Make A Crate A Home For Crate Happy Pets
Not all dogs are alike. Not all dogs love their crate from the second it comes into their house like Davinia and Indiana did. Some love their crate but will tear apart anything nice you leave in there. And some will go potty in their crate. Every dog is unique and an individual. You need to do what is right for your dog. But what I can tell you is that neither of my dogs see their crate as a horrible place to be. Yes, there might be times they don’t necessarily want to be in their crate but unless I am in the room they quiet right down on those occasions and go to sleep.
For Davinia and Indiana the more layers of blankets or pillows or a bed on top of the blankets the better. Though it is dependent on their mood and the season of the year. During the winter they like to have lots of fleece blankets to cuddle in and lay their head on. They also like to have a blanket covering their crate to make it darker and keep the warmth inside. They do also have crate bumpers which they use to rest their head on so sometimes I will take them out and roll up a blanket along the inner corners for them since the blanket is softer.
Yes, they do share a crate and yes that crate could fit another dog inside. For the first few years they both had their own crate but they didn’t seem to mind sharing a crate and in fact preferred it so now they do all of the time. There is usually a doll or two buried somewhere in the pile of blankets in their crate that they can cuddle with. Once in a while I will put a doll in the crate with them when I need to leave that one or the other is showing interest in that day. We still have the first 2 crates I ever purchased for them. One is at our house and one is at grandma and grandpa’s house but in all honesty we could use a third crate so that we can keep one either in the car or the garage for when we go for car rides.
When they go to grandma and grandpa’s house they have their own room that they have to sleep in where they have their crate and what grandma calls their front porch which is a pillow like dog bed put right in front of the crate door. You can usually find Indiana inside the crate and Davinia on the pillow front porch even when the room is open and they can wander around the house. Don’t tell anyone but the last time we went over there to baby sit for Whisper and Dora we saw Whisper stick her head in the crate to check it out.
During the spring and summer unless we are at a hotel their crate can usually be found without a blanket or anything covering it because we do live in the South and it is pretty warm here so they prefer their cool breeze from the a/c and fan. We recommend helping your dog become really comfortable with their crate before you attempt a visit to a hotel! Check out these crate training tips about getting it right from the start.
In honor or Spring I thought it would be fun to put up a Spring Banner as decoration on their crate! The best part is that we thought some of you might want to do the same so we had it made up as a printable and you can download it and turn it into a craft project this weekend! Just click for our Spring Mini Banner
Whether you are looking to purchase your first crate or need an additional crate check out the sale going on at PetSmart® for crates, kennels, and accessories.They can usually be found on the side wall near the dog food or back wall of the store while carrying bags are either near the chew toys or flea and tick aisle. If you can’t seem to find what you are looking for just ask! The associate can help you find the product in store or order it to deliver to your house or the store while standing with you!