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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Crate train your puppy with Petmate Kennels & Crates

Video ©2009 by Carol Kalvelage

To Crate or not to crate......?- that seems to be the question. If crate training is in the cards for you and your pet, GregRobert Quality Pet Supplies is sure to have the proper pet porter that will provide a perfect fit for Fido.

As we enter the holiday season, many pet owners need to board their dogs or cats when they travel. With proper training at an early age, pets will get used to being transported in kennels, and will even learn to love their new home. If hiring a pet sitter to come to the house, a crate is an ideal place to keep your pet for short intervals while they are home alone.

Any dog or cat who gets used to it's own crate will truly feel safe and enjoy having a space of their own. This is especially true if your hosting holiday festivities at your home. Holiday parties can become too loud or distracting (for pets too!). When home crating, a Petmate Kennel can be moved into any room to help keep pets calm in all atmospheres. Crating a pet can come in handy, especially if a pet is not used to children. If there are little ones roaming through the home, a pet can be safe in it's crate from grabbing, poking or prodding.

Pet crates come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and materials suitable for all breeds, from small to extra large. The Vari-Kennels are extremely easy to use and to clean. The Petmate Pet Porter featured in the video has been in my family for over 15 years . As shown in the video, our new puppy, Sammy, has no trepidation about going into his crate. Here are a few simple guidelines to follow if crate training is something of interest to you:

  • Do not leave pets in a crate for extended amounts of time, every day. A 3-4 hour time frame is suggested as a sufficient amount of time for pets to be in its crate. If working long hours, or going out of town, it is advisable to ask someone to let your dog or cat out for a time before putting back into the crate.
  • When crate training a puppy, use the crate as a treat, not as a threat. Dogs can sense if something is being used as a consequence. Use the same phrase such as "cage time", "crate time", "bed time" or any other short command that a pet can connect with the command to go in the crate.
  • Early on, a treat can be used after the dog enters it's crate. Make sure that the treat is safe for your dog, and is eaten prior to you leaving. Never leave a treat in the crate that can splinter, crack or break into small pieces after you leave.
  • Dogs love to keep a favorite or a few favorite toys in their crate. Especially dogs that need to chew, such as Sammy the Samoyed. Dogs who chew do much better in an all enclosed pet porter, as opposed to a wire cage because they cannot chew through the porter material. With a wire cage, a dog who chews can chew through the wire squares and ruin a carpet or flooring that is underneath.
  • Make sure that the dog has plenty of room and can sit, stand, and turn fully around in a circle in the crate. It is better to have a little larger crate than a small one. This is especially true if your pet likes a dog bed, lot of toys or a blanket in the crate.

At GregRobert Quality Pet Supplies, Vari-Kennels are a plenty. The highly rated on-line retailer carries an extensive line of pet crates, pet beds, accessories and any other pet item that is needed to keep your pet happy and healthy this holiday season. Right now, GregRobert Quality Pet Supplies is featuring free shipping on orders > $60.00. Use coupon: freeship Please visit for more information.

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