August 18, 2015 | Posted in Doctor Sigmund Furry Series

Dog-Cave-1Dear Dr. Furry,

I know that crate training can be used successfully for pets when their owners are not home or otherwise occupied and cannot supervise their activities. My Petunia doesn’t seem to mind, but I’m the one who feels guilty.

Daisy, Oklahoma City, OK


Dear Daisy,

You sound like a very considerate doggie Mom. And if you’re not having a problem putting Sadie in her crate, when necessary, then there really is no problem.

Dog-Cave-2Obviously, you’re doing something right. In general, doggie crates should be inviting and not looked upon by your pet as a place of punishment or confinement. The way to make a crate a positive place is to make sure it’s comfortable and homey.

A fuzzy, nicely scented blanket or pet bed, toys and maybe chew toys (if your dog needs or wants them but please be careful if left alone because these could be a chocking hazzard) inside will tell him/her that the crate is a great place to relax; a place, in fact, that belongs to them, alone. For older dogs, this pleasant orientation will also work if they need to recuperate from an illness or minor surgery.

~ Dr. Sigmund Furry