Your dog is a special part of your family. You want her to be safe and secure at all times. You want her to be content, happy and well adjusted. Whether your dog is small and spends most of his time inside, or is a larger variety and prefers to be outside, most experts agree that all dogs can benefit from having a place of their own. Indoors, a crate provides many benefits for both puppies and old timers. For safety and protection outside, kennels and runs are a superior option.
Dogs need their own space, too
When used properly, a crate can become one of your pals favorite hangouts, because it gives them what they instinctively need – a den. Unlike their human companions, dogs prefer small, enclosed spaces when they want to take a quiet nap, or when they are feeling stressed. Setting the crate where family activity takes place allows your pet the option to seek privacy without feeling isolated. Lucky Dog’s End Table Pet Den is one stylish and convenient solution to consider. There may be times when inside their crate is the best place for Fido. For instance, when unfamiliar or small children come to visit, or when they need to be home alone. Having their own safe haven, helps your dog feel more secure and happy at home, whether they’re alone or there’s a party going on.
Both veterinarians and trainers suggest “crating” your new puppy for a variety of reasons, but perhaps most importantly, it makes house training much easier. When given the correct size crate, a puppy will not eliminate in it. This allows owners to teach their puppy where it is appropriate to go to the bathroom, praise and reward them each time they pee or poop in the correct place, establish healthy routines, and drastically reduce “accidents” around the house. Short-term confinement (less than an hour at a time), together with plenty of trips outside and lots of positive reinforcement will ensure that puppy will become “safe” to roam freely around the house, accident free.
Allowing your dog to roam freely isn’t really freedom
Allowing your dog to roam unsupervised outside is never a good idea. And if he spends most if his time outdoors, then a safe place of his own is a must. When it comes to the well being of your four-legged friend, there are a few things to consider.
- If your yard is fenced, does it keep your dog in and unwelcome visitors or predators completely out?
- If your yard isn’t fenced, what keeps her safe from other animals or from running into the street?
- Are there hazardous plants or areas of your landscape that she needs to avoid?
- Is there shade in the summer and shelter in the winter?
The right kennel will keep your pooch secure, while giving him fresh air, sunshine and room to move about. A dog run will allow even more room for exercise. When choosing a kennel or a run, think about both the needs of your pet and what will work best for your family. The amount of space available in your yard may be a determining factor, but selecting the largest size possible is best for your pup. In order to promote exercise, a run should be at least five times longer than your dog. You will also want to carefully consider the best location for kennel placement. Some tips include:
- Choose a spot that offers partial shade, without being directly under a tree to avoid the possibility of falling branches.
- Avoid low-lying areas where water may collect.
- Consider your neighbors. It’s probably not very “neighborly” to put your kennel closer to their house than yours, or directly on a shared property line.
What kind of kennel is best for you and your dog? The answer depends on a few other questions. What size is she? How much time does he spend outside? Does she need protection from the sun, weather or from predators? Is a portable or permanent structure best? Will more than one dog share the space? Is there a design aesthetic in your yard that should be considered? Do you think you may want to add on to the kennel in the future? What is your budget?
Fortunately, there are tons of options. Portable kennels can be as simple as four panels that link together, one with a gate. You can find them in a wide variety of heights and sizes. These can be purchased in box kits and are easy to assemble. Many portable or modular systems allow you to add components, such as different types of tops. A flat top keeps your dog in and predators out, but a gabled roof with a cover also provides weather and rain protection. Yet another choice is the material used for the kennel. European style kennels with welded steel tube panels, modular welded wire panels, or galvanized frames with rollout chain-link are all possibilities to consider. One of the great things about choosing a modular system is that you can add to it in the future. Really, the sky’s the limit.
How can a kennel or a crate provide both freedom and security for your family pet? Even though you may want to, you can’t always be with your dog. When you provide them a place of their own to rest, exercise, or just hang out safely, without getting into trouble, either indoors or out – that’s freedom and security.