Crating your Dog

When getting a new dog, whether a puppy or an adult, a lot of planning should be considered. Just like people, there are no two dogs alike. Each and every one has specific needs. Some need more grooming than others; some have behavior issues, while some are easier to train. The list goes on and on.

Picking out what kind of breed is on the top list of considerations. Many dogs are good with children, others are not. Of course if there are children in the household, this is not even a consideration.

A consideration for both you and your pet is whether or not the dog is going to be crated, and for how long a period.

There is a lot of controversy on whether you should crate a dog or not. Many believe it is not a good idea to have a pet if they are going to be in a cage for a long time. First of all, how long is a long time? Second is, a dog is a den animal, a crate can serve as his safe haven.

My experience with crating my dog has been the best thing I could do for both he and I.

At 6 years old, he is still crated. Two big reasons: #1. He has been crated from the first day I got him at 8 weeks old. #2. My belief is that a dog being a den animal needs and is comfortable with a safe haven which in our case is his crate.

How long is too long depends entirely up to how long an animal can hold his bodily functions without being uncomfortable. It’s not hard to figure out, once you learn your dog’s potty habits. Most dogs will not soil the area in which they sleep. A puppy on the other hand is quite different.

When Austin was just a puppy, and I had to leave him for 5 hours at a time, I would put doggie pads in an area of his crate. As soon as I came home, whether or not he soiled the pads, I would bring him outdoors and give the command to pee or poop. (Your preference of words is yours, but keeps it short) I treated him immediately and praised him before bring him inside.

I find that treats work very well with dogs for many reasons, and crating a dog with a treat is one. Be sure it’s a treat that he will not choke on. I never leave a treat with Austin unattended.

If you have a dog that has not been crated or does not like to be crated, I believe treats for him can work. You’ll need to be consistent with what you do with your dog and crating. Encourage him to go inside with a treat. Once there, praise him and leave. If he barks, howls, cries or whatever, let him do this for only a short time and then in a very stern voice tell him “STOP” and leave. Return to him with a treat, only when it is time for him to come out. (Your terms, not his) He will soon learn that being crated is not so bad! And you in turn can be comfortable knowing that not only is he not tearing up the house or getting himself in trouble, but that he is safe, and believe it or not, he is comfortable too! He’s just waiting for that something yummy to come to him.

Do this:

For the love of dogs today

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Dogs and Depression


July was both a busy, but difficult month. Vacation time in the first week was spent with family members who shared my home for the entire week. It’s a lot of work with more than one family under the same roof, but at the same time rewarding.

The second week in July I spent the week cleaning until we got a sad call of a passing relative. Plans changed for the remainder of the week and the following we attended the out-of-town services.

Now it’s the last week in July that I can concentrate on blogging and just sharing some good times with my little buddy! He has become a little depressed mainly because he has not been the center of attention.

On July 27th another call came through. Another fatality. This time it was the loss my dear sister’s loving young son of 21. The grief we all share is one of the most difficult times in our family’s lives.

All month I have been trying to blog when a distraction to say the very least fell upon me. Not only has my life been disrupted but the life of my littlest four-legged family has been too!

Austin has been through a traumatic time since his first seizure. We have been back and forth to the vets numerous times since May. Although he is doing physically well, he is now depressed due to the events of July.

It is now August 5th and God knows we need to get back to all the living things precious to us. My little man is a precious piece of God’s work and needs to be protected and cared for.

During our times of sorrows, Austin was put in a kennel. Finding a trusting and caring facility for our animals is as important as finding a day care for our children. My little buddy is my furry four-legged baby. I want nothing but the best for him.

Summer is not yet over and I wish every reader out there a happy joyous summer. Think of your loving pets as well, taking good care of their needs for the summer heat, abstinence and all that come

For the love of Dogs today!

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Why dogs like stuffed animals

With all the toys out there for a dog to enjoy, my little guy seems to enjoy stuffed animal toys that squeak, the best. He can tear at them and pull them apart in no time. He has other toys such as hard rubber toys and others that are heavily constructed. However, he seems to get bored with anything that he cannot tear to shreds. The nature of most dogs is to relate a squeaking sound to the sound of a small animal at prey. I find though, it is more in the nature of a hunting dog such as my little guy. Dachshunds were or still are raised to hunt badgers. One of the meanest animals of the wild. Dachsunds are fearless hunters, and will fight to its kill. My little guy is a sweet, sometimes wimpy and a mommy’s little man. Bring him out doors and let him spot a chipmunk or a rabbit, and he is barking, howling fearless and ferociously bolting well on their trail,if I didn’t have him on a runner or leash I would have an awful lot of lucky rabbits feet. (Not too lucky for them!!!)

Sooooo, on that note, I think I will just let him think he is this big bad ferocious creature that kills his stuffed squeaky toys. He’s happy, and I get to pick up the mess. But I do this:

For the love of dogs today!

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