Crate Training 101
- Exercise, Toys and Playtime.
- Make sure you have time to play with your pets
- Toys are a great way to play and allow self-play, by rotating toys we can keep them exciting! You can also recycle many items into toys such as paper bags (cats love these), feathers, toilet paper rolls, cardboard boxes, old rope or hose make excellent chew and chase toys.
- When you can’t be home with your pet make sure to leave something safe at home to stimulate their body and mind!
- Scratch posts, ice blocks, food/treat toys and all great ways to provide stimulation to your pet while you are away.
- Comfortable beds are always appreciated, whether it is a kennel outside, a plush bed beside the couch or an elevated perch for your cat to watch over the house make sure to provide something comfy for them to rest their heads on.
4. Crate training
- Giving your pet a safe place of their own allows them to feel safe a secure in situations that may otherwise cause anxiety. Covered crates with bedding and water available are a great way to house a pet during the night or when they need to be contained for any reason. Training them to realise the crate is a happy, safe, calm place to be also means that if your pet is feeling anxious they can put themselves “to bed”.
5. Pheromone therapy
- Pheromone therepy can be used when bringing a new pet home, introducing a new pet to established pet household and to help reduce anxiety in stressful situations.
- Pheromones are available for both cats and dogs.
- For dogs the special scent (odourless to people and other animals) is a replication of the pheromone that mother dogs naturally emit to their puppies just after birth, to comfort them and reinforce the attachment between the mother and her offspring.
- For cats this special scent (odourless to people and other animals) is a replication of the pheromone that cats leave naturally when they are feeling comfortable in their environment.
6. Kids and pets
- Make sure all interactions between kids and animals are supervised at all times. Kids and animals can both be unpredictable at times and by keeping an eye on them during play sessions we can keep both safe.
- Teach children how to interact safely with animals. By including your children in training sessions they can learn how an animal should behave and how to interact with them appropriately.
7. Food and Water
- The correct diet is essential to everyone. This includes your animals; you can feed premium biscuits, raw diets, prescription only diets and more. Speak to your vet about what is best for your pet and your lifestyle to get the best diet for your furry family member.
- Clean, cool water is a must in every household. Water should be easily reached by all animals in the house and multiple water sites for multiple pet households.