A crate pad is an essential tool if you are going to be looking after a puppy. At Dogs Dogs Dogs, we are firm believers in crate training for puppies. In our opinion when you buy a dog crate for training it shouldn't just be a metal box that resembles a jail, you should make it as comfortable as possible. That is where a crate pad comes in. A good crate pad will be strong, have cushioning and be waterproof. As opposed to the puppy sitting on the plastic tray that comes with the crate, they can go to sleep comfy and warm and knowing that if they have an accident they will be fine.
The Kennel Club have an easy to follow guide for new dog owners to use when settling a puppy in.
Part of, or the main reason why we recommend crate training is to prevent accidents and get the puppy toilet trained without any hassle. By training your puppy with a crate you can control where and when they go for a wee. No dog of any age like to soil their own bedding. Think of it like a nest or home. No animal likes to make a mess of where they sleep so they will get used to holding on until they are away from the nest.
When dogs are young then they have an urge to pee whenever the need takes them. Especially at night when you aren't looking. We know so many new dog owners who just leave the puppy alone at night in the kitchen and are happy to clean up every morning. Why not take the hassle out of this and give them somewhere warm and snug to settle down but that keeps them in one place.
You can then let them out when they need to wee or wait for the morning. A waterproof crate pad will enable them to make mistakes and for you to easily clean it up.
We call our crate pads from pets and leisure, Heavy Duty because they tend to last longer. This is so important with young puppies who are probably teething and likely to rip anything they can grip into shreds. We are not saying they are indestructible, just durable. If you get the right crate pad that fits the crate perfectly they won't be able to get hold of the edge and lift it up to chew on the side.
This could save you hundreds of pounds on dog beds. Let them tuck into your slippers instead, like Hula tends to if any are left unattended.
We also sell luxury crate pads for older dogs. If they have been crate trained a lot of dogs would rather stay in the crate as a cosy home for the rest of their lives. They may have another crate in the boot of the car for travelling and this should be a comfortable ride. This is where a luxury crate pad comes in handy. As the dog gets older, you can choose the material they like and the pattern to suit your house.
there is a lot of information on how to train your puppy using a crate so we thought we would give you the best in our view.
This one is a video guide from battersea dogs home.
size is also such an important thing when it comes to crates and crate pads. why not give us a call at the office and we can help you choose the right fit for your dog.