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Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Benefits of Crates

Crate Training is just one of the many things that a dog should learn. As a trainer I always advise my clients and friends to let their dogs get used to a crate. Some of them may oppose to the idea because they thought that a crate is simply a cage keeping or treating their dogs like prisoners. Contrary to their belief, but a crate would do good than harm. A crate is more like a dwelling place that can just be a fashionable or stylish furniture that makes your dog very comfortable and secure.

Here is a very good piece of article that every dog owners should know. Thanks to our friend from for sharing this very helpful information,

The Benefits of Crates

When you are shopping for your new dog, there are some standard items that must always go on your list. A leash and collar, food and water bowls, and a bag of kibble are essentials, but have you thought about buying your dog a crate? Although you may balk at the cost of a crate, it is worth the expense.

Here are 5 benefits of crate training that will appeal to all dog owners.

1. Toilet training is much easier if you use a crate. Your dog will be very reluctant to toilet inside their crate, so will hang on until you take them outside. You can then give them lots of cuddles and rewards for going to the toilet in the right spot.

2. You can keep your dog confined when you aren't able to keep an eye on them. This is particularly useful if your dog likes to chew on your shoes!

3. If your dog isn't the social type, they will appreciate a quiet safe place to escape when you have a dinner party, or even just when your family is particularly noisy. Dog crate furniture will allow them to have their own space amongst the family room and not feel overwhelmed. Their crate will become a haven where they can go anytime they need some peace and quiet.

4. Going on vacation? Take your dog's crate with you and they will have a comfortable place to sleep that smells like home. You'll also be able to relax, knowing that they aren't damaging your holiday house while you aren't there to supervise them. If you prefer to spend your vacation in a tent, you will still find a dog crate very handy. Your dog won't get their leash tangled around the tent guy ropes, and they won't knock over your gas stove while you are cooking your dinner.

5. A dog crate is extremely useful if your dog has had an operation. After they have been neutered, they need to be kept quiet until their sutures are removed. This is easier said than done, because most dogs feel just fine within a day or two of their surgery. If you have a crate, you can force them to rest, and they won't be able to run around too much.

6. Some dogs just won't sit still in the car. They rush from window to window, and bark in your ear. If you are lucky enough to own such a dog, their behavior is enough to take your attention away from the road. Not only that, but if you turn sharply, you could find your dog in your lap with their head staring out the front windscreen. Keep yourself and your dog safe while you are driving by confining them to their crate.

Most dog owners will find at least one good reason to buy a crate, but when they bring it home, they will discover several more benefits that make their life easier. Look beyond that price tag and think about how a dog crate could be useful in your own household.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Allana & Storm - Our New Dog Buddies

It's fun and exciting to meet new dogs especially cute puppies that are so lovely and cuddly, a few weeks ago I got the chance to interact with two unique looking dogs named Storm & Allyana, and they are both handsome, pretty and quite healthy as well. Honestly, these are the dogs that I would immediately adopt without second thoughts, good temperament, fit and attractive.What I admire about these dogs is that they are mixed breeds and the gene combination came out well. The owners are so lucky to have them and they are indeed proud to show their pets around. I'm quite confident that the owners of Storm and Allyana are dog loving and caring people who always look onto the wellness of the their pets.

Meet Storm a 7 months male Chihuahua-Schnauzer mixed. This dog is so smart that it didn't even take a while for him to learn to sit and stay.

Next, meet Allyana, a very affectionate one year old female Shih-tzu - Border Collie Mixed. I love her Egyptian-Pharaoh Marking beside her right eye, so pretty and unique.

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