The Fourth of July is coming soon – a day of great pride and celebration in this country. Sadly, we cannot celebrate that holiday like we used to due to the looming threat of COVID-19.
That doesn’t mean that people will hold off on celebrating altogether however. Fireworks are important parts of Independence Day and more folks may be using them this year in lieu of hosting large gatherings.
You can’t do anything about other people using fireworks, but their usage can still have an impact on your household, especially if you have a young pup who’s not used to loud noises.
It’s important to prepare your pet for the upcoming festivities and one way to do that is through crate training.
How Crate Can Help
There are different ways to prepare your dog for the upcoming fireworks. You can try to drown out the noise of the fireworks, take your dog out for a long walk so that they have less nervous energy, or just spend as much time with them as you can. All of those suggestions can work and the same goes for crate training.
According to the American Kennel Club, dogs are den animals and because of that, they will look for some secluded spot where they can shield themselves from the scary things happening outside. A crate can be that spot for your puppy.
The walls of the crate can weaken the noise a bit and if you give your puppy a blanket and some treats while he/she is in there, it will be easier for him/her to get comfortable.
How to Proceed with Puppy Crate Training
Once you’ve decided to move forward with crate training, the first thing you need to do is pick out the right item.
Remember that this crate is supposed to last a long time. Pick one that’s spacious and big enough to house your pet as he/she matures. You’ll also want to place items like a bed and some blankets inside the crate to keep your pet comfortable, according to FitBark.
After picking out a crate, you can now have your puppy spend some time in it. Make sure that these crate sessions don’t last for more than four hours though. You should also give your dog some meals or treats while he/she is in the crate.
Lastly, only use the crate when you want to train your dog or keep him/her in one spot for a while. If you’re using the crate to punish your dog, he/she will just become afraid of it.
The loud sounds produced by fireworks are always tough to deal with for dogs. The good news is that you can help your pet out by giving them a comfortable crate to stay in temporarily.
Training your dog properly can be a challenge, but we at TAILored Pet Services can help. Contact us today by either calling 425-923-7791 or by browsing our website to learn more about our services.