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27 October 2020

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  • Best Dog Bowls for French Bulldogs
    27 October 2020

    In today’s post, we shall be looking at the bestdog bowls for french bulldogs that french bulldog owners can choose from. Thes dog bowls have...

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  • Dog Socialization 101 (You’re Probably Doing it Wrong)
    27 October 2020
    You got a new dog! Woo hoo! How very exciting. Dog socialization is probably pretty high on your to do list for this new pup. In fact, it’s on my list of things to do after you get a new dog. Maybe you’re thinking that you need to take your dog to the dog park […]
  • 8 Dog Beds that Look Like Couches
    27 October 2020

    As humans, we go all out on the interior of our homes… We make sure to have a couple of couches, a comfortable bed, other chairs to lounge around in, etc. When adopting a dog,...

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    The post 8 Dog Beds that Look Like Couches appeared first on Ace Dog Blog.

  • German Shepherd Lifespan Facts You Should Know
    27 October 2020
    German Shepherds are amazing working dogs that have been bred and utilized since the late 19th century. These versatile and agile companions require a lot of devotion and care when...

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  • Back to camp at Courtney!
    27 October 2020

    Back to camp at Courtney!  This will be day 1.

    Snow here! We actually drove in it most of the way.

    We had to knock the snow off the canopy.

    We loaded the Boss.

    And we head out.

    We started clearing not far from camp.

    Arly's testing a new pole saw today.

    It works good!

    Ya, snow.

    Lots and lots of limbs coming down today.
    Cleared trail behind us.

    It's so pretty out.  Trail mutts are all about this!

    The sun even came out today.  For a few minutes.

    At the end of the day, it's time to go back and we are wet!

  • Day II, Circle of Life Trail at Courtney Lake clearing!
    27 October 2020

    Back for more trail work at Courtney on Sunday.   We figure we got nearly half of the Circle of Life trail done by the end of today.

    What a wonderful day to be back in the woods!

    Our lunch stop.
    The viewing dock looks wintery.

    Oh, oh, what's this little log doing across the trail?

    So the little pole saw comes out.

    A few minutes later, it falls out and gets rolled away,

    And we keep a going.

    And then we find another fallen tree across the trail!

    All better.

    At the end of the day, we stop to see the lake.

    I bet we'll be back this coming weekend!



  • The Complete Guide to the Maremma Sheepdog
    27 October 2020

    The Maremma Sheepdog was brought to the United States in the 1970s as a part of a large environmental experiment....

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    The post The Complete Guide to the Maremma Sheepdog appeared first on CanineWeekly.com.

  • Military Dogs Get First Ever Blood Bank To Save Their Lives In Combat
    27 October 2020

    Military working dogs stationed in Iraq will have better medical care thanks to a mobile blood bank. Operation Inherent Resolve is the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. This new blood bank is the first of its kind for this operation.

    The United States military has relied on “walking blood banks” throughout recent history. Service members rely on these blood banks when a traumatic injury requires multiple transfusions and when large-scale events result in large numbers of patients at one time. Now military working dogs will have access to the same care that saves human lives on the battlefield.

    Image Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve/FacebookBlood Loss a Top Preventable Combat Death

    One of the most common reasons service members suffer casualties in combat is due to blood loss. Mobile blood banks go a long way in helping more soldiers survive their battlefield injuries. The same issue exists with military working dogs. Blood banks specifically set up for military working dogs will result in faster treatment and better outcomes.

    Inherent Resolve did not share military canine casualty data but it is reported that at least two working dogs had to be medically evacuated from the U.S. Central Command area of operations after injuries. Conan, a Belgian Malinois military service dog, made headlines last October when he was wounded during the mission that killed ISIS leader Baghdadi. Canine service members get wounded and injured just like human service members do. The walking blood bank could improve their outcomes and help reduce medical evacuations with on-site blood transfusions. 

    Image Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve/FacebookBoni, Bubo and Rexo Among First Dogs to Donate Blood to the Bank

    The Army Medical Command surgeon general’s office issued a policy regarding canine blood type. It required all military veterinarians to record the blood type of every military working dog. Armed with this vital information, it only made sense to start banking blood to save injured service dog’s lives. 

    Among the first contributors to the blood bank were Boni, Bubo, and Rexo. These three military working dogs are all patrol explosive detector dogs working at Al Asad Air Base. They each had their blood drawn and their blood type recorded for future use. 

    Image Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve/FacebookDogs to Receive Highest Level of Medical Care

    Military working dogs are an integral part of our armed forces. They accompany their handlers on a diverse range of missions from routine patrols, which have the potential to become explosive, to raids and search missions. The 994th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services Support is ensuring the dogs serving in Operation Inherent Resolve receive the best possible medical care. 

    H/T stripes.com
    Featured Image Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve/Facebook

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  • Homeless Man Arrested For Hitting And Throwing Innocent Dog
    27 October 2020

    Sometimes, people are not what you expect. They might seem kind when you pass them on the street, but you never know what goes on in their life. Sadly, animal abusers exist all over the world, which is why it’s so important for witnesses to speak up when they see an animal getting hurt.

    Ella Gene is a sweet brown dog who wants nothing but love and appreciation. But she was part of a recent animal abuse case in Walton County, Florida. She might not know it yet, but her life is about to get so much better!

    Image: @VoiceForUs/FacebookElla Gene’s Story

    Walton County’s Sheriff Office was alerted by witnesses of a dog being abused near the road. They explained that the man was using his fist like a hammer to strike the dog in the head. Some also said they saw him throw the dog in the air.

    When deputies arrived at the scene, they saw a large brown dog running down the side of the road. The man, who was later identified as 40-year-old Jonah Kyle Brewer, was chasing after the dog on a bike. The dog, whose name is Ella Gene, was reportedly scared and hurt. When officials approached Brewer, he didn’t even try to explain or defend himself.

    The deputies confronted Brewer for his actions, but his response was, “I don’t have time for you.” The press release also stated that when the police told Brewer they received a report about him harming his dog, he said, “tell me who told you so I can beat him up.”

    Image: Teresa Willis FacebookJustice is Served

    Thankfully, Brewer was arrested and charged with causing pain and suffering to an animal. Ella Gene is currently staying at the Walton County Animal Shelter. She cannot be adopted or fostered until the court has made a decision about her fate. But even so, many people have already offered to take her when she becomes adoptable.

    As it turns out, many people recognized Brewer too. He was homeless, so he and Ella Gene would often sit outside the local grocery store in search of donations. Many people were shocked to hear that he had hurt his sweet dog because every time they saw him, he acted so kind. But now it’s clear that this loving dog deserves better.

    The Walton County Animal Shelter is accepting donations to help with Ella Gene’s care and the care of all the other animals at their facility. If you’re able, please donate to help these animals get a better life. Hopefully, Ella Gene will get to be with a kind, loving family soon!

    Image: @VoiceForUs/Facebook

    H/T: nwfdailynews.com
    Featured Image: @VoiceForUs/Facebook and Teresa Willis Facebook

    The post Homeless Man Arrested For Hitting And Throwing Innocent Dog appeared first on iHeartDogs.com.

  • Eager Pup Walks Herself To Doggy Day Care
    27 October 2020

    A clever pup named Jem was growing tired of waiting for a ride to her favorite doggy daycare. With her fur parents currently sleeping into the morning, Jem decided to take matters into her own hands!

    Carriere was beginning his morning of work at the Happy Tails Pet Resort and Spa when he saw a bit of movement at the door. With it being 6:30 in the morning, he was not yet expecting any day care guests. After a few moments passed and the door had yet to open, he knew it was time to investigate.

    HappyTailsPetResort/Insta

    “It was 6:30ish when I saw her nose poking through the gate there. Normally, I wait for the owners to come in with the dogs and see what happens but she was just poking around out there.” – Carriere

    Once Carriere poked his head around the corner, he realized he had a solo canine visitor. Not only was this pup unaccompanied by a fur parent, but it was a doggy daycare regular!

    “I was pretty shocked when I opened the door andthere was a dog there — and one of our regulars, too. So I was like, ‘Come on in, Jem. Let’s play,’ I opened up the door and she ran right in — tail wagging and she was ready to go.” – Carriere

    Jem made the early morning journey from her home to the doggy day care all by herself. After reaching out to Jem’s fur parents after her arrival, Carriere soon discovered that Jem had quite the eventful morning.

    HappyTailsPetResort/Insta

    It appears that guests at Jem’s house the night before accidently left the backyard gate unhinged. When Jem stepped into the yard for her first outing of the day, she was then able to break free and go on a stroll.

     â€œI guess that morning she just couldn’t wait for Mom and Dad to get moving, so she came here herself.” – Carriere

    Jem’s parents brought her home and offered her a big breakfast before heading back to the day care for a full day of play. Jem made it clear that she wanted to spend the day with her doggy friends, so her fur parents made sure she had a full belly to do so!

    HappyTailsPetResort/Insta

    If you want to check out the adorable video of Jem busting through the doors of the doggy daycare, you can watch it here.

    View this post on Instagram

     

    A post shared by Happy Tails Pet Resort & Spa🐶 (@happytailspetresort) on Oct 17, 2020 at 1:10pm PDT

    We are thoroughly impressed by Jem’s dedication to make it to her favorite place, and are so happy she has such a wonderful doggy daycare to call her second home!

    H/T: thedodo.com
    Image Source: HappyTailsPetResort/Insta

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27 October 2020

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  • Real Dog Box Review + Giveaway
    26 October 2020

    Real Dog Box is a subscription box for dogs that offers monthly single-ingredient treats and chews made right here in the U.S! My dog Wally enjoys his monthly Real Dog box that’s filled to the brim with treats, chews and even a super chew! It’s the only monthly dog subscription box I’ve purchased religiously ever …

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  • Eight month update
    26 October 2020

    Dice is a pleasure to train. I haven’t kept up as well here on my blog as I would have liked, but I am training daily and having a lot of fun doing it!

    Here’s our morning session.  What strikes me above all is the importance of keeping him in the game.  If he’s stressed or opting out then training is going to progress poorly and long term, I’m damaging our working relationship.

    On the other hand, you can get away with mediocre choices and skills, as long as your dog is happy and unstressed.

    Dice is having a ball – and so am I.

    We’re working on the start of the high jump pattern for Mondioring sport, extending the length of our heeling, a stay focused on me with an object behind (in preparation for position changes), a bit of defense of handler (substituting a ball for a decoy), and a few silly games.

    See his current state of training here:

    The post Eight month update appeared first on Denise Fenzi's Blog.

  • Best bedside table dog crate 2020 top picks for your home
    25 October 2020

    Crate training your dog doesn’t necessarily mean you have to compromise your bedroom decor, the bedside table dog crate is the perfect combination to keep your canine friend safe and maintain a stylish decor.

    Furniture dog crates are great alternatives for people who want to crate train their dogs and have a crate that compliments the furniture in the rest of their house.

    When choosing a furniture dog crate, there are some things you should take into consideration, a stylish design is not enough since the main idea is crate training your dog.

    Why do owners choose furniture dog crates?

    There are many reasons why one would choose to have a bedside crate but the two main ones are, keeping stylish bedroom decor and saving space.

    When it comes to crate training, the regular wire and plastic crate sure do a great job, but the design isn’t why we choose them.

    Unique Style

    Most dog owners who choose the bedside table dog crate are interested in the design and not messing the bedroom decor.

    When thinking about it, why would one have to choose between design and functionality?

    Furniture dog crates give your dog a private space to relax that can also double as a piece of home decor!

    Saves on space

    When crate training a dog at night you need to have his crate set up in your bedroom at night to keep an eye on him.

    But, having a bedside table and a crate could take too much space and you have to get rid of it every morning so why not have both in one and save on space.

    Most of these crates can barely be noticed if the dog is not in it, so it’s certainly a good idea.

    Is a bedside table dog crate good for crate training?

    Before answering this question you need to know what makes a crate good for crate training.

    The crate is supposed to be a safe place for your pet a private spot where he can chill when he needs to.

    The most used crates are the wire and plastic crates, but the one we always recommend at Crate Training Center is wire crate and why, is also the answer to our question.

    The most important thing about the crate is the size of the crate, it needs to be perfect, not too big for the dog -or else he’ll sleep in a corner and make the other a potty corner- and not too small that he can’t feel comfortable in it and rejects it.

    The wire crate comes with a separation panel, which allows you to adapt the size of the crate according to your dog’s size while he’s growing, in other words, you don’t have to change the crate every couple of months which you can’t do with a bedside table dog crate.

    The wire crate is available with two doors( the one we always recommend anyway) which makes it really helpful at the early stages of the crate training when the dog is still exploring the crate.

    These features are what make a wooden crate not perfect for crate training. However, it does not mean you can’t use it for your dogs.

    Do you need another crate with the nightstand crate?

    If your dog is already crate trained and has no issues with being in a crate then you don’t really need another crate with bedside one unless you want to crate your dog during the day which makes it more convenient to have one in the living area.

    However, if you are just staring the crate training program I would strongly recommend getting another crate and it would be best to have a wire crate.

    The one we use for all our dogs and recommend to our clients is the Midwest double door wire crate (check the price on Amazon).

    You can use the wire crate as a transition phase until your dog is used to sleeping in the crate and perfectly potty trained.

    When you buy a decorative crate it needs to be the size of a grown dog since you can’t change it every couple of months, and like we explained earlier the crate you should use for crate training needs to be just a few inches larger than your dog.

    Wire crates are very cheap, easy to fold, and it doesn’t take much space, so having one to crate train your dog then switching to a wooden dog crate seems reasonable.

    What to look for when choosing a crate

    When choosing a furniture dog crate there a few things you should take into account, not all dogs are alike and not every crate is going to work for your dog.

    Dog size

    Furniture dog crates are focused on the design more than the crate training aspect, and mostly they are not available in super large sizes.

    So, measure your dog before you make a choice and make sure he can actually fit in perfectly with the perfect size being a few inches larger than your dog.

    Use the full-grown size of your dog if it’s still a puppy, you can’t change a furniture designer table every couple of months.

    Dog behavior

    Some dogs are aggressive and need chew-proof crates, so you have to make sure the crate is going to hold if your dog is a strong aggressive one.

    Not all furniture crates are made of hardwoodand some are easy for a strong dog to chew through and perhaps get hurt in the process.

    Ventilation

    This is an important aspect some dog owners forget about, some designer crates don’t have enough ventilation space.

    The dog needs to actually have some open space to see what’s going on outside of his crate and have enough air going into it.

    The best bedside table dog crate

    In the following list, we went over the best bedside table dog crates and we’ve gathered all the information you need to make an informed decision.

    1. Pinnacle Woodcraft Dog Crate End Table
    pinnacle woodcraf dog crate

    This is by far our top recommendation for you, it has all of what you can ask for in a decorative furniture crate.

    The craftsmanship is excellent, this is a recurrent statement in the reviews of this crate.

    It comes with many options and will really impress your visitors.

    PROS CONS
    Sturdy, made with maple/oak hardwood & steel wires. This crate does not come with a floor, it’s available as an extra.
    Large enough for a medium to medium-large dog it measures 30″ L x 20″ W x 23″ H Inside.
    Choice of wood maple/oak and six colored stains.
    Design is great and it can double as designer end/side table.
    Storage, optional lift-up top provides convenient storage for dog treats, leashes and collars
    The finish is excellent, and the stain is expertly applied
    Easy assembly

    This piece is really amazingly built, its a product I can recommend to readers and be sure they’ll love it.

    What I like about this product is not only the craftsmanship but the excellent and professional customer service.

    This is most certainly not the cheapest option, but it is the best for sure and you’ll get what you pay for, So if you’re considering another crate just for a 100$ -150$ less I strongly advise you to take this one.

    This item is not always available at Amazon so I’ve included a link to the manufacture’s website where you probably get a better deal.

    2. Casual Home wooden pet crate
    Casual Home dog crate

    This crate is our best on budget recommendation, it is a great option for pet owners who would like a nice looking furniture crate without investing too much.

    This crate is not the strongest for sure, but it works perfectly for a dog that is already crate trained.

    PROS CONS
    Design is great and it can double as designer end/side table. The manufacturer says it’s hardwood but buyers’ reviews prove otherwise.
    Size choices, there are many options even for large dogs. Does not work well for aggressive dogs or not yet crate trained ones.
    Color choices with five nice colors.
    Assembly is very easy and quick.
    Price is great, this crate is literally the price of a regular plastic crate.

    I would recommend this crate to any pet parent that would like a nice looking crate that blends in fine with the rest of his bedroom or house furniture.

    However, this is not as solid as the pinnacle woodcraft crate and an aggressive dog would chew through it.

    If you have a well trained or small dog and want a cheap option this the best deal you can get especially that it costs less than some hideous plastic crates.

    3. Zoovilla Dog Crate Zoovilla dog crate

    This crate is the best when it comes to functionality, with its three doors and the easily removable pan.

    This nightstand dog crate is made of MDF so it’s not for chewers but the three doors option would make it great for crate training.

    PROS CONS
    Multiple doors which are great for crate training and especially the introduction to the crate. This furniture crate is made of MDF and not solid wood so it is not chew-proof.
    Design is great and neat, it looks amazing and doubles as a nightstand dog crate or an end table. Color choices are limited only black and white.
    Assembly is very easy and quick no tools needed.
    Large enough for a medium dog and has options for size.
    Easy to clean with the removable pan.
    price is great and affordable for a furniture crate.

    This furniture dog crate looks great and it is the best when it comes to crate training with its three doors option.

    This item can barley be noticed as a dog crate, it has a great looking design and it’s reasonably priced, it’s way cheaper than other crates that do not have the same quality in design and functionality.

    4. EcoFlex Pet Crate/End Table Ecoflex dog crate

    The first thing to point before anything else is that this crate is not for an aggressive or a non trained dog, even a small dog would tear this crate apart.

    This crate is not made of solid wood, and will not hold if your dog is not crate trained before.

    It does look great and has a great design that would very stylish in your bedroom or living room, there are multiple color options and it’s easy to assemble.

    PROS CONS
    Design is great and could be used as a nightstand dog crate or an end table. Not chew-proof and can easily be chewed through.
    Color choices with four available options. Works only for already crate trained dogs.
    Size options with four available options that would fit large dogs. For the price better options are available.
    Assembly is easy and no tools are needed.
    Easy to clean with the removable top.

    This bedside crate sure looks great and that’s the only reason I would recommend it.

    It is overpriced, there are much better and much sturdier options available for a lower price.

    Multiple reviews and complaints were made about this crate, all pointing that it is cheaply-made, but to be fair the manufacturer clearly states that it is not chew-proof and only for well-trained dogs.

    Pet parents with well-trained dogs were more than satisfied with this crate’s design and options.



    So, unless this crate matches your home decor I personally would not recommend it.

    5. BarkWood Pet Crate End Table

    This crate has a simple design but it still looks great and much better than regular plastic or wire crates.

    It’s made of solid wood so it is really sturdy and can hold a strong dog.

    The inner floor protected by rubberized coating to minimize liquid absorption and allow easy cleanup.

    It’s fairly easy to set up and easy to clean so it’s a great option.

    PROS CONS
    Sturdy, made with solid wood. The design is simple and basic.
    Assembly is easy. Size choices are not available.
    Easy to clean and the floor is protected for minimum liquid absorption. Color choices are not available.
    Fair price for solid wood furniture crate.

    If you are looking for a sturdy nightstand dog crate with a good price that will last, this is the best option for you.

    This crate does not have the best design of the crates we reviewed but it is well-built and can last for years.

    Comparative table
    Design Sturdiness Price Usability
    Pinnacle Woodcraft Dog Crate Excellent Excellent Good Good
    Casual Home wooden pet crate Good Ok Excellent Ok
    Zoovilla Dog Crate Excellent Bad Ok Excellent
    EcoFlex Pet Crate/End Table Good Very bad Bad Ok
    BarkWood Pet Crate End Table Ok Good Good Ok
    Nightstand dog crate comparative tableHow to choose the best nightstand dog crate?

    When choosing the best crate you need to take into consideration a few factors:

    Is your dog aggressive or a heavy chewer

    Some nightstand dog crates are made with robust solid wood but most ones are made of MDF and particle board which an aggressive chewer dog would destroy in minutes.

    Furniture dog crates are generally expensive compared to regular plastic or wire crates, so investing in a crate that would not last 10 minutes is not a great experience.

    You need to know your dog before you make a choice, and having your dog crate trained before you actually buy a wooden bedside dog crate would be the best option.

    A properly crate trained dog would not chew on his crate and will feel safe and relax in it, so it opens up options for you and even MDF crates would be a valid choice.

    Can you afford it

    When buying on a budget the first thing we as customers look for is the price of the item and we ignore an important factor which is depreciation.

    You could buy a cheap item every three months or you can invest in a well-built crate for double the price that will last for years and years.

    A good sturdy wooden crate could cost you up to 600$ but would be a much cheaper option in the long run.

    If you can afford to buy a good and well-built crate, don’t hesitate and go for a sturdy solid-wood one.

    Design

    Some furniture crates have amazing stylish designs but do they match your own furniture.

    Even the best looking piece of furniture would look out of place if it does not complete the room decor.

    Choose carefully the crate that completes your entire bedroom decor and don’t hesitate to check for other options.

    We sometimes fall in love with some products that could turn up to be of no use to us, keep in mind that you can’t change the whole room decor for one piece.

    If you are planning on remodeling your bedroom it would be best to wait for the room to be ready and then you can invest in a nice looking furniture crate that goes with it.

    Is the crate any good for crate training

    Before you could determine the crate you want is any good for crate training, you should know what makes a good one first.

    A good crate should first be a perfect size, meaning larger than your dog but not too large, your dog should be able to lay down in it, turn around and stand comfortably.

    The crate should have enough open space for the dog to be able to see around and feel he is part of the action.

    The crate should not be dark or too compact it gives the dog the sensation of being trapped, this would make it hard to lure the dog into the crate.

    Final verdict and recommendation

    After going through all the crates we reviewed in this article we can be confident to recommend the Pinnacle Woodcraft Dog Crate End Table as the best bedside table dog crate.

    This furniture crate is surely not the cheapest but you get much more than you pay for.

    All reviews for this article are positive and customers are all surprised by the excellent craftsmanship.

    This crate has multiple options you can add to it for extra usability and it is available in different colors and options.

  • Best dog crate for jeep wrangler perfect size 4 a safer ride
    25 October 2020

    The jeep wrangler is an iconic off-road and outdoor car, and what’s better than taking it for an adventure? Yes! taking your dog with you and for that, we made this best dog crate for jeep wrangler review to help you choose the best and safest crate for your travel companion.

    When compared to other brands and types of crates we find that the Midwest wire crate is the best dog crate for jeep wrangler. Features like the two doors, the foldable and easy to pack design, the sturdiness, and the cheap price make it really stand out. However, different dogs might have different needs and how and where you drive your jeep wrangler will determine which crate is best for your Jeep.

    Getting the size and the type of crate right is essential to a safe and comfortable ride for your partner.

    That’s why we made this review to provide you with every detail you need before you can make a choice which crate to get.

    Hint! when it comes to crates, too big is not good, most dog owners that are not used to crate training their dogs think the bigger the crate the better it is for the dog and that’s not the case.

    The crate should be only a few inches larger than your dog allowing him to lay down, stand up, and turn around comfortably.

    Of course before we start our review of the best crate for jeep wrangler we need to have the car’s trunk dimensions so we can know which crate size can fit into it.

    Jeep wrangler trunk dimensions

    The jeep wrangler owners have either the traditional two-door Wrangler or the four-door Wrangler Unlimited, and they both come with enough room for groceries gear and a crate if needed.

    The two-door Wrangler has 13.0 cubic feet of standard cargo space, or 32.0 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

    The two-door Jeep wrangler trunk dimensions

    The two-door wrangler is the smaller one, however, it has a reasonable cargo space especially with the rear seats folded.

    if you are planning on driving with more than two people in it and a large dog then it’s not the best car for you.

    Unless you have a very small dog breed you can’t really fit a dog crate in the trunk of a two-door jeep wrangler.

    With the seats in place

    The rear space is about 16 inches deep at the base and it’s even smaller on the left side of the trunk, and there are the seats that are leaning backward a couple of inches making it a tight 14 inches space.

    From side to side it’s about 42 inches but realistically you can only use about 38 inches of that space.

    These dimensions don’t leave you much wiggle room for a crate so any dog other than toy dogs is not going to fit in there.

    With the seats folded

    When you fold the backseats it’s another story, and you have plenty of cargo space to fit a large dog’s crate in there.

    From the back to the base all the way to the folded seats you have about 32 inches of space, but as you go up the folded seats take more space at the top around 6 inches so it’s 26 inches in depth.

    So with the seats folded you have reasonable space for an intermediate-sized dog like a beagle, a bulldog, or a springer spaniel.

    With the seats removed

    For some extra space in the back, you can easily remove the backseats if you’re not using them anyway.

    There is a small dip at the end of the rear area when you take the back seats out but you have enough space already.

    Up to the edge of the cup holders, you have about 42 inches in depth and about 34 inches wide.

    This is enough space for a large dog like a boxer or a Belgian malinois or an Australian shepherd.

    Here is a great video by driven mad channel where he goes in details on how big is the rear area of the jeep with the seats in place, folded and taken out.



    The Jeep wrangler Unlimited trunk dimensions

    The four-door Jeep Wrangler is slightly larger than the two-door version and therefore the rear area is bigger.

    On the Wrangler Unlimited, there are 31.0 cubic feet of standard cargo space or 72.0 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

    With the seats in place

    The cargo space is on the jeep wrangler is reasonable even with the seats in place and could fit a small dog’s crate.

    jeep wrangler unlimited trunk dimensions

    As you can see in the picture the space from the back to the base of the seats is 34 inches.

    However, like the classic wrangler, the seats are leaning to the back about 4 inches so realistically you have 30 inches of space to work with which is great.

    jeep wrangler unlimited trunk dimensions

    The wrangler is about 40 inches wide including the speakers, and again that’s enough plenty of space to use and plenty of dogs could fit in there perfectly.

    With the seats folded

    When you fold the seats you get a whole lot of extra cargo space, it makes it great for travel if you’re not planning on taking more than one person.

    jeep wrangler unlimited trunk dimensions with back seats folded

    74 inches in depth and 40 inches wide is enough space for the largest dogs plus plenty of cargo room left for other stuff you need to carry.

    What dog crate size can you fit in a Jeep wrangler

    The dog crate size that you can fit in a Jeep wrangler will depend on which model you have and if the back seats are folded or in place.

    So let’s break it down and see for every situation what crate size would fit in the car.

    For the measurements, we are going to take the Midwest double door wire crate as a model to work with since it’s one of the best crates to use and it’s always our number one recommendation for normal use.

    You can check it out here( check the current price on Amazon), even if you’re not planning on getting it for your Jeep then consider having one for crate training it does a great job and it’s really cheap.

    Dog crate for two-door Jeep wrangler with back seats in place

    Like we said earlier you have about 38″ x 14″ space to use and that doesn’t give you much wiggle room.

    The largest crate you can fit in there is the 22L x 13W x 16H and it will of course leave you with a mall space on the side but not much.

    The 22″ crate fits only very small breeds and toy dogs and you can go extra small with the 18″ crate for super small breeds.

    So what type of dogs could you fit in the 22″ crate?

    Papillon Brussels Griffon Jack Russell Terrier Japanese Chin
    Maltese Pomeranian Toy fox Terrier Yorkshire Terrier
    Dogs you can fit in a 22″ crateDog crate for two-door Jeep wrangler with back seats folded

    With the seats folded you have about 26″ x 38″ of space to install your crate which is much better and larger than it was with the seats on.

    With that space you can fit a 36L x 23W x 25H crate, it won’t leave much space to work with and it’s going to be tight but it will fit and we’ve tried it.

    The 36″ crate takes to the intermediate size dogs and you have a larger range of dogs you can fit in there.

    American Eskimo Australian Cattle Dog Basset Hound Beagle
    Brittany Spaniel Bull Terrier Bulldog Chinese Shar-Pei
    Cocker Spaniel English Setter Springer Spaniel Kerry Blue terrier
    Dogs you can fit in a 36″ crateDog crate for two-door Jeep wrangler with back seats removed

    When you completely remove the back seats of the jeep wrangler you get a cargo space of 42″ x 36″ which is great.

    Now you can turn the crate around to make the most of that extra depth space since it’s longer than the side part.

    You can fit in that space a large 42L x 28W x 30H crate, it will be hanging a bit over that little dip just before the cup holders but it will fit.

    The 42″ crate is a fairly large crate that will fit most large dogs and some very popular ones, you can even get some extra space on the side for some small items.

    Airedale Terrier Australian Shepherd Bearded Collie Belgian Malinois
    Border Collie Boxer Dalmatian Irish Water Spaniel
    Irish Setter Gordon Setter Golden Retriever Labrador Retriever
    Ibizan Hound Saluki Standard Poodle Vizsla
    Dogs you can fit in a 42″ crate

    Large 70 to 90 pounds dogs like a dalmatian, a golden retriever, or a border collie are the biggest you can fit in the back of a two-door jeep wrangler.

    However, if you have a larger dog then a crate is not your best option and you’ll need something that makes the most of the rear space.

    Dog crate for four-door Jeep wrangler with back seats in place

    With the four-door wrangler you get some extra cargo space in the back and even with the seats in you have a 40″ x 34″ space to work with.

    In that space you can fit a 36L x 23W x 25H crate which is great to start with, dogs like a beagle or a bulldog will fit in perfectly.

    Dog crate for four-door Jeep wrangler with back seats folded

    When the seats are folded you get yourself about 70″ x 40″ clear area to install a large crate.

    For that much space, you can go for an XL 48L x 30W x 33H crate and you’ll have plenty of extra space left for other stuff.

    The 48″ crate would fit some of the largest dogs and they’ll be comfortable in there.

    Afghan Akita Alaskan Malamute
    Anatolian Shepherd Bernese Mountain Dog Bloodhound Briard
    Bullmastiff Collie Doberman Pinscher German Shepherd
    Greyhound Rottweiler Old English Sheepdog Samoyed
    Dogs you can fit in a 48″ crate

    All of these dogs are very large dogs however, you can’t fit in a 54″ crate in a jeep wrangler even with the seats out, I’m working currently with a great dane and 54 is just too big, it’s actually the heightwhen the jeep came short.

    There are always other alternatives though that we can check out other than crates like going for custom-built crate or just a barrier to make the most of the available space.

    Best overall dog crate for Jeep wrangler

    If I have to choose I’ll always go with a Midwest wire crate for almost any situation.

    Pros Cons
    Easy to assemble and easy to pack(foldable). It’s not very robust for aggressive heavy dogs.
    It has two doors so it can be used on either side to make the most of the available space. Not airline approved
    Sturdy enough for regular use and normal dogs.
    It can be used in the house for crate training(in fact the best for that).
    It comes with a divider so you can fit two dogs small in one crate.
    Great price for all the features.
    Pros and cons of the Midwest wire crate
    • The Midwest wire crate is the best overall option since it has the most features and the best price.
    • Unless you have an aggressive dog or a super large one you can find one that fits in the back of your Jeep wrangler.
    • You can also use it indoors and it does a great job when crate training.
    • You can use the divider panel to separate two small dogs.
    Best aggressive dog crate for Jeep wrangler

    Having an aggressive dog could be challenging if you have to take him on the road.

    The main challenge with aggressive dogs is that they will chew on their crate while on the road which could distract the driver, or hurt the dog.

    There are of course a few crates build specifically for these bad boys and we’re going to see the best out there.

    The one we recommend is the Orion Kennels AD crate, it comes in 4 sizes AD1 to AD4 and it’s extra solid and well built.

    Pros Cons
    Super tough for safety and can resist the strongest dogs Not the cheapest option
    crash-proof and safe for car travel Not good for crate training at home
    Easy to move around and can be secured easily to a car Not airline approved
    Lightweight considering its really strong material It has one door
    Pros and cons of the Orion kennel

    The Orien kennel is made strong and sturdy to last.

    It keeps your dog safe while on the road and contains the strongest dogs.

    The crate is easy to move around and to secure to the car.

    It protects your dog in case of a car crash and keeps him safe.

    Best dog barrier for Jeep wrangler

    Using a barrier is another great solution for a Jeep wrangler, if you want to make the most of the available space.

    However, you have to take into consideration that your dog is free to move in the back and doesn’t have any form of protection in case of a crash.

    The barrier doesn’t work so great with aggressive dogs that will scratch the windows and the backseats.

    All in all, for most dogs it’s a great solution to take your dog around in your Jeep.

    Pros Cons
    You can make the most of the space available You don’t have a crate if you’re planning to go to a hotel
    Only has to be installed once and that’s it Your dog can move around and is not crash protected
    The dog has more space and can actually enjoy the ride Dogs can distract the passengers if they’re mischievous
    Pros and cons of the barrier

    The barrier is a great solution if you need to make the most of the space available in your Jeep wrangler.

    The barrier needs to be installed once and that’s it no more moving it around every time you want your dog out for a ride.

    It works perfectly for small and well-behaved dogs.

    How to choose the best dog crate for Jeep wrangler

    Unless you have no choice in terms of space in which case you have to go with the barrier, the best dog crate for Jeep wrangler is the best for your dog.

    Each dog is different, the larger the dog the fewer choices you have and vice versa.

    Having a small non-aggressive well-trained dog is the best scenario and We would suggest using the wire crate mostly because it’s the just middle between simplicity and mobility.

    However, if you have a strong aggressive dog then a stronger crate is certainly needed to keep him safe.

    And the barrier is the best solution for large dogs that you just can’t find a crate that would fit in your Jeep wrangler like a great dane who needs a 54″ crate which is too high for your car.

    The one I really advise against is the soft-side crate because simply it doesn’t do anything for the dog in case of an accident and he could at any moment break free and disturb the driver.

    Make sure you measure your dog perfectly before you buy a crate and if you need help check out this article.

  • Dog whining in his crate all of a sudden? 10 Shocking reasons
    25 October 2020

    Why is my dog whining in his crate all of a sudden? Why is my dog suddenly hates his crate? these are very common questions that almost all dog owners who use the crate ask at a certain point simply because most dogs will go through this phase.

    Your dog is suddenly whining in his crate because he does not feel comfortable in it and that’s his way of letting you know, something is suddenly changing the crate from a safe and nice den into an uncomfortable place, and the cause could be anything from a bad smell a noise to a windy spot and all you have to do is to inspect the crate and identify the reason to make it comfortable again.

    In this article, we’ll go over some of the most common reasons for a dog to suddenly hate his crate and we’ll make suggestions and practical solutions for you to make your dog comfortable in his crate again.

    Dog suddenly hates his crate what should I do?

    When you observe a change in your dog’s behavior like whining in the crate when he never did it before, you have to be methodical about it and analyze the situation using common sense and go through all possible reasons for this change using the process of elimination.

    Sometimes the reason could be something so small you wouldn’t even consider it when it actually matters to your dog, so the most logical thing to start with is to recall if you’ve changed anything related to the crate in the last couple of days which might be the cause.

    Don’t consider anything to be insignificant, moving the crate a few inches may cause the dog to suddenly hate it. Dogs are different and they associate feelings to anything and a favorite spot could make him like or hate the crate.

    If you’ve brainstormed and still can’t remember changing anything about the crate then, let us go through the most common reasons that would make a dog whining in his crate all of a sudden.

    1 – Changing something about the crate

    This is the first thing you have to inspect, take a few moments, and remember everything you did related to your dog’s crate or it’s surroundings.

    Dogs are routine pets they love to have a daily routine and generally don’t like people to mess with it, that’s why all dog trainers will advise staring the training at a young age.

    Changing the crate

    If you’ve just changed your dog’s crate it is normal that he’d show some resistance and will probably take a few days to get used to it.

    The crate training process is all about making the dog love his crate and dogs get attached to their favorite stuff and will not be happy if it changes.

    What you should do

    In most cases, unless you change the crate because something is wrong with this type of crates(plastic crate to wire crate for example), getting a similar one is a good idea and it’s easier for your dog to get used to it.

    All you have to do is put in there something that has his smell a toy, a bed, or anything with your smell to create the same old environment in case you change the type of crate.

    Changing the crate’s spot

    All dogs have a favorite spot in the house and this is easy to notice when the dog is not crate trained, they’ll probably den up under a table or behind a couch, any place he considers his safe spot.

    When you teach your dog to love the crate and consider it a safe place he doesn’t only like the crate but everything that’s related to it, including the crate’s spot especially if you’ve never moved it before.

    What you should do

    If you’ve changed the crate’s placement and you can move it back to its original spot then it would be best to stop your dog from whining in his crate.

    However, if you can’t change it back to its original place then you have to be patient, make sure the new spot is good and nothing’s wrong with it. Use toys and spend some time playing with your dog in the new spot and reward heavily with treats until he gets used to it and generally it doesn’t take long.

    Placing toys or things that have the dog’s smell and yours in the new spot will ease the transition for your dog.

    Changing the bed or washing it

    Cleaning the dog’s bed, blanket or pillow seems a good idea especially if it starts to smell bad, but it makes it unfamiliar to his sensitive nose.

    This is very common and usually it doesn’t take too long for the dog to get used to it but still you have to be careful what you’ve used to clean his bed.

    What you should do

    If your dog has a bed and a pillow or a blanket don’t wash them all at the same time.

    Keep something with the dog’s smell on it at all times, so it would be easier for your dog to sense a familiar smell at all times.

    Cleaning your dog if he gets dirty before he goes into his crate is a good idea this way the blanket and bed don’t get dirty too quickly and you don’t need to clean them very often.

    2 – Something is wrong about the crate

    Is your dog whining in crate all of sudden even though you’ve changed nothing about the crate or its environment? Then perhaps something is wrong with the crate.

    You should inspect the crate and its environment and check if there is nothing bothering the dog.

    The crate is broken

    Sometimes the obvious reasons we expect the least are the most common, every time I read this question in dog forums 90% of the answers are the crate is broken or has a sharp edge.

    Sharp edges especially on plastic crates would make it uncomfortable and your dog has no other way to tell you about it but to bark or whine in his crate.

    What you should do

    You have to inspect the crate and make sure there are no sharp edges or broken parts that could injure the dog or make him uncomfortable.

    Crate inspection should be a regular thing you do but make sure you don’t mess around a lot with the crate most dogs don’t like it.

    The crate is too small

    Sometimes the dog outgrows his crate and it suddenly becomes uncomfortable for him to lay down and enjoy enough space.

    When you first buy a crate everyone tells you it should be a few inches larger than your dog but not too large so he doesn’t make a potty corner within the crate.

    Sometimes we just forget that the dog is growing fast especially in the first few months and if it gets too small for him you could have the dog whining in crate all of a sudden.

    What you should do

    What I always recommend is getting wire crate with a divider, it helps you manage the size of the crate without having to change it every couple of months, you simply increase the area the dog uses by moving the divider panel as your dog grows.

    The crate I always recommend is the Midwest double door crate with a divider panel( click here to check the current price on Amazon), it is the best crate for crate training and it’s super cheap and robust.

    Just make sure you choose the right size you can read this article about how to measure your dog for a crate.

    3 – Other dogs or pets have been in the crate

    The purpose of a crate is to be a safe and intimate den for your dog, it’s like your bed, and nobody wants to find another person in his bed.

    In most cases, dogs don’t like to share their crates or beds especially if they’re not used to having other animals in the house, and that could explain why your dog suddenly hates his crate.

    Dogs have a very sensitive sense of smell and they will detect the smell of other animals if they’ve been in their crate.

    What you should do

    If other dogs or pets have been in your dog’s crate and he is not happy about it then you need to wash it all and get something he has his smell on, another bed or toy, or a shirt so it feels home again.

    Also, try to reward your dog and give treats and verbal praise to associate happy feelings with the crate again so he doesn’t reject it.

    4 – The crate smells bad for your dog
    Smells dogs hate could make a dog whining in crate all of a sudden

    There is a very common mistake most people do, we tend to think that what smells good for us does also for our dogs, and it’s definitely not the case.

    Dogs have a much stronger and more sensitive sense of smell and refreshing nice smells for us like citrus is very repelling to them.

    You can read this article about smells dogs hate and you’d be surprised of the smells in the list.

    A strong repulsive smell could make your dog whining in crate all of a sudden and remember that repulsive smells for dogs are generally strong ones not bad ones we don’t like.

    What you should do

    The first thing you should do is check out the article for the smells that dogs hate so you can avoid them, then if your dog’s crate has been exposed to a strong smell that’s making your dog suddenly hate his crate then you have to clean it up.

    Choose the cleaning product carefully some are even stronger than the smell you’re trying to cover, and of course wash everything up and use things that have his smell on it to make it feel familiar.

    5 – The crate is associated with bad experiences

    Dogs evaluate places based on experiences they’ve had in there, hence the idea behind crate training is to associate good things with the crate.

    Some dog owners make the mistake of using the crate for time out to punish the dog which is for crate training like shooting yourself in the foot.

    The crate should be a safe place for your dog nothing bad should happen in there, and it’s useless to punish a dog unless you catch him in the act because it simply confuses him.

    Dogs are animals, they have a certain level of intelligence but you can’t punish them for something that happened an hour earlier.

    You also want to avoid yelling at your dog and reprimanding him in the crate or else he’ll feel no longer comfortable and safe in it.

    What you should do

    Don’t use the crate for time out, if you did then you have to be patient and start over crate training and making the crate great again.

    Using treats and toys and playing games are all good ways to make the dog enjoy being in the crate again.

    6 – Your dog is hurt or sick

    Pain could certainly make a dog whining in crate all of a sudden, and sometimes we just don’t pay much attention to our beloved friends out of habit.

    Dogs get sick and hurt also and we need to pay attention to their general health regularly to make sure they are fine.

    Some dogs especially active ones could get hurt playing and it’s not easy to notice it.

    What you should do

    If your dog’s behavior in the crate has changed, then the first thing you should do after inspecting the crate for sharp edges and bad smells is to check him up and the best thing would be to take him to his vet.

    You can do a simple manual inspection to see if he’s hurt anywhere, anyway if it hurts too much he can’t lay down in his crate then once you touch him where it hurts hell let you know.

    7 – Crating for too long

    If your dog is spending too much time in his crate then he’ll hate it for sure, dogs get bored and crates are not to be used for more than a few hours at a time.

    In some unique cases where you have to work full time, you might use it for 8 hours and only if you have to and that’s it. If you can find other alternatives it would be much better, if you are working full-time while crate training, check out this article it will help you manage it.

    When you are home your dog needs to go in the crate for no more than an hour at a time or else he’ll get frustrated.

    What you should do

    When you’re home let the dog out to play and only crate him when it’s time for him to sleep at night or when he needs to rest after some activity.

    If you have to crate the dog then it would be best if you don’t hang around and use a Kong toy and fill it with treats and it will keep him busy for a while, The king does a great job when it comes to crate training, you can read this article about crate training with a Kong for more details and tips.

    8 – The dog’s age

    Sometimes dogs change in character with age, some dogs just like us will age grumpy, and would suddenly hate the crate.

    There is also the weak bladder issue with old dogs since they are not able to hold it as long as they used to and it makes them uncomfortable.

    What you should do

    If you have a senior dog you can expect sudden changes in behavior, and all you have to do is to try to adapt and do your best making him comfortable.

    If your senior dog is no longer comfortable in the crate, it is perhaps a better idea to use a playpen.

    The one we recommend is the Midwest wire playpen (click here to check the current price on Amazon) it is easy to install and it attaches to the Midwest wire crate.

    9 – Your dog is not exercising enough

    All dogs need a minimum of activity everyday even the non active ones, some will need plenty of exercise and walks while others only need a play session at home.

    It is important to make sure your dog is low on energy before he goes in the crate, if you crate your dog while he still wants to play he’ll get bored and will resist being in the crate.

    What you should do

    Always take your dog for a walk or have a play session just before he goes into the crate.

    Most people don’t understand that the crate is a place to relax or to sleep, just like your bed, and just like you your dog don’t like to go into bed unless he feels tiered or sleepy.

    Make sure he gets plenty of activities depending of course on the dog’s breed and age before crating.

    10 – Your dog is testing you

    This is common behavior in dogs, sometimes they just get bored with something and they’ll test you to see if they can get anything else.

    I’ve noticed this behavior before with food when some of my dogs as they get older all of a sudden refuse to eat their food.

    If you let your dog out or change his food he knows that whining in his crate will make you do what he wants.

    What you should do

    If you’ve checked the crate for all of the above reasons and nothing seems to be wrong with your dog or his crate then just ignore it don’t let the dog get what he wants or else he’ll keep doing it.

    You simply need to ignore your dog, be patient and see if he’s no longer whining or barking.

    If your dog keeps whining in his crate even after ignoring him then you want to calm him before you let him out.

    My dog suddenly hates his crate at night and won’t stop whining dog whining in his crate at night

    If your dog has been crate trained properly then he’ll spend the night in his crate without any resistance.

    But what makes a crate-trained dog whining in crate all of a sudden and only at night?! and how can you stop this behavior?

    Here is a great video from McCann Dog Training about that particular point and they provide good advice.



    The most important point to focus on is that you have to interrupt the whining( or barking) before letting your dog out and making sure it’s not a way to let you know the puppy needs to pee.

    your dog suddenly whining in crate and nothing works

    If you’ve checked all the possible reasons for this sudden change and nothing seems to be working, maybe trying the playpen would be a solution.

    I’ve written a guide on playpen training that you can find useful, the playpen could be a great alternative to the crate especially if you use the playpen and crate combined one it forms a nice playing space where your dog can enjoy enough playing ground and get into his crate when he needs to.

    Some dogs just change in behavior and sometimes there are no reasonable explanations, so you want to look for the next best alternative which in this case is the playpen.

    All you really need is your dog to be confined and safe while you can not be there to supervise him and for him to have a safe den and both are options you can find in a playpen.

    How to make your dog like his crate again Dog hates his crate all of a sudden, how to make him like it again

    If your dog suddenly hates his crate and you don’t really know what’s going on the last resort is to start over.

    You need to make the crate great again by crate training your dog all over again and building the bond with the crate again.

    In this case, I suggest you get a new crate to change things up and the best one to get is the Midwest double doors wire crate it really does a great job when it comes to crate training providing your dog with an open space to explore the new crate without feeling trapped.

    Make sure to use a chew toy and the Kong would be even better since it can be used as a food puzzle.

    Play some interactive games with your dog before going in the crate and reward with treats and verbal praise when he gets in it.

    Make sure your dog is low on energy and have had enough activities before his bedtime so he doesn’t feel bored in the crate.

    Resources

    Dog’s best friend by Mark DERR

    Classification of Behavior Problems in Dogs

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0031938413002461

  • Crate training a great dane fast in 5 easy steps
    25 October 2020

    Crate training a great dane might seem intimidating for some new dog owners, but these mighty dogs are surprisingly easy to train.

    The great dane is responsive to firm training methods and adjusts well to almost any situation if well trained, they can even live happily in an apartment despite their colossal size.

    Great danes need early socialization and obedience training at a young age, and crate training will do a great job establishing the foundation for what’s to come in training.

    This giant dog is very popular in the US -probably Scooby-doo fans- and that’s mainly because he is eager to please and make a great guardian dog.

    Grate danes sure are friendly but these strong beasts will not hesitate to unleash their fury when their owner is in danger.

    Walking around a great dane or having one at home will make people think twice before they make a move.

    This is why crate training a great dane and early obedience and socialization are important.

    Why crate training a great dane is important

    The great dane is a large and powerful breed, so powerful that it was used in Germany to hunt the wild boars.

    Having a mighty beast like the great dane untrained is an irresponsible move and they need to be trained at a young age.

    That’s why crate training your great dane is important to lay down the first rules and encourage good behavior.

    Crate training is also the best and fastest way to potty train a great dane, so you want to start as early as possible.

    What you need to crate train a great dane

    Crate training a great dane properly needs the proper tools to do it, and the crate is the obvious one. Having the best crate and the perfect size is very important and will determine how well training will go.

    Besides the crate you’ll need some training toys and treats to help motivate your mighty friend and enhance good behavior.

    You have to be careful when choosing the crate, the toys, and especially the training treats since the breed’s number one killer is the Bloat.

    Best crate for a great dane

    Choosing the right crate for your great dane is the most important step of the crate training program.

    If you don’t choose a good crate you could see all your efforts gone and that’s a common mistake.

    Crate training is making the crate a home and a safe den for your dog and teaching him to love it. However, if your dog can’t feel comfortable in it you’ll never succeed in crate training him.

    The best crate for a great dane is the wire crate and we recommend the Midwest Ginormous dog crate(click here to check the current price on Amazon).

    We love this crate simply because it was built specifically for great danes.

    It fits perfectly and like all Midwest crates it’s sturdy and foldable and easy to assemble.

    It comes with the double door option and you can install a divider panel for better results at crate training.

    What we like about Midwest Ginormous crate

    Like all Midwest crates, this one comes with plenty of great options that will make crate training a great dane much easier.

    • The crate fits a great dane perfectly offering plenty of room for the dog to lay down, turn around, and stand up but not too much space for him to turn a corner into a potty spot.
    • It is easy to assemble and you don’t need any tools, but unlike most crates, this one is huge so help from another person is probably needed.
    • The crate comes with two doors another great feature that will make luring into and exploring the crate easier for your great dane and therefore crate training easier.
    • You have the option to install a divider panel to adjust the size will the puppy is still young and the crate is too big for him.
    • The wire crate provides plenty of open space and a great view of the house so the dog does not get bored.

    Hint: We strongly recommend getting the divider panel for your crate to help you adjust the size as your great dane puppy grows, this way you can avoid in potty training incidents.

    Divider panel for the ginormous Midwest crate

    Click here to get the divider panel for the Midwest Ginormous 54″ wire crate on Amazon.

    Best training toys for a great dane

    When it comes to crate training, there is no other toy that can compete with the Kong chew toy. It does a wonderful job keeping the dog distracted in his crate after meals or while you’re not around.

    The Kong will help a lot ease the stay alone time in the crate for your dog; it can be used as a simple chew toy or filled with treats and used as a food puzzle that will keep your great busy for a while.

    You can get your Kong here on Amazon, I linked to a pack of two and so you can have one at all times to retire the old one when it gets too mangled and chewed up.

    However, crate training a great dane needs plenty of exercising and play sessions, because of their large size they need a couple briskwalks a day or a walk and interactive toys play sessions.

    You might want to consider getting an interactive toy like these ones, but unlike chew toys, your dog can’t have access to interactive toys all the time these are used to build a relationship and as a high-value reward to enhance good behavior.

    Once the play session is finished the interactive toys must be hidden and only used when you are around.

    Best training treats for a great dane

    Using treats for crate training a great dane will sure make it faster and more enjoyable. However, you need to be careful about what kind of treats you give your dog.

    The ones I use for all my dogs and recommend are Bil Jac’s training treats, it’s a safe brand sourced in the US my dogs love it and it supports a good cause.

    How to crate train a great dane puppy
    Step 1: Introducing your great dane to his crate
    Introducing your dog to his crate is a key step in crate training a great dane successfully. You don’t want your dog to freak out when he first has to go in the crate, so you want to make sure he has plenty of time to see it explore it and get inside it freely.

    You can do this simply by starting your crate training program early during the day, just take your dog with the leash on and circle around the crate with no pressure let him sniff it and walk around.

    Just let it be natural dogs are curious and will check it out, but don’t force it if he does not seem interested.
    Just keep walking around it for a few minutes then go back to doing something else and repeat the process a few times.

    You want the crate’s door open and secured to avoid any incidents that might scare the puppy and make it hard for you to get that good first impression.
    Step 2: Exploring the crate
    If the introduction part is done properly the dog will feel fine around the crate and you can actually start using your tools.

    In this phase you want to toss in a couple treats in the crate and have the dog get inside to get them and once he does you need to reward him and praise verbally to show that being in the crate is a good thing.

    Using the wire crate with two doors we suggested makes this step much easier since the dog doesn’t feel trapped inside and can walk in and out of the crate freely.

    Just repeat the same process using treats and verbal praise every time the dog gets inside the crate, if you do that enough times you’ll notice that your great dane is offering to get in the crate on his own to get the treat and that’s your sign that he is ready for the next step.
    Step 3: Making the crate great
    This step is so important and crucial that we’ve made it our slogan, this is what crate training is all about. You need to make the crate the best spot in the house for your dog, happy things must happen in the crate and it needs to be a safe spot.

    The best way to do that is food, toys, and praise; and you can start by feeding the dog his meals in the crate.

    You need to keep the crate open and serve the dog his meals inside the crate and you must be sitting next to the crate while he feeds.

    Feeding is a happy time for dogs and you want to associate it with the crate.

    You also need to play games that include the crate, like using chew toys to get the dog inside, just toss in his favorite toy in the crate, and every time he gets it, praise him and give him a nice rub.

    You can secure the game to the wires of the crate to make him stay inside to enjoy it.

    Another important thing that some dog owners overlook is to make sure nothing bad is associated with the crate. Dogs evaluate places based on memories and experiences they had in that particular place if you yell at your dog or use the crate for a time out then you are associating bad memories with the crate and making your job crate training a great dane harder.

    You want to avoid anything that would make the dog feel uncomfortable in his crate.
    Step 4: Spending time in the crate
    Now that your great dane is spending some happy time in the crate playing and feeding you want to start the next phase.

    While your dog is feeding you need to gradually close the door, but don’t do it all at once and freak out the dog.

    Crate training is all about patience, if you see any objections from your dog just let go and go back a step and start over.

    If you do things smoothly your dog is going to be busy feeding and won’t pay much attention to the crate being closed.

    However, once he finishes his meal you want to open the crate and try to keep him inside by praising him playing with a toy or anything just to prepare him for the next move.

    If feeding time is going without incidents, you can now gradually increase the time he spends inside the crate with the door closed five minutes at a time.

    The Kong is actually the best tool for this step, it will help you keep the dog busy inside the crate after his meals.

    Just make sure you are not using too many treats in the Kong, and you can find plenty of stuffing recipes online.

    Keep doing the same thing and make sure you stay next to the crate to keep your dog busy while you increase the time he spends inside until he reaches 30 minutes, which is the sign that he is ready for some home alone time.
    Step 5: Home alone
    Up until now, your great dane is doing great spending time in the crate closed enjoying his food and playing with his toys, but still, you had to be sitting next to him.

    We want to gradually spend less time next to the crate but don’t speed it up, instead of sitting next to the crate you can move around the room, do something else but make sure the dog can see you.

    If you see no objections you can leave the room for a couple of minutes and move passed him just say high tell him he’s a good boy and, leave again.

    Slowly increase the time you spend outside the room depending on your dog’s reaction until you reach the 30 minutes point again, which is again the sign that your dog can stay alone in the crate while you’re not home.

    Hint: Don’t make a scene out of leaving and coming back home, you don’t have to say goodbye before you leave in fact, you need to stop talking to your dog at least five minutes before you leave and five minutes after you come back home this way the dog doesn’t associate the crate with being left alone.
    Crate training a great dane at night

    Crate training a great dane at night is easier than most dogs since larger breeds have bigger bladders and need fewer potty breaks at night.

    The keyword in crate training a great dane at night is exercising during the day. great danes are a large breed that needs plenty of exercises to stay in shape and healthy.

    But this also helps bring the dog’s energy down before going in the crate and therefore making him more likely to relax in the crate.

    It’s actually the same thing with us, you don’t feel like going to bed when you feel energetic and vice versa, all you think about after great effort and being sleepy is to get home and lay down in your bed.

    So I made a few bullet points for you with the most important things to do before crate training a great dane puppy at night:

    • Take your puppy for a potty break just before he goes in the crate so he doesn’t need to wake up at night for one.
    • Stop watering your puppy at least two hours before his bedtime to minimize the need to wake up at night to pee.
    • Choose a cozy and nice spot for your dog’s crate especially at night and if you can place it at your room in the first couple of weeks it would be better, to make sure there are no outside distractions that could wake him up.
    • Take your puppy out for some exercising and play games at home before he goes in the crate to bring down his energy.
    • If your dog starts whining at night just ignore it and don’t let him out or else he’ll always do it to get out.
    • If the puppy won’t stop crying or barking at night then make sure to break his barking cycle before you let him out.
    Crate training a great dane in an apartment

    Crate training a great dane in an apartment may seem weird and some people would even consider having a great dane in an apartment to be cruel since it’s a large dog, However, great danes do actually great in apartments.

    Great danes are very adaptable dogs that would live in confined spaces, one thing though is they need enough exercising and long walks.

    When adults they love to go on hikes and bike riding since they are very athletic dogs.

    If your dog is having enough time outside and plenty of play sessions then he has no issues with living in an apartment.

    I suggest you read this article I wrote about crate training in an apartment you’ll find all the helpful tips to do it without having any trouble with your neighbors.

    Crate training a great dane with separation anxiety

    Separation anxiety is the hardest behavior issue most dog owners can’t deal with, especially when they consider crate training.

    Crate training a great dane with separation anxiety is even harder since it’s a large and strong dog that will inflict great damage to your house if he feels anxious.

    However, crate training could actually be a great way to deal with separation anxiety, providing a safe den for your dog while you are not around.

    It’s generally older dogs that are the hardest to deal with when they have separation anxiety and I’ve written an article on this particular point recently that you will find very helpful.

    What I would suggest in the case of a great dane is using a playpen to provide more open space. It allows the dog to play around freely, have access to his crate if he feels like going inside and it provides a controllable and safe space for your dog while you’re absent.

    The playpen we suggest is the Midwest wire playpen( click here to check the current price on Amazon), the great thing about it is it can be attached to the wire crate making a safe playing area with the option to go into the crate. It is also easy to use and foldable so it doesn’t take much space and you can use it outdoors.

    Crate and playpen combinedCrate training a great dane without treats

    Many dog owners are considering crate training without treats, especially with dogs that have sensitive digestive systems like the great dane, however, if you choose a safe brand and respect the daily calorie intake you should fine.

    We advise against crate training a great dane without treats simply because it will be much harder and will take longer.

    Treats are great when exploring the crate and help you lure the dog inside the crate and reward good behavior.

    Non the less, it is not impossible to do it in fact you can check out this article on crate training without treats and you can use toys and verbal praise as rewards and motivational training tools.

    How long does it take to crate train a great dane

    Great danes are not the smartest dogs, but they have high adaptability intelligence.

    They like to please their owners and respond well to training, that’s why crate training a great dane doesn’t take too long.

    In general, it takes around 6 weeks to fully crate train a great dane puppy depending of course on the age of the puppy and how much time you can dedicate to training.

    Older dogs can take a bit longer especially if they didn’t have any good training before.

    All in all, great danes are great guard dogs that you can train to perfection if you follow the 5 steps we just saw.

    Use common sense, avoid anything that would make the dog uncomfortable in his crate, and try your best making it a great place and be patient that’s what it takes to crate train a great dane.

    Additional sources

    Study on Bloat

    Great dane AKC

    Great dane GDCA

  • Best crate for french bulldog perfect size 4 easy training
    25 October 2020

    When crate training a puppy, choosing the best crate is key to success, that’s why we’ve made this dedicated review of the best crate for french bulldog to help you make the perfect choice which is going to skyrocket your chances of crate training your Frenchie to perfection.

    In this review, we are going to see the best crates for french bulldog puppies, adults, travel crates, the perfect size, and even dogs with separation anxiety.

    So without any more introductions let us dive into this review starting by size.

    In a hurry?! This is the best crate for french bulldog that we personally use and recommend with the perfect size: the Midwest double door wire crate(click here to check the current price on Amazon) if you stick around we’ll explain why we like this one and how it helps you get faster results.

    Best crate size for french bulldog

    When it comes to crate training size matters, so what makes the perfect size crate for crate training?

    • The crate has to be larger than the dog so he can be comfortable enough inside it.
    • It should not be too big for the dog or else he will sleep in one corner and turn the other corner into a potty corner, so it has to be only a few inches larger.
    • The dog has to be able to stand up, lay down and turn around in the crate without touching the borders.

    Crate training is all about making the crate a safe and comfortable den for your dog. I suggest you read this article about crate training a french bulldog for more details on the process.

    Having the perfect sized crate makes crate training easier, while a crate that is too small or too big would make it extremely hard to get any results; which is normal since no dog would like a place where he can’t even lay down comfortably.

    French bulldogs are around 11-13 inches in height and weight just under 28 pounds, so they are considered a small breed dog.

    The perfect crate size for french bulldog is 30 length x 19 width x 21 height inches. Of course, this size is compatible with a standard size french bulldog, and you can measure your dog if it’s not a standard-sized one, but in most cases, these are the measurements for most Frenchies.

    The proportions I suggested are those of a wire crate, and it could be a bit different depending on the type of crate you choose. Anyway if it’s a matter of a couple of inches it’s perfectly fine.

    Best crate for french bulldog

    Choosing the perfect size crate is important as we’ve just explained, but the crate type is as equally important and may speed up the training or make it slower. That’s why we’ve based our recommendations on how the crate affects crate training and safety which are the most important factors.

    Before we break down our top 3 best crates for french bulldog puppies here is a comparative table for the most commonly used crates.

    Crates by type Plastic crate Soft-side crate Furniture crate Wire crate
    Utility to crate training OK Bad Not good Perfect
    Price Range 60$ – 80$ 60$ – 80$ 80$ + 30$ – 40$
    Mobility Good Good Bad Good
    Travel Perfect OK N/A Good
    Safety Good OK Good Good
    Sturdiness OK N/A Good Good
    Design Good Good Perfect OK
    Maintenance Easy Hard Easy Very easy
    Comparative table for the most commonly used cratesBest wire crate for french bulldog our TOP pick

    French bulldogs are considered a small dog breed, meaning you don’t need extra precautions getting a crate.

    In most cases, a wire crate is perfect for a french bulldog.

    The one we recommend is the MidWest double door foldable wire crate(click here to check the current price on Amazon).

    What we like about it
    • This wire crate offers an open view of the room from the inside of the crate allowing the dog to be part of the activity around him which could comfort him and help him feel safer and relax.
    • Exploring the crate is a very important step in crate training; this crate makes it easier with its two doors feature which is a great help especially at the early stages of crate training.
    • The wire crate is completely foldableand easy to move around the house which is great if you need to move it to your room at night to keep an eye on your puppy at night or for travel by car.
    • It comes with a divider that will help you adjust the size of the crate as the puppy grows, this way you don’t have to change crates every couple of months and you get the perfect results crate training from the puppy stage to adulthood.
    • Easy to clean, since it comes with a removable easy to clean tray that you can clean in a minute, which is very helpful especially when crate training a young puppy.
    • The wire crate is safe and very sturdy, it provides a safe controllable environment for most french bulldogs and also available ina more robust version if you have an aggressive dog.
    • It can be attached to a playpen if you want to use one in case of leaving the dog alone for too long or if you just want to give your dog more space to play.
    • It has a crate cover that fits it and you can even use it with some foam to soundproof it if you live in an apartment.
    • This is the cheapest crate for french bulldogs and you don’t have to change it making it a great deal. You can get the crate the bed and the cover, all for less than 80 dollars.
    What we don’t like about it

    There isn’t much, to be honest, the wire crate is robust, practical, easy to clean, easy to move around and cheap.

    The only negative thing I could say about the wire crate is that the design isn’t the best if you’re not a big fan of a cage in your living room or kitchen, but that doesn’t mean it’s hideous it looks fine and you can get a cover and they come in different color options if you want to add your touch to it.

    The one we recommend and why

    For a french bulldog, the best wire crate is the Midwest foldable double door crate with a divider.

    This wire crate is by far the best not only for french bulldog but for crate training in general.

    It helps a lot with the introduction and exploring the crate making it easy to lure the dog inside it.

    It comes with great features like the divider panel and the double doors.

    Here is a helpful video from the manufacturer showing you how to install the divider panel to adjust the crate size.



    How to install a divider panel on a Midwest wire crate for french bulldogBest plastic crate for french bulldog

    Plastic crates are very popular especially for small breed dogs, and they do a great job, and in most cases, they are great for travel since they meet online requirements for pet travel.

    However, when it comes to crate training we find ourselves leaning toward the wire crate, not that a plastic crate doesn’t work but simply because the wire crate makes the first couple of steps easier.

    If you decide to go with a plastic crate we recommend Petmate Vari Kennel(click here to check the current price on Amazon).

    What we like about it
    • This crate has 360-degree ventilation openings, unlike most plastic crates the dog can get fresh air and a better degree of visibility.
    • It is easy to assemble and therefore easy to clean in case of potty incidents.
    • It can be moved around easily if you need to relocate it for the night to have the dog closer to your bed.
    • This crate is sturdy enough for a regular French bulldog and will last long enough.
    • With only a few tweaks(metal bolts)it can meet most airline requirements for air travel.
    • It works great for car travel in fact it does a better job than most crates.
    • It provides a den-like environment that allows you to reduce outside distractions at night and help your dog sleep well through the night.
    What we don’t like about it

    It is really hard to find a good plastic crate, and none are perfect, and this one although it’s great but not perfect.

    • It does not work well for an aggressive dog and he will probably chew through it.
    • The size charts for plastic crates are almost all the time wrong you always have to take one size larger and this one is no exception.
    • You have to buy metal bolts to make it extra secured and for travel requirements.
    • In general, the price/value chart is not the best for plastic crates which doesn’t make them the best investment especially if you have to change it after a while.
    • The size can’t be adjusted so at the early stages your puppy will have too much room, which could make potty training harder.
    The one we recommend and why

    For a french bulldog, the best plastic crate is the Petmate Vari Kennel.

    This plastic crate is the best for french bulldog especially if you take your dog for road trips.

    Unlike most plastic crates it is sturdy enough for a regular french bulldog.

    It has 360-degree ventilation openings for better visibility and ventilation.

    Best wooden crate for french bulldog

    If you are convinced that crate training your french bulldog is important but your house interior decor is equally important, then a wooden crate is the best choice for you.

    Wooden crates are not the go-to option for crate training but they’ll blend in with your decor perfectly.

    The one we recommend is the Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate(click here to check the current price on Amazon).

    What we like about it
    • This wooden crate looks great, with it’s simple and elegant design it fits all house decor.
    • It is sturdy and made out of solid wood making it a great option even for overly excited Frenchies.
    • It comes in many color designs winch is great for home decor maniacs.
    • Surprisingly easy to clean, unlike most decorative dog crates.
    • It has a 360 open view which is great for your puppy to have visibility and to keep an eye on you while relaxing in his crate.
    • The price is clearly cheap for a wooden good looking end table crate.
    What we don’t like about it
    • The size is not adjustable so when the puppy is younger it will be harder to potty train.
    • Not the easiest to assemble and you need some basic tools to do it.
    • Not easy to move around, so if you ant your dog to sleep in your room at night it will be hard to move it around the house.
    The one we recommend and why

    The best wooden crate for french bulldog is the Casual Home Wooden Pet Crate.

    This decorative wooden crate looks great and is available in different colors.

    It is sturdy enough for a french bulldog and looks great in your living room or kitchen.

    It’s cheaper than some plastic crates and not very hard to assemble.

    Best travel crate for french bulldog

    Bulldogs are cute and happy dogs, and they’re fun companions which makes them great travel buddies.

    Taking a french bulldog on a road trip or on vacation is certainly exciting but you have to think about safety first.

    Making sure your partner is safe and comfortable during travel is a priority and what a better way to do it than to choose the best travel crate for your french bulldog.

    I decided to dissect this part into two sections of car travel and plane travel because each one is different and has special requirements.

    Best car travel crate for french bulldog Best car travel crate for french bulldog

    When we talk about car travel the risk is high, so safety is the priority. Your dog must be secured in the back of the car away from the driver.

    You need a crate the will make sure your dog is comfortable during travel but also confined so he doesn’t affect the driver’s attention.

    So to make our choice we have only two options; wire crates and plastic ones.

    The wooden crates are too heavy to move around and unpractical to load on a car and soft-side crates are too easy to get out of making them dangerous.

    Car travel often means your dog will most likely be in the back of the car next to your luggage so you need a strong crate that will keep the dog safe at all times and in case of an accident.

    Although plastic crates are good for travel we find that the wire crate is much stronger and safer for car travel.

    That’s why we recommend the Ultima Pro Midwest metal dog crate(click here to check the current price on Amazon).

    This crate is the stronger version of the wire crate we suggested earlier, for more safety and the double door makes it even safer in case of an accident you can easily get the dog out in case the main door is jammed or damaged.

    Best airline travel crate for a french bulldog

    airline travel has some very strict requirements when it comes to pet travel carriers.

    You want to check the IATA pet travel guide for more information.

    Not all airlines have the same pet travel rules, so you want to check with your airline before you head to the airport.

    We found that the Petmate Vari Kennel(click to check the current price on Amazon) is the most compliant with IATA guidelines. But you’ll probably need to change the plastic bolts with some metal ones to make it extra safe and approved.

    Best playpen for french bulldog

    Some of you may have to work a full-time job while crate training a french bulldog puppy.

    Knowing that puppies can’t stay for eight hours alone in the crate you might want to consider a playpen to provide your dog more space to walk around and play.

    However, making a choice between a crate and a playpen could be hard and you can read our article about crate vs playpen and which one is best.

    But why make a choice between a crate and a playpen if you can have both?! There is a playpen and crate combined solution that will make sure your dog still spends time in his crate and at the same time has a playpen to walk around and play.

    We recommend the Midwest metal exercise playpen(click here to check the current price on Amazon).

    Crate and playpen combined

    This playpen is large enough for a french bulldog, it’s easy to assemble and foldable so it doesn’t take much storage space and the best option is it connects to the Midwest metal crate we recommended earlier making a crate and playpen combined.

  • Crate training a Goldendoodle in 5 easy steps
    25 October 2020

    Goldendoodles popularity is skyrocketing especially in the USA, and that’s of course, for good reasons, I mean what’s not to like about this great breed, it’s a mix of golden retrievers and poodles both are adorable and great family dogs and highly trainable, speaking of training in this article we’ll be doing an easy guide for crate training a Goldendoodle, for those of you who want to train their dogs to perfection.

    Goldendoodles took the best out of both poodles and golden retrievers, but first-generation breeds could vary a lot from dog to dog depending on the dominant breed in the mix. however, in all cases, the Goldendoodle is a very smart, easygoing, and easy to train dog.

    Goldendoodles are great family dogs, very low maintenance, great with kids, energetic and they inherited the best thing about poodles; they are nonshedding hypoallergenic dogs which is perfect for people with allergies.

    All in all, Goldendoodles are perfect dogs for timid and first-time dog owners, the only thing they’re not good for is guard-dogs. They are friendly and won’t bark at strangers but still, they are on the top ten smartest dogs.

    What you need to crate train a Goldendoodle

    When crate training a Goldendoodle puppy you’ll need a few tools to help you do it efficiently and faster.

    The obvious one would be the crate, the choice of the crate is the first and most important decision you have to make to ensure the best results.

    I made a recommendation for the best crate for crate training a Goldendoodle depending on the size of the dog since they come in three different sizes depending on the breed mix.

    You will also need some toys and training treats to make training easier and more enjoyable.

    The best crate for a Goldendoodle

    As I mentioned earlier Goldendoodles were designed in three different sizes and of course, the perfect crate size will vary depending on which one you have.

    Goldendoodles don’t really have standard size features and dog breeders are not aiming for one just yet so they might be a few differences in size but those are not considerable and fall into the three varieties we mentioned.

    But, in general, the best crate for a Goldendoodle and crate training is the wire crate.

    Goldendoodles are great family dogs meaning they like to be around people and don’t like being left alone a lot, so the wire crate is your best option for these energetic dogs.

    The wire crate does also help with the first steps of crate training offering enough open space and even later on they can still be part of the family gathering even inside their crate being able to see you move around or sitting close by.

    So let us start with the most popular one:

    The best crate for a standard Goldendoodle

    The standard Goldendoodle is the most common of the three, and it’s a cross-breed between a golden retriever and a regular poodle.

    They often measure around 22 inches floor to shoulder and about 50 to 70 pounds.

    So the perfect size crate would be one that measures around 42L x 28W x 31H. The crate should obviously be larger than the dog but only a few inches larger so he doesn’t use one corner to lay down and the other as a potty corner.

    The crate I recommend is the midwest 42″ double door crate( check the current price on Amazon) it is a perfect size, and it has two great features which are the divider and the double doors.

    The divider will allow you to adjust the crate size as your dog grows so you don’t have to change crates every couple of months. As for the double doors option, it helps tremendously when your dog is exploring the crate for the first time which is a great deal compared to a plastic crate.

    The best crate for a Miniature Goldendoodle

    Miniature Goldendoodles are a mix between a golden retriever and a miniature poodle.

    They often measure around 16 to 20 inches floor to shoulder and about 35 to 50 pounds.

    So the perfect size crate would be one that measures around 36L x 24W x 27H.

    The crate I recommend for this size is the midwest 36″ double door crate(check the current price on Amazon).

    The best crate for a Petite/Toy Goldendoodle

    Petite/toy Goldendoodles are a mix between a golden retriever and a toy poodle.

    They often measure around 15 inches floor to shoulder and about 20 to 35 pounds.

    So the perfect size crate would be one that measures around 31.375L x 22.5W x 23.5H.

    The crate I recommend for this size is the midwest 30″ double door crate(Check the current price on Amazon).

    The best toys for crate training a Goldendoodle

    Crate training a Goldendoodle puppy won’t be easy without toys, they are very energetic dogs that need around 20 to 30 minutes of exercise every day.

    This means that they get bored very easily and that’s why you need a toy to keep the dog busy in the crate.

    The best toy for crate training and the one I recommend is the Kong (check the current price on Amazon), it can be filled with treats and make a great food puzzle that will keep your Goldendoodle distracted in his crate for a while.

    When crate training any dog they should have access to a chew toy all the time, it helps release the tension and protect the dog from boredom.

    The kong in particular does a great job when it comes to crate training and most dog trainers agree on this one. You can read my article about crate training with a Kong for more ideas on this great tool.

    The best training treats for a Goldendoodle

    Goldendoodles are very intelligent dogs and treats are especially great with highly intelligent dogs.

    There are some dog owners that prefer not to use training treats in fact I’ve written an article on this particular subject if that’s what you want to do but for a smart dog like the Goldendoodle, you can get amazing results using treats.

    Goldendoodles are exposed to allergies so you want to make sure you are using some high-quality treats.

    I only recommend using safe brands with ingredients sourced locally, I personally recommend Bil-Jac treats my dogs love them and they support a good cause.

    Hot to crate train a Goldendoodle

    Goldendoodles are highly intelligent dogs which makes them easy to crate train. Making good use of the Kong and training treats combined with the pleasing nature of the breed will allow even the inexperienced dog owners to get fast and amazing results.

    Step 1: Introducing your Goldendoodle to his crate
    Introducing a Goldendoodle to his crate is the first and most important crate training, it allows you to make the dog comfortable around a crate having the time to sniff around and get to know what it is.

    If you introduce your dog to his crate when it’s time to get in it at night he will probably resist since he’s never seen one.

    You want to take your dog with his leash on and just circle around the crate, let him sniff around and, make sure to secure the crate’s doors to avoid any incidents that may freak the dog out.

    Don’t force it, do it for a couple of minutes then take him away and then come back a few minutes later so he doesn’t feel like he has to be there.

    When the dog is feeling comfortable around the crate you can proceed to the next step and let the dog explore it with no leash on.
    Step 2: Exploring the crate
    When crate training a Goldendoodle you need patience especially in the first two steps.

    The more time you give your dog to get used to the crate and explore it the better results you have.

    Let your dog get into the crate and just leave it open and that’s why I always recommend wire crates with double doors so he can get in and out freely.

    Now is the best time to use training treats, toss some treats in the crate to lure your Goldendoodle inside and once inside praise and reward so he identifies being in the crate as good behavior.

    Just keep doing it for a while using toys and treats and after a while, you’ll notice that your dog offers to get in the crate to get the treat, and usually with smart dogs like Goldendoodles, it happens fast.

    When your dog starts getting in the crate on his own you want to move on to the next step.
    Step 3: Making the crate great
    Crate training is all about making the crate great, that’s why it’s our slogan, you want your dog to associate great things that he likes with being in the crate.

    Start feeding your dog in the crate since feeding is obviously a happy time for dogs, also use treats inside the crate.

    Praise anytime he gets in there alone, and reward with a good rub or a treat.

    You can use the Kong to keep him as much as possible without forcing him in the crate.

    I suggest you secure the toy to the crate’s wire so he has to stay inside to chew on it.

    If you do a good job making the crate a nice and safe place for your dog he’ll start feeling comfortable in there.
    Step 4: Spending time in the crate while closed
    While your dog is feeding you want to gradually close the door of the crate and sit next to it.

    If the dog is fine with the door being closed, then keep it and stay next to him but open it once he finishes his meal.

    If the dog shows any objections don’t rush it keep it open and start over.

    With time your Goldendoodle will get used to eating his meals inside the crate while closed.

    When you see some progress you can increase the time he spends in the crate after his meal by 5 minutes at a time. Use the treats and toys to keep him distracted.

    If things are going as planned you can gradually increase the time until he is ok with spending half an hour after his meals in there.

    That’s your sign to move on to the next step.
    Step 5: Home alone
    Up until now, you’ve been sitting next to your dog’s crate keeping him distracted in there. Now is the time you start to move around so he can get used to being in there alone.

    Start slowly by just moving around the room where the crate is installed and see how he reacts.

    Your next move would be to get out and in the room every couple of minutes and always check how he’s doing.

    Gradually increase the time you spend out of the room and just check in every five minutes, then make it 10 and 15 until you reach that 30 minutes spot again.

    If you see no objections you can now leave the house for a short period no more than 30 minutes so he doesn’t freak out.

    And just like the previous steps, you can increase the time you spend out gently until he’s used to it.

    A good tip when leaving the house: don’t make a scene out of leaving. Don’t interact with your dog at least 5 minutes before leaving so he doesn’t associate being left alone with the crate, and the same thing when you come back, only let him out 5 minutes after your back home.
    Crate training a Goldendoodle at night

    Crate training a Goldendoodle puppy at night is where most people make mistakes.

    Goldendoodles are very energetic dogs that need daily exercise, meaning if you don’t help them take out that energy, you’ll find it hard to make them get in the crate and stay for the night.

    So you have to take your dog for some activities before his bedtime to lower his energy and make him more likely to relax.

    Use interactive toys and play around the house some physical games.

    You also want to take your puppy for a potty break before he goes in the crate for the night, this why you don’t have to wake up to let him out for a break at night.

    Nonetheless, if you are crate training a young puppy you’ll probably have to wake up once or twice for a potty break, you can limit that by not giving your dog water a couple of hours before bedtime.

    If you’re Goldendoodle starts to cry at night in his crate just ignore it, he should not associate getting out of the crate with crying or else he’ll keep doing it. If he continues to bark or cry for a long period make sure he stops crying before letting him out.

    It is best if you install your dog’s crate next to your bed, this way you can reassure him that you are close by and you can make him stop crying by just touching the crate while he’s doing it.

    Final tips for crate training a Goldendoodle without incidents Crate training a Goldendoodle puppy for too long can cause boredom and separation anxiety.
    • Crate training a Goldendoodle is easy since they are smart dogs, but they do not like to be left alone so they are at risk of suffering from separation anxiety so you want to make sure they are not left for too long in the crate.
    • Yelling at your dog while in the crate or using the crate for punishment and time out will simply bomb everything you did and set you back weeks in training, punishing dogs only confuses them unless caught in the act.
    • Rushing the crate training might backfire and your dog feels trapped in the crate and therefore hate it which of course doesn’t help at all, you want to take things slow and be patient.
    • Don’t force your dog into the crate from the start even if you see that your dog is making progress, follow the steps I’ve laid down for you for optimal results.
    More sources

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6940824/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldendoodle

    https://dogtime.com/dog-breeds/goldendoodle#/slide/1

  • Crate training a Boston terrier in 5 easy steps
    25 October 2020

    The Boston terrier AKA the American-gentleman a nickname earned by his impeccable manners and tuxedo-like coat, is one of the easiest dog breeds to deal with, crate training a Boston terrier is easy fun and enjoyable.

    Bringing home a Boston terrier is sure going to make it in the top 3 best choices of your life, they are the best companions especially for inexperienced dog owners.

    So how can you crate train a Boston terrier?

    You simply need to make the crate great, so that your dog feels safe and enjoys being in his crate without you having to force him into it. Everything serving this purpose could be considered crate training, Boston terriers are very outgoing dogs that love to please and easy to get excited so the process is fairly easy.

    And that’s what we are going to see in this article along with some of the most common questions related to crate training a Boston terrier puppy.

    However, before you start, like any other process you need to be ready and prepare the necessary tools for the task ahead of you.

    So what do we need for Boston terrier crate training?

    What you need for crate training a Boston terrier Crate training a Boston terrier is easy if you have the right tools

    The crate training process is always the same in its guidelines and steps but with a few tweaks depending on every breed’s personality traits.

    You need to understand that making the crate the best possible place for your dog is the main idea behind crate training.

    So, anything that will enable you to achieve this goal and make the crate great is ok for you to use, treats, toys, food, verbal praise games, and obviously a crate.

    What size crate does a Boston Terrier need?

    When it comes to crate training in most cases I recommend using the wire crate especially one with double doors and a divider.

    The wire crate helps a lot with the crate training process especially at the early phase of exploring the crate.

    The dog has an open view and has two doors so he doesn’t feel trapped, which makes him more willing to get into the crate without objections.

    The divider is another great feature since the crate needs to be only a few inches larger than your dog, so using the divider helps you adjust the size of the crate as the dog grows without having to change crates every couple of months.

    The crate I recommend is The Midwest double door wire crate( click here to check the current price on Amazon).

    The best size crate for a Boston terrier is 25L x 18.75W x 20.5 inches. The crate has to provide the puppy enough room to turn around stand up and lay down and that’s it. If the crate is too big the puppy will probably make a corner as his potty corner and use the rest to lay down.

    That’s why using a divider when the puppy is too young for the crate is the smart move.

    What chew toy is good for a Boston terrier?

    Chew toys are another great tool for crate training a Boston terrier, these little cute guys love to play and chew on stuff and you want to use that for training.

    Your dog can have access to chew toys at all times even in the crate, and they do a great job in keeping the puppy distracted for a while.

    The one I recommend is the Kong (click here to check the current price on Amazon) it’s a great chew toy and the hollow part of it can be filled with food or treats to make a great food puzzle that will keep your dog in the crate for hours.

    There are plenty of recipes on the internet to fill the Kong and it’s easy to make you can check out this article from the kong company blog.

    The best training treats for a Boston terrier

    The Boston terriers love treats and would cooperate for more, that’s what makes them easier to train than most dogs.

    Boston terriers are sensitive when it comes to food so choosing a safe good brand is very important. They also tend to get obese easily so you have to monitor your dog’s daily calorie intake.

    Using too many treats or ones that are too high on calories could lead to obesity you can read thisstudy about the relationship between feeding patterns and obesity in dogs.

    Make sure you’re not using too many treats to avoid health issues and to prevent the dog from being too focused on the treats and then when you stop rewarding with them he no longer performs as well as he did with the treats. You can read this article about training treats and how to use them for more details on the matter.

    Crate training a Boston terrier in 5 easy steps Crate training a Boston terrier can be done fast and easy if you follow our 5 easy steps

    Crate training a Boston terrier is fairly easy even for new dog owners; what makes it so easy is the fact that the Boston terrier is a dog that loves to please and easy to motivate.

    Of course, the crate training steps are almost the same for all dogs with the ultimate goal, making the crate great.

    Now that you have the proper crate a chew toy and some training treats, you can start crate training your beloved Boston terrier and here are the steps to follow:

    Step 1: Introducing your Boston terrier to his crate

    Introducing your puppy to his crate is the first and most important step, the first impression is very important.

    If your dog is properly introduced to his crate and he has the time to explore it he is less likely to show objections to the crate.

    Never introduce your dog to something when it’s time to do it; meaning you can’t just take your puppy and lock him up in a crate he’s never been into and expect him to feel comfortable and turn it into a den.

    The best thing to start with is to take the puppy with the leash and take him around the crate and just let him explore it and sniff around.

    It would be best if you secure the doors of the crate to avoid any potential incidents that may freak the puppy out.

    Placing the crate in a good spot or the puppy’s favorite spot would be very helpful.

    Don’t force the dog into the crate make it natural just a few minutes then move on to something else and go back again.

    Once your dog is comfortable around the crate and showing some interest in getting into it you can move onto the next step and help him explore the crate.

    Step 2: Helping your Boston terrier explore the crate

    The wire crate makes this phase much easier, the dog has plenty of open space and a good view so he doesn’t feel trapped. the two doors feature also helps the dog get in and out of the crate easily.

    You can start by using training treats toss a few in the crate to lure the puppy inside. once inside reward and praise your dog, and try to use rubs and verbal praise more than treats to avoid overusing them.

    Keep doing the same thing lure the puppy inside and once in the crate praise and reward. Your dog is smart enough to understand that being in the crate gets him treats and rewards so after a while he’ll offer to get in the crate on his own to get the treats.

    keep repeating the same process for a while but praise more and give less treats for better performance so the dog has to work more to get a treat.

    Step 3: Making the crate great

    The treats make a great job luring the puppy in the crate however, you need more to make the puppy associate great feelings with the crate.

    You can start by using food and start serving the dog his meals inside the crate.

    Feeding time is a happy time for all dogs so you definitely want to associate that with the crate.

    Dogs evaluate places based on the experiences they had in those places, so you want to make the crate a happy place.

    You can use the feeding time to close the crate’s door gently and see how it goes if the puppy is focused on his meal then just keep it closed and open it once he finishes his meal.

    Crate training a Boston terrier can’t be done without exercising before going in the crate, they need to be low on energy before they go in there so they can relax.

    Take your dog on walks or play sessions just before his crate bedtime and toss in the Kong to keep him distracted in there.

    Spending time in the crate closed

    Slowly increase the time your dog spends in the crate after his meals while you sit next to the crate praising and playing with your Boston terrier.

    The Kong does a great job keeping the dog distracted inside the crate even if closed.

    I personally prefer to secure the kong to the crate wires to prevent my dogs from grabbing it and going out.

    Don’t overuse treats when filling the kong you can also use the dog’s main food to fill it to avoid any potential issues.

    gradually start moving around the room instead of just sitting next to the crate but stay where the dog can see you.

    When you see progress and the puppy is doing fine you can leave the room every few minutes and just pass by say hello the go back again.

    When your dog is spending more than 30 minutes alone in the crate then you’ve almost finished crate training your Boston terrier.

    The next and final step would be to leave the Boston terrier in the crate alone while you’re not home.

    Home alone

    Of course in the first couple of times you leave the puppy home alone you need to make it quick, 30 minutes max until the puppy is fine and showing no objections.

    The best thing you can do at this stage is to avoid making a scene when leaving and coming back home.

    If you say goodbye to the dog then leave he will associate the crate with being left alone and that doesn’t help. The same thing when you come home; you need to stop interacting with your dog at least five minutes before leaving and after coming home.

    You also want to place the puppy in his crate at least 15 minutes before you leave for the same reasons so he doesn’t associate it with being left alone.

    These little details make all the difference and will enable you to crate train your Boston terrier faster and better.

    Boston terrier crate training at night

    Crate training a Boston terrier at night is relatively easy if you take the right measures.

    So how do you crate train a Boston terrier at night?

    • Exercise your puppy before going into the crate to reduce energy and increase fatigue and the need to sleep.
    • Don’t let your puppy sleep too much during the day puppies sleep up to 18 hours a day and adults around 12 hours and you want active ours to be during the day.
    • Take your puppy for a potty break just before bedtime to reduce the number of times he wakes up during the night for his little business.
    • Stop watering your puppy 2 hours before bedtime, Boston terriers have small bladders and will not hold it through the night.
    • Place the crate close to your bed preferably in your room to comfort the puppy if he wakes up.
    • Reduce outside distractions in the spot you place the crate or get a crate cover if there is much movement going on in the room.
    • When the puppy wakes up for a potty break keep it all about pooping don’t interact much.

    If you follow these simple steps you’ll be fine crate training a Boston terrier at night.

    How often do Boston terriers poop?

    Boston terriers poop after every meal so as they get older their need to poop will decrease since the daily meals also decrease.

    That is why you need to make sure he had his final meal of the day before bedtime to give him time to do his business and avoid waking up an hour after you’ve put him to sleep.

    The older the puppy gets the less he needs to wake up during the night for potty breaks.

    Boston terrier puppy pooping in crate

    Sometimes this it happens that your puppy pees or poops in the crate, especially during the night.

    However, dogs are fairly clean animals and will not poop where they sleep unless they have no choice. So generally your puppy will let you know if he has to go for a break.

    There are a couple of potential issues that could happen:

    The first is your dog pooping in the crate then he actually continues to do it in the same spot since dogs mainly go to the same spot for their potty breaks. if this happens you need to clean the crate and make sure the dog poops elsewhere for a couple a days before he gets back in.

    The second is when you get a crate that is too large for the puppy then he’ll probably make a potty corner within the crate and that’s why I recommended a wire crate with a divider so you can adjust the size of the crate as the puppy grows.

    Are Boston Terriers easy to train?
    Crate training a Boston terrier is easy.

    According to the AKC Boston, terriers are among the easiest breeds to train mainly for their eager-to-please attitude and fun and outgoing temperament.

    This I’ve experienced also when crate training a Boston terrier of mine, it was a fun and very enjoyable process.

    They love to play and fast learners so yes Boston terriers are easy to train.

    Are Boston terriers easy to potty train?

    As I’ve just said Boston terriers are easy to train in general and crate training just makes it even easier to potty train them.

    Crate training is one of the best ways to potty train and housebreak a new puppy by offering a safe place and a daily organized schedule.

    The faster you finish crate training your Boston terrier the easier it would be to potty train him.

    Can Boston terriers be left alone?

    All dogs can be left alone for a while if trained well, they spend a lot of their time inactive anyway, so learning to use that time correctly and helping your dog relax is the best thing you can do.

    how long can Boston terriers be left alone

    Alone Time: Boston Terriers are devoted companions that prefer company, but they can be left home alone for four to eight hours if a safe space—such as a dogproof area or a crate—is provided.

    Orvis

    Crate training a Boston terrier will sure increase his tolerance to being left alone and allow you to go ahead with your day knowing that your companion is safe in his crate back home.

    You should note that the time the dog can spend alone in a crate increases as he grows so the four to eight hours safe space is for adult Boston terriers, and puppies can’t handle more than two hours of crate training at a time.

    Can Boston terriers be left alone for 8 hours?

    Crate training a Boston terrier while working a full-time job can be challenging. Leaving the dog in the crate for more than eight hours is not advised and could result in boredom and aggression.

    Coming home for lunch
    if your workplace is not far from home you can use your lunch break to come home let the dog out for a while and get him in the crate again when you leave this will break the boredom and get your dog set up for another 4 hours in the crate.
    Hiring a dog walker
    There are plenty of trusted services that offer cheap dog walking and it can be a good solution if you can’t come home during the day.
    Exchange dog sitters
    There are forums where people with the same problem gather and you can exchange dog walking or dog sitting services with other dog owners with different work schedules.
    Using a playpen
    I personally find playpens to be a better solution especially if you can’t afford hiring someone to walk your dog on a daily basis.
    Playpens do a great job at keeping the dog safe, confined, and at the same provide plenty of open space for him to play around.

    I recommend the Midwest playpen(click here to check the current price on Amazon) because it can be used indoors and the great thing about it is that it can be attached to the wire crate forming a nice open space for your dog to play around and when he feels like it, he can get into his crate to relax so it doesn’t contradict your crate training efforts.
    Boston terrier crate training problems

    When crate training any dog there some potential issues you could encounter and Boston terriers are no exception. So here is a small list and how to deal with each issue.

    • The puppy cries in the crate at night: all you have to do is ignore it and never let your dog out of the crate while crying so he doesn’t associate getting out of the crate with crying and keeps using it every time he ants out. if it goes on for a long time make sure you calm the dog before letting him out.
    • The puppy gets bored in the crate and wants out: using toys especially the kong will keep your Boston terrier distracted in his crate for a while, you can also hide treats in the crate to keep him always interested. However, exercising before the crate time always helps reduce objections.
    • The puppy pees in the crate: Make sure the crate is not too big for the puppy, do not punish the puppy it only makes it worst and just clean the crate keep it away for a couple of days then start over.
  • How long should you crate train a puppy? Let’s do it faster
    25 October 2020

    How long should you crate train a puppy? is a question often asked by new dog owners who choose to crate train their puppies, but the answer to this question is not always the same in case of duration since obviously, every dog is different, but I would rather ask when to stop crate training your puppy?

    The short answer is, crate training takes as long as it’s needed for your dog to love his crate and to consider it as his den.

    How can you tell it’s time to stop crate training is what we are going to see in this article in detail. And we will provide you with some practical tips to make crate training more efficient, faster, and more enjoyable.

    In a hurry?! get a wire crate that’s a few inches larger than your dog because it’s best for crate training, I recommend the MidWest double door wire crate(click here to check the current price on Amazon), some training treats and a KONG Toy and make the crate great, only quit when your dog loves his crate and goes in it on his own.

    When to stop crate training

    Crate training a puppy is making the dog love his crate and consider it as his den. that’s the short version definition of the process.

    how long you should crate train your puppy will entirely depend on how long it’s going to take your puppy to love his crate and be willing to get in it on his own.

    In reality crate training never really stops since after you’ve successfully trained your dog to love his crate you always make sure it stays the safest and best place for him to be.

    Nonetheless, the crate training program itself usually takes around 2-6 weeks depending on the dog breed the age of the puppy, how good you do it, and if you are using treats or no and your level of expertise dealing with dogs.

    If this is your first time training a puppy, focus more on how to do it the best possible way rather than how long it takes to crate train your puppy. The better you are at crate training and the fewer mistakes you make the faster it is to crate train.

    There are a couple of other questions related to how long should you crate train a puppy that we are going to answer before we can focus on how to do it better and therefore faster.

    How long should you crate train a puppy at night

    This is another popular question and for good reasons, nobody wants to spend nights awake dealing with a puppy crying in the crate.

    Let me reassure you it often takes less time to crate train a puppy at night than it takes during the day.

    The main reason is that dogs also need to sleep and at the end of the day will be tiered anyway they just need a little push.

    So mostly after the first couple of days where the puppy is objecting to the crate, things are easier, you may only have to wake up once a night for a potty break if the puppy is too young.

    How long should you crate train an older puppy

    Crate training an older dog often takes a little longer than a younger puppy which is why most dog owners are a little anxious about how long it is going to take to crate train their older puppy.

    This is mainly because older dogs already have a daily routine in place and probably have a preferred spot in the house that they consider as a den. So you have to go through resistance to change before establishing a new den.

    However, you should not forget that with older dogs it’s easier to communicate and motivate, so it is not as hard as most people think it is, and it doesn’t take that long to do it.

    You simply have to offer the dog a better alternative to what he has and he will follow.

    Mistakes that make crate training take longer

    Like any training process some mistakes could set you back and make crate training take much longer.

    So here are a few most common mistakes to avoid while crate training for faster results.

    Skipping crate introduction

    Introducing your puppy to his crate is by far the most important step in crate training.

    It’s always about the first impression if the dog is properly introduced to his crate and has time to explore it play around and in it freely before he actually has to go in it, results are much better.

    On the other hand if you just shove your puppy into the crate on first sight close it and leave he’ll feel trapped and that’s the feeling he is going to associate with the crate.

    this little step that many dog owners overlook could take you weeks to gain his trust again.

    Dogs evaluate places based on the kind of experience they had with it and feeling trapped in a crate will certainly not make it the best place for your puppy.

    Rushing the dog into the crate

    Another mistake many people fall into is rushing the dog after the first signs of progress.

    Even if your puppy is showing no signs of rejection towards the crate, don’t get too excited and just close the door of the crate and leave for an hour.

    You have to build up trust and increase the time your dog spends in the crate gradually.

    Going too fast could result in opposite results and you’ll have to work again on regaining the puppy’s trust.

    Using the crate to punish the dog

    Now, this one is the worst thing ever you can do when crate training a puppy. It’s pure stupidity, to be honest, and shows that the dog guardian has no clue what crate training is.

    The whole idea of crate training is to make the crate the best and safest place for your dog to be. This can be achieved by associating happy feelings with being in the crate.

    Time out in the crate is not exactly a happy time for any dog. You can’t yell at your dog and shove him for in the crate for a time out then expect him to feel great about going back in the crate.

    Besides, punishing your dog is useless and only confuses him unless you catch him in the act.

    How to make crate training faster

    To make crate training faster and more efficient you need the right tools to do it.

    You want to start crate training on the right paw so you need to be ready with all of the training tools before you start.

    Choose the best crate for crate training

    I personally use and recommend the wire crate, it is the best crate for crate training on so many levels.

    Apart from the fact that it provides a lot of open space which makes exploring the crate and introducing your dog to it easier, it also comes with great features that make the crate training easier.

    The possibility to have two doors will give you a nice advantage especially at the beginning of the crate training which is a crucial time where any mistake will set you back for days.

    The puppy does not feel trapped inside it and he has a nice view of the outside so he can be included when the family is around.

    It also comes with a divider which is a huge advantage in making the crate the exact size needed for your dog. When crate training the crate needs to be only a few inches larger than the dog so he doesn’t turn a corner into a potty corner. That’s why a divider is a great solution so you don’t have to change crates every couple of months as the puppy outgrows the old one.

    I strongly recommend the MidWest double door wire crate(click here to check the current price on Amazon), it never failed me and has all the features we stated earlier.

    Using toys to crate train

    Toys are great boosters for crate training and if used properly they can help you speed up the process especially in the latest steps of crate training.

    Chew toys are the best in terms of keeping the dog busy and distracted from the fact that he is in a closed crate.

    I personally use and recommend The KONG (click here to check the current price on Amazon) the dog can have access to it at all times and I sometimes secure it to the crate to make sure the dog stays in there.

    Filling the Kong with treats or food can turn it into a food puzzle that will keep your puppy busy for a while.

    I use it mostly after serving meals in the crate and close the door while my dog feeds so it helps increase the time he spends in the crate after his meals.

    Using training treats as lures and rewards

    Many dog parents prefer crate training without treats which is ok, however, training treats do a great job speeding up the process especially at the early steps of crate training.

    Using the treats to lure the puppy into the crate while introducing him to it for the first time makes it easier.

    It also helps reward and motivates the puppy to get in the crate which is really hard to do without treats.

    You have to pay attention though to how many treats you use and how are they on calories so you don’t mess with your dog’s daily calorie intake.

    You may want to check this article about using training treats and how much you can use the best and safest brands and how to phase out.

    Start crate training at a young age

    how early can you crate train a puppy? well, the younger the better, puppies 8 weeks old are much easier to crate train than older dogs.

    In fact, the younger the puppy the faster the crate training process takes.

    Of course, each dog is different, and not all of us crate train the same way that’s why many of yous ask how long should you crate train a puppy, but as a general rule the younger you start the better and faster it is.

    This is mainly because younger puppies don’t have previous experiences or an established routine that you have to change, it’s a blank page that you have to fill with what you see fit.

    How long do you crate train a puppy: conclusion How long should you crate train your puppy

    So to come up with a clear conclusion about when to stop crate training your puppy, let me put it this way:

    • Crate training as a process takes about 2-6 weeks in general depending on the dog and your level of expertise.
    • Crate training takes as long as it’s needed for your dog to love his crate and consider it his den that he goes to, to relax.
    • Crate training needs maintenance if I may say, meaning you always have to make sure the crate is a nice place for your dog.
    • When your dog is ready you’ll know that it’s time to stop crate training.

    So our final answer to the question: how long should you crate train a puppy is still as much as it’s needed to make the crate great.

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27 October 2020

Dog Food Blogs
  • How to Make Halloween Less of a Nightmare for Your Pup
    27 October 2020

    There's a good chance you've already considered Halloween canceled this year, but before you ghost on the holiday altogther, check out our tips for celebrating safely at home with your pup.

    Safety first

    Remember that Halloween can be a fright fest for your dog. From constant doorbell ringing to chocolate everywhere, it's wild how quickly your home can turn into a house of horrors. Staying alert and taking necessary precautions to keep your pup safe and sound will ensure you both enjoy your night.

    Keep tabs (and tags) on your pup

    First, make sure your pup is microchipped or wearing a collar with an updated ID tag. In the event that he or she is spooked and runs off, this can help them return home safely.

    Ditch the doorbell

    If your pup is easily startled or over-excited by the doorbell, consider standing outside to give out treats (weather permitting) and leave your pup inside. This way, there is no constant ringing of the bell and you can ensure proper social distancing. To keep the recommended 6-foot distance between you and those you don’t live with, you might want to start practicing tossing those treats! Not handing out treats? Temporarily disabling your doorbell or posting a sign can help keep trick or treaters from accidentally terrorizing your pup!

    Secure your candy stash

    Speaking of treats, the smell of peanut butter wafting off your Reese’s cups may be too much for your pup to resist. So keep your candy stash out of paws reach, OK? If you have little ones in the house, take the time to educate them about the dangers of feeding candy to dogs and keep a close eye on them when they're endulging themselves.

    Beware of dangers in disguise

    Costumes can be tricky for your dog too, so if you’re planning to dress your dog up, just remember not to leave them unattended in a costume; they could overheat, get their costume caught, or ingest a piece of their Halloween couture.Be sure to give them plenty of breaks from playing dress-up.

    Choose dog-friendly decorations

    Plastic bones and rubber animals may look an awful lot like dog toys without the pup-proof design. You don’t want your pup to get ahold of anything they can chew up or choke on. Remember to supervise your dog properly around any decorations you put up, particularly the ones that may look tasty to a curious pup.

    To make things extra safe, consider decorating with Halloween dog toys. As a bonus, your pup will have plenty of enrichment.

    Flashing lights, talking decorations, or life-sized inflatables can be spooky to your pup. If these are popular in your neighborhood, plan your walk routes around carefully this time of year. While humans may find fun in a good scare, your dog won’t understand it's just play.

    Pick your treats wisely

    While we humans load up on candy, caramel apples, or a cauldron punch, you might want to consider healthier indulgences for your dog. There are many delicious fall flavors your pup can enjoy that won’t make them sugar high or pack on the pounds.

    Apples and pumpkins are both delicious and great for pups. In fact, at Ollie, we pack our Turkey Recipe with delicious pumpkin to provide a healthy dose of fiber and essential vitamins and minerals.

    Ollie's single-ingredient treats are a top pick for your pup's pumpkin pail. Treat them to four flavors——Turkey, Chicken, Beef, or Sweet Potato--free from spooky ingredients, preservatives, and artificial flavoring.

    Like any packaged treat, make sure you give the label a read to understand the serving size and nutritional information. Ollie treats are easy to understand since they only have one ingredient. For other packaged treats, read the label carefully in case of any allergies and be sure to look for hidden sources of sugar or fillers like corn, wheat, or soy that provide empty calories and not a lot of health benefits.

    Indoor activities for everyone

    If trick or treating is a no-go in your area or your pup would just prefer a quiet night at home, there's plenty of fun to be had indoors on this dark and spooky night.

    If the kids are into carving pumpkins, grab a few and set everyone up in the kitchen to carve. You can pop on a favorite halloween movie while you work. The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, and Hocus Pocus are always great choices.

    For you dog, consider roasting up some fresh pumpkin as a well-timed snack. You can puree the roasted pumpkin and offer as a topping for their Halloween dinner or use it to bake some special home made treats.

    We recommend making a pumpkin cheesecake.

    You’ll need:

    • 1 small ramekin or mini pie pan per pup
    • Dog treats to crush for a “crust” (We recommend Bocce's Bakery Unicorn Shake or Lazy Dog Cookie Co. Roasted Vanilla Muttmallows but you can use anything your dog likes)
    • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
    • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
    • A sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)
    • Whipped cream (also optional)
    • To assemble the cheesecake:

      Crush your dog treats and fill the bottom of your ramekin or pie tin
      Spread the pumpkin puree over the crushed dog treats
      Layer the cream cheese on top of your pumpkin or swirl it through the pumpkin

      Top with whipped topping and a dash of cinnamon if you like. If you have left over treat crumbs you can also sprinkle those on top as well.
      Place the cheesecake in front of your pup and watch them chow down!

      If the cheesecake isn’t right for your pup, check out our roundup of 5 Healthy Halloween Treats or 9 easy pumpkin dog treats for some additional ideas!

      However you decide to spend the evening, we wish you have a safe and very happy Halloween!

      The Ollie blog is devoted to helping pet parents lead healthier lives with their pups. If you want to learn more about our fresh, human-grade food, check out MyOllie.com.

  • New Freshpet Recipes To Bark About
    26 October 2020

    We know that few things get a dog’s tail wagging like seeing their parent preparing their favorite Freshpet meal. This is why we’re excited to announce new additions to our Homestyle Creations and Vital recipe lines your dog is sure to love!

    Homestyle Creations

    If you’re not familiar with our newest recipe line, our Homestyle Creations recipes makes it easy for you to create fresh, delicious meals for your dog. Our original Homestyle Creations recipes consist of two parts: Patties and Mixers. The Patties are designed to be cut up, broken apart or shredded to enjoy as a complete and balanced meal or topped with complementary Mixers. With our two new recipes, we’ve combined our Patties and Mixers into a convenient and resealable pouch. These bagged recipes offer the same fresh and delicious meals with no mix and matching required.

    Homestyle Creations Beef, Chicken & Turkey Recipe

    This freshly crafted meal is made in the USA with 100% natural ground beef, chicken, and turkey, blended with a vitamin-rich assortment of eggs, carrots, pumpkin, brown rice, and green beans. The unique multi-proteins used in this recipe makes it a delicious choice for dogs who love variety in their daily meals.

    This healthy dog food recipe is available in 1 lb. bags and can be found at select Whole Foods, Target, Meijer, and speciality pet locations.

    Homestyle Creations Chicken & Turkey Recipes

    If your dog prefers their meals without beef, our new chicken and turkey recipe is a must-try. This bagged recipe is made from real, USA farm-raised ground chicken and turkey, and complemented with an anti-oxidant rich medley of fruits and vegetables, including cranberries, sweet potatoes, carrots, and green beans. As with all of our other recipes, these fruits and vegetables are always fresh and delivered daily to our Freshpet kitchens.

    This recipe is also available in 1 lb. bags and can be found at select Whole Foods, Target, Meijer, and speciality pet locations.

    Freshpet Vital

    Like all Freshpet recipes, our line of Vital recipes is made in our Bethlehem, PA Kitchens using all-natural, fresh ingredients – they never have any preservatives, rendered meat meals, or ingredients from China. What makes Vital recipes a bit different, however, is that they are tested and verified to be 100% non-GMO. It’s one of the best dog food recipe lines for your pup.

    Vital Grain-Free Chicken Recipe with Spinach, Cranberries & Blueberries

    For dogs who love the classic Freshpet roll, this grain-free roll is sure to be a hit. Fresh, 100% natural chicken is complemented with fiber-rich spinach as well as antioxidant-rich blueberries and cranberries to create a flavor combination that dogs cannot resist.

    This recipe is available in a 2 lb. roll at PetSmart, Petco, and other specialty pet locations.

    Vital Balanced Nutrition Chicken Recipe with Whole Grain & Green Beans

    This ready-to-serve meal is available in a convenient, resealable bag. We start with natural, USA farm-raised chicken then add gently cooked carrots and green beans. Finally, we finish off the meal with whole grains and prebiotics to support digestive health, and omega 3 fatty acids to support skin and coat. Together, these ingredients create a delicious meal that’s complete and balanced for all life stages.

    This recipe is also available in a 1.75 lb. bag at PetSmart, Petco, and other specialty pet locations.

    The post New Freshpet Recipes To Bark About appeared first on Freshpet.

  • Nestlé Purina PetCare continues to grow in Mexico
    26 October 2020
    With an expansion of its pet food production plant in Guanajuato, Mexico, Nestlé Purina signals its commitment and belief in potential for the local market.
  • Online pet food retailer Chewy splits from PetSmart
    26 October 2020
    In April 2017, PetSmart acquired online pet food, treat and other product retailer Chewy, but the two companies will now split again.
  • PFMA announces the UK’s top ten pets
    26 October 2020
    PFMA announces the results of its pet population survey and the impact of pet ownership during the pandemic.
  • Soul Friends Chilly Dog Walk 2020
    26 October 2020

    Soul Friends | Chilly Dog Walk 2020 By Sarah MacDonald of Sarah's Pet Sitting This past Saturday we had the pleasure of photographing the 2020 Chilly Dog Walk in support of the non-profit organization Soul Friends. Soul Friends specializing in animal assisted therapy and they strive to "heal the hearts of children, [...]

    The post Soul Friends Chilly Dog Walk 2020 appeared first on Sarahs Pet Sitting and Dog Walking.

  • Breeder’s Choice Pet Foods bought by investor group
    26 October 2020
    Breeder’s Choice Pet Foods, a manufacturer of specialty super-premium dry dog and cat foods, announced today it has been purchased by 30-year pet food veteran Joey Herrick and is becoming an independent business once again.
  • 10 Pit Bull Facts to Celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day
    26 October 2020
  • The Scoop on Storing Pet Food
    26 October 2020
    If you’re like most pet owners, you buy a bag of pet food, open it, and pour it into a container for storage. But it turns out that this common practice may make your pet’s food less nutritious and potentially expose your pet to health risks.
  • The Top Pandemic Pet Poisons
    26 October 2020

    More people working at home means pandemic pet poison helpline calls about common foods and chemicals are on the rise.

    The post The Top Pandemic Pet Poisons appeared first on Tripawds Nutrition.

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  • Overcoming Storm Phobia in Dogs
    26 October 2020
    "As we come into storm season in Sydney, I’m excited because I love afternoon storms." shares Dr. Katie Hankins from Savvy Pets Behavioural Vets.

    My poor dog Elfie, does not share this love. Like many dogs, she has storm phobia. This is a very real condition and attention needs to be given as these poor pups are truly distressed.

    Storm phobia is a true phobia – it is an irrational fear, although we can all see how this starts with a logical self-preservation instinct. We do not know exactly why some dogs will suffer from storm phobia while others do not. 

    I have two Terrier sisters, Binkie and Elfie – Binkie has no problem at all with storms, Elfie is phobic. We do know that there is a genetic predisposition

    However, having the genetic predisposition does not guarantee that your dog will be storm phobic, but it does increase the chances

    There are definitely environmental factors, such as exposure to storms with property damage. There are some cases where an aversive event, such as a nasty storm, when a dog is left home alone, has actually triggered separation related problems, such as separation anxiety

    And there are other dogs mistakenly believed to have separation anxiety, when they have summer storm phobia – they don’t want to be left alone as they are anticipating a possible storm.

    Signs of Storm Phobia

    It is really important to remember that these dogs are not in control of their feelings or actions in response to the storm. In people this would be called a panic attack.

    Signs you might see include:
    • Panting
    • Pacing 
    • Hiding 
    • Salivating 
    • Dilated Pupils 
    • Vocalising – whining, howling, barking 
    • Escape behaviour 
    • Digging 
    • Shaking 
    • Body tension 
    • Licking and yawning 
    • Freezing in one position 
    And while some of these signs may look more dramatic than others, we can not tell which dog has the most severe phobia from these signs as we can’t ask dogs to rate how they feel. 

    To us the dog that is barking and digging at a door appears more distressed than the dog curled in a ball shaking but we do not know what is in their head. We need to take all these cases seriously. Dogs can also vary in their recovery. 

    Some dogs will be okay after the storm has finished. Others anticipate the next storm, especially if they are daily, and will suffer anxiety for the whole season.

    Every dog owner should know their dog’s body language. In all behavioural problems, much could be avoided if we understood this. Our dogs do talk to us but they use body language and I find people are really not that great at “speaking dog.” 

    I highly recommend watching the video “Dog Body Language 101” (member-only access) on the website Fear Free Happy Homes for a body language refresher. Early signs of storm anxiety would include licking, yawning, shaking off and tension

    Once their stress is over threshold they may pace, vocalise, hide, freeze in a position, shake or salivate or even toilet inside the house or be destructive. 


    If this exposure to the dreaded storm continues long-term, some dogs will become phobic to storm precursors, such as wind – then we have a dog that will be show the same signs when it is windy or even cloudy, even if a storm is unlikely.

    How can we help our storm phobic dogs?

    #1. Management

    Our aim is to manage our dog’s environment so the intensity of the storm is below their threshold – so at a level they can handle. This can be easier said than done and varies for each dog. We need to find the right mixture of management tools for each dog and they can vary with time.

    a) Mask the noise:


    ✔️ We can use white noise, brown noise or pink noise – experiment with what noise calms your dog. Spotify is great for finding these noises.

    ✔️ Music – classical music is calming for dogs, especially Bach (no pun intended!). 
    Through a Dog’s Ears is a compilation of music all designed to be calming that can be found on Spotify.

    ✔️ TV background noise

    ✔️ Air conditioning noise

    b) Pull curtains and blinds to reduce the noise and stop lightning flashes

    c) Provide a protected space where your dog can choose to go, such as:

    Ford Europe's Noise-Cancelling Kennel
    ✔️ A covered crate (with door open); Elfie has a pen with bedding that is her safe storm space

    ✔️ Under the bed, with blankets pulled over the edges

    ✔️ Chairs or table covered with a blanket to create a fort

    ✔️ Laundries, cupboards, wardrobes – watch where your dog feels most protected

    ✔️ Noise cancelling dog houses – there are even dog houses designed to provide complete silence

    And remember, this is your dog’s choice to go to their protected area. It will not work if it is an area we are forcing them to be in, such as locking them in a crate they don’t like.

    d) Stay with them. Dogs are social animals, your calm presence will make them feel more at ease.

    e) Comfort them – yes, you can provide support and comfort. Your dog is in a state of panic. Providing love and comfort will not reinforce their panic, it will however help them to recover.

    f) Adaptil 

    Mother dogs produce a pheromone that they produce when they breastfeed their pups. It is designed to promote calm and a sense of wellbeing. 

    Adaptil is the synthetic version and can be used to help decrease stress and anxiety. Adaptil comes as a collar, diffuser and as a spray. 

    In storm season a collar or diffuser is a great addition to our management tools. 


    g) Thundershirts

    Thundershirts work on a similar principle to swaddling a baby. We wrap them so they feel protected. 

    Many dogs feel less anxious in Thundershirts and there is even a patch to spray Adaptil spray on your Thundershirt.

    h) Choice but guidance

    Watch what your dog wants to do to calm themselves. They may want to curl up in a ball at the back of the linen closet and that is okay. 


    However, if they are pacing you may want to pop a lead on and see if they will sit next to you for a pat. Be a good observer of their body language

    i) Food test

    At the height of a panic attack your dog will not eat. It is a great idea to put a plate out with some “special” well loved food. 

    It is likely they will start to eat this once they start to relax. This gives us information on whether our management is working, and whether we are keeping our dogs under threshold. It is also very useful in training.

    #2. Training

    I would recommend getting professional help training dogs with thunderstorm phobias. The concepts are relatively easy, but the application can become confused.

    Desensitisation – we want to:

    ✔️ Expose the dog to the thunderstorm noise, such as a Youtube or Spotify recording, at a level that they notice but are able to handle, 

    ✔️ To work in very short time spans.

    ✔️ Very gradually we increase the intensity – always watching for any signs of stress. 

    Counterconditioning – we usually use a super special treat food for this, but it could be a toy or affection.

    We pair the event (storm noise) with something the dog truly loves. Noise then treat – so the noise comes to predict a fantastic treat and becomes more emotionally positive. We must get the order correct. If we use treat then noise, the treat will start predicting the dreaded noise.

    Both procedures are normally combined and can we very effective.

    #3. Medication

    The correct medication is a brilliant addition to our arsenal against storm phobia. But some medications that do get used are a very poor choice.

    A vet with extra behaviour studies will be able to help you find the medication that is most effective for your dog. Some medications not only decrease the stress of the thunderstorm but stop memories being stored! The same drugs are used for combat soldiers that are fighting to decrease the chance of post traumatic stress syndrome.

    A word of caution: 

    Acepromazine or ACE pills (small yellow pills) should not be used for storm phobic dogs. This medication will stop the dog being able to move their body which may make the medication look effective – they aren’t pacing, barking or digging. 

    But, their mind is still active – they still know the storm is going on, they are still terrified, they just can’t move. So ACE has been likened to a chemical straight jacket and will make future storms even more terrifying. We don’t live in the dark ages and we do not need to use this drug anymore.

    It is unfortunate that some dogs suffer storm phobia, but it is treatable and all dogs deserve to live their best life. Please consult a behaviour vet or dog behaviour consultant to get help if your dog suffers from storm phobia.

    written by Dr. Katie Hankins, October 2020 for Australian Dog Lover (all rights reserved).

    About the Writer:

    Dr Katie Hankins with her Terriers: 
    storm phobic Elfie (front) & Blinkie (behind)
    Dr Katie Hankins graduated from The University of Sydney in 1994 and started working as a small animal vet. She then graduated with a Masters in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University. Always up for a challenge, she then started working in a referral Emergency Hospital. 

    Since making the move back to general practice she has seen a huge increase in behaviour issues impacting our pets everyday welfare and affecting the relationships in families. 

    She is now an IAABC internationally accredited Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant, Fear Free Certified Professional Level 3, while studying a Diploma of Animal Behaviour Science and Technology and is enrolled to perform Membership exams (Covid delay).

    And she loves helping pets and their families sort out the problems and build great relationships.

    She now runs her behavioural practice, Savvy Pets Behavioural Pets, and can be contacted at www.savvyvets.org or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/savvypets.org 
  • Effective Clean Up Tips With ECOSHIELD
    23 October 2020

    I have some easy effective clean up tips to share with you today from EcoShield. Cleaning up after your dog can be messy, but it’s important to keep their things and your home clean so that they stay healthy. These effective clean up tips will help to keep your home clean and chemical free.

    The post Effective Clean Up Tips With ECOSHIELD appeared first on Paw Life.

  • Win 1 of 2 Glyde Mobility Chews Prize Packs
    23 October 2020


    Win 1 of 2 GLYDEMobility Chews Prizes for Dogs

    The sad truth is that 20% of dogs over the age of 1 and 80% of dogs over the age of 8 will show signs of arthritis. 

    Canine Arthritis is a silent disease that steals mobility, independence and freedom, but it doesn’t have to be this way! There are many factors that can lead to arthritis in dogs such as their breed, age, weight and prior health issues such as bone fractures, dislocations, hip or elbow dysplasia, and joint surgery (Canine Cruciate Ligament or CCL).

    Early recognition and treatment of arthritis in dogs is key.

    A daily dose of Glyde™ will keep the pep in your dog’s step!
    Glyde Mobility Chews is an APVMA registered Nutraceutical that contains proven levels of three key components that work to relieve the painful signs of arthritis:

    ✔️ Green Lipped Mussel (760 mg): A powerful anti-inflammatory
    ✔️ Glucosamine (570 mg): Inhibits cartilage degradation
    ✔️ Chondroitin (285 mg): Helps rebuild cartilage

    Glyde™ Chews use natural, environmentally sustainable ingredients to promote healthy joints to let pets do everything they love to do! 

    Glyde is available in heart-shaped chews (as well as an Oral Joint Powder) with dosing that is convenient for all breeds and sizes. No prescription needed!

    *** Win 1 of 2 GLYDE™ Mobility Chews + a Picnic Rug ***
    Total Pool: $170 (each incl. 1 x Mobility Chews 60ct Pack $65 + 1 x Picnic Rug $20)

    If you don't want to leave it to chance, why not take advantage of a 25% discount offer using the Promo Code AUSDOGLOVER25 (until October 31).

    HOW TO ENTER IS EASY AS 1-2-3:

    1) Like our post (23/10/20) + Facebook page and/or @australiandoglover
    2) Like the Parnell Living Science Facebook page or @parnelllivingscience
    3) Tell us "why does your dog need to run on #Glyde ?" (photos/videos welcome) via the Australian Dog Lover Facebook page or Instagram page.


    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    1. This Competition will open on Friday 23rd October 2020 (4pm) and will close on Saturday 31st October 2020 (midnight). Open to Australian residents only. 
    Please allow 2-3 weeks to receive your prize directly from the company.
    2. To Enter, Like our post (23/10/20) + Tell us "why does your dog need to run on #Glyde?" via the Australian Dog Lover Facebook page or Instagram page.
    3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
    The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
    4. Please note you MUST LIKE one of our accounts to be eligible for a prize.
    5. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
    6. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
    * Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.
  • PetSafe releases 3 new pet products for Christmas 2020
    23 October 2020

    PetSafe® Brand Australia launches 3 new pet products for summer

    Global industry tech leader in the innovation of pet product solutions, PetSafe® Brand, is launching three new pet products for dogs and cats just in time for the holiday season and guaranteed to make the perfect Christmas gifts for even the most pampered pet. 

    "Our mission is to improve the bond between pets and their owners, and the holidays are a special time to do this," comments Zarqa AliPetSafe® Brand Australia Marketing Manager. 

    "Whether you are looking to simplify pet care or make playtime more active, we are dedicated to offering products that allow you to focus on having fun this holiday season." 

    These new additions to the PetSafe® range include: 

    1) Kibble Chase Roving Treat Dropper  

    The treat chase is on! The PetSafe® Kibble Chase Roaming Treat Dropper is an interactive dog toy that will get your pup excited about playtime. 

    Load it with kibble, turn it on and watch the fun begin. 

    The battery-powered toy rolls around in a random path on the floor, dispensing treats as it goes. 

    A perfect option for dogs who eat too quickly; this treat puzzle is a great slow feeder and can hold up to half a cup of kibble. 


    2) Dancing Dot™ Laser Cat Toy  

    Let your kitty pounce and play all day with the PetSafe® Dancing Dot™

    Place the laser cat toy on any elevated, flat surface or hang it on a doorknob. 

    With two play mode options and a random, moving laser display, the Dancing Dot™ toy is a fun way to keep your cat healthy and active. 


    3) Simply Clean® Automatic Litter Box 

    The PetSafe® Simply Clean® Self-Cleaning Litter Box is an innovative, automatic litter box that stays fresh and clean without scooping. The quiet, slow-moving conveyor system sifts the litter and removes waste every 30 minutes, making one full rotation every hour and a half. 

    Waste is carried off to the covered bin, keeping it out of sight while reducing odour. The replaceable carbon filter acts as a second layer of odour defence. 

     

    The system is whisper-quiet, and the LED light will assure you that the system is running and giving your cat a carefree, clean litter box. 

    RRP: $269.99 

    The new PetSafe® Brand Australia products can be purchased online at petsafe.net/en-au or major pet store retailers across Australia. 

    Connect with PetSafe Australia on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PetSafeAustralia and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/petsafeau 

    MEDIA RELEASE, 21st October 2020
  • Style Hound launches designer leather dog collars and leads
    21 October 2020
    Style Hound launches haute couture collars for Australian pooches

    Style Hound is excited to announce the launch of its luxury online dog boutique, featuring a stunning range of designer leather dog collars and leads. 

    In the spirit of haute couture, Style Hound is aimed at pooches and their owners who appreciate the finer things in life.

    Inspired by her much-loved German Shepherd, Maddie, the idea for Style Hound was born when owner Imola Novak couldn’t find a stylish collar for her.

    “I wanted something glamorous and luxurious for Maddie and not just functional,” says Imola. “As her collar is all she wears, it had to express her unique style but also be comfortable, durable and of the highest quality.” 


    With these criteria in mind, Imola has curated an exclusive range of deluxe collars and leads.

    Every Style Hound collar is handcrafted in either Europe or the USA and is made from fully lined, premium quality leather. 

    There’s a style for every type of dog, big and small, from the filigree crystal collar for the pampered princess to the edgy tough luxe crystal-studded collar for the dog with real street cred. 

    Zuki the Poodle wearing the
    white Crystal Stud Leather collar
    You can’t get more unique than the personalised collar with your furbaby’s name spelt out in glittering diamante letters and the double-rolled nappa padded collar spells classic. There’s also a magnificent crystal-studded range for hound dogs. 

    All collars have matching leather leads so your pooch can be a totally co-ordinated fashionista, guaranteed to turn heads during walkies.

    Style Hound continues the luxury experience by delivering every purchase in an elegant gift box. Special gift packs are easy to put together with collar and lead combinations. 

    Express shipping is available Australia-wide, making spoiling your pooch (or a dog loving friend) easy and a real pleasure.

    Style Hound offers a 14-day full refund, so if you or your furbaby don’t love it you can return it, no questions asked.

    Spoil your pooch with something special from Style Hound

    Price & Where to Buy:

    RRP: from $70.00 at www.stylehound.com.au

    Connect with Style Hound on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StyleHoundAustralia and
    Instagram at www.instagram.com/stylehoundaustralia

    MEDIA RELEASE, 21st October 2020
  • Over 3,000 dog coats donated to Australian rescue groups
    18 October 2020
    More than 3,000 rescue tails wagging thanks to coat donations

    PETstock’s charity organisation, PETstock Assist, has partnered with Doggone Gorgeous, Ruff N Rugged and PetRescue to help facilitate the delivery of more than 3,000 dog coats to 50 charity organisations across Australia.

    The donation was made in conjunction with #nonudepets campaign, a national initiative that ensures animals currently in foster care waiting for their ‘new home’ are warm, dry and cosy.

    PETstock Assist’s Charity and Events Coordinator, Jessica Curtis, says not-for-profit rescue organisations and animal shelters rely and operate largely on financial donations and support from local communities.

    “High demand items such as dog apparel, food, bedding, treats and toys help free up cash for other vital areas of the shelter’s operation.

    “Thanks to PETstock Assist and its partners, donations like these not only provide rescue animals with much needed comfort, warmth and of course style, but also supports organisations and their network of volunteers and foster carers who are helping to care for and create better futures for rescue animals in need.”

    Greyt Greys Rescue, Happy Paws Animal Rescue, Great Dane Rescue and Rehoming, A Mini Rescue Animal Shelter, Greyhound Rescue, Working Paws Dog Rescue, Best Friends Animal Community and Phoenix Animal Rescue Horsham are among the 50 organisations to receive the coat donations.

    How you can help shelter animals

    1) Donate to PETstock Assist online  or via donation boxes instore nationally. 100% of the profits go towards PETstock Assist projects.

    2) Contact your local rescue group directly to provide financial or product support

    3) Visit PetRescue.com.au to search for pets currently in need of temporary fostering or a loving new home.

    About PETstock Assist:

    PETstock Assist is a registered charity committed to making a long-term difference and positive change in the lives of pets and humans through education, awareness and donations. 100% of donations to PETstock Assist are donated to charities that share its mission.

    Since inception, PETstock Assist has microchipped more than 22,000 pets, found homes for more than 20,000 rescue pets, coordinated food drives to the value of $5 million, donated more than $3 million to charities and founded ‘The Pet Mob’– a program that sees PETstock Vets visit Papunya in the NT to provide veterinary services including desexing and parasite treatments.

    About PetRescue:

    PetRescue is a national animal welfare charity like no other who helps save thousands of lives every month by looking at the big picture, disrupting the status quo and finding innovative tech solutions to the biggest challenges facing rescue pets in Australia.

    In 2004, PetRescue launched the first national pet adoption website to help rescue pets, who may otherwise go unnoticed, find a new family to love for life. Today, the charity offers free programs and services to help millions of Australians discover the joy of adopting a new family member and helps more than 1,000 rescue organisations, shelters and pounds save the lives of thousands of rescue pets.

    MEDIA RELEASE, 16th October 2020
  • Zura, the Blue Staffy with the Very Big Heart
    18 October 2020

    "Some are born to lead the blind, others are destined to nestle in human laps while many live for their daily walkies.

    My beautiful dog, Zura, was born to be a mum." shares Christopher Melotti.

    Here’s the story of how one adopted dog opened her heart and her home to around 200 rescue puppies and went on to win the Special Foster Carer Award in the2020 Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards.


    This is Zura, our blue American Staffordshire Terrier.

    Yes, that’s her with the big smile on her face next to one of her many temporary pups. This photo really does speak a thousand words.

    My partner Scott and I adopted Zura around 5 years ago from the amazing RSPCA NSW team at Yagoona. With so many dogs needing a loving home, it was just a natural choice for us.

    We didn’t have any breed in mind. But after the team brought out this beautiful blue and white little puppy sporting a giant smile on her face, we feel in love with her instantly.

    “She’s the one,” Scott said without missing a beat.
    “Right. We’re good. Where do we sign?” I followed.

    Adopting from the RSPCA meant she came desexed. So, how is she a mum, I hear you asking! Well, you’d think she’d missed her calling - but we quickly found this wasn’t the case at all.


    After she was just over a year old, we sensed she wanted company. But I was reluctant to adopt again, as we were renting at the time and I’m a firm believer that a dog is for life. So, we contacted the RSPCA team and asked to become fosterers instead.

    I figured this way, we could give a home to some pooches needing a bit of extra love and give Zura some friends at the same time - all without fully committing. We weren’t sure how Zura would go but we thought it was worth a try.

    Well! She took to it like a dog with a bone, becoming a natural motherly figure.

    Since then, Zura has cared for and nurtured multiple litters, ranging from pups that needed a break from the shelter due to behavioural issues, to those involved in Court Cases, abuse victims, and even one deaf pup. She’s also looked after four kittens too.


    Whether she was looking after five scruffy Maltese terriers or two agile Huskies, she always gave them the love, care and stern discipline they needed to grow into well-behaved, happy and healthy dogs.

    It’s no wonder she has become affectionately named “Mumma Zura” by the staff at the RSPCA NSW Shelter.

    Sadly, Zura has been through her own medical challenges over her very colourful life, which include three major surgeries.

    The first was a common surgery to repair her ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) on her rear left leg. There was no reason for this that they could determine and so, she was under the care of the phenomenal vet surgeons at the University of Sydney Vet Clinic in Camperdown. She went in and we were told she would need several weeks of recovery. However, she surprised us (and the vets) by getting back to normal very quickly and suddenly, she was fostering once again.

    Then, in 2018, both her back legs were playing up. She was acting very bizarre and limping in odd ways. So, back to the Sydney Uni vets we went where they just couldn’t find what was wrong. It was only upon performing an MRI and CT Scan that they discovered her spinal cord was being “squeezed” by what they believed was a strange genetic deformity combined with a slipped disc. 

    So, back under the knife she went, where she was under the specialised care of Dr Laurencie Brunel and Dr Rui Sul. And once again, we were told she would have months of recovery time, only to get a phone call two days later.

    “She’s showing amazing recovery signs. She’s ready to come home this weekend.”

    Within a month, she was fostering once again. Yes, after major spinal cord surgery.

    Then in 2020, Zura was showing signs of breathing problems. Yet again, she returned to Dr Laurencie who found unexplainable fluid on her lungs! Despite so many extensive tests, they just couldn’t work out why or how it was happening. All they knew was that it was potentially life-threatening. 
    So, back she went again for the third time, and, just like before, she was out in record time, only to start fostering once again.

    All I can say is thank gosh for Pet Insurance with Woolworths – whom I would like to personally thank. Despite all the hardship, they were always there for her, very compassionate and never had an issue.

    Of course, I’d also like to say a big thanks for the team at the University of Sydney Vet Clinic in Camperdown for their miracle-working abilities too.

    As you can see – she’s a mystery.


    However, she continues to bounce back to be the beautiful Mumma Zura she always has been, looking after countless foster pups. 

    After years of fostering, we have become very good at training young dogs! But it’s really Zura who gets to claim the most credit in this regard. She has a real instinct for the job and a patience that even the Dalai Lama would respect.

    Luckily, she now has some backup in the form of Olympia or “Lympy”.

    She was our first (and will be our last) ‘foster fail’ – which occurs when you end up adopting one of your foster dogs. Olympia came to us with a broken leg and needed a lot of love and care. As a giant dog breed, she was growing extremely fast, going from a teddy bear looking pup into a real bear. But she’s a gentle giant who we fell in love with.

    We were worried that, being such a large breed, she would struggle to find a furrever home. So, we decided to give it to her ourselves and she has learned from the best when it comes to fostering.

    Olympia is just as loving and nurturing now as Mumma Zura herself and, as the 2IC, is there to give Mumma a break when she needs it.

    Fostering has undeniably been an extremely rewarding experience.

    To anyone considering fostering, I would highly recommend it!

    Yes, you often worry about becoming too attached. However, you quickly realise that it’s just like a job. You’re there to love and care for them temporarily. You get a litter, you do your thing and then they go back, find their forever homes and before long, there is a new foster for you to look after.

    Scott and Christopher with 
    Olympia and Mumma Zura
    The role you play is very important for their healthy development and so, that’s how you treat it. I’m obsessed with dogs – and if I can have this mentality, everyone can! 

    Plus, you get the undeniable perks of having a home full of puppies or kittens whenever you want and it’s super convenient - especially if you’re not available or you have holiday plans. This way, you still can have pets around, but you don’t have to find someone to dog sit or pay for expensive kennelling.

    While fostering may not be for everyone, I suggest everyone consider it. And if you want a more permanent friend, you know where to find them! 

    There are hundreds of loving dogs just like Zura, waiting for a loving home just like yours.

    Please give the RSPCA NSW team a call and learn more. You won’t regret it."

    written by Christopher Melotti from Melotti Media for Australian Dog Lover, October 2020 (all rights reserved).
  • 2020 Winners of Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awards Revealed
    16 October 2020
    Over 1,000 entries received across 10 categories in challenging times

    In a year that has pushed limits and tested emotions across the rescue industry, the Jetpets Companion Animal Rescue Awardsis thrilled to announce the Winners for 2020. The Rescue Awards is a national program that celebrates and recognises achievements in the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of companion animals Australia-wide.

    “In our third year, the Rescue Awards has been very competitive with more than 1,000 entries across 10 categories, which made it very challenging for the judges! Our amazing winners demonstrated excellence and innovation in their approach to improving the lives of companion animals during these difficult times,” said Cathy Beer, Rescue Awards Founder and pet adoption advocate from Pets4Life, an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians. 

    Following the announcement of the Finalists in September, one winner from each category was selected by an expert panel of 20 Judges. The winners were revealed yesterday (Oct 15) at a virtual Rescue Awards Ceremony run by Gold Rescue Partner, Refuel Creative in Adelaide. The Ceremony was broadcasted live at 4pm AEDT across the country via the Rescue Awards Facebook page.

    This year, Jetpets is again the Platinum Rescue Hero and naming Partner. Jetpets General Manager Sandy Matheson said, “In a year of challenges and hardship for so many people, we are very humbled to be able to share in celebrating the achievements of rescue organisations, volunteers and adopters who have made significant sacrifices and devoted their efforts into caring for the welfare of companion animals in such difficult times. On behalf of the entire Jetpets team, we thank and congratulate this year’s winners of the Companion Animal Rescue Awards.”

    The Advocate® People’s Rescue Story award category (sponsored by Advocate®) and the Drontal® Foster Carer Story award category (sponsored by Drontal®) received hundreds of entries from Aussie pet guardians who shared their stories about pet adoption and fostering. Mel Hutchinson, Marketing Associate from Elanco (formerly Bayer Animal Health) said it was incredibly difficult to narrow the choice down to just a small group of finalists, let alone choose an overall winner for each of the categories!

    Mel said, “We’re proud to support the Rescue Awards for a third year running. The number of entries increases every year as does Aussies’ passion for pet adoption. This year we chose Wolf the Maremma as our pet adoption story winner and Sass the kitten as our foster carer story winner. Also, we were so moved by the story of Mumma Zura, a rescue dog who looks after puppies for the RSPCA NSW, that we created the Drontal® Special Foster Carer Award.” 

    Cathy thanked Supporters for making the Rescue Awards possible by donating exciting Prizes and acknowledged the great efforts of rescue groups, animal shelters and thousands of volunteers across the country.

    This year’s Rescue Awards Ambassador Lara Shannon, Certified Dog Trainer, Animal Welfare Advocate and Host of Channel 10’s Pooches at Play, also congratulated the winners and thanked rescue organisations and their volunteers for helping surrendered and abandoned pets get a second chance in a loving home.

    2020 Companion Animal Rescue Awards Winners

    Category 1: Outstanding Rescue Group – Greyhound Rescue NSW

    Category 2: Outstanding New Rescue Group - Liberty Foundation Australia (NSW)

    Category 3: Outstanding Animal Shelter – Cat Haven WA

    Category 4: Outstanding Council Animal Shelter - Shoalhaven Animal Shelter (NSW)

    Category 5: Innovation in Rescue – Central Coast Animal Care Facility’s Freedom Busters (NSW)

    Category 6: Community Education and Outreach Program – Banyule's Free Cat Desexing Program (VIC)

    Category 7: Volunteer of the Year - Shelley Tinworth (Greyhound Rescue NSW)

    Category 8: Refuel Digital Technology Award (new) - The Rabbit Sanctuary (NSW)

    Category 9: Advocate® People’s Rescue StoryKate O'Donnell and her dog Wolf (NSW) adopted from Dog Rescue Newcastle

    Category 10: Drontal® Foster Carer Story (new) – Rachel Arthur and her foster cat Sass (NSW); foster carer for Sydney Dogs and Cats Home

    Plus a Special Drontal® Foster Carer Award: Mumma Zura, an American Staffy who has fostered over 200 puppies  

    Live stream video of the Rescue Awards ceremony is available here.

    For updates on the Rescue Awards program, please visit www.rescueawards.com.au, sign up to the e-newsletter or follow the Rescue Awards on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #jetpetsrescueawards2020

    About Pets4Life:

    Pets4Life is an independent education resource for cat and dog guardians and those who are thinking of getting a cat or dog. Our goal is to help reduce cat and dog surrender and improve pet well- being in Australia. After over 20 years in the corporate world as a professional marketer, Cathy Beer pursued her passion for pet welfare and created Pets4Life in 2013 after interviewing leaders in the companion animal welfare space. Cathy is completing the Delta Institute of Australia course to attain a Cert IV Companion Animal Services and an accredited Delta dog trainer. Cathy is a voluntary member of Willoughby Council’s Companion Animals Committee and a volunteer instructor at the Sydney All Breeds Dog Club. Visit pets4life.com.au

    About Jetpets: 

    Jetpets are Australia’s leading pet travel experts. Their inhouse team of pet travel consultants, pet handlers and resident vets have been caring for people’s beloved pets for over 28 years. Setting the highest standards of care for pets travelling interstate and overseas, the Jetpets team love nothing more than reuniting and bringing families together. Jetpets provide a complete pet travel service, taking care of everything involved in transporting a pet from their home to their final destination. 
    For helpful information on pet travel visit www.jetpets.com.au


    MEDIA RELEASE, 16th October 2020
  • Petz Park Stress + Anxiety Dog Supplement
    15 October 2020

    Petz Park are a Sydney based brand that specialise in supplements for dogs. They are devoted to their mission of bringing Australian families closer together, one dog at a time.

    They create powerful products for any age and breed of dog, only using ingredients that make all the difference.

    Petz Park have added another potent, results-based product to their range in the form of Stress + Anxiety for Dogs. This proudly falls alongside their current products: Hip + Joint, Probiotic and Skin + Coat.

    Approximately 40% of dogs in Australia suffer from an anxiety condition. Now that dog owners around the country are beginning to return to work, it is expected that this number will become more apparent.

    What is Stress + Anxiety for Dogs?

    Knowing that problems can strike at any time, Petz Park ensured this product is fit for any age and breed of dog. Made right here in Australia, it contains ingredients that not only relieve stress and calm your dog, but a whole lot more.

    Stress + Anxietycan also help ease insomnia, create a balance between the mind and body, stabilise hormones and combat motion sickness.

    What are the active ingredients and what benefits do they have?

    ✔️ L-Tryptophan is a natural amino acid involved in producing the stress reliever Serotonin.

    ✔️ B1 is a vitamin that helps keep the brain healthy and cell function optimal.

    ✔️ Both Chamomile & Ginger Root Powder have sedative effects on the GI tract. This helps to limit common anxiety signs in dogs such as crouching, lowered ears, crying, chewing, trembling, hiding, and unexpected urination as well as combating motion sickness.

    ✔️ Valerian Root is also a natural sedative, which helps to alleviate insomnia and aggression. 

    How do you know if your dog is anxious?

    An anxious dog can take on different characteristics that are important to recognise. This can include trembling, whining, hiding behind you, excessive drooling or destructive behaviour and restlessness or pacing.

    Stress + Anxiety for Dogs is designed to assist in relieving symptoms of anxiety in your dog. Each ingredient in this unique formula has its own function and carries an individual importance.

    This product comes in powder form and is measured in level scoops according to your dog’s weight. It can be simply sprinkled on top of your dog’s food or mixed in if they prefer. 

    Petz Park’s latest release is just one of their rapidly growing range of supplements. 

    Price & Where to Buy

    RRP: $44.95 (180g / 90 scoops) for Stress + Anxiety at www.petzpark.com.au

    Like and connect with Petz Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/petzpark/ or 
    Instagram at www.instagram.com/petzpark 

    MEDIA RELEASE, 15th October 2020
  • Openpay offers new flexible payment options for Aussie pet owners
    14 October 2020

    COVID puppy boom sees Aussie pet owners spending double on vet care when given access to flexible payment options

    2020 has been a trying year that has seen both financial hardship and pet ownership on the rise, but new data from Openpay (ASX: OPY) reveals pet owners have been using Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) to ensure they don’t have to choose between their finances and their pets.

    Latest estimates put job losses since the start of the pandemic at around 835,000, meanwhile the RSPCA has received around 26,000 applications for adoptions during the same period.

    Waiting lists for favourites such as Oodles also now number into the hundreds, suggesting tens of thousands of Australians have new family members to take care of at a time when our financial health is more precarious than ever.

    It’s no surprise then that vet practices offering pet owners the option to pay through BNPL are seeing a much higher average spend through these services compared to other forms of payment. 

    The data*, based on April-June 2020 spending, shows while the average spend at a vet practice sits at $197, using flexible BNPL payment plans sees this rise to $386 (95% increase) and extending to $1,308 for plans being paid off over 6 months (561% increase).

    These figures demonstrate how BNPL can be a lifeline when it comes to looking after our pets, especially as 66% of us consider pet health an essential purchase according to Openpay’s recent consumer survey "How They’ll Spend It"

    The survey also revealed that over the past 6 months the proportion of people using BNPL to cover pet-related expenses has risen from 23% to 33%.

    Aspen's and Kevin's Story 

    "Aspen still looks like a puppy but he’s ten years old" shared Kevin Munroe, Aspen's owner based in Melbourne. "He’s spent the majority of his life in very good health, and would have a pretty clean record if not for the fact that he’s a prolific chewer!

    The most frustrating trip to the vet for a chew-related crime was when he managed to get a little bit too stuck into a denta ball toy. It went missing, and after about a week he just wasn’t himself. 

    After a trip to the vet and an X-ray, they could see a clear image of what looked like a ten cent piece. They put him under to retrieve it, an unexpected $2,100 to be sure...

    For a few days, he was fine - but then the same symptoms set in. They X-rayed him again to see the exact same shape, despite the first hard rubber disc being in a plastic sleeve nearby. It turns out he’d eaten both ‘ends’ of the denta ball! 

    When they spotted one during the first trip inside, they thought it was an easy win and grabbed the first thing they saw. After the second retrieval, he was good for a couple of years. 

    Until he ate rocks... "

    Aspen's owner Kevin had no pet insurance cover but was able to meet the unexpected full cost of the first operation - the vet taking responsibility for the second one - using an Openpay plan.


    Nick Grant, Head of Health at Openpay - who had black Labrador Cooper join his family in September - commented on the data: “While 2020 has been a trying year for humans, it’s been a great year for pets. As early as May, rescues across the country had beaten annual adoption records and the waiting list for Aussie favourites - namely Cavoodles, Groodles and Labradoodles – has run into the hundreds.

    What people often don’t foresee is the cost of taking care of those pets. With this in mind it’s encouraging to see people using flexible payment plans to ensure they aren’t choosing between their financial health and the health of their pets.

    Our advice to pet owners is make sure you do your research to ensure you find payment plans that offer maximum flexibility with no hidden fees, enabling you to worry about your four-legged friend rather than your finances.”

    * The data is based on average ATVs seen by a veterinary provider in Australia during April-June 2020

    Photo Credit (all): Kevin Munroe

    About Openpay

    Openpay (ASX: OPY) is the interest-free Buy Now Pay Later provider that offers consumers a smarter way to manage their cashflow, with longer and more flexible payment terms - and no interest or hidden fees. Openpay partners with over 2000 merchants to help people pay for what they want when they need it, whether that’s getting their car serviced, renovating their home, buying their kids’ school shoes, treating a much loved pet or visiting the dentist. Openpay operates in Australia, New Zealand and the UK and has over 150 employees across its Melbourne and London offices.

    For more information, visit www.openpay.com.au

    MEDIA RELEASE, 14th October 2020
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