Q: What is the best way to use a dog crate?
A: A crate is the perfect place for your puppy or dog to sleep and spend quiet time in. The crate can also be his personal property and a favorite refuge, as long as its not abused. If you crate your dog, be sure to carefully consider some of these do's and don'ts.
- Do crate train a dog while they are still a puppy.
- Do remove your dog's collar, leash or clothing.
- Do put a proper pad in the bottom of the crate for comfort.
- Do ensure the crate is large enough for the dog to comfortably stand, turn around in, and lay down flat.
- Do make sure the door is securely shut and locked.
- Do inspect the crate regularly for any holes, chew marks, or pieces broken off.
- Don't leave in objects such as bones or toys with parts that might be chewed off.
- Don't leave your dog alone in his crate for long periods.
- Don't crate a dog with unresolved separation anxiety, he could panic when you leave and injure himself trying to get out.
- Don't shut a adult dog in a crate if he's never had any experience with one before.
- Don't use blankets or sheets, until you know your puppy or dog will not spend his time eating them.