Cats and Dogs

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What to and not to put in a dog crate?

When it comes to what to put inside a dog crate, it's essential to consider your dog's comfort, safety, and well-being. Here are some guidelines:

What to put inside a dog crate?

  1. Bedding: Provide a comfortable and appropriately sized bed for your dog to rest on. Choose a material that is easy to clean and won't pose a choking hazard if chewed.

  2. Water bowl: Place a spill-proof water bowl or a water dispenser attached to the crate to ensure your dog stays hydrated. Make sure it's secure and won't tip over easily. Check out this No Spill water bowl for crate.

  3. Safe toys: Include a few durable, non-destructible toys for your dog's entertainment. Avoid toys with small parts that can be swallowed or easily torn apart.

  4. Chew toys: Dogs often find comfort in chewing, so provide suitable chew toys to keep them occupied and prevent destructive chewing on the crate or bedding. Opt for sturdy toys that are specifically designed for heavy chewers.

  5. Crate cover: Some dogs prefer a more den-like environment, so a crate cover can create a cozy and secure space. It can also help reduce visual stimuli and promote relaxation. Ensure proper ventilation and that the cover doesn't impede airflow. NZ made Crate Covers handmade to the size of the crates.

What not to put inside a dog crate? 

  1. Toys with small parts: Be cautious when selecting toys for your dog's crate. Avoid toys with small parts or detachable pieces that can be chewed off and swallowed. Opt for sturdy toys that are difficult to dismantle or become a choking hazard.

  2. Leashes or long tethers: Avoid leaving leashes or long tethers attached to your dog's collar or harness while they are in the crate. These can pose a strangulation hazard or cause entanglement.

  3. Loose bedding or blankets: Avoid using loose bedding or blankets inside the crate, especially if your dog tends to chew or swallow fabric. These can pose a risk of ingestion. Instead, opt for crate pads or mats that are specifically designed for crate use.

Remember, a dog crate should be a safe and comfortable space for your pet. Providing appropriate bedding, toys, and water in no spill suspended water bowl will help ensure their well-being while they are in their crates. 


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