Do you have a dog breed like Golden Retriever that loves to chew everything? If so, you will need to put some extra thought (and expense) into making sure that your dog has everything he needs to stay entertained without destroying everything you have bought for him. It is pretty frustrating to spend $100 on a dog bed only to find you have to replace it a few months later, and nothing is more annoying than coming home to find your couch cushions in tatters. With dogs that chew, you have two primary considerations: You need indestructible dog.. - Read More
Recently we did a post about deciding whether or not your dog needs a crate. While new dog owners sometimes think a crate seems cramped and confining, for a dog, a nice crate can be a little slice of heaven. Crates play to canine denning instincts, and can provide a safe, cozy home-within-a-home. Crates make wonderful housetraining tools, can double as a simple transportation method, and can make both you and your dog happy. While not all dogs need or should have crates (pets with separation anxiety or claustrophobia from some past trauma, for example), they work out well.. - Read More
In the past couple articles here on the blog, I have talked about whether or not it is a good idea to crate-train your dog (for most dogs, it is), and what steps you can take to carry out the crate-training process effectively. But before you can begin crate-training your dog, you need to actually purchase a crate. There are so many different kinds of dog crates. How do you go about choosing the right crate for your dog? Size First off, you need to think about dimensions. There are small crates, medium crates, and big crates. .. - Read More
New dog owners are sometimes baffled by the concept of dog crates. You might look at a dog crate and think, “I wouldn’t want to be penned up inside a cage. Why on earth would my dog?” You might even make the assumption that dog crates are cruel. The reality though is that you are not a dog, and a canine is not a human. Dogs have a natural instinct to den, and many canines sleep for up to 16 hours a day. For a dog, a crate can be a territorial refuge, a cozy little spot that feels like.. - Read More
Did you know that dogs sleep for an average of 16 hours a day? When you are bringing a new furry friend home, one of the first supplies you will have to buy is a dog bed. A dog bed fulfills a number of purposes. First off, it keeps your dog from sleeping on your furniture. Secondly, it gives your dog a comfy safe spot to relax and rest. There are a few different types of dog beds. The best types of dog beds will fit the dog in question.