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5 Steps for Crate Training

  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

Choosing a Dog Crate

  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

Does Your Dog Need A Crate?

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

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Happy

If you are new to pet ownership, you may have thought about your dog’s physical health, but have you thought about his psychological health?  Psychological health is every bit as important as physical health, and ultimately the two are dependent on one another.  A bored or frustrated dog can quickly become a destructive dog, and one which suffers from needless stress.  Stress can translate into physical ailments.  A happy, mentally stable dog on the other hand is subjected to less stress and is better able to weather injuries and illnesses, and may be less prone to them altogether.  Here are..  - Read More

How Often Should You Walk Your Dog?

If you are a new dog owner, you probably know that it’s important to walk your dog, but you may not know how often to do it.  If you don’t walk your dog enough, she may be prone to bouts of restless hyperactivity.  You don’t want to overdo it though and tire your pooch out either.  What is the right amount?   As a general rule, the bets answer is to walk your dog around twice a day, for 15 minutes each time.  This really is just a general “if in doubt” rule, though.  Some breeds require more exercise than..  - Read More

Tips for Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Sometimes there will be occasions where you’ll have to leave your dog alone at home while you step out to do errands or work.  While it’s not a good idea to leave a dog home alone for very long time periods, you can't be tied to your home just because you now own a pet.  How can you keep your dog (relatively) happy while you’re out for a few hours?   Your dog will miss you while you are out, and that’s a given.  But there are things you can do to help your dog to weather the hours of..  - Read More

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