way to transport your dog. Crates are particularly advantageous when introducing a new dog into your household, using a crate can also prevent your dog from being destructive.

Unfortunately, crates can be easily misused. They should only be used as a reasonably short-term management tool, not where you keep your dog all day and night (this would be cruel and negligent). You should try to work on any existing behavior problems in order to correct them and you should train your dog so that it’s not necessary to crate it 8 hours every weekday throughout her life.  Over-confining your dog is bad for your dog’s health, socialization, and can inadvertently cause behavioral problems from the resulting lack of exercise, training, socialization and companionship.

Most dogs quickly adjust to using their crates, and many prefer to sleep or take refuge in  their crate when they’re tired or things get too hectic around the house.

You can use a crate to safely contain your dog when you can’t monitor him/ her behavior closely, including when you go to bed. Crates are great during house training, as dogs don’t like to soil their sleeping areas, they will naturally avoid eliminating in their crate.

Your dog’s crate should be sized so that your dog can comfortably lie down, stand up without having to crouch and turn around.

You can use a crate to curb destructive behavior. It is important that dogs and puppies learn to refrain from doing a lot of things in their homes, such as tearing apart shoes, chewing table legs, ripping up cushions etc. In order to correct poor behavior you need to observe and monitor behavior. By confining your pup in a crate when you cannot monitor your dog can prevent unwanted behavior (eg. when you go to work).

When it is bedtime, your dog’s body systems and elimination slow down which is why your pup can go all night without eliminating once they’re old enough to have adequate bladder and bowel control. However, during the day, neither dogs nor puppies should not be crated for any longer than four or five hours at a time. If you are crating a puppy for more than two hours, you should provide water by attaching a water bottle dispenser to the crate.

 

If you’re interested in crate options available for your dog, check out these below:

 

 

Dog Aggression (Toward Other Dogs)

Interdog aggression is when a dog is excessively aggressive towards other dogs .While mild aggression towards other dogs is often considered normal normal behavior resulting (often) from lack of proper socialization and boundaries, some dogs can become excessively aggressive, largely due to learning, environmental, and genetic factors.

This form of aggression occurs far more frequently in  intact (eg. non-neutered) male dogs. Common signs of interdog aggression generally begins to appear when the dog is reaches puberty or becomes socially mature at 18 to 36 months. This aggression is very problematic and is inappropriate behavior that needs to be immediately addressed.If not addressed there could be dire consequences including a dog being severely injured or killed (this could be the aggressor or the victim), a human could get injured (especially if someone tried to protect their dog or pull the dogs away from each other), and if your dog attacks other dogs (resulting in injury of a person) or your dog is deemed as a danger laws may dictate that your dog be euthanized. There is also the possibility that you as an owner will be held responsible for your dogs actions, which means you could have to pay a victims medical and/or vet expenses. You should never let it get to this point.

The most common symptoms of this form of  aggression include growling, biting, baring teeth (lip lifting), snapping, and/or lunging towards another dog. These behaviors may be accompanied body postures and expressions such as crouching, tucking the tail under, licking the lips, hair raising on the back of the neck, and backing away.  One tactic an aggressive dog may use is staring at another dog and blocking the other dog’s path.

There cure for interdog aggression, per say. However, treatment is heavily directed at controlling the problem. It is up to the owner to learn how to avoid situations that instigate or encourage aggressive behavior in the dog, it is also up to the owner to quickly break up fights safely. When your dog is in situations where aggressive behavior is more likely to occur, the dog must be kept away from potential victims and be under the owner’s constant control. The owner should also look into using protective gear such as a head halter and basket muzzle.

It is also important that you work on behavioral modification and correction with your dog. You should train your dog to sit and rest on verbal cues, you can use small food treats as rewards. You should also socialize and condition the dog not to fear other dogs by gradually exposing it to other dogs in public in a safe and responsible measure.

 

There are trainers and behavioral experts that specialize in dog aggression. And as much as you don’t want to, it may be in your best interest for you to muzzle your dog when in public or when your dog is going to be around other people.

Below are some examples of the muzzles available- click on the links for more information…

Dog Baskerville Ultra Muzzle – $13.26 Real Leather Cage Basket Secure Dog Muzzle Brown (Circumference 12.5″, Snout Length 3.5″) by Dogs My Love – $35.99NACOCO Anti Bite Duck Mouth Shape Dog Mouth Covers Anti-called Muzzle Masks Pet Mouth Set Bite-proof silicone material

The MUST HAVE travel tool for dog owners (dog car organizers)

Traveling with your pooch can be like traveling with a baby. You have to pack food, water, bags, treats, dishes, medication, toys, and more. When you find yourself mixing your dog’s stuff in with your own it is easier to forget your own stuff that you meant to pack. Furthermore, when you are on the road and realize that you need something for your up, the last thing you want is to tear through all of the bags to find what you are looking for.

What many dog owners don’t realize is that there are people who  have gone through the same issues when travelling with their pups and have come up with the best solution ever. Dog car organizers are a wonderful way to keep yourself organized for your car ride while also making sure your dog has everything he/ she needs for a comfortable and productive car ride.

Here are some of the best Dog Car Organizers available to make your road trips efficient and easy:

  1. High Road Wag’nRide Doggie Car Organizer – $19.99 
    • 3 side pouches that can hold a water bottle, bowl, collar and leash
    • Buckles around any headrest
    • Easy access
    • Built-in storage dispenser keeps poo-bags at the ready
    • Lined, wipe-clean interior compartment holds up to 24 cups of dry food
  2. Reese Carry Power Pet Parent Traveler with Detachable Seat Cover – $18.13 
  3. Pet Car Seat Organizer by Modern Objects for Dogs  -$19.94
  4. Cruising Companion 600D Polyester Small Pet Car Seat Organizer, Skull/Cross Bones by Cruising Companion – $15.99

  5. Hunter K9 Designs 4010 Pet Travel Organizer by DuraGear – $28.90             
    • 2 side mesh pockets w/ elastic
    • roomy front pocket with snap
    • Measures 11″ H x 9″ W x 4″ D
    • adjustable shoulder strap
    • hangs easily on back of your bucket seat
  6. Solvit HomeAway Pet Travel Organizer Kit- $38.79
  • Kit Includes: a. Organizer bag b. 1-liter polycarbonate water bottle c. 10-cup food bag d. Collapsible water bowl and food bowl
  • Organizer bag includes: exterior  pockets with zippers, poop bag dispenser, mesh pockets that can hold bowls or damp items 
  • clear polycarbonate water bottle 

Holiday Season Hazards for your Dog (What to Avoid)

Christmas times a’ coming, the holidays a just around the corner, and we are feeling pretty festive. Those of us who have dogs love to include them in our holiday fun, and why we wouldn’t, after all, they are part of our family. Like children, dogs are curious and can easily get into trouble, so it is your responsibility to puppy proof your home in order to keep them safe and healthy.

When Christmas decorations come out of storage, there are decorated Christmas trees, and super delicious food is set out there is a lot of trouble for your pup to get into. Dogs enjoy exploring, which means all of this Christmas stuff is just calling to them.  Lets face it, there are a number of Holiday Season Hazards for your Dog, and some of these can cause injury or severe illness which may even be fatal.

Here’s some tips to keep your dog safe this Christmas season:

  • When you are decorating and wrapping gifts, you must be careful. If you are using adhesives keep it away from your dog. Glue and adhesive seem to entice pets, but are extremely toxic to dogs. Potpourri oil is also something that is toxic to dogs, but is also something that they will lap it up in generous amounts if it’s left within reach. Ribbon, string and yarn is also dangerous for dogs, if such items are swallowed, these items can twist around your dog’s intestines. Candles should be kept high above on shelves, dogs and fire don’t mix, especially considering dogs are covered in fur.
  • Holiday plants bring color, life, and beauty into your home, there are many variety of popular indoor plants that are dangerous to dogs and puppies. The berries and leaves of holly can cause illness and vomiting, the effects of them on dogs can also be fatal. The sap of Poinsettas will blister your dog’s mouth within moments following digestion in addition to other symptoms including stomach upset. Mistletoe can cause stomach upset and even heart collapse. Make sure any plants are kept in safe places where you dog can get to it.
  • Christmas trees, beautiful as they are, also come with dangers. Dogs sometimes see ornaments as toys and try to get them. Hyper dogs can knock the Christmas tree over, while other dogs may chew the wires from Christmas lights, causing shock or electrocution. Try keep your dog out of the room where the Christmas tree is set up or keep an eye on them when them when they are around the tree.
  • The biggest danger of all is the yummy foods and treats that are a part of Christmas. Chocolate is big at Christmas, and as you already know chocolate can be fatal, turkey bones, like chicken bones, can be fatal to dogs, and only a small amount of alcohol can be poisonous to your dog.

If you want this year to be a wonderful Christmas you need to make sure that your pup is healthy and happy. Take the proper steps to ensure that your pup isn’t going to get in any sort of trouble, to make sure your pup is safe- by taking these precautions to avoid holiday season hazards for your dog so that everyone will have a great holiday season!