Helpful Tips

Important Tips for Bringing Home Your New Dog House

SLANT-ROOF-DOG-HOUSE-002Important Tips for Bringing Home Your New Dog House

  • Place your dog's house far enough away from fences to prevent escape
  • During summer, make sure you place the dog house in a shaded area
  • During winter, position the door away from the wind
  • In extreme cold, bring your dog inside to prevent hypothermia
  • Clean any bedding regularly to provide a comfortable environment and to prevent fleas
  • Wood dog houses are cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
  • Raise the house off the ground for better temperature control, drainage and protection against fleas and other pests

Remember, if your Dog or Puppy is not used to a Dog House, get them acquainted with it slowly. Place their favorite toy and/or bed inside. In addition, you can put their favorite treat inside, so they will feel that their new home is a fun place to be.

Another Tip: you may want to wait to install the Flap Door, if you purchased one. Our Dog was afraid of it at first, but was fine within a few days.

It may take a few days for your Pup to enjoy it, but the time it takes will be well worth the rewards that you and your Pet will get from your new Dog House.

Why your dog needs and deserves a dog bed!

Why your dog needs and deserves a dog bed!

dogcatCrown Pet Products knows that our dogs are part of our families. They provide companionship and love in exchange for very little.

When one considers the needs of their dog it is very little, food, water, treats and a couple of toys. But, what about a bed? At nighttime, they are left to curl up on the floor or an old couch, but neither provides the support a healthy, pain-free body requires. In addition, a dog needs a space to call his or her own. This sense of personal possession curbs bad habits in dogs, like jumping up on furniture or claiming their owner's bed.

Not only does a good dog bed insulate your dog from the cold, but it also cushions their tender joints and bones from hard surfaces. Heated dog beds are particularly known to help, especially important for older, arthritic or overweight dogs whose joints can become painful. A "memory foam" bed employs state-of-the-art technology to ensure your dog is cradled in soft, cushioned support.

Another bonus of providing your dog with its own sleeping area is that your house cleaning is reduced. Hair and dander are concentrated in a single location, so clean-up is as simple as removing the bed cover, washing and replacing it. Our high quality beds are even anti-odor, antibacterial and stain resistant so your dog's cozy spot is as pleasant for you to be around as it is for your dog.
Therefore, by purchasing a Dog Bed, at the end of the day we know that you and your Pet will both rest well!

Crate Training for Bedtime

Medium-Pet-Crate-Table-Mahogany-featureCrate Training for Bedtime
Use the same command a treat routine at night. It may be a good idea to put the crate in your bedroom for starting nighttime training, especially if you have a puppy. They sometimes need to be let out at night and you do not want to imply social isolation. Once your dog has a few successful nights, gradually move the crate to your preferred location.

Signs That Your Dog is Spending Too Much Time in the Crate
Do not depend on the crate to be a solution for unwanted behavior. If used improperly your dog may feel trapped or neglected, therefore do not keep it in there too long. For example, do not leave it crated all day and then expect it to be comfortable in there all night. They also recommend that puppies under 6 months old should not be crated for more than 3 hours because they have limited bladder control.

By following the recommendations discussed above, you can train your puppy or dog to love their crate. They will soon learn that this space is their own and you both can enjoy peace of mind when you must leave your Pet alone.

Pet Training In 4 Steps

Step 1: You will want to put the crate in an area of your home where the family spends a lot of time. Put a towel or dog cushion in the crate and coax your dog into the crate by using a calm and reassuring voice. Make sure the door is secured open so your dog does not feel trapped and will not hit anything that will scare your dog. Place a few treats near the crate to encourage your dog to spend time there, then gradually move the treats closer to the front of the crate and then inside the crate. If your dog does not go all the way inside, don't force it. Stop placing any treats outside the crate, only inside as a way to persuade your dog that if it wants a treat, it must go inside. If treats are not working, try this method with a favorite toy.

Step 2: Once the introductory phase is over, start your dog's regular meals near the crate that will reinforce the idea that this is a welcome place. Start placing the meals further inside the crate, just as you did with the treats and toys. When your dog is comfortable entering and eating in the crate, start closing the door. At first, only keep it closed when it is eating. Leave the door closed a little longer with each successful feeding. If it starts to whine, you might have increased the time too quickly, therefore shorten the time. If it continues to whine, do not let it out until it has finished the meal, otherwise it will think that whining is a way out of the crate.

Step 3: After your dog has been eating meals while confined without any anxiety, you can move on. Start putting it in the crate for short periods while you are home. Use a treat and a command to let him know to enter the crate. Once it has, praise him and give him the treat. Sit quietly near the crate for 5 to 10 minutes without giving your dog any attention. Then start moving to another room for a short time. When you come back to the crate, sit quietly for another 5 to 10 minutes before opening the door.
Repeat this process a few times a day, each time increasing the periods of time you are gone. Once your dog will sit quietly with you out of sight for 30 minutes, you can begin leaving him in the crate for short periods while you are gone, or letting him sleep that at night.

Step 4: Once your dog is spending 30-minute intervals without getting anxious, you can start leaving for extended periods of time, but start slowly. Use treats and stay near the cage for 5 minutes or so, then leave. Refrain from making a big deal when you leave and try not to be gone for extended periods. In addition, leaving it in the crate for a few minutes when you return it will never associate the crate with being alone.

Benefits Of Our Dog Crate

Medium-Pet-Crate-Table-EspressoFor your new dog or puppy, a crate can limit their access to your home until it learns a few of your rules. A crate will limit unwanted items from being chewed and will cut down on "doggie accidents". A crate can also be used as a way to transport your dog safely.

If you properly train your dog, the crate will be thought of as a safe and welcome place. It is important that the crate is just large enough to allow your dog room to stand and turn around, but not too large, as your dog may use an extra large crate to relieve themselves in.

If your Puppy or Dog is a chewer, you may also want to take into account the construction material of the Crate. Wood Crates are not recommended during training. Instead, choose a wire or plastic crate. After your Pet is trained, you may want to purchase a Designer Wood Crate to compliment your decor.

And remember, you should always provide your dog with water, there are spill-proof bowls made for crates that are a great idea. In addition, NEVER TRAIN A PUPPY WHEN IT IS HOT OUTSIDE. They may be uncomfortable and it will make the process difficult for you and your puppy.

To start the training process follow the steps listed below. The length of time it will take to train you dog will depend on several factors, his or her age, temperament and its experiences. Do not use the crate as a form of punishment, it is supposed to be a place your dog will want to go to willingly. It is always a good practice to start slow and work gradually, and have a lot of patience! The results should be very rewarding for both of you.